Weekly Blog Round Up – 01/22/11

General

Writing

Descended from Darkness vol. 2 is available.  It contains the following dark SF stories published in Apex Magazine from July 1, 2009 through June 30th, 2010.

A collection of first-rate collections – Paul Tremblay has “been fortunate to read three outstanding short story collections (one from ’09, the others from ’10); each of them weird, dark, horrific, and beautiful. Each with their own voice and distinct feel.”  I’m taking notes.

The Business Rusch: Midlist Writers & Big Publishing – Kristine Kathryn Rusch on what some of the market changes mean for midlist writers.

Spiritual

Is Evangelical Christianity Having a Great Gay Awakening?

Christian Universalism: The Problem of Metaphysics

Racialicious

Local/Arts

Attention local musicians: If you would like to be considered for the IMAF 2011 band lineup, please send your info to imafindy@gmail.com.

Indy Convergence is coming up

An open call to Indianapolis artists:

Weekly Blog Round Up – 01/15/11

General

Should I work for free.  Nuff said.

Writing

Your Business Model is Not Your Neighbor’s – Monica Valentinelli takes an interesting look at publishing models.

Jason Sanford wonders Where The Great Gatsby of Today is.

Five Money Mistakes Freelancers Make – We’d like to suggest that if you do anything, nip the following five bad habits in the bud now, so you never have to worry about them again. We consider them to be the five primo mistakes all self-employed people make. If you correct them before they become long-term ingrained problems, you’ll be in good shape to move forward with most of your financial goals.

An interview with Marc Gascoigne of Angry Robot about their upcoming open month of submissions.

Spiritual

Getting to know the “nones”:  “recent polls give evidence of a dramatic increase in the number of Americans who self-identify as having no religious affiliation — with their share of the population up from 7 to nearly 17 percent in the last few years.”

Should Christian Art (at times) be Offensive? – “What began as a few questions about language evolved into why Christians are so easily offended and what it means to be “set apart.””

Following your spiritual instincts regarding the poor – “ It wasn’t about the trendiness of social justice or even re-inventing cool, new ways to do church. It was all about loving God and allowing our love for neighbor to flow from that.”

Racialicious

Being a huge fan of The Wire, and in light of the Huck Finn mess, a look at what the use of the n-word meant to the show:

Local/Arts

An open call to Indianapolis artists:

Weekly Round Up – 01/08/11

General

For the truly comic nerds among us, Todd Klein has a great post on what it was like to letter Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:  Century.

Writing

Nick Mamatas on the new edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (the de-nigger-ed version).  Racialicious sums up the conversation around the controversy.  And someone made Chesya Burke break out her stick.

Brian Keene gives his top ten books of 2010.  King Maker gets a nice mention.  (I always look forward to his list and Nate Southard’s list at the end of each year to figure out my TBR stack)

Angry Robot shows off their upcoming covers of the next six months.  King’s Justice is in the mix.

Racialicious

Spiritual

Local Arts Scene

Hamiltonian Artists encourages all interested artists who have not had prior gallery represention to apply for this competitive, two-year fellowship program. Learn more about the So Hamiltonian Fellowship Program.  For more information, please email: info@hamiltonianartists.org

Weekly Round Up – 09/25/10

General:

In the self-promotion department, Jerry Gordon and I were interviewed for the SF Signal podcast.  I’m stunned they were able to cobble together anything coherent out of that interview.  Kudos to Jerry for remaining professional and on point while I bounced all over the place.

In the nerd department, read Alan Moore’s parody of Frank Miller’s Daredevil from 1983

Pimping my friends, Wrath James White’s Book of a Thousand Sins is getting a re-release.  I once reviewed it.  Go pre-order it.

Spiritual:

Atheist become Apologist – “A failure to understand the Christian concept of God. Dawkins thinks of God as an “entity” in almost empirical terms and here’s why: he argues that empirical data do not exist for God. Therefore, God doesn’t exist. But what this shows is:  God can’t be shown by empirical sciences; therefore, God doesn’t exist. But this proves not that God does not exist but that God cannot be proved by empirical sciences or that God is not empirical, which is just what Christians do believe: that God is not one of us but outside the empirical reality. Furthermore, this shows that atheists are locked into both belief that God must be empirical and they believe only in knowledge from the empirical sciences. It is a circular argument.”

The Gifts – “In a nutshell, I believe that the gifts of the Spirit are still being given as part of God’s continuing gospel work and mission.”

