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IT’S THE TWELVE DAYS OF PARIS

With twelve days remaining before I set off for Paris, I’ve been hard at work studying French on Duolingo. I am officially in a panic. Indeed, I’ve learned over two-hundred-fifty words. I can say “I want” (je veux) and “I have” (j’ai). I know how to say phrases, such as, “I have three cars” (J’ai…

DAY THREE: I’m trying

The impetus for my upcoming Paris trip is just fulfilling a lifelong dream. I’ve always rejected the concept of “A bucket list,” yet I am conscious of wanting to start this next chapter of my life before …well, I kick the bucket. My mom was a tough woman. A smart, fiery, determined woman who loved…

FIRST TRIP ABROAD

In twenty-one days, I take my first European vacation. I feel like Chevy Chase! Paris here I come. It’s been a life-long dream to travel to France. I even created a character in my newest book—Jada Sly, Artist & Spy—who lived for five years in Bordeaux, France, before moving back to her hometown, my other…