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Individual Artist Grant

I mentioned on Facebook that I received a grant that would enable to attend the The 2018 Philadelphia Writer’s Workshop.  Gunslinger Witch is what I presented to them.  I love all of my works but this one is special because it is unlike anything else I’ve written in the past.  I’m hoping to be able to send her out into the world in the near future.

I’ve never been to any workshops or conferences before in my entire life so this means a great deal to me.  For me personally it tells me that I am good at what I do.

I wouldn’t be able to attend if it wasn’t for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts grants program.  I just wanted to remind everyone involved in the Arts that we need organizations like these to further our career choice and to be certain that the Arts remain an integral part of the lives of everyone.

I will always support the Arts organizations in their endeavors in any way I can.  We need them!  What’s a world without the Arts?

So thank you, on behalf of myself and my fellow writers.  You are truly fabulous.


WA Simpson aka CJ Black

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Mini-Musing 3/11/18 – YA Fantasy IS IN!

I took a short trip back to Barnes and Noble and again didn’t see anything new in the adult fantasy section but I decided to look at the YA Fantasy shelves. At first, I got the scare of my life when I couldn’t find them! I thought, “Are you shi***** me? You even got rid of YA?” However, they call it Teen Reads now and I was happy to find everything was there. I wanted to take some pictures but I couldn’t get my blasted phone out of my purse. Trust me; it’s more difficult than it sounds. It looks like YA Fantasy at least is still going strong. I can understand why most agents and editors want it now and from what I’ve researched, it’s not going to stop anytime soon, IMHO. I could be completely wrong but it’s difficult to think so. I suppose I’ll be buying my adult fantasy online but then again, it would be more convenient to buy both.

Gunslinger Witch is being edited and I’m looking forward to getting my work out to many fabulous readers. Meanwhile you’ll see me around.



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Mini-Musing 11/27/17 ~ I did it!

This is a big step for me. 

I had already started my new work, Gunslinger Witch, so I couldn’t do NaNoWriMo 2017, however like many of my fellow authors I did follow along.  Tonight, I broke the 50K mark at 52,315!

Go me.

Now of course, many of my fellow authors have also reached this goal but why do I say this is a big step?  Because I haven’t written this much since – forever.  Seriously.  The last full-length work I wrote was Memory in Shadow.  Afterwards, when it didn’t do as well as I would have liked, it became nearly impossible for me to write anything.  It wasn’t just that, it was also the writing defeat I’ve mentioned on a few occasions.  These two things combined thoroughly beat my Muse down.

Before it happened, I could finish a work within one to three months, as previously stated.  I haven’t been able to do that for decades.  It took me five years to finish Tinderbox and that was because life kept getting in the way.  It wasn’t always good.

Then an atomic bomb was dropped on me.  I lost my job of ten years.  I was WAY STRESSED!  As evidenced by my Muses sudden influx of energy that had me writing new short stories for the first time in well – forever. So, in a sense at least writing-wise it was a good thing.

I’m going to take a little break and maybe play some videogames and chill for a bit, then I’m going to finish and will have it ready for editing, probably within another two to three months, depending.  I just wish I could buy a bottle of champagne.  Oh well, someone have a few glasses for me, OK?