Let’s Celebrate!

Anniversaries come but once a year, and for MyPenWritesNice, a very special one has arrived. In the words of the legendary Tony Toni Tone, "do you know what today iiiiisssss?"   That's right! Today marks the official third anniversary of MyPenWritesNice.com! The site began when Cortney decided it was time to set some of her…

“Dreams Of You” by Cortney Joseph

We were beneath the tree beside our house. Me in my little pink corvette, you in your yellow prowler.   We were talking big smack, passing licks and clowning around. Racing each other up and down the street until the sun went down.   Then you stood, and you smiled. Your hands rose, you began…

Work In Progress, #1 (An Update)

So, I've finally reminded myself that I've been doing a little too much playing around. And by 'playing around', I mean not putting my talent to use. Doubting myself entirely too much. And just being plain old LAZY. I've been telling myself that I have to stop using these sad and depressed moods of mine…

What’s Next? Publishing Again!

So, my #ShortStoryAugust challenge came to a bit of an abrupt end a few days ago, but I wasn't certain if I was completely done. No, I'm not going to try and make up and post for the missing days or try to finish out the month. With work and other things occurring, I simply…

#ShortStoryAugust 2019 Is Here!

Today is officially August first, and a challenge I presented at the beginning of July has now begun! For anyone interested in participating with me, please check out the original #SSA post, and find out how to make sure your wonderful works are seen and how they can be shared by me. My audience isn't…

Just Wondering!

Please select your answer, and feel free to leave a comment with any ideas you may have or things you would like to see from me (I am ALWAYS open to new story ideas).    

Fly Girl by Cortney Joseph [Novel Snippet]

The following is a snippet/intro for my upcoming novel, Fly Girl. Please feel free to share your thoughts/opinions, as I am in the editing stages and looking for any and all feedback as I work to piece together the final version.   _______________   Prelude: Interview With Broken Idols   2010:   "Major success. At…

Plans Cancelled.

Well, I thought that by now I'd be writing again, and overjoyed and filled with excitement for all of the wonderful things I had planned to share during my Short Story August challenge.   That's out the window. I don't know, I just haven't been able to get my ideas and thoughts out. If I'm…

“Darkness” by Cortney Joseph

lying in the dark, at hours past midnight i feel lost, alone. afraid.   try as I might, i can't stop myself from falling prey, trapped with the demons. they're in my head.   overwhelming worries, they overpower my faith, and I stumble as tears blind me, as strength evades, chaos ensues.

Scared As Hell.

At this point, the novel should be out and I should be letting it do whatever it will do, considering I'm self publishing. However; the thought that comes to mind each time I make up my mind to get back into re-writing and editing my debut is; what if it doesn't do shit? What if…

Does #YourPenWriteNice?

Hey!   Beginning today, I am opening MyPenWritesNice.com up to guest writers. A poet? Enjoy creating worlds and birthing characters in short stories? Want to share your work with an additional audience? You can have your work showcased here on MPWN. You can contact me here, or via my social medias (1, 2). Works can…

Black Publishing Power

Saw this very interesting post on instagram, and I loved it. While there is always a great time to support Black art and artists, now is one of the best times to do so. And while I am late with the discovery of the post, its never to late to share that I am a…

A Place In The Sun (Intro) by YoLana Crocket

Harlow Cove may as well have been a ghost town. The insufferable heat drove it's weary residents in from their fields and duties, in search of relief that would never come. Hot air breezed through open windows, sweat dripped and stuck like salty sap on the arms of housewives and mothers trying their best to…