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Watch My Interview on the ONYX Pages Booktube Channel

Back at WisCon I met a wonderful Canadian booktuber named Njeri whose YouTube reviews of books and interviews with authors are a delight. You should definitely subscribe after you finish watching this interview she did with me. She got me talking about social justice and art, spirituality and the role of the artist, Black Panther, Afrofuturism, and my own work.

Cultural Appropriation What It Is and How To Avoid It

New Webinar: Cultural Appropriation – What It Is & How To Avoid It

My next class for Writing the Other is a one day webinar on Cultural Appropriation. A topic that continues to be fraught and also continues to attract opinions on the subject that are wrong-headed, maddening, and just plain dangerous. Hopefully this class will alleviate some of those problems.


When: September 9, 11AM – 2PM Eastern (Click to see when this happens in your time zone)
Where: Online via Zoom meeting  (video only registration option available)
Price: $50

Most writers want to avoid Cultural Appropriation but worry that they don’t fully understand what it is or how to ensure their work does not include it. They wonder what the difference is between appropriation and exchange or between appropriation and influence. And they hope avoiding cultural appropriation doesn’t mean only writing stories about people from their same race, culture, or ethnic group.

In this 3 hour webinar, authors Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford will offer concrete answers to those questions and a set of resources to help authors navigate these tricky waters. The webinar includes two short lectures and a lengthy Q&A.

For all the details, including information on scholarships, or to register, go to WritingtheOther.com.

Children of Blood and Bone tempest challenge

Tempest Challenge – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi [Patrons Only]

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This month’s Tempest Challenge book is Children of Blood and Bone, a YA novel set in a fantasy Nigeria.

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UPDATED Livestream: Egyptian Museum Virtual Tour [Patrons Only]

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I’m heading back to San Jose and plan to visit the Egyptian Museum once again. This time I’m giving a virtual tour of my favorite artifacts and exhibits in the museum for my patrons. The livestream begins Saturday, August 18th, at 11:15am Pacific time and you can watch it later if you can’t watch it live.

To watch live or to watch the video later, click here and enter the password. Not a patron yet? You can get access to this and other content by becoming one of my supporters on Patreon. Just click the orange banner above.

Originality 21 Irrational Brain Weasels with comic by Dr Jane Charlesworth

ORIGINality 21: Irrational Brain Weasels

Yes, it’s been a while since a new episode of ORIGINality aired and we talk about some of the reasons for that IN this episode. Dealing with being a creative person while also having major life changes plus also dealing with neuroatypicality sometimes means you don’t get shit done even when you want to and even when you enjoy the things that need getting done. Brain weasels, man. They are jerks. See?

attack of the brain weasels comic by Dr Jane Charlesworth

Comic by Dr Jane Charlesworth, @janepipistrelle on Twitter. She knows what’s up.

Anyway, you can listen to the podcast below or on the episode page where you can see the show notes. And please, please, please do leave a comment here and let me know what you think of this ep.

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Mother of Invention Essays on Gender, AI, Androids, Allegory, and the Other

Next month the fabulous Mother of Invention anthology comes out and I highly encourage you to pre-order this fabulousness if you did not get in on the Kickstarter. It features stories about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics by Nisi Shawl, John Chu, Seanan McGuire, Soumya Sundar Mukherjee, EC Myers & many more. Editors Rivqa Rafael and Tansy Rayner Roberts did a fantastic job with it (I know cuz I’ve read my contributor copy already :D ).

mother of invention anthology coverAs a companion to the antho Rivqa and Tansy asked me to write a non-fiction essay around the same themes as the fiction, and I immediately knew I wanted to write about androids and race. It helped that Janelle Monae dropped Dirty Computer in the middle of the editing process, allowing me to go deeper into her contributions to androidified fiction. I also got to namecheck Chesya Burke and talk more in-depth about her work, which is always a treat.

Mine is not the only companion essay. Katherine Cross wrote about The Gender in the Machine and Aliette de Bodard wrote about AI as the Other, AI as Family. Both essays are fantastic and have me thinking more about what I might want to say about AI in future projects. (And by that I mean far future because I’m gonna be in Egypt for the next long while…) Same with the stories in the anthology. They all have me considering aspects of AI I had not before.

Bottom line: read the essays and pre-order the book!

Monthly Microfiction – July 2018 [Patrons Only]

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Content Warning: This one got dark at the end, unexpectedly…

“This is our family tree,” Esmee said. “And each leaf represents one of us.”

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The Poppy War by R F Kuang

Tempest Challenge – The Poppy War by R F Kuang [Patrons Only]

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The second July Tempest Challenge book is The Poppy War by R F Kuang!

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