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Patreon: December Roundup – A Year in Review

The point of my Patreon is to help keep me off budget for the work that I do in the community so that those resources can remain in the community, I can continue to get my writing done, and I can, you know, keep making my bills. Thanks to your support, here’s what I’ve been able to do.

The bulk of my work in the community has been through the Kheprw Institute, a grassroots think tank and community organization that works to create a more just, equitable, human-centered world by nurturing youth and young adults to be leaders, critical thinkers and doers. They see the people in any community as the most valuable assets and are committed to working with marginalized communities to bring about change that leads to empowered self-sustainable communities. Under their umbrella I participated in:

Community Innovation Lab: A partnership between the Kheprw Institute, Spirit & Place, Groundworks Indy, and EMC Arts, I was the artist facilitator for this community project. The purpose was to explore the challenges in Indianapolis to economic empowerment and human agency faced by two particular groups of our fellow citizens – women “returning citizens” (formerly incarcerated) and youth aging out of foster care. Through interactive and artistic activities, we unpacked some of the complexity around these issues and why the Lab’s “adaptive response” approach is particularly well-suited to uncover new efforts aimed at systemic change. One of the things that came out of the lab was the…

Superhero Workshop: The hunch we were exploring was the possibility of using story to work through trauma issues of Returning Citizens. As we didn’t want to “experiment” with RCs, we opted to work with a group of community leaders who had worked through their traumas and felt comfortable exploring them in new ways. The new way: designing a workshop where we’d use story to explore and work through a person’s trauma. The conceit would be that after we’d worked through their stories, we’d pivot and, as many superhero origin stories are rooted in trauma, use their stories as the basis for origin stories of them as a superhero. It’a about reframing their narrative and lives. It’s been well received and we’re looking at expanding it in 2019.

Because we partnered with the SPIRIT & PLACE FESTIVAL, I ended up a part of two events:

1) The Intersection of Equity, Land, and Power – I was part of an Afrofuturist re-imagining of land use. I was been paired with an architect to bring different visions of designed community possibilities to life. And letting folks design the worlds they wanted to see.

Dear Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes

2) Afrofuturism in Action – This is a special edition of Afrofuturism Friday. October was a jump on point in our discussion, with Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes answering the question “What is Afrofuturism?” Now we apply it to community work with Tobias Buckell. But let me back up…

Afrofuturism in Action: A Conversation with Tobias Buckell (Updated with video)

Afrofuture Fridays: On the second Friday evenings of the month, I’ve been leading a community discussion on Afrofuturism and adapting the mentality of the artists/practitioners to community work.

The Build is a movement of art & culture led by Indianapolis artists coming together to share ideas and resources to sustain and grow their creative work. We share our experience and thoughts on the current and future state of the Indy music/art community. Coinciding with Chreece, the largest hip hop music festival in the city, we did a panel discussion focusing on refining and redefining success; the power of relationships; and skill mastery.

I did some work outside of Kheprw, too. While out and about, your support helped allow me to do:

Mo*Con: This is a mini-convention that I host built around food, community, and conversations (typically around the topics of spirituality, art, and social justice). Basically imagine a barcon that’s the focus of an entire weekend. I partnered with the Kheprw Institute, Spirit & Place, Empowering Cuisine, and Sip N Share Wine, all grassroots organizations doing a lot of work in the community.

Creative Writing Club: I ran an after school Creative Writing Club with some of my middle grade students. We covered plotting, brainstorming, voice, dialogue, beginnings, middles, ending, scenes, and revision, culminating with our celebration event. We did readings of work produced during this time (me included).

Asante Children’s Theater: Partnering with the Indiana Writers Center, I did a world-building workshop with them. We used an Afrofuturist lens to create new worlds rife with vibrant ideas (basically, I provided the prompts and then got out of the way). Three generations of writers in that room and listening to what they created made my heart full.

