Hey all! As you’ve probably noticed by now, I’m an awful blogger. It isn’t that I don’t love you; it is simply that I have so many words, for so many things, that none of those words ever seem to land here. Well, at least not on a regularly scheduled basis.
One of those “so many things” is pretty awesome. I’m doing book reviews on BlackNerdProblems.com.
As I’ve mentioned here, I’m really interested in exploring and popularizing more speculative fiction by people of color. I know so many fans (of all descriptions) who want to expand their reading options, and so many Black readers who are tired of being written out of the narrative. Taking matters into my own hands continues to be the best way to solve the problem: write the books I want to read and review the books I’m glad are there.
So that’s where most of my words will be landing for awhile. The site also features some of the funniest, most insightful Black nerds writing right now, doing reviews and commentary on everything from Dr. Who to Book of Korra. There’s a page for cosplayers and another for interviews and blah blah blah. Click the link. Go read. Then you’ll know why I’m excited.
I’ll still have things to say here now and then, things that won’t fit over there, so don’t unfollow me. Just follow me twice!
Hope the summer is treating you right. My fall is shaping up to be intense, but more on that later. Later!
For anyone who randomly comes across this post, here’s the deal. I’m in a virtual book group. We read books and post our comments about them to a FB group. No, you can’t join.
I started out making just a few notes for that group, but then those notes got too long. So I’ll put all my thoughts about the book here. Just like me to be too wordy for a FB post…
The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross: My Comments in 3 Parts
The main event for me at BayCon over Memorial Day weekend was the Themed Reading: Urban Fantasy panel, at which I read from QUEEN OF HUNGER and got to meet and hear a great crop of other authors working in the same rough genre. They all had FAR more experience than I, which meant I got to read first then sit back and listen. My two favorite of the other authors:
I have to geek-out here for a moment about Colin Fisk. Colin is the author of several of the Cyberpunk 2020 RPG sourcebooks — most notably the 1991 Chromebook. Now I don’t know if any of you are cyberpunk fans, either of the RPG or the genre, but I’ve read my Chromebook so many times the iconic pink cover isn’t attached any more. It was simply AWESOME for me to get to shake Colin’s hand and tell him how much he’d inspired me. He read from a new short story he’s working on, an intense piece of cyberpunk with a horror edge. I’ve added him to my Goodreads list so when the short comes out I can find it. I’d love to read more from him.
The other reading I really enjoyed was by Jay Hartlove from his novel THE CHOSEN. It is the first of an occult trilogy about Charles Redmond, a man who slowly convinces his psychologist that no, really, he’s sane…there really ARE demons chasing him and the loa of his Haitian Voodoo religion actually ARE alive and well and ready to help him in a fight for the future of the world. As you can imagine, this is right up my alley – Voodoo, horror, vengeance, redemption – all my favorite stuff.
In addition to sharing some great fiction, both men were also encouraging to me as the new author on the block. Let me tell you, when you’re reading from your heart in front of a room full of people, it is great to hear from the pros that you did well. Thanks to both of them for their cheers and support. I look forward to the next exciting pieces of fiction they both produce!
For my fellow gamer geeks — FLASHBACK!
I’m just settling in after a long weekend at my local Science Fiction/Fantasy fan-run convention, BayCon. It was a great chance for me to read from QUEEN OF HUNGER to a packed room and to get together with other fans and talk about our interests. Best of all for me, I met several other authors who I’m alternately inspired and impressed by. I wanted to give a review of the event but in the interest of short attention spans (and those of us who do our blog reading on our phones on our lunch hours) I’ll cut it into two posts. First – the Fans of Color Panel.
Now that I’m going to be publishing a book under the aegis of my lucky stars, I’ve started reading other self-published/small press authors. This is my own attempt to not only support other artists in my field, but also to get a feeling for the field itself.
To continue in this little project, I need your help. If you yourself are self-published, or know someone who is, leave me the details of the book in the comments. If the book fits with what I feel like reading, and the price is right, I’ll pick it up. If I have something interesting to say about it, I might just say it here – with a link to the author. I like hearing what other people have to say about my fiction, so it is nice to return that favor to others.
So far I’ve picked up the following (this is not yet a recommendation list, just an information one):
I also have laying around a few small press anthologies that I occasionally return to:
Yes, my short story is the closer for Finding Home (all the more reason for me to read all the other stories in the anthology!). My story is called “Jar Cleaning Day” and is completely unassociated with THE QUEEN OF HUNGER. That short centers on Sylvia Crenshaw, a hard-working survivor faced with a novel solution to her entirely not-novel problem. It is a different setting with different characters, but I’m sure sharp readers will make connections – real or imagined.
So you’ve got your assignment: self-pubbed/small press book details in the comments. Give me a list!