Theology After Darwin – There are four major theological challenges raised by a Darwinian or evolutionary view of creation and the blog discusses how they were dealt with in the latter half of the nineteenth century making connection with our debates and questions today.

Wisdom about Words – Scot McKnight gives some great insight into the nature of words.

Writing:

An Announcement Concerning Apex Magazine – In light of the Elizabeth Moon debacle mentioned last week, editor Catherynne Valente announces that the November issue of Apex will be an entirely Arab/Muslim issue.  Speaking of which, Jim C. Hines has an Open Letter to Elizabeth Moon.  Here are some thoughts on WisCon’s response to the situation as well as Nisi Shawl’s.

Robert E. Howard was a racist. Deal with it – Jason Sanford manages to step in it while stating the obvious.

Local/Arts:

Love Guatemala – “An amazing show is taking shape for First Friday, October 1st in The ArtSpace of downtown Indianapolis. You could be a huge support to these beautiful kids and their families through the arts!”

Friendship For The Arts – “Our desire is to increase a greater appreciation for the arts in Johnson County and to create a platform for local artists to showcase their work.”

Weekly Round Up – 09/18/10

General:

IHOP sues IHOP over use of their acronym.

Okay, one of the latest meme involves lists discussing dating a writer.  Jennifer Brozek gives her opinion.  And Alethea Kontis gives her darker warning.  And someone is “offended by the rank objectification of writers!”

Racialicious:

Armchair Sociology: Of Saggin’ Pants, Seven Boys Named James, the Cool Pose, and The People’s Court – “The cool pose is a set of language, mannerisms, gestures and movements that “exaggerate or ritualize masculinity,””

ELLE MAGAZINE TRIES TO SHOW US GABOUREY SIDIBE’S ‘LIGHTER’ SIDE – you think white washing only happens in book publishing or on movie posters?  I think not!

Shucking and Jiving in 2010 – On black conservatives and the latest … issues.  “I saw the above image of the South Caroline Senate president, dressed as a confederate general, and two African-Americans dressed in 1800’s Gullah costumes.”

Innovation Crisis in Black America Pt. 2: Where are Black Entrepreneurs and Angels? – “There’s an economic crisis of monumental proportions occurring in Black America. The challenges stretch across a vast spectrum of education, unemployment, entrepreneurship, investment and innovation. But you won’t hear much about this crisis from any of the so-called “mainstream” media.”

Black Male Grad Rates: Despair, And A Ray Of Hope – “In the past few weeks, more than 400,000 young black men entered American high schools as freshmen. Four years from now, fewer than half of them will get diplomas.”

Spiritual:

Our History, Our Weakness – “The average Christian knows next to nothing about the history of Christian theology…What can be done about this “black hole” of our history? How can we resurrect memory? What are you doing or what do you hear others are doing? Is this a genuine problem in your view?”

I once wrote:  “We walk in tensions and paradoxes in our lives. Too often I think we have this schizophrenic view of God: half the time we treat Him like this cosmic genie doling out blessings like He’s the great Santa in the sky. The other half, we think of God like He’s a guy who hides behind the bushes waiting for us to screw up so that He can leap out, yell “ah ha!”, then heap plagues into our lives.”  Don Miller writes about “How to Manipulate God

Church Disciplines…for a Church 1 – What are the “church” spiritual disciplines?

Apologetics in a Postmodern World 2 – “Five themes in nature that led Collins to Christian faith:  1. There is something instead of nothing. 2. The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics. Why? 3. The big bang. A beginning about 13.7 billion years ago. Nature doesn’t come from nothing. 4. The precise tuning of physical constants in the universe. This gets him to Einstein’s God. 5. Moral law. This led him to confront God and holiness and his sinfulness and Jesus Christ.”

Writing:

Postmodernism and SF – The Impossible Constellation, Reflected in the Never-same River: Pondering Postmodernism in Fantastika and a piece by Jeff Vandermeer

As tempests in the interwebz go, Elizabeth Moon, recently announced as a GOH at next year’s Wiscon, has some commentary on Islam which ranks up there this week.  Expect this to have long term ripple effects (racefail says what?).

Local:

Spirit & Place Civility in a fractured society – “On September 22-that’s next week!-you have a rare opportunity to meet the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities in a discussion on civility in a fractured society.”

Harrison Center on First Friday – “The Harrison Center and Homeward Bound of Central Indiana present the Homeward Bound group show.”