Open Bite Night: Runways and Reels: Open Bite Night launched by my sister and her husband to encourage local businesses and artisans. Held outside, block party-style at and around the Flanner House and Watkins Park, it showcases the gifts and talents of neighborhood poets, artists, and local entrepreneurs. The proceeds go toward GRoE, my sister’s non-profit which provides after school meals to children in the neighborhood. This was the fifth Open Bite (and I am now the Director of the Open Bite Board).

Mentoring: Among others, Bella, one of my (former) 8th graders who went through my creative writing club. I also mentor through the Kheprw Institute and SFWA.

As for this month’s round up of the levels:

At the Awesome Pics level, well there’s Ferb. And more Ferb. I might post a couple behind the scenes photos from this year’s Broaddus family tradition (we make home movies for our themed Christmas party. We start filming the day after Thanksgiving).

At the Awesome Blog Post level, looking back, the most demanded blog was Grants for Writers. This month, I talk about the Value of Rejection (or, What Failure Teaches Us). Plus sprinkled through the month will be answers to questions from my mentees. Speaking of mentees, I adjusted a level on Patreon for folks looking for some quasi face-to-face mentoring time.

At the Awesome Pimpin’ level, from this level up, supporters (should have, if the mail system hasn’t failed me) received a surprise gift in the mail. I’m also continuing a couple of works in progress: Wrath of God (co-written with Wrath James White) and Serpent (co-written with Jason Sizemore).

At the Awesome Community level, there is a mini-profile on local hip hop artist Diop Adisa who also happens to be the son of the founder of the Kheprw Institute. We’re working on a project that’s a mix of being his autobiography, the story of an artist (his music currently featured in the Spike Lee show She’s Gotta Have It) and the philosophy/framework of how KI does its work. Which is handy as Kheprw begins to look to next year with its theme of “Creating the Future.” And I’ll discuss the writing residency I am in the middle of constructing.

As ever, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

 

 

2018 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:

Novelette
El is a Spaceship Melody – Beneath Ceaseless Skies

 

 

Short Stories
“All God’s Chillun Got Wings” is available in Steampunk Universe.

“The Rebel” (written with Sarah Hans)
Mechanical Animals

“Wolf at the Door” (written with Anthony Cardno)
Chiral Mad 4

I’m keeping this short because I have to get back to work. 2019 is already shaping up to be a beast. I can’t wait to share what’s in store from me!

COVER REVEAL: The Usual Suspects

I’ve been sitting on this for a while, but I finally have clearance to share this: the cover of my middle grade detective novel, The Usual Suspects.

Coming in May 2019!

(From Katerine Tegan Books, an imprint of HarperCollins)

Patreon: November Roundup

So I was recently asked about the work that I’ve produced over the last couple months. I rarely stop to think about what I’ve done. I more just turn it in and move onto the next thing. But I think this person was worried that I do so much work in the community (thus the community report) that I’m not getting any actual writing done. So here’s a quick peek at that:

-I completed the final line edits on The Usual Suspects

-I turned in a novella (for a project for a movie studio … that I can’t talk about yet)

-I turned in work for a Serial Box project (for a project … that I can’t talk about yet)

-I turned in the outline and first three chapters for a new Afrofuturist novel project (I pitched it as “Black Panther meets Game of Thrones…in space)

-I started revisions on two novels (one of which is Pimp My Airship – A Novel. Apex Books recently purchased the novel and it is due out in May 2019. Those who have been subscribing at the $10 level will get a copy of it. The other book project is an urban fantasy called The Lost Griot. I’ll post the opening chapter of this next month for subscribers at the $10 level).

[Also pictured are my other current projects: a biography of a local hip hop artist and the sequel to The Usual Suspects (Blackhats). I get my work in, too.]

There are projects that have been announced as coming out, most of it from my collaborative period:

“The Rebel” (written with Sarah Hans) in Mechanical Animals

 

“Wolf at the Door” (written with Anthony Cardno) in Chiral Mad 4

 

“What the Mountain Wants” (written with Nayad Monroe) in Do Not Go Quietly (coming soon)

 

So in tribute to this spirit of collaboration, for those subscribing at the Awesome Pimping ($10) level and above, I’ll be posting the first chapters of Wrath (written with Wrath James White) and Serpent (written with Jason Sizemore) this month.

