A Score of Roses Link Roundup

(image from the 5th edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook. I took this from Saladin Ahmed’s Twitter, and I’ll properly attribute it when I’m not posting from a phone.) There’ve been a couple of mentions of my story “A Score of Roses” recently