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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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Blog Circus: State of Black SciFi 2012 Youth Symposium at Auburn Research Library

Youth_SymposiumI’m a little late this week so I’m catching up with the other writers who will be participating in the Youth Symposium at the Auburn Research Library this Saturday, May 5th.  The topic is when I was a child, speculative fiction taught me…

I fell in love with scifi and fantasy when I was really young. In fact, one of my first stories that I wrote was a spaceship story about two black children who escape from harsh city life and fly in a cool spaceship to explore the universe. The title was “Lashamn and Zeneco’s Space Adventures.”

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Happy Anniversary!

Happy_AnniversaryI can't believe it's been an entire year! I'm too excited about how much my website and writing career has grown in a year.  I'm thankful for all the love and support that I've received from my readers, indie publisher, and writing buds.

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On My Way to RWA Conference in NYC. Blog Post will Return July 5, 2011

I'm so exicted to be attending the upcoming Romance Writers of America Conference in New York City.  Each day at RWA Nationals is always jammed packed with craft info, networking, and business information. I love meeting new people and learning about the industry.  When I return, it'll probably take me several weeks to decompress but […]

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Guest Blogger Deleyna Marr: It's All About POV. The Need to Write Multicultural SciFi.

Deleyna_web_2I do not believe I am a racist. And yet I can make thoughtless comments, be oblivious, be hurtful without realization or intent. Like when I offered a hairdrier to a black friend. Hey, I thought I was being helpful. Forget color-blind. I can be down-right blind.

I don’t classify people by race. Why? I grew up with parents who were from the deep south. They would whisper things like, “well, he’s black...” as if that would explain something. Those comments made me ill. I grew up in Silicon Valley in the middle of the dot com boom. My early jobs were so multi-cultural that to me the world was a rainbow. I tour guided at a museum that drew international tourists and tried to learn phrases in as many languages as I could.

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White Authors Fear Being Called a Racist: When Inclusion is Done Wrong

white_man_with_a_prejudice_blindfoldSome authors of Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal stories get race all wrong and the work that they produce is seen as racist.  I'm one of those people, though, who hold back on the "R" word until I completely read the entire work. So, when a book came across my desk, I gave pause.

 

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