Weekly Round Up P.S. – Blog a Koran

RT: @charliehuman: “Lazy fundamentalist Christians vow to download full text of Koran and then delete it”

Oh, I could go on about how Jesus’ message of love didn’t involve the need to burn other religion’s books or how I’d rather be known for what I stand for rather that who I stand against.  Or, as Rick Warren says “I believe in the separation of church and hate.”  Instead, I thought I’d join Tall Skinny Kiwi to remember September 11 to BLOG A KORAN and help create some understanding with our Muslim neighbors.

This has been something that’s been an area of interest for me for a while.  I often let a Muslim brother of mine guest blog for me.  So my entry for Blog a Koran is a look back at some of his guest blogs:

Intro to Al-Fitr – the feast breaking the fast of Ramadan.  Except we had to celebrate it behind bars (which was a unique view of the occasion).

A Muslim take on Community – “The question that initiated this line of thought was whether or not we (by “we” I mean the Muslims here at Indiana State Prison) are a “community” in the way it is defined along Islamic terms and is this definition harmonious to the general understanding of community (and what is the general understanding of community). And depending on the answer to that question, what is our responsibility to either maintain or achieve community.”

-Hey, You Hate Us!1! part one and part two – “Several of us had a conversation along these lines the other day: the idea that Muslims overseas have a hatred for America and the American way of life, and therefore want to destroy us. This is a commonly used “bogey man” tactic that is played out by certain talking heads in the media.”

Taqwa – “You mentioned that while Christians focus in on the aspect of God’s love, that some tend to forget or negate the very real aspect of God’s wrath. And God’s wrath is not something that is very pretty.  This holds true for Muslims as well. Often, especially non-Muslims looking at Islamic beliefs will focus in on the concept of taqwa – which is the fear of Allah.”

Me and my Muslim brother are both on spiritual journeys.  We don’t always agree and, frankly, love the conversation brought about by disagreeing.  What we are not is so threatened by each other’s story that we’re moved to negate or destroy the other.  We seek to learn from each other and begin with a posture of listening and respecting one another.  It’s how friendships are formed.

Weekly Round Up – 9/11/10

General:

I won’t lie, this picture of Tupac makes me happy and is made of awesome.

Joker and Lex – this cartoon also makes me happy and is made of awesome.

Yvette Tan is a writer with a great blog.  Unfortunately, it’s not a blog you should read while hungry.

Racialicious:

Do the Emmys Have a Race Problem? – “Until Archie Panjabi’s surprise win this year for The Good Wife, only eight people of color had ever won an Emmy in the top four acting categories for drama and comedy.”  Sounds like the short answer is “yes”.

TIM WISE TAKES ON CRITICS OF WHITE ANTI-RACISTS – every time he speaks on the topic of white privilege and racism, folks should pay attention.  Speaking of … “COLORBLINDNESS,” “ILLUMINATED INDIVIDUALISM,” POOR WHITES, AND MAD MEN

Spiritual:

The Top 11 Things That Pastors Wish They Knew Before They Built – “Here’s the bad news: The average tenure of a pastor after a significant building project is twenty-two month. Over half of the churches in the U.S. have a set of plans (stuck behind the pastor’s door) that will never be built. To top it off, construction is the second most litigated industry in the U.S., behind medical. Some pastors will deal with these statistics by never building. Some will forge ahead alone and often become one of these statistics. The good news is that others will seek out those who have built to gain counsel and wisdom.”

Paul for the Perplexed – I LOVE the idea of Christians indwelling a story not a theological system.

But do they sometimes doubt? – “Do those with strong views on science and faith sometimes doubt, sometimes wonder?”

Writing:

Special congrats to fellow IHW member, Nicole Cushing.  Her story “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Piggy Class” is out in the John Skipp antho, WEREWOLVES AND SHAPESHIFTERS: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE BEAST WITHIN.  Skipp goes on to say this about her story:  “Nicole Cushing is one of my faves in the new wave of Bizarro authors.  There’s a focused intelligence and clarity at play throughout even the deepest patches of delirium….a genuine method to the unadulterated madness — that makes it so much more than merely weird.  …Making points I’ve never seen made more clearly or strangely about how society actually works.”  Whatever.  I may kill her and wear her skin suit because she’s sharing a TOC with Neil Gaiman.

