As Mo*Con approaches, my writing productivity moves toward zero, including blogs for the most part.  However, here are some blogs and articles I’ve popped up in recently (READ:  if I can’t write, I can at least talk about writing):

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY BLACK PEOPLE: African & African-American Steampunk!

For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of what is now called Steampunk – a mash-up of fantasy and science fiction that embraces a fantastical past while incorporating a spirit of progress, exploration and do-it-yourself ingenuity…My next search was Black authors of Steampunk, which did not yield much, however it did take me to an article written by an incredible writer by the name of Jha – who I later discovered is one of the leading authorities on Steampunk, Jaymee Goh – whose informative and inspiring work helped me to find other Steampunk People of Color.

In a search for black writers of steampunk, I was one of several writers interviewed.  So make with the clicky-clicky to see what drew me to steampunk and what future steampunk projects I’m working on.  And you can still read my story “Pimp My Airship” online.

Gallery links residents to urban neighborhoods

As you pass by the Harrison Center for the Arts on 16th and Delaware, initially you may be confused. What was once the historic First Presbyterian Church now houses various art programs, local artists and art galleries.  Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that the Harrison Center in that space makes perfect sense as the center strives to foster awareness and appreciation for arts and local culture.

The Harrison Center for the Arts is the Broaddus family’s first stop during our city’s First Friday events.  I was interviewed by The Indianapolis Recorder the nation’s fourth oldest-surviving black newspaper, in Calvin Fletcher’s coffee shop, my current favorite writing spot, about having an eye on moving to one of the city’s up and coming arts district.

Diversity in Writing: Multicultural Characters in Speculative Fiction

In taking us beyond the world we inhabit, one containing familiar people, places, laws and social mores, and technology, writers of speculative fiction face challenges both similar to and different than writers of more “down to earth” contemporary or historical genres. For speculative writers, as for many, the story often begins with a character. Yet, are there unusual methods involved with creating characters like a young man infused with superhuman strength, a laboratory-crafted creature, a rescue operation starship commander or a time-travelling soccer mom?

I was one of several authors whose brains were picked (joining Chesya Burke and Carole McDonnell).  Among my quotables:  “It’s to the point where I go into an urban fantasy expecting not to encounter minority characters other than in a ‘magical Negro’-type capacity.”  But not once did I describe myself as writing “magic ghetto realism”.  This time.

The above picture was from an article on the St. Luke’s Singles group.  I have spoken to that group on a couple of occasions and Christ Thornsberry is awesome.  “We appeal to so many different people,” said Thornsberry, a lay director of adult ministries at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on the Far Northside. “We promote healthy relationships. What’s healthy for me might not be healthy for someone else, and vice versa.” [Click here for the article on his singles’ group]

Oh, and today’s my birthday.  I share it with fellow scribes John C. Hay and Brian Knight!