Let’s Get Connected.

So, while working on new things and trying to figure out new ways to promote myself and my work in 2021, I decided to dabble into areas I might not have considered before. And, while I'm sharing mine, I'd love to follow and connect with you as well so please share where I can find…

Project Announcement.

So, as mentioned before, I am participating in NaNoWriMo2020. My great attempt at getting back into my writing and pushing myself back into pursuing my dreams. Naturally, I began my planning with the idea that some great idea and topic would come to be. However, the only thing that seems to interest me at the…

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…

A Meeting In Secret (‘Batiste’ Novel Snippet)

At a fabric shop in town, Genevieve Batiste looked around sparingly as she tried to find the fabrics she wanted for a much lower price. Her search seemed hopeless. Holding on to the pendant she wore, she kissed at it for better luck. “Afternoon, Genny.” Stopping just as she was about to walk down the…

Reminiscing On Days Gone By (by Cortney Joseph)

The following is a continuation of A Family, Broken. Enjoy! ______ December 1988 :  Sitting on the back deck her husband had built with his own hands, in his favorite chair, Norma Dunn sighed deeply as memories of their life together replayed in her mind. A gentle breeze flowed around her, blowing strands of her…

After The Show (an FG Snippet) by Cortney Joseph

She's back! & With a short story/snippet to boot. I just wanted to make a quick note before I share the following short. Yesterday marked the FOUR year anniversary of MyPenWritesNice and I can't thank those of you who have been here since then, are still here, and have just joined for coming along with…

My Journey.

It's approaching twenty-one years, and I can still remember the first person to tell me I had the gift of writing. Or, some semblance of that gift. I had just entered the seventh grade. I attended a school that included grades K-12 and there was the intense excitement of graduating middle school and crossing the…

One Year In And It Feels Like…

... my whole world is still crumbling and falling around me. I could ramble off the titles of a million and one songs, and all will be applicable to what life for 365 days without my little brother has felt like. Each day is supposed to get better, easier; but truthfully, you're just waking up…

Content.

For those of you who have stuck with me through this nearly 4 year journey; first, THANK YOU! And second, I would love to know what you all would love to read here on the site. What topics don't you see a lot of writers, and specifically black writers, touch on? Is there a particular…

I’m Sick Of Me Too, Honestly.

I really have to get to the point where I stop making promises to myself that I know I won't keep. We know my routine well, however this past year has been especially hard. But, at some point I truly have to stop making excuses. God gave me a gift, and I'm wasting it. Be…

It’s a struggle, already.

Perhaps this is just my perfectionism raging; however... writing this new story, though I am still very excited, is already a fail. Why? Because it's not starting off the way I envision in my mind. How can I expect the rest of the story to work if it doesn't start right? Maybe I took the…