Continuing this “Pimp My Friends” edition of the writing world round up, Kelli Owen reveals a bit about her novel debut, Six Day, through Maelstrom Books.  Bookgasm crows about Nate Southard’s book, He Stepped Through, as well as Brian Keene’s latest, A Gathering of Crows.  And Tim Waggoner’s Dead Streets gets a great review.  Since I’m pimping, another great review of Dark Faith.

A few words with Neil Clarke on his world dominating submission management system – Jason Sanford writes on the domination of this submission system.  On a personal note, I have been submitting a story co-written with Jason Sizemore.  The first three places we sent it to all used this submission system.  And it IS hard to not sit there and watch your number count down…

Should I use a Nom de Plume – I toyed with the idea of a pen name a while ago, but I’ve obviously decided to ride this “Maurice Broaddus” thing out.

Want to be a freelancer (another idea I’ve been toying with lately)?  Just punch yourself in the face instead.

7 Keys to Writing Good Dialogue – sometimes we can all use a reminder.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sell-Throughs, But Were Afraid To Ask – “Like everything else in publishing, sell-through numbers are open to interpretation.”

Weekly Round Up – 09-04-10

In the self-promotion department, it looks like the anthology Dark Futures:  Tales of Dystopian SF is now available.  It has my story “A Stone Cast into Stillness”.

General:

Dads in Divorce Court – “The big question here is whether or not there needs to be more equity in the divorce court.”

Racialicious:

I once participated in a local experience called “Follow the North Star” where participants re-create what it meant to flee a slave-owner and follow the Underground Railroad.  This blog ponders Slave Cabin Sleepovers: Honoring The African Holocaust and Our Ancestors or Trivializing their Memory?

Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally and the Dunning-Kruger Effect – nuff said.

Spiritual:

After my blog on The Artist and the Church, obviously the book For the Beauty of the Church has my attention:  “Whether Catholics or Protestants, Reformed or Charismatic, younger evangelicals or older evangelicals, emerging or traditional, a growing number of churches and denominations worldwide are interested in and supporting the arts. While there has been a plethora of conversations about the arts in the church, few of these conversations have been as practical and stimulating as For the Beauty of the Church, a collection of essays edited by David Taylor”

Tony Jones seeks the answer to the question “What does Phyllis Tickle think of emergence now?

What Good’s a Theologian? – “I wonder what role a theologian plays in your local church? Does your church have a “theologian”? What if you have questions … to whom do you go? What advice do you have for theologians? Which theologians do you think are really of help to the church today? McGrath sees four components of the professional theologian’s contribution to the life of the church”

Here’s the question of the moment:  Why is it OK to adjust our Bible readings to historical study but not to scientific study?

Writing:

J.F. Gonzalez gives a breakdown on the history of Dorchester Publishing.  Not for nothing, here’s a blog post on whether bankruptcy clauses in contracts are enforceable.

Paul Carr gives some interesting insight on writers abandoning their publishers in favor of self-publishing e-books.  And Tim Ferriss breaks down how authors really make their money.  And Lee Goldberg says that you’d be a fool not to take a mid-list paperback or a hardcover deal over self-publishing on the Kindle.

Jenn Stark gives us some branding tips.

Monica Valentinelli gives us tips on Creating an Alien Language: Names and Naming Conventions.

For those who have been asking, Angry Robots is beginning to roll out their e-books.

So … what’s the next big trend in SF/F?

Local:

One of my favorite blogs, Historic Indianapolis, turns its attentions to the corner of 16th and Delaware, where I happen to go to church.  You’ll note that she gushes over some of my favorite artists to visit on First Fridays.

I try to frequent local coffee shops.  And I’m not alone in trying to support them:  Thank you, Calvin Fletcher.

Pilfered shamelessly from Julie’s Mind Edge’s How to Live it up on Labor Day Weekend:

If you are hungry…Rib America Festival – Sept 3-6th at Military Park. This is always a very popular event. I would recommend going when you can get in free as tickets for food cost.  Free admission before 5m on Friday Sept 3rd and before 1pm on Sat. Sun. and Mon. There will be some great bands playing throughout the weekend.

There are also some great concerts this weekend:  Kings of Leon, an Indie southern roots Rock band will be playing Verizon Wireless Music Center on Friday. Check out some of their music here.  Another Indie band playing this weekend is Vampire Weekend. They will be playing in Bloomington, IN in the IU Auditorium and will be worth the drive. Here is a sampling of their upbeat, pop rock music.

