Give Passion-fy for Valentine’s Day

Love moves mountains,

          Shakes the earth,

                    and explores galaxies.

While passion quiets doubts,

          Charges in with emotions,

                    to marry your mind with your body.


Soooo, it’s a good thing that passion-fy books are waiting for you to gift, read, or just or cuddle next to at night (or am I the only one who does that?) Let these passion-fy books be your icing for a perfect Valentine’s Day!

Choose your passion-fy:

Like. Love. Lust. is an emotional revelation from DNC that breathes truth into the other side of #relationshipgoals – the real journey. The poetic passion-fy storyline told through prose, sonnets, narratives and long-form stanzas, speak to the coruscant diamond of discovering each emotion, and battle with the complexities of their natural course, also known as human nature.
Untraditional was derived from those moments in time where “what ifs” and “should I’s” live. To live untraditionally is to allow your desires to live outside the constraints of a conventional world. What would you do if your college or work crush approached you with a scintillating proposal? Or maybe the nice guy down the hall from your apartment finally notices you? What if you’re thrown into an unspeakably arousing scenario with a duo? What would you do?

When Desires Change Mid Draft

Lately, I’ve been on a journey to explore and grow my intentions around writing… #writerslife #authordnc

Lately, I’ve been on a journey to explore and grow my intentions around writing. When I started blogging to now, I’ve wanted to share lessons learned from wedding planning to life crises. The stories I’ve told and feedback I’ve received have solidified that I was made to tell genuine stories.

So I stretched my storytelling further when I published my first book, Untraditional: A Collection of Passion-Fy Short Stories. I was satisfying one of those “I really wish” dreams that I spoke of in college so when I looked back on all the words that I had written to date, I couldn’t believe that it was a dream destined to come true.

When I quietly published my second book, Like. Love. Lust., I wanted to give a piece of me. Something that the first fantasy romance didn’t dive into, even though it took several debates to convince my family and friends so…even my grandfather questioned the details. People forget that I’m an only child — to my mother at least — and my imagination has always been on like 100,000. But Like. Love. Lust. was a reflection of the rollercoaster of emotions that I went through on my journey to learn love. A path that was rough and reckless at times, but that taught me more about the woman I was and wanted to be.

Now, as I work on my third piece, I know how it started off in my mind but now my soul desires to switch gears.

It’s the continuation of the short story The Robinsons’, from Untraditional, that takes leads you down a path with Nia after an unforgettable encounter with Mr. and Mrs. Robinson. Nia is introduced to her new self. More aware of her desires. More open to all possibilities but none that she desires to stick. Just living for each moment.

As I edit my story, I’ve gotten to certain parts where I understand that this or that character plays such an important part to how she will or will not take her next steps and I owe their presence more explanation. But wait…this was supposed to be like a straight passion-fy tale of like, love and lust?

I’m discovering that this piece is taking so long because the message that I want you, my readers to receive is much deeper than just those simple emotions. When I coined the term passion-fy, I even included the descriptor of “intensely emotional characters” so why have I tried to pigeonhole myself to three?

So I won’t anymore. I desire to give you the novel that I’m thinking about now in hopes that you not only understand Nia complex and emotional plight but how her mother, friends, The Robinsons, co-workers and all are as passionate as she is.

Thanks for being patient with me…

With passion,


Oh, and if you want to want to get a taste of how the story starts off…mind you a very rough draft of it…check out The Teaser post. Leave some feedback while you’re there too. I would love to hear what you think. 

I inhale the past…

I inhale the past. Those moments that were in my control. Those moments of clarity that showed me my next best steps, helping to complete small tasks on my list. None that may have been on my original 2017 goals list and tasks that were not necessarily easy but still totally worth the work.

Then I exhale the future. Moments that I have no clue about. What is going to happen, when and how? Who was going to be involved or who would be lost along the way? I let out worries about those moments I could’nt control even though I’d prayed many times for them to come to fruition. 2017 was not the time.

Then, I open my eyes to a reality blessed with pure love, dedication and faith. Many things that people search for but don’t realize that live right under their noses. I see it and I know that I’m blessed.

And I hope you see the same.

2017, wow! So much happened and didn’t, but either way, what a year of reflection and refocus for me.

No, I did not get all the posts up that I wanted or finish the novel currently resting on my waking thoughts. No, not everything that I hoped for or prayed for each night came to fruition but so many things that I never asked for, nor that I ever dreamt of, did.

And that is what we call the gift of life.

I pray that this last post of 2017 urges you to reflect on what energy you put into your life and what energy you put out into the Universe. Be proud that you are still standing to flourish another day and challenge yourself to take it up a notch, or two, in 2018. Be picky about who you add or keep in your circle and cherish those who continue to stand beside you through all the crazy that occurs in this life.

Remember: Life is a journey, full of good and bad unknowns. Some that will hit when you expect it while others may knock the breath out of you unexpectedly.

God bless you all, as we head into another year of evolution. 2018 will be the best year yet. Plan it well and never miss a day of living it to its fullest.

With passion,


Diary of an Exhausted Black Female Writer: The Drama of NaNoWriMo

I’d be lying if I said I’ve been focused thus far for NaNoWriMo 2017. I was supposed to give you guys my weekly update, starting with week one last week, but I was disappointed at my lack of dedication and focus. And the worst part is that I have no idea why I’m so lackadaisical. I literally have had time but my mind won’t function properly. Or maybe my fingers don’t feel like typing. I have no clue but plenty of excuses as you can see.

So I’m forcing this post out because it’s time for a change. After listening to Gary V. keeping it 110% this morning on The Breakfast Club, I’ve got to file away these million-and-one excuses and get back to my passionate grind.

Let me summarize what Gary said:
Stop looking at others and thinking they are lucky to be where they are. Refocus that attention on applauding their plight, shifting to positive energy and see if that energy reflects back on you. You may have to cut out some important people in your life – his example was your mother – that may be holding you back. They probably don’t even know that they are doing so with their contradictory or deconstructive language, so you must take it upon yourself to leave them where they need to be for you to succeed. Lastly (but not really because he dropped so much more knowledge that you’ll have to tune in for the dets), if you’re not loving what you are doing, you will not be successful at doing it. If you are not willing to get your hands dirty, stand outside in the rain or snow for eight hours to get what you need, stay late night after night, make sacrifices that others aren’t willing to make, then you WILL NOT succeed.

That’s it folks. #RealTalk. A true wake-up call for me. I love writing. I’m exhausted from life’s up and downs, but damnit, I can’t stop. You can’t stop. Keep forcing yourself to push through the dark or slow times. You have one lifetime to shine your extraordinary light. Let’s do it together.

With passion,

FYI, word-count for this month is only 700 but at least I’m writing something. What are you doing? #challengeyourself #writethroughitall