My First Book 'When A Purple Rose Blooms' is Available NOW

I am beyond excited to announce that my FIRST book When a Purple Rose Blooms is available!! You can order copies directly from my publisher Nomadic Press. Order here
The book is a collection of essays and poetry about my experiences with black womanhood. There's lots of humor, pain, and love on every page. This book wrote itself. I had no intention of releasing a book of poetry and essays, but when I saw how much I've written over the last 20 years I thought, "why not?" and went for it. 
The book launch is tonight, 7pm at the Oakland Peace Center. I will be launching my book along with 6 other new writers to Nomadic Press. I'm in great, literary company. 
Thank you to every person who has read this blog over the years, attended my readings, listened to my radio stories or read my articles. Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy the book! 

Pleasure 2013
The Beginning of Truly Enjoying Life’s Pleasures

Cheers to Pleasure in 2013! A trip to Napa is on my
Pleasure 2013 list. 
For the first time since I ever learned of a “New Years Resolution List” I didn’t make one for 2013. I know what I want. I know what I need to do. Instead, I made a promise to myself to not only live more passionately but with pleasure. After a lot of pain in 2012, I decided to make 2013 the year I begin to live life more pleasurably.

I want to be fully present with tastes, sounds, touches, sights, smells and good feelings. I’m still on my never-ending journey to “Switch It Up” and challenge myself to live out of the box. But I want to take more time to enjoy life. I love life, but I think I do so much, that I forget to take in what I’m enjoying. Now when I travel, I don’t just snap a bunch of photos. Now I actually take in everything.  I just stand back admire the beauty around me and then take photos.

Although we’re a quarter into 2013, I’ve begun to live with more pleasure. And I’ll post photos soon. Pleasure for me is traveling, eating good food, enjoying something new, and that even includes my work. I love what I do, and am working to make my media presence even bigger. This can be toiling and frustrating at times, but I’m working at finding the pleasure in it. 

I’m taking a page out of Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker’s playbook. They lived so passionately and didn’t apologize for their pleasures.  So far I’ve been to Washington, DC for the Inauguration, indulged in some good Italian and soul food, dared to be bold with red lipstick, and enjoyed taking in the sights of my new neighborhood. Next up is rocking out at next month’s Bon Jovi concert, solo.

Follow me on the all year as I write about pleasure in my Pleasure 2013 series. Twtter hashtag is #CocoaFlyPleasure2013.

How do you live pleasurably?