COG: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a superhero, an emcee and basketball player.

COG: How did you become you instead?

I had a mama who made me write and revise or she'd whup my ass.

COG: Fave lesser-known hero (personal or fictional)?

Lloyd Dobler.

COG: What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your work; the least?

First sentences are enjoyable. Last sentences aren't.

COG: If you were a hybrid, what would your two halves be?

Half loving, half billionaire.


COG: Describe a teacher, student or colleague you hated (or hate, you big meanie); why?

Hated this English teacher who invented gaslighting. He loved to harm us in ways only he could soothe.


COG: In desktop publishing, a character tag is embedded code defining the style of a word or phrase. But in the literary lexicon, “character tags” refer to fictional characters’ habits, catch phrases or other distinguishing marks: Yoda’s syntax. Hello Kitty’s bow. Clint Eastwood’s rugged squint. What’s your character tag?

I roll my big eyes a lot. A lot.


COG: What’s the last thing that made you laugh, cry or cuss?

Trump calling Mexicans "bad hombres."

COG: Describe your ideal road trip.

I'd drive ocean to ocean from South Carolina to California with my boo boo.

COG: What problem, large or small, are you hell-bent on solving?

Sexual violence.

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