In the self-promotion department, Kelli Dunlap doles out some love to her friends:  “Maurice Broaddus. Mo. I love the hell out of him, and want to slap him on a regular basis. His blog is poignant and/or professional, depending on the mood and whether or not he’s been to church in the last 24 hours. Sometimes, he forgets the internet is forever and goes a little deeper than he should. But we love him for it anyway. This one will make you think, no matter who you are, where you’re at, and should be read, loved and shared. Addicted to (Self-)Love.

General:

The Twilight Saga:  Eclipse – with LOLcats.  Do I need to say more?

How to keep someone with you forever – if you’ve ever been trapped in a bad relationship, a bad work situation, or a bad church, this blog breaks it down for you.  I also like the follow up post, Qualities That Keep You in a Sick System

Running a Successful Social Media Campaign – “There are many possible characteristics that can contribute to the success of your campaign. When you are involved with social media marketing for your business, you are creating a buzz about your offerings and more and more people will want to buy what you are selling.”

Mel Gibson’s mainstream Hollywood career is over — for real, this time – seriously, for real.

Racialicious:

Black Power’s Gonna Get You Sucka: Right-Wing Paranoia and the Rhetoric of Modern Racism – if this isn’t the blog post of the year when it comes to the language of race rhetoric, I don’t know what is.

Does Aaron McGruder Hate Black Women?–”The Lovely Ebony Brown,” Boondocks Season 3 Episode Reviewed – “Are the tensions that great, and the divides so huge, between black men and black women? As one of my colleagues emotionally and instinctively interjects when we try to have a reasonable conversation about black professional women and their marriage prospects, “are black women in fact mules?” Are they really that unloved, unwanted, and the least desirable of all women in American society?”

Spiritual:

Jerry is Groovy – “Brett McCracken, in his new and informative book, Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide , studies just this issue: how do we make Jesus hip and we make Christianity hip. It’s all about being relevant. No one wants the gospel to be irrelevant, and everyone wants Jesus to speak to our generation, so the tendency and the temptation is to sacrifice the real Jesus on the altar of relevance.”

The Miracles of Creation? – “No matter how we look at it the question of miracles is a key one as we consider faith, worldview and science. Certainly I have been asked many times on this blog how I can dismiss a miraculous creation (I don’t – but we’ll get to that), yet accept (apparently arbitrarily) the miracles performed by Jesus and, of course, the resurrection. Isn’t it all or nothing?  How can we pick and choose?”

Writing:

Show Me the (Urban Fantasy) Money – Damien G. Walter is looking for the best examples of Urban Fantasy.  If you’re unsure what Urban Fantasy is, Laura Anne Gilman gives you a primer on it.

Why I write: Laird Barron – I guess it would be unseemly for him to just say “I write to make the rest of you would be writers realize that you shouldn’t bother picking up pens and sullying blank pages with them.”

When Nalo Hopkinson starts breaking down story, drop what you’re doing and pay attention.

This.  Realms of Fantasy: Full Of Some Whitewashing You Don’t Care To Read About.

Harlan Ellison and Prince flee the internet, which somehow survives without them – Jason Sanford makes some great observations about the ability of artists to control their image in the Internet age.

The virtue of slowness – Jay Lake isn’t bragging about how fast he writes.  Still, if we band together, maybe our collective powers of jealousy will slow him down since he finds slowing down so helpful.

Living on a Writer’s Salary – 5 Money Tips for Writers – the first tip should be “marry someone rich or at least who has benefits.”

The 2009 Shirley Jackson Awards winners have been announced! This list pretty much forms my must-read list for the year.

Speaking of reading, go read Nate Southard’s That’s All Right (free fiction!).  And then go order Gary Braunbeck’s To Each Their Darkness (not free non-fiction, but if you order, it comes with free stuff).

Alethea Kontis, author, editor, and Princess, has a new book in stores today. Alpha Oops: H is for Halloween is a follow-up to her successful Alpha Oops. Like the previous volume, it is wonderfully illustrated by Bob Kolar.  You can read the Big Idea behind this book on John Scalzi’s Whatever.

Apex has *finally* merged it’s online store with the main site. You can find the store here.  Additionally, they now have a digital product delivery system, meaning they can sell eBooks via their shop. The price is $2.99. You can find links to their eBooks here. Finally, they’re having a store wide sale to promote the unveiling of the new store. You just need to enter NEWSTORE40 to receive 40% off your entire order (not good on pre-orders or merchandise).  Be sure to pick up your copies of Dark Faith.

Local:

Tomorrow’s the last day of the Indianapolis Black Expo with the IBE Praise & Worship Service Featuring Gospel Explosion at the Convention Center.  Hosted by United Kingdom Christian Church.  Special Guest Preacher: Bishop Eddie Long.  Special appearance by Donna Richardson-Joyner, Body Gospel Premiere.  Musical Performances: Trent Cory, Brian Courtney Wilson, Dr. Judith Christie McCalister, Malcom Williams, Lamar Campbell, Rodney Bryant, Nikki Fox from Kirk Franklin’s group, and a 200-voice Mass Choir. Time: Church Service 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Gospel Explosion Performances 12:00 PM-3:00 PM Cost: Free – doors open only from 8 AM-11 AM

Parking Lots and Empty lots and generic pharmacies… – a wonderful blog on the architecture and historical buildings around Indianapolis.

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.

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.

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.