• About Me,  Black in America

    7 Stereotypical Non-Black things I’m not afraid (anymore) to admit that I love.

    Rock Music I haven’t paid attention to the modern Rock scene. I have no idea who is famous these days and if artists are even putting out new rock music—good rock music. I kind of feel like pop and hip hop dominate the music scene. When I was a teenager and college student, I loved listening to grunge and hard rock. But I hated the fact that there were basically no Black rock stars, especially lead singers. So when Fefe Dobson released her album in the 2000s I was over the moon. It was what I aspired to be. I will occasionally listen to Paramore, Red Hot Chili Peppers. I…

  • Writing Techniques, Tips, and Tricks

    What is Speculative Fiction?

    Speculative fiction has a long history. Nearly 80 years worth. Robert Heinlein created the term in 1941 seeking to create a sub-genre of science fiction: literature situated in the future dealing with the problems of people rather than technology caused problems. However, over the years, various individuals have taken the term and expanded (or narrowed it) with their own definition. According to Marek Oziewicz for the Oxford Research Encyclopedias, there are three main schools of thought defining speculative fiction: a subgenre of science fiction that deals with human rather than technological problems, [Heinlein] a genre distinct from and opposite to science fiction in its exclusive focus on possible futures, [Margaret…

  • Black in America

    What I wish I knew before putting all my self-esteem in how popular I was

    I’ve been thinking about where I’ve been and where I’m going. I reflect on why I chose the story/characters I decided to write. And as I work to build my author’s platform, connect with readers and other writers, I have a misguided desire to be “popular” on social media. I look for of likes, comments, and “engagement.” When I was a kid and teenager, I wanted nothing more to be popular. It’s embarrassing to admit. As if there is some shame in wanting a lot of people to like me. I think everyone had to enter that phase, at least once in their life. Psychologist Abraham Maslow would chalk it…

  • Current Events,  Writing Techniques, Tips, and Tricks

    Are creative projects started before COVID-19 still relevant?

    I started writing my book 7 years ago. I concocted a fake virus that would kill off most of the American population to create a situation in which white people would be the minority. Now, obviously none of that is happening exactly like that, but here we are amid a pandemic with the potential to kill hundreds of thousands if not millions of Americans and people across the globe. I just wrote up a book summary to send to a potential editor. All I could think was, dang, elements of my book has come to life in the real world. How can I possibly market and sell a book about…

  • Current Events

    Dear Fellow Black Americans: Please do not fall for this Mike Bloomberg character.

    He’s Trump’s political twin with a donkey sticker on his a**. I see ad after ad of “stop-and-frisk” Bloomberg with Black faces endorsing him. The ads say all the “right” things, but it is nothing more than pandering. Look at this man’s record, please. Look at the racist things he’s said and done—the misogynistic things he’s done, the lawsuits. Don’t vote for this man because you think he can “beat,” Trump. Don’t feel so desperate that you end up replacing one capitalist megalomaniac with another. One doesn’t make change—real change—by voting for the lesser of two evils. Just because you think he can defeat Trump doesn’t make him better for…

  • Current Events

    Eight ways America is like a dystopian novel

    Information is controlled by corporate media to maintain the status quo. Algorithms anyone? Those algorithms curate the content we see online. Same news stories on repeat on every channel. We are told what to think and we comply. For instance, most people identify as Democrat or Republican. In a country of 325 million people, why do only two political parties dominate? Alternative viewpoints and smaller political parties have existed for generations, but are continually suppressed. Leaders of organizations and individuals who question the status quo complain of having their websites and social media posts suppressed by algorithms. Are the good people I follow on social media all paranoid that their…

  • Current Events

    Why Trump May Get A Third (and Fourth) Term

    I’m a sucker for dystopian fiction. Books with governments with crazy leaders, ridiculous laws– laws that might have been once well-intentioned, but have gone awry like a robot that knows no reason. I enjoy reading about the teenage protagonists that manage to overthrow these monstrosities– the regimes always do the most damage to the youth in these fictional societies. (I love Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series and The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins) But when I see something horrific unfolding in real life, it’s a different story. It isn’t a story, actually. As you can probably tell by now, I am not a fan of Donald Trump. Nor are most…

  • Black in America

    Moving to the South- 10 Things Black People Need to Know

    I lived in the American South most of my life–20 years actually: North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, and now Arkansas. And I was born in Georgia. I actually consider myself a northern girl at heart. I was never taught Southern charm. Half of my family is from the Northeast. And the other half, while they also spent a considerable amount of time American South, is from the American Midwest. There’s something about small talk irks me and not just because I’m an introvert. I never grew up eating soul food although I do like a mean mac and cheese. I know very little about the Southern Black church tradition. The other…