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Interview Conducted By Grad Student at University of Texas at San Antonio

EStewartI was very excited to learn of a course where students studied Black women’s speculative fiction. I would have enjoyed taking a course like that in Grad school.  Several of my sister writers are being interviewed for this assignment (Kenya Wright and Crystal Connor are two that come to mind).  After working with Elizabeth, I thought it’d be neat to bring Academia into the world of the writer.  Here are Elizabeth’s very conscientious and thoughtful interview questions. I appreciated her hard work and thoroughness. 

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Guest Blog: Joyce Chng tells why POC, non-US and non-white, Science Fiction matters…

Joyce-ChngWhen I started writing science fiction, I thought it was the best that had happened to me. I was only a child, almost at the cusp of teenage-hood.  Science fiction – in the form of Japanese cartoons (or properly termed “anime”- had opened my eyes to many worlds inhabited by different people. Likewise, I had also started reading voraciously and my worlds were dragons, spaceships and androids. 

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Blogging Once Per Month

I've been back and forth over whether I need to cut down on my blogging. Finally, I've come to a decision. "Yes."  It's time for me to pull back from weekly blogging and settle into a monthly blog schedule. As much as I enjoy sharing ideas week-to-week, I'm ready to focus on my fiction writing […]

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Georgia Romance Writer’s Conference 2012 Was Empowering!

Alicia and Howard McCallaLast weekend, I attended the Annual Moonlight and Magnolias Conference for the Georgia Romance Writers. It was a wonderful experience. Not only did I have the chance to meet up with my favorite writing buddies but I was able to learn more about the craft of writing.

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Guest Fest: Does Being Black Mean Writing Black? By Alicia Michaels

aliciamichaelsI will start this post by admitting to living in a bit of a bubble my entire life. I’m a small town girl from the suburbs with two loving parents and a little brother. The small town I lived in was situated right beside Fort Hood Army base, the largest military installation in the world. While my father got out of the army before I got to Kindergarten, the presence of the military was a strong force in my community. As such, I am accustomed to a multicultural mix of people living and working around me. It is not unusual for soldiers to come home from overseas with Korean or German wives and for biracial children to dominate schools.

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Guest Fest: GRW Member Tamara LeBlanc Shares Her “Fortuitous Moment In Time.”

Tamara LeBlancI’ve been with my critique group now for almost eight years…is it eight already, hmm, time flies. I met them by chance one afternoon in a Border’s coffee shop while I was diligently typing on my WIP and swilling Java in tandem…sip, type, sip, type.

I’ll never forget that day.

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Guest Fest: Zachary Jernigan Discusses How Race Frames his Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing

ZJFirst off: Thank you, Alicia, for asking me to write a guest post. I'm encouraged by your enthusiastic response to the recent interview on the subject of Writing About Race in Science Fiction and Fantasy I conducted with authors David Anthony Durham, Aliette de Bodard, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Ken Liu. I'm also humbled that you'd enquire about my own work.

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The State of Black SciFi 2012: My Tribute to Octavia Butler

Octavia_ButlerWe’re almost at the end of our 7-week online Black History Month event.  It’s been an exceptional experience.  During week six, our topic is all about our favorite Black SF icon.  I’ve chosen Octavia Butler. So much as been written about Butler, I don’t know if I can offer a unique perspective but I’ll try.

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YA Indie Carnival: On How Being a Journal Freak Inspires Alicia McCalla to Create Her Wild Ideas

sidebar.indieSince I was a very little girl, people have always asked me where I get my "wild" ideas for my stories.  Sometimes people meant it in a nice way and other times, well, they weren't so nice. I certainly received that "you need therapy" look more than once. LOL. For as long as I can remember, I have journaled.

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A Black Woman asks if she’s a racist for analyzing Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal stories with race in mind

handcuffed-handsYears ago I would have patted my foot in aggravation if someone asked me if I were racist. In college one of my white roommates, told me that I was racist because I ate dinner with other Black students. Give a sister a break. I just thought that it was plain old foolishness. I used to go into this huge HUGE diatribe about how Black people couldn’t be racist because they were disempowered in government, politics, and business. And furthermore, that because we were disenfranchised, the most I could be was prejudicial because being prejudiced was an individual event. Woa! That's a mouthful. 

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