Friendshelf

Friendshelf

One of the best things about being a writer is that eventually, you start making friends with other writers. And sooner or later those same friends start putting out books that look exactly like them and you get to read them all! And since a number of my friends have...
The canon is changing

The canon is changing

I recently read The Forever War. I’m pretty sure I must have read it as a teenager as well, but I still can’t remember for sure. The thing is, I kept thinking about how much I wanted to love that book. It was many of the things that I love about space...
Taking a break to catch up

Taking a break to catch up

I’ve been trying to work pretty much non-stop all year. The last time I took an actual break was around Christmas last year. For the month of September, I’m sort of taking a break, except not really. I’ve got a lot of small tasks that have been sort...
Startitis

Startitis

We have definitely arrived in autumn, which means that it feels like things should be starting. I have this urge to buy office supplies. But worse than that, is the bad case of startitis I seem to have picked up somewhere. Startitis is defined as an unreasonable urge...
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Rejection

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Rejection

One of the things that a writer has to learn, especially early on, is how to deal with rejection. There is no writer alive who hasn’t gotten rejected a number of times. Most continue to gather rejections well into their careers. It gets rarer, but I have heard...
Taking a break to catch up

Slowing down

There’s this idea of modern society moving faster and faster. And certainly, it feels like that a lot of the time. 2020 has already been a couple decades long and it feels like it’s just getting longer every day. And it’s not just the news. Hustle...
Making Space

Making Space

This summer we’ve been making a lot of changes in the apartment. We’ve been getting rid of stuff we won’t use, clothes that are too small or too big or beyond mending, rearranging what’s staying, getting some more where needed. Bags and bags of...
Friendshelf

Fiction by black writers

If you’re reading this blog, it probably comes as no surprise to you that there’s a lot of truly excellent fiction that’s been written by black authors. I decided to gather my favorites into a post because I have yet to meet a person whose reading...
Who gets to go?

Who gets to go?

SFF Fandom is once more embroiled in controversy because old, venerated white guys who are known for being racist and/or sexist and/or ableist and/or harassers and still getting a platform. I’m not going to go through who did what and where and why. If...
Sold: The Scale of Defiance!

Sold: The Scale of Defiance!

A while ago I tweeted thusly: I JUST SIGNED MY FIRST SHORT STORY CONTRACT! THIS IS HIGHLY EXCITING!!! Details at a later date, but Y'ALL I SIGNED MY FIRST MOTHERFUCKING CONTRACT JUST NOW. A CONTRACT! FOR SOMEONE! TO PUBLISH! MY WORDS! WORDS THAT I WROTE! —...