September 6th – Labor Day

The Jazz Kitchen is bringing the party outside.  A hoppin’ Street Fair with top notch Jazz musicians and local vendors in what is now a Labor Day tradition not to be missed. Fair starts at 12:30pm

And in the evening come out for the final concert of the Garfield Park Summer Concert Series at 6:30pm – America We Remember. Great patriotic music as the sun sets and fireworks to end your long weekend!

Weekly Round Up – 08-28-10

In the self-promotion department, there is this … interesting review of Dark Faith.  Or this … even more interesting review of Dark Faith (though I like the idea of a Dark Faith drinking game).  Or, you can go to Choate Road for a terrific review and analysis of the anthology.  For a full round up of reviews for Dark Faith, you can go here.

General:

I am just fascinated by this Faces of Meth photo gallery.  Spoiler Alert:  no one looks good in the “after” meth photos.

Wyclef Jean fighting to get name on Haiti presidential ballot – I’m actually surprised more celebrities don’t run for office here.  I’m pretty sure we’d elect them not because they were any good, but so that we could turn politics into more of a reality television show than it already is.

Spiritual:

Elders:  For Men Only? – “Do you hear the argument that only males can be elders? On what basis is that argument based? Where does the Bible say an elder must be a male? Margaret Mowczko sketches a response to these questions”

Former “Ex_Gay” Leaders Apologize – “This video highlights a number of former United States and international leaders of Exodus ministry apologizing for the role they played in encouraging people to see a conflict in their christian faith and their being Gay.”

Father of the Ancient-Future Path – a nice little piece on the history of Robert Webber.

John Armstrong on “Tradition” – I like the direction of John’s thought.  Been on a similar trajectory myself lately (at least with the premise of his book, Your Church is Too Small).

There was no way Wrath James White was going to let last week’s conversation on agnosticism and horror go without his slant on things, thus we have Atheist Horror.  One reason this conversation fascinates me is because I was just asked the week before how writers of various backgrounds (Christian, agnostic, and atheists in particular) reconcile their beliefs and writing about the supernatural.

Racialicious:

DEA seeks Ebonics experts to help with cases – As a complete aside, back when I was in college, I took a linguistics class.  Only black person in the class.  Teacher announces “next time we’ll be discussing Black English Dialect.  Maurice, you can lead us in that discussion.”  She must’ve snatched herself because the next session, she was twelve kinds of apologetic.  Then proceeded to drop the “g”s from verbs.

Hitler DNA Tests Show He Likely Had Jewish, African Roots, Daily Mail Says – Um…that would be the textbook definition of irony.

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER APOLOGY – THIS TIME TO INUIT FOR HIGH ARCTIC RELOCATION – This certainly never got a lot of play in my history class.

Writing:

The unbearable loneliness of the solitary artist – The one thing that people don’t think about when it comes to being freelancers is how lonely it can be sometimes.

9 Must-have Clauses for Digital Rights Contracts – “There are a variety of individuals—traditional publishers included—who are buying up the rights to backlists for little or no advances against royalties, with no firm schedule for publication, with no distribution deals in place, and with little or no expertise in how to actually create an ebook. And yet, writers who have complained for eons about how badly they are used and abused by publishers, are turning around and selling off these assets for a pittance.” So Michael Stackpole educates us.

Yay the 2009 World Fantasy Awards Nominees!

So Publishers Weekly is doing a cash grab from self-published authors.  JA Konrath and Nick Kaufmann both weigh in on this.

10 Steps for Writers New to Scribd by Douglas Clegg – “Grab it while it lasts! These are my 10 basic steps for writers who want to participate in Scribd.com and reach readers as part of this great community”

Ian Hocking retires from writing.  A writer has to write, but when the well runs dry …

Local:

I recently ran across a new blog called Julie’s Mind Edge which talks about a lot of restaurants local to Indianapolis.  It’s great stuff.

Artist Carrie Rapp will be participating in the 2010 OCB Mr/Ms Natural Indiana on Sept 11 at Lutheran High School.

With September’s First Friday quickly coming up, the Harrison Center has: “In the Harrison Gallery – Harlow and the Raven King – new work by Mab Graves; In the Gymnasium – The 3rd Annual Urban Times Neighborhood Fair; In Gallery No. 2 – Sparkles, Sprinklers and Bad Seeds – new work by Erin K. Drew and NERS; In Hank & Dolly’s Gallery – paintings and woodcuts by Ross Wagner.”

Weekly Round Up – 08-21-10

In the self-promotion department, a REVIEW: DARK FAITH, EDITED BY MAURICE BROADDUS AND JERRY GORDON by Dylan Fox.  Here is a Booklist Webinar – Selecting and Recommending Inspirational Fiction (where me, King Maker and Dark Faith may have been name dropped a few times).

General:

Why Our Generation Doesn’t Care About Prop 8 – “One demographic strangely absent from this debate is younger Christians. Though we don’t normally shy away from advocacy—see Darfur, clean water projects, orphan care, poverty and missions—our generation seems unwilling to fight this battle.”  Wonder why?

Racialicious:

I grew up watching Charlie Chan movies with my dad, which made sense as I was his number one son.  I love the idea of RE-ENTER CHARLIE CHAN?

Spiritual:

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Step by Step 5 (by T) – “what role scripture plays in each of our thinking, and ask what does it mean for scripture to have “primacy” among the members of the Quadrilateral, not just for Matt and myself, but for anyone.  Or does this conversation show that “prima scriptura” is either a mistake, or, as I’ve said about “sola scriptura,” a mirage we cannot ever reach?  Does the existence and/or frequency of explicit teachings and examples in the scripture matter for how much primacy we give to scripture in a given theological issue?  (It’s harder to give primacy on issues where scripture is silent, for instance, or is it?)  Does location and role in the NT vs. OT matter?  How do we let the forest of scripture (the larger narrative) as well as the trees (specific examples and commands) have appropriate sway?  When should tradition, reason, and/or experience play the primary role in building our thinking about God?”

The Internet Monk revisits the topic of The Emerging Movement: Getting the Big Picture and Where Is “Emerging” Now, and Where Is It Going? I can’t help but wonder how many church plants followed in Mars Hill’s footsteps and “had become a big institution that wounded people in similar ways as the churches many Gen-Xers swore they would not mimic.”  The more things change …

Matt Cardin, long time friend to this blog, hits us with two posts which give a lot to chew on:  This I Believe: An uber-agnostic on religion, psychology, consciousness, the paranormal, and the meaning of life and Lovecraft, Christian Horror, and Weird Fiction, both of which reminded me of my piece on Horror and the Fear of the Lord.  All of which comes back to Mike Duran’s piece On “Christian Horror” and Atheist Dread.

Q & A: Anne Rice on Following Christ Without Christianity – “The tipping points behind the novelist’s departure from the institutional church, and why she still reads D.A. Carson, Craig Keener, and N.T. Wright instead of ‘Twilight.'”  Scot McKnight reminds us that Anne Rice is Not Alone.

Evangelicalism’s Radical Diversity 7 – “Question: How has evangelicalism been co-opted by the Republican party? Or, slightly different, how has the Republican party accommodated itself to evangelicalism?”

Writing:

Looking for some good reads?  Try the Top 10 Forgotten Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novels.

Jason Sanford hits us with a couple of great blogs this week:  first, For students: A few words on genre and literary fiction; and then Our science fiction isn’t your father’s SF.  And he gives us a some good reads with The online SciFi Strange anthology.

Author and Character – a fascinating piece on separating the author from their work.

Tobias Buckell gives us a few Chapter thoughts.

Since I did a blog on whether or not I should do a book tour, along come Mary Robinette Kowal with some Debut Author lessons: Signing stock for bookstores.

The topic of Writing the Other II – Race gets revisited over on the Apex blog.  I think people take it for granted that whenever I write a white character, I am writing the other.  However, I have great resources at my disposal, like Stuff White People Like.

Tananarive Due on Why I created a social network for writers.  And Tom Piccirilli writes about why he writes.

One fascinating phenomena about signing a book deal is how many people think I’ve become rich.  Well, here’s a list of the highest paid authors over the last year.  You’ll note that I’m not on the list, nor would I appear on this list if it was extended by several hundred thousand.

Local:

I recently ran across a new blog called Julie’s Mind Edge which talks about a lot of restaurants local to Indianapolis.  It’s great stuff.

Artist Carrie Rapp will be participating in the 2010 OCB Mr/Ms Natural Indiana on Sept 11 at Lutheran High School.

With September’s First Friday quickly coming up, the Harrison Center has: “In the Harrison Gallery – Harlow and the Raven King – new work by Mab Graves; In the Gymnasium – The 3rd Annual Urban Times Neighborhood Fair; In Gallery No. 2 – Sparkles, Sprinklers and Bad Seeds – new work by Erin K. Drew and NERS; In Hank & Dolly’s Gallery – paintings and woodcuts by Ross Wagner.”