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…

Welcome “Home”, Addison by Cortney Joseph

The following is the second chapter of a novel I wrote titled "Web Of Lies", a teen tale set in the late 90s/early 2000s that focused on the excitement and fun as well as the drama and dangers that came along with the BOOM of the internet when it truly exploded (as well as other…

Time To Get Serious

I mean it this time, I'm publishing my official debut novel! And I've got a game plan to go with it. In 2012 I joined Wattpad and shared a few Urban novels here and there, stories and characters that I enjoyed for the moment but none that truly moved me to take the huge step…

She Has Returned (from If You Stay) by Cortney Joseph

The following is the first character introduction chapter from my new Wattpad novel, If You Stay. You can read the story, as it is shared via my wattpad account. ______________________________ Standing in the middle of her childhood bedroom, Maliyah Williams could only stare in silence in all that changed and all that hadn't in the…

Then & Now by Cortney Joseph

Summer 1994. Stepping out of my limo, I removed my shades and took in my surroundings. Breathing in the air, smiling as older folks passed by and waving to those I grew up around. “Oh my God…” I turned my head, licking my lips as a group of women began to scream, running towards me.…

Back In The Day by Cortney Joseph

Visiting from New York, and somewhat glad to be back with her friends and brother, Shane sat on the stoop of their old apartment building and leaned against Victory’s shoulder. He playfully nudged her a few times before finally giving up. “I wish you would get that big ass head off of my shoulder. It’s…

Learn The Hard Way by Cortney Joseph

Pulling his jacket off, Carlos walked into the bedroom he shared with Deana. To see her wide awake and moving around wasn’t a total surprise. Their son was now three and a half and he was at that stage where he often had nightmares, most that made it difficult for him to fall back into…

Can We Talk by Cortney Joseph

Sitting on the swing on her front porch, Paige was lost in the novel she was reading. Unlike most teens her age, most teens in her school and neighborhood, she preferred getting lost in made up worlds. It was a welcomed distraction from the fact that, even at sixteen, she wasn’t the type of girl…

A Thousand Miles Away by Cortney Joseph

Carl finally got his chance to use the payphone, smiling and waving as one of his war buddies passed by. Quickly digging a dime from his pocket, he deposited it and dialed home, hoping to be patched through just as fast. It’d been months since he’d heard from the loves of his life, and it…