There was no Weekly Round Up last week due to the holidays (plus my son’s birthday, plus anything that resembles real life intruding on my interwebz time).

In a bit of self-promotion, editor Jennifer Brozek posts the table of contents for her upcoming anthology, Beauty Has Her Way.  My story, I, Theodora, is in this one.

By the way, I love being name-dropped.  In #32 Wounded Range, Part 2 — Guest Blog by Noah Meernaum, they mention my weird west tale coming up in Dead West.  There is actually a trilogy of semi-linked stories.  The order is “Dance of Bones” (in the next issue of Inhuman), “Black Frontiers” (Dark Dreams II), and then “Trail’s End” (Dead West).

General:

This I Fear – What are you afraid of?

Racialicious:

Why you should not see “The Last Airbender” movie, but watch the cartoon instead – there’s still time to talk about all the wrong in this movie.

Weekend Funny: Mel Gibson’s Racist Rant Revealed or Let’s Play the Mel Gibson Movie Quotable Racism Game – Having trouble going back and watching Mel Gibson films in light of his recent outburts?  Can’t separate the art from the artist?  Try this handy game.

Armchair Sociology: Ghetto Ign’t Children, Social Disorganization, and the Origin of Black Female-Headed Families – Some interesting thoughts and distillation of social disorganized theory.

Race + Comics Notes: The Missing Women Of Marvel – Ok, this had me at the line “Spider-Girl: Homegirl’s had more series canceled than Joss Whedon.”

Some Thoughts on “Acting White” – “The “integration f-ed us up” meme runs deep, and not just in terms of education – I’ve heard it apply to black business ownership, housing, art – just about anything that we used to own and operate before segregation ended. I’m not sure why Buck thinks he’s stumbled upon something new – there is a certain set of older black folks who will happily explain all the unintended consequences of desegregation if you just ask. However, this was the most emailed article on the Slate site on the 6th, so it’s worth taking a longer look at this alleged phenomenon and why it is such a popular explanation for the achievement gap.”

Spiritual:

Are Christians Really….? 4 – Brad Wright asks and probes in the 4th chap of his excellent new book, Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…and Other Lies You’ve Been Told: A Sociologist Shatters Myths From the Secular and Christian Media . A WaPo writer, Michael Weisskopf, says “Evangelicals are largely poor, uneducated, and easy to command.” So Wright asks who is in the church and how did they get there.

Is Homosexuality an “Abomination”? – I am thinking quite a bit on this topic.  There will be some posts and an announcement in the near future.

And He Saith Unto Them… Don’t Be a Jerk – In churchdom, the Big Sins are the obvious ones. Adultery will get you fired from that preaching job. A drug problem will get you removed from the worship ministry. Wearing a itsy-bitsy bikini at the church picnic may earn you a serious “talking-to” from the leadership.  But what about being a jerk? Do we let that slide?

Religious Colonialism 1 – “A pastor once said to me that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam believe in the same God but just worship him differently. I said two things back: (1) Not true, for no Jew or Muslim believes in or worships God as Trinity, and (2) just try getting an ordinary Christian, Jew or Muslim to say they think that we all have the same God. ”

Christ and the Dragons 7 – “Can you say “I believe in the Church”? Do you think low church evangelicals really believe in the church? Do you think Protestant liberals believe in the Church? Do you think the major denominations believe in the “one” Church?  Who do you think believes in the Church one, holy, apostolic, and catholic?”

Writing:

Stereotypical Behavior – Oh my.  I don’t know where to begin on this one.  Although, it did remind me of this blog post by David Mills about the versatility of the n-word.

Nnedi Okorafor writes about dealing with criticism from the community about which she writes.  This is a primer on how to be both classy and culturally relevant.

Adventures in Editing from Catherynne Valente.  Every time she gets all ranty, I’m on the edge of my seat reading.

Stories as Arrangements of Patterns – I love reading about other’s writing process.  For Cat Rambo “a story must consist of a pleasing set of patterns, ones that fill it out and create its shape.”

Paul Jessup offers some thoughts on publishing.  Elizabeth Bear offers a few thoughts on whether SF still serves a purpose.  Speaking of which, congrats to the 2010 Locus Award winners.

Freelancer’s Survival Guide: Advertising Part One – what kind of advertising pays for writers?

And now a writer’s messageboard flame war … POLITE BRIT STYLE.

Local:

Indianapolis Black Expo – kicks off today with a black film festival.

Eastgate Studios Open House – Please join us for an Open House, Sunday, July 11th, from 3-5pm, at our building downtown (24 South Shelby Street). Here you’ll have the opportunity to tour our amazing facility and learn about the renovations that are taking place! You’ll also have the chance to hear about where the Lord is taking Eastgate and how you can be a part! Feel free to invite your family and friends!

The 48 Hour Film Project – The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie — write, shoot, edit and score it — in just 48 hours. On Friday night, you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. Then it will show at a local theater, usually in the next week.  The Indianapolis location of the 48 Hour Film Project, produced by Big Car for the second year, returns July 30-Aug. 1. And online registration is now open. Just visit the Indianapolis 48HFP website – http://www.48hourfilm.com/indianapolis – for more information and to reserve your spot in this year’s competition.

Ladies Night Out – Ladies, kick off your Indiana Black Expo weekend the “write” way @ Write ON the Poetry Spot! Indy’s SEXIEST poet, Sleepy P, hosts Healing for the Soul….Ladies Night Out.

Book Club artist reception – already looking ahead to next month’s First Friday.   The Harrison Center and Herron Art Library of the IUPUI University Library are pleased to present Book Club, our third annual book arts exhibit. This year’s exhibit will feature work by Hector del Campo, Bruce Campbell, Gatis Cirulis, Tehniyet Hussain, David Johnson, Ashley Judd, Brooke Merry, Elizabeth Nelson, Katya Reka, Lori Scott, Kevin Steele and Sarah Strong as well as a sampling from the Herron Art Library’s permanent collection. Returning this year to present are Bill and Vicki Stewart of Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, LLC.

Ceramic Dreams, a Painting Pottery Studio & Gift Gallery Boutique, is celebrating its FIVE-Year Anniversary on Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The celebration is taking place at the “54th & Monon Shops” (1134 E. 54th St., Studio G) with FREE hot dogs, FREE anniversary cake, FREE giveaways, specials on painting pottery, specials on glass fusing, and sales in the gift shop.

GenCon has a writers symposium.  Here’s the lineup so far.