Archive for November, 2017

2017 Award Eligibility Post

It’s that time of the year when writerly types post their works that came out that year to remind voters for the different SF/F awards which categories their works are eligible for (especially for the Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards). And, frankly, what folks may have missed of mine this year:

Short Stories
The Ache of Home” (Uncanny Magazine)

“Two Americans Walk into a Pub” (Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker (and Reader), Skyhorse Publishing)

“Vade Retro Satana” (FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction)

“The Dead Yard” (Monster Hunter Files, Baen Books)

“Dance of Bones” (Straight Outta Tombstone, Baen Books)


Buffalo Soldier (


The Voices of Martyrs (Rosarium Publishing)

Essays (eligible for the Best Related Work Hugo Award)

Star Trek’s Lt. Cmdr. Worf and his Journey of Ontological Blackness Klingon-ness” (People of Color take over Fantastic Stories of the Imagination)  #BlackNerdsRule

Diversity Doesn’t Just Happen” (Fireside Fiction)

Editor (eligible for Best Editor – short form)

Apex Magazine Issue 95, Maurice Broaddus guest editor (Apex Publication)

Not a bad year!

Mo*Con 2018 (UPDATED 2/20/18)

Mo*Con is a mini-convention (in Indianapolis, Indiana) built around food, community, and conversations (typically around the topics of spirituality, art, and social justice). The dates are May 4-6th, 2018. For all of the details, including registration information, CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE MO*CON SITE (or click the Mo*Con tab on this site’s menu). Here are this year’s GOHs:

Lynne and Michael are the Publishers/Editors-in-Chief for the two-time Hugo and Parsec Award-winning Uncanny Magazine.  Five-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas was the Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine (2011–2013). She co-edited the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (with Tara O’Shea) as well as Whedonistas (with Deborah Stanish) and Chicks Dig Comics (with Sigrid Ellis).

Along with being a two-time Hugo Award-winner, Michael Damian Thomas was the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012–2013), co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press, 2013) with Sigrid Ellis, and co-edited Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications, 2013), with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. Together, they solve mysteries.

Mikki Kendall aspires to be an over-educated loudmouth with deep pockets. Failing that she manages to be a periodic cyborg who masquerades as a person with a spouse, kids, and all the trappings of quasi respectability. Once gainfully employed by an unnamed agency, she now invests her time in writing, wrangling jackasses on the internet, and telling people to go straight to hell. Raised by a family of cutthroat sarcastic assassins with magic powers, her obsession with history has led to her publishing weird stories, and articles about every serious issue under the sun. Her nonfiction work has appeared in the Washington Post, Time, and a host of other outlets. Her fiction work includes comics, and short stories are available via Revelator Magazine, Torquere Press, and online.

The author of STALE REALITY, DARKWALKER, and THE CORPSE AND THE GIRL FROM MIAMI, John Urbancik’s business card proclaims: “Writer. Photographer. Adventurer. Man.” He sold his first story shortly before the end of the last millennia, and has not once, not merely twice, but three times taken on a year-long project called INKSTAINS, in which he writes a story a day every day by hand. He can be found online at Outside of the Internet, he’s been spotted on at least five coasts on three continents; he’s traveled by boat, car, motorcycle, horse, elephant, and camel; and he may be headed to your house right now.

Jennifer Udden was born in Houston, TX, and spent many of her formative years hiding books under tables while she was meant to be paying attention to something else. She has a BA from Mount Holyoke College, and graduated in 2008 with a major in Politics, a minor in Chinese, and honors thesis work on anxiety in British detective fiction of the early 20th century. She has worked in fundraising for an off-Broadway theater company and joined the publishing industry in 2010 at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. She is the co-host of the podcast Shipping & Handling ( with Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary, Inc. To query Jen, follow the directions on the submission guidelines page. She blogs at and



Patreon Report: A Month in the Life

So, yeah, Patreon, 2017 has been sort of a ridiculous year for me. I thought the timing of launching this would be fine, but I underestimated how much when I get in the throes of writing, (that is, near The End of a project) everything goes to the wayside as I race to the end. Here’s a snapshot of my last month and a half:
-finished the edits edits on The Usual Suspects (my Middle Grade detective novel)
-finished a novelette (which sold to Beneath Ceaseless Skies, part of my Afrofuture series … I can’t tell you how geeked I am about this story: it’s about a starship powered by jazz music, because, why not)
-finished a short story (completely on spec, part of my “magic in the hood” series)
-wrote my untitled urban fantasy novella (there was a two month turnaround from the time I agreed to do it until it was due, so my month has been a blur of words. Second draft is now done, giving me about a week or so to finish the third draft)
October was ridiculous as I found myself across three states, speaking at a library event

recording a season of the podcast Writing Excuses

teaching at the University of Missouri for their ShowMe Masterclass

and presenting at the Earlham School of Religion’s Writing Colloquium (for Quakers!).

-I worked at my sister’s community event, Open Bite (short version of this event: it showcases the gifts and talents of our neighborhood as poets, artists, cooks, and local entrepreneurs come together for an all day festival). I *thought* I had an appearance at a con that weekend, but she informed me that as my baby sister, she reserved the right to veto that appearance for me to work for her. Just like yesterday, invoking the same baby sister clause, I was informed that I’m now chair of the board of the organization that puts on Open Bite.

-through the Kheprw Institute and Spirit & Place, I am the art facilitator for a series of community conversations addressing the issue of re-entry from the prison and foster care systems (using art practice to come at possible solutions from different angles).

-Because Kheprw also gets to call dibs on my life, we are organizing a nerds in the hood book club that will start in January. Of course, the first book we will be reading is Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler.

-somehow the 8th grade students of The Oaks Academy (yes, they *too* get to call dibs on my life because they know they have me wrapped around their collective finger) have convinced me to start a Book Club (both reading and writing books) as well as a journal for them. This, too, will begin in January.

However, I am done with the travel/speaking portion of my year. Which means that I can begin planning Mo*Con 2018. Yeah, I know, I thought I was done with them, however, the writing community *also* gets to call dibs …

Updates, Patreon and otherwise

1. I’ve just uploaded pics, blog posts, and stories for my Patreon supporters.

2. I was subbing for a Latin class when one of the students asked me “Mr. Broaddus, did you have to take Latin when in school?”

So I told her that when I was 9, I was so desperate to learn Latin that I wrote Santa a letter asking for a Latin book so that I could teach myself the language. To prove the point, I showed her a picture of the letter because my mom, who has jokes, just returned it to me the week before (THUS SHATTERING MY BELIEF THAT SANTA RECEIVED MY LETTER …even though she told me to mail it to our address because #SantaPowers).

In case you can’t read it:

12/16/79 [Note: Before you judge me, I was 9]
Dear Santa,
We don’t have a chimney, so you’ll have to find other means to enter our house. The only reason I underline the words I have, is because someone moves me or the table. [Note: I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that my brother was being a jerk while I was trying to write this]

Santa if possible, I would want a microscope, maybe a chemestry set, a science book (a book set on how to be a scientist) and if my teacher don’t get it, a book on foreign country langueages like Latin, Greek, Roman, etc. and plus for fun a sled.

Try to get most every present. Say hello to your wife and elves. Good-bye for now.



After a thoughtful pause, my student looked me in the eyes and said “So, when you were 9, you had no friends?”