At the Awesome Pics level, well there’s Ferb. And me. A couple behind the scenes photos of a Broaddus family tradition (we make home movies for our Christmas party. We start filming the day after Thanksgiving. This was from two years ago when Ferb had a starring role).

On other Patreon updates, that Bella the intern post has already come back to haunt me. I am now mentoring at the Kheprw Institute and through SFWA. I even adjusted a level on Patreon for folks looking for some quasi face-to-face mentoring time. I’ll post about the responsibilities of being a mentor/mentee and posts answering questions from them from time to time.

In the Community Report, updates on an author event and the planning of Spirit & Place and Mo*Con.

As always, thank you so much for the support. You allow me to get so much work done in the community.

Afrofuturism in Action: A Conversation with Tobias Buckell (Updated with video)

LIVE Tobias Buckell and Maurice Broaddus talking about #Afrofuturism in Action at KI part of Spirit & Place Festival!‬ Thanks also to Indiana Humanities and Central Indiana Community Foundation for your support!

Posted by Kheprw Institute on Friday, 9 November 2018

 

[From the Spirit & Place event page]

When and Where:
Friday, November 9, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
at Kheprw Institute/Renaissance Center

3549 Boulevard Pl., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Special Venue Instructions: Parking lot and street parking available. 

Afrofturism

Presenter(s):
Tobias Buckell

Cost:
Free

Event Description:

AWESOMENESS NOMINEE!

At the intersection of race, social justice, and the future, join best-selling science fiction author Tobias Buckell in this provocative conversation.

Black Panther. Parliament-Funkadelic. Octavia E. Butler. Janelle Monae. Afrofuturism is the reimagining of a future filled with arts, science, and technology seen through a black cultural lens. It’s an all-encompassing arts movement, including literary, film, music, visual arts, and fashion that allows us to discuss matters of race, gender, and social justice. It critiques the present as well as model possibilities for the future. Hear from Caribbean-born, US-based writer Tobias Buckell, author of Crystal Rain, Arctic Rising, and Halo: The Cole Protocol, and join in a community conversation where we use art, science, and faith to imagine a future together.

Parking lot and street parking available.

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs encouraged by Nov. 8.

Presented by Maurice Broaddus and Kheprw Institute.

IndyGo: 38

Award of Awesomeness
Afrofuturism in Action is one of five events nominated for an Award of Awesomeness! These events use the arts, humanities, and/or religion in unique ways to explore the INTERSECTION theme and have the potential to be true standouts. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize that will be announced at the conclusion of the Public Conversation on Sunday, November 11 at the Indiana State Museum.

 

AFROFUTURISM READING LIST AND RESOURCES – STARTING PLACES

[see also African Americans in Speculative Fiction – A Primer]

Mark Dery essay “Black to the Future” (1994) – coined the term “Afrofuturism”

BOOKS

Fiction

Tomi Adeyemi – Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) (2018)

Steven Barnes – Lion’s Blood (2002), Zulu Heart (2003)

Jennifer Marie Brissett – Elysium (2014)

Tobias Buckell – Crystal Rain (2006)

Octavia Butler – Parable of the Sower (1993)

Bill Campbell – Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (2013)

Samuel Delany – Aye and Gomorrah (1967), Dhalgren (1975)

Nicky Drayden – Prey of Gods (2017)

Tananarive Due – My Soul to Keep (1988)

Nalo Hopkinson – The Brown Girl in the Ring (1998), Midnight Robber (2000)

N.K. Jemisin – The Fifth Season (2015)

Walter Mosley – Futureland: Nine stories of an imminent future (2001)

Nnedi Okorafor – Who Fears Death (2010), Binti (2015), Binti: Home (2017), Binti: The Night Masquerade (2018)

Deji Bryce Olukotun – Nigerians in Space (2014)

Rasheedah Phillips – Recurrence Plot (2014)

Sun Ra – This Planet is Doomed (2011)

