Everybody’s reading: “Five of My Articles Were Curated — Here’s Why”
Into personal essays? Here’s all the personal essays I’ve written on Medium.
Into poetry? Here’s my entire Medium poetry collection.
My latest fiction piece: “The Day the Mall Became a Battleground”
Want to collaborate? Awesome! Check out this post for more info.
This week’s music recommendation: Who I Smoke — Spinabenz, Whoppa Wit Da Choppa, Yungeen Ace, & FastMoney Goon
I’ve been posting stories online for over a decade. One of the worst parts about writing on the internet is that if that platform goes down your stories go with it.
For example, I posted fanfiction on the website Polyvore for about three years. In that time, I posted dozens of fanfiction chapters and one-shots. In 2018 the site shut down, and my stories were lost forever.
If I could go back, I’d save everything — even if most of it is fluff pieces about how much I adored Justin Bieber and Diggy Simmons.
My true history lies in…
I’ve been thinking about more ways to connect with my Medium followers. A few days ago, I hit 700. I don’t think I’ve even met 700 people in my entire life. And yet, 700 people decided to bet on a weird Black girl from Virginia. That is incredible.
The support that my followers (and, the general Medium community) have given me over the past seven months is amazing. I appreciate every read and comment I get.
I wanted to find a way to connect with my followers more, and possibly build a community. …
Honestly, I did the same things at 10 that I do now: writing, watching television, listening to music, and playing video games. Since I turned writing into my job, video games are probably what brings me the most joy.
Retro games have been my vibe recently. I just realized that my GameCube still works — got to love that durable old tech. I’m trying to 100% The Simpsons: Hit and Run. Wish me luck!
The only thing I don’t…
Trigger warnings: colorism, childhood trauma, racism
The books I read as a child featured two kinds of main characters: white people and talking animals. Books like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Inkheart, and Redwall ate up my free time.
I curated a long, vibrant list of vocabulary words from my excessive childhood reading habits. But — the words “diversity” and “inclusion” weren’t on that list.
Growing up, it was hard to find books featuring Black main characters. …
Medium’s curation system recently got a Dr. Miami-style facelift. On Facebook groups and throughout Medium, writers generally reported that they were getting more stories curated than ever before.
I witnessed a shift in curation in late February, where five of my articles were curated overnight.
This led to me achieving a 90% curation rate in March. This is a stark comparison to January, where my curation rate was 18%. (For both months, I’m excluding short form stories and stories I didn’t put under the paywall.)
The question is: did the boost in curation correlate to more earnings?
Even though my…
Analyzing lyrics is like unwrapping a present. Hidden themes, figurative language, and storylines are revealed that you may not have caught on first listen.
Since fellow Medium writer Maria Garcia and I share a love of music, we have decided to create a mini-series on lyric analysis.
First, we’ve recommended a song to each other. Then, we each create a post deep-diving into the lyrics of the song we’ve been given.
Maria has recommended Celeste’s break up ballad “Strange”. Let’s uncover its hidden meanings — together!
The song begins from a place of hope, “I tried for you / Tried…