For more than twenty-five years now, close to thirty, there has been a story in my head loosely based upon oral history in my native Richmond, Virginia and then expounded upon more by my imagination. I’ve been ripped from it occasionally to write other stories, which I’ve done, and the original comes roaring back at … Continue reading Does My Writing Have A Place Anymore?
Several years ago, in 2016, after Philando Castile was murdered by police in St. Paul, Minnesota, I wrote an essay further inspired by Between the World and Me by Ta- Nehisi Coates. It was so raw, real, revealing too much of my gut that I opted not to put it here, out into the world. … Continue reading Living While Black – Even after the publication of Between the World and Me
In the wake of the quarantine and living in a production of the movie, Groundhog Day, with Bill Murray, productivity has finally returned to me. I'm back to writing and I can't seem to stop! It's not too unusual for me to be up until the wee hours, and even until sunrise, for me to … Continue reading The Tonya Rice Literary Universe (“TRLU”)
I hope you're continuing to do well and keeping safe and healthy. It is a stressful time and I keep everyone in prayer. In some way or another, many of us have been affected by this pandemic via someone we know directly or indirectly who has dealt with it and survived and worse, who did … Continue reading A Writer’s Update
Like many other folks around the country now due to the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus, my family and I are shut in for a good little while, only going out when absolutely necessary. Thankfully, we’ve been healthy and pray to remain so. I’m wishing the best for you and yours during these times. It’s a … Continue reading A Different Kind of March Madness
'Tis February 29th! This February has given us an extra day and to me, that's an extra day to settle in for a good read before the month is out. Yay! However - as the month ends, I have to ask, just where in the %^$% is the freaking snow??? This picture here is one … Continue reading Where’s the Snow?!
anThe Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman My rating: 4 of 5 stars View all my reviews I think I read somewhere that The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was considered a horror story. If I did - I'll check around for that reference - it's the most incorrect assessment of this story. Perhaps … Continue reading The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you... - from "Time" by Pink Floyd This has to have been the fastest year in memory! I can't believe that we're just hours away from a whole new decade. I'm looking back at not just the past year of my writing, but the … Continue reading How This Past Decade Turned Me Into An Author
Standing in one of Richmond’s most distinguished spots is Bellevue Elementary School. Located in the St. Johns Church Historic District (of Church Hill) at 2301 East Grace Street, the school also houses a museum recognizing the site’s esteemed history. On that lot in 1801, John Adams, the mayor of Richmond, built his mansion. In 1836, … Continue reading Bellevue Elementary School – Richmond, Virginia
I wanted to share an enticing review of my short, Burying the Bitter, by my online friend, Janet Morrison. (Thanks again, Janet!) It’s in great company with other books, especially the thriller involving farmlands and the government (!). I’ve added a few to my TBR. Check out Janet’s blog, too (www.janetswritingblog.com). She offers great reviews on some interesting books and motivating writing updates on her upcoming novel, also set in the South.
The books I read in October took me on a virtual world tour!
I’m a newsaholic, and October was packed with “breaking news” here in the United States every day. It was a juggling act for me to keep up with the news, write my blog posts, and read as many books as I could. I hope my remarks about the books I read last month will pique your interest in one or more of the books or authors.
I had such a pleasant time reading books in October that I had to break my blog post into two posts. In case you missed it, here’s a link to last Monday’s post: https://janetswritingblog.com/2019/11/04/a-new-favorite-novel/.
One Mile Under, by Andrew Gross
This 2015 environmental thriller by Andrew Gross started with a mysterious death in Aspen, Colorado and morphed into the story of a…
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