Nisi Shawl – Everfair (2016)

Rivers Solomon – An Unkindness of Ghosts (2017)

Sheree Renee Thomas – Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (2000)

Colson Whitehead – The Underground Railroad (2016)

 

 

 

MUSIC

Sun Ra – “Space is the Place” (1973)

Parliament – “Mothership Connection” (1975)

Outkast – “Aquemeni” (1998)

Janelle Monae – “The ArchAndroid” (2010), “The Electric Lady” (2013), “Dirty Computer” (2018)

Drexciya – The Quest (1997)

Erykah Badu – Baduizm (1997)

Flying Lotus – 1983 (2006)

 

FILMS

The Brother from Another Planet (1984) – John Sayles

District 9 (2009) – Neill Blomkamp

PUMZI – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWMtgD9O6PU

INTERVIEW with Wanuri Kahiu – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlR7l_B86Fc

Wanuri Kahiu Ted Talk on Afrofuturism – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvxOLVaV2YY

Janelle Monae Dirty Computer Emotion Picture – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdH2Sy-BlNE

 

VISUAL ART

Jean-Michel Basquiat – Molasses

Antonio Lopez – fashion illustrations

Tim Fielder – graphic artist, “Black Metropolis” exhibit

Niama Safia Sandy – curated “Black Magic: Afro Pasts/Afrofutures” exhibit

King Britt – curated “Moondance: A Night in the Afrofuture” exhibit (2014)

Joshua Mays – Tells Stories in Murals

Lina Iris Viktor – A Rising Star

Rachel Stewart – jewelry maker

Ingrid Lafleur

 

Comic Books

Black (Kwanza Osajyefo)

Black Panther (Christopher Priest, Reginald Hudlin, Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Destroyer (Victor LaValle)

Milestone Comics (Icon, Static, Hardware, Blood Syndicate)

 

Non-Fiction

Afrofuturism: the World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture (2013) – Ytasha L. Womack

Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro Blackness (2015) – Alondra Nelson and Reynaldo Anderson

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (2015) – Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha

More Brilliant Than the Sun – Kodwo Eshun

The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics – Louis Chude-Sokei

Emergent Strategy – adrienne maree brown

Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction – André M. Carrington

Black Quantum Futurism: Theory and Practice Vol. 1 – ed. Rasheedah Phillips

 

Misc Resources

Afrofuturism: 3 Women you need to Know

Tech and Afrofuturism on Robin Thede’s late night show The Rundown:

Pt. 1: https://youtu.be/BltqLsYnOgw

Pt. 2: https://youtu.be/jk0OV_ZIxvw

Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto: http://martinesyms.com/the-mundane-afrofuturist-manifesto/

Aker: Futuristically Ancient – https://futuristicallyancient.com/

House of Future Sciences

This American Life – We are the Future

Dear Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes

[I originally sent this to them privately, but I wanted to publicly thank them also]

First off, thank you so much for your time, your presence, your generosity, and your awesomeness. You have always been a role-model for me and I wanted to once again say how much I appreciate you. Things couldn’t have gone any better.

 

Second, the folks you were talking to were a mix of writers, fans, and community organizers. Your words continued to resonate that night. After Afrofuturism Friday, I led another workshop right now called “the Superhero workshop.” Basically me and a lady who was in attendance for your talk, lead a group of women in using story to work through issues of trauma (with the idea that most superheroes origin story are rooted in trauma). Your words kept coming back to her and we all ended up working until midnight exploring your methods of approaching stories by asking questions. And. We. Had. Such. Breakthroughs.

Thirdly, I meet with the founder of the Kheprw Institute every Saturday morning for coffee and our “sacred dialogue” (basically, we’re off the clock and talk about things other than the community organizing work). As a part of the work we’ve been doing, we’ve been dealing with gentrification issues and equity land use. As a part of the worldbuilding for the novel I’m working on, I asked him about what real equity could look like. He went on a rant about how we’ll never achieve equity, not with the systems we have in place, how we can only leaven its worse aspects, and so on. I looked at my elder and told him I was about to put on my Afrofuturist hat: if we were starting a colony on the moon, what could equity look like? He got this look in his eye, I recognize that look of a dreamer, and then he started to give me some scenarios. I say all this to remind us of how Afrofuturism creates a space of us to dream about possibilities. Even visionary leaders sometimes needs that permission to dream, if only to see where we could be.

