I'd like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey to completing my first novel. To those of you who don't know me or my work and are visiting this page for the first time, welcome.

Over the next few weeks, I hope to share with you a little of my progress as I begin research on my new book -- a yet-to-be titled historical novel, set in the 1920s and involving the founding and establishment of The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the predominently African-American labor union, led by A. Philip Randolph. Sleeping car porters worked on the railroads, cleaning and preparing sleeping cars and acting as valets and waiters for passengers. The union struggled for more than a decade before they received recognition and equity from the Pullman Company.

As part of my research, I'll be traveling by train from Oakland to New York City, following the path of those porters from years ago. This trip will include a visit to the A. Philip Randolph Museum in Chicago. Along the way, I'll be sharing with you what I learn and experience. Thank you for coming along.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Challenge Accepted

I'm mostly challenging myself -- to get a publisher within a year. The urgency has less to do with my ego than inertia and my own inability to "get my head out of my ass."

 I've been sitting this novel for over a decade now and haven't made single stride towards getting published. Due less to a lack of skill than commitment.I just haven't tried hard enough. I've been too scared, I suppose. Rejection. Criticism. You all know. The novel is as finished as its going to get. Time to get it out of my dusty drawers (The kind you open, not the kind you wear) and drop kick it into the world.

But today, I'm putting that all behind me. I'm going to document, as much of this as I can possibly stomach and see what happens. You can watch and cringe. I know I will.

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