Ericka Clay

Literary author and Editor-in-Chief of Tipsy Lit.

My novel, Unkept, has been picked up by a publisher and is due to be released later this year.  Be sure to read about it here and don't forget to subscribe to my blog to keep up-to-date on the publishing process.  

 

 

What Do You Think About The Curtains?

A book isn't a book.  It's something coiled tight inside of you that you've allowed to see the light of day.At least, that's the way I think of it....more

Sex and Cancer

I go to an oncologist which makes me feel like a fraud because I don’t have cancer.  I’ve never had cancer.But I go because they found an enlarged lymph node that’s supposedly not cancerous and in finding out that miraculous fact, they stumbled into a series of nodes in my thyroid that are also allegedly not cancerous.  And then when I went to my follow up about the nodes this past Tuesday, I divulged this sharp pain I’ve been having in my chest every time I breathe in deep and now I have to have another CT scan, this time to make sure I don’t have a pulmonary embolism....more

Twenty-One Greeting Cards I’ve Written in My Head

It’s okay. Don’t feel bad. That sweater looked horrible on you anyways.Your cat doesn’t love you as much as you think he does. Haha, I’m just kidding. Keep dressing him up in clothes. He likes that.You woke up today. High five!So you failed math. You’ll probably end up working for your parents or at least sleeping on their couch anyways. Probably both...Happy Valentine’s Day!Congrats on getting your period! Are you in for a wild ride!I’m not sure I liked your tone the last time we talked....more

Surviving My Daughter's Surgery

There's this scene in Pay it Forward when Helen Hunt's character realizes that her son has died on the operating room table. Her knees buckle, the roots of her giving out, and she is lost inside herself as skin meets with tile. This fate could have easily been Erika's on Tuesday when her daughter went in for surgery. ...more
Thank you so much. It was stressful but I'm happy we've finally pulled through. @trigirl13more

Why I Write

My husband asked me yesterday: "What is the goal for your writing?  What do you want readers to experience when reading your words?"  I thought about it for a moment.  It wasn't like I haven't thought about it before but it's something that's personal and hard to verbalize.  But I did so anyways.  I told him: "I want people to feel loved."Here's a story I wrote for The Red Dress Club that hopefully echoes this sentiment. Abner...more

i like writing but only as a self expression and a stress reliever. i only write if i am in ...more

Losing My Religion

I used to believe that Catholicism was the one true religion.  No ifs, ands or buts.  I used to practice a faith that was ingrained within four secular walls and detailed, literally, by the Book.  I thought everyone else was wrong, that I was right, and that there was no room in Heaven for those whose thinking didn’t sync with mine....more

May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a ...more

Depression: My Own Worst Enemy

It sneaked back in today, tickled my neck and when I went to itch the little bugger, the feeling clipped my fingers like a pair of shears: depression....more

One and Done

My husband and I want only one child. You may not know this (especially if you've been able to survive the baby epidemic up until now) but having or wanting only one child makes you a bit of an anomaly. In fact, sometimes I feel as if people treat me like I'm contagious, as if my willingness to allow my uterus to shrivel up will most certainly send theirs into early retirement. I assure you I'm not that powerful.  For the most part....more

Vegan Food Can Still Taste Good. Hear that Bourdain?

Despite my sporadic attempts to think logically, I'm in love with Anthony Bourdain.  I know it may seem ludicrous, even downright nefarious (thesaurus.com anyone?) for me, a vegan good girl to be hopelessly in love with a carnivorous bad boy like my Tony but I suppose that's why it appeals to me.  Because it's oh so wrong....more

Ah, someone else who gets it! :) I'm guessing you have a vegan blog? I'll have to stop by and ...more

My Grandmother Needs a Boyfriend.

This is Janet:...more