So thank you again. Know that you have touched a lot of doers and movers in our city.

Peace and love,

Maurice

PATREON UPDATE: October Extras Month!

Dear Patreon supporters,

Thank you so much for your patience. I’m not going to lie: I didn’t get the September stuff up due to preparing and being gone for the Writing Excuses Cruise (and I realize the weeping going on for me as I offer up teaching on a cruise as an excuse for non-production).

The month off has also allowed me to think through some changes I want to make to the Patreon. First off, in an attempt to make up for things, I’m declaring October “EXTRAS MONTH!”

-for those at the $1 level, it means extra pics of Ferb (and maybe me…on a beach…or something else equally productive).

-for those at the $5 level, there will be three blog posts this month (and at least two a month going forward)

-for those at the $5 and up levels, due to a special Afrofuturism Friday that I am doing in December, there will be a chapbook of several of my stories and a novelette produced that will be sent to you as a thank you.

-for those at the $10 level more chapters of the novel in progress. There may be a publishing date attached (assuming I get all the revisions done). So around next June, you will receive a copy of the finished product.

-for those at the $20 level, I’ve made the previous reports public on my blog:

Patreon Report: A Month in the Life

Patreon Report: A Month in the Life

-speaking, community work, writing update

 

Patreon Report: Afrofuturism Fridays

Patreon Report: Afrofuture Fridays

 

Patreon Report: One Week

-I was overdoing it, even for me

 

Patreon Report: Community Innovation Lab, Afrofuture Fridays, and More!

 

Patreon Report: 18-04-25

Patreon Report – 18-04-25

-more updates on the community innovation lab and Afrofuturism Fridays

 

More importantly, I’m adding a profile piece to the report. Each month I will include a write up of someone I work alongside with in the community development work. Plus updates on Afrofuturism Fridays, a Superhero Workshop, a Spirit & Place event, and a profile on Imhotep Adisa, founder of the Kheprw Institute.

And there may be other sneak peeks and previews this month. YOU. JUST. DON’T. KNOW.

As always, thank you for the support.

Maurice

Clarion 2019 Instructors…

I’m going to be an instructor at the Clarion workshop in 2019. I’m still pinching myself to make sure that I am not dreaming I’m a part of an amazing lineup including Carmen Machado, Karen Lord, Andy Duncan, and Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer. I’m of two minds: 1) it’s sorta surreal to be mentioned in the same sentence as so many writers I admire; and 2) SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! (a sample of the kind of quality professionalism and instruction you can expect)

[Learn more about the Clarion line up here.]

Writing Excuses Cruise 2018

Dear students wanting to know where Mr. Broaddus was all week (not that you’d check Facebook because it’s for old people),

Just know that I was hard at work on a new book and preparing to teach about writing. Because I suffer for my art.

Our first stop was at NASA. Chilling with the Saturn V rocket. 60 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. You can’t appreciate the scale unless you can picture parking your car into one of the FIVE thrusters in the back.

Then I found myself in Roatan, going over my lesson/workshop plans when suddenly I was struck with writers block that I found a way to push through…#beachmassagesrule

Then came Belize where I was, uh, researching. #writerslife

I did meet up with a few folks: one codenamed B15

and the other group codenamed Bravo Bravo Bravo.

This exchange probably best sums up how I lived on the Writing Excuses Cruise:

Me: Let me get this straight, I can order anything off this menu and you’ll give it to me for NO extra charge.

Waiter: Yes sir. So what would you like for dessert?

Me: The roasted duck.

#wrxcruise2018

I want to than the entire Writing Excuses crew for inviting me out and giving me the opportunity to teach some folks who will be taking the literary world by storm before too long.