Well, after months of struggling, I’m finally really into my last novel called The Subway. It’s a challenging book, but I’m having a great time writing it. I have the hardest time starting a book. The first chapter gives me the blues, because I can’t just write any old thing and keep going, even though I know it’s a first draft. The first chapter sets everything up for me, so it has to be right from the gate. Now that doesn’t mean that when I finish the beginning won’t change, but for now that is the beginning.
It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to post. So much has been happening that I haven’t had time. These last few months, actually the last two years have been amazing. Things are happening in my life that I never imagined would happen. As writers, we always dream about something big happening in our careers but we never really believe they will or can come true. Well, things that I dreamed and didn’t dreamed are happening. It’s crazy.
Let’s see. Where do I start? I guess with May 11th. That is the day Water In A Broken Glass screened at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. It was an amazing night. Candiace Dillard, who plays Nikki, was there with her family. Jamelle, my husband, Michael, and I were there. Kirby Griffin, who shot the film came. And Wes Hall, who plays Malcolm made it. The audience loved the film. They were laughing, fussing, and crying throughout the movie. That let us know that the film hit all the right cords with them.
A few days later, The Washington Blade wrote a wonderful review about the film. Check it out. http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/05/12/bi-love-triangle-explored-in-water-movie/
Then on June 16th, Water screened at the Rapport Film Festival in London! London y’all! http://rapportfestival.com/movies-16-june-2018-water-in-a-broken-glass/
That was incredible. We weren’t able to attend, but at around 11 am our time, we all started tweeting, posting, and texting about our film playing in London.
Then on July 14th, Water screened at the CineOdyssey Film Festival in Charlotte, NC. Jamelle, Emi, the script supervisor for the film, Michael and myself attended. The cast was not able to make it because they were busy with other projects. But we represented for them. Jamelle participated in a panel discussion on diversity in Hollywood. Then we returned for the screening of Water. And guess what! We won Best Film. That was so incredible. We were not expecting that at all. Check out the picture of us during the Q&A and see the surprised looks on our faces. We were like, Tre, for real?
I want to thank Tre McGriff for selecting our film. It is an incredible honor. It means so much because I watched how hard the cast and crew worked on this film and for them to receive this award is awesome. They truly deserve it. And a special thank you goes to Eternity Phillips who told Tre about Water. If it wasn’t for her, he wouldn’t have even known about the film.