I’m afraid to look at the edits to my manuscript.

So today I’ve received first-round edits back from my editor. I got it much earlier in the day, but I’ve been too nervous to review them. What am I expecting from the editor? Objective editing: grammar, syntax, flow… Nothing that should make me nervous. I’ve been working on this book for 7 years, and I …

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Stop complaining about Black people getting shot and killed and do something.

Since Trayvon Martin was killed in 2012, I’ve done very little. I’ve sat in front of my keyboard writing. Murder after murder, by police and by civilians, my actions have hardly changed. I’ve talked to my husband about what is happening, what I think we can do. But I haven’t taken direct action. I haven’t called any politicians. I haven’t marched, protested—shucks, I don’t even think I’ve made my own post on social media. Maybe I’ve signed an online petition or two. But the reality is, two things cause tangible change in this country: violence and money.⁠

I’m a pacifist so my only option is using money. But I don’t have enough to buy political influence.

What can I do? What can people like me—social media activists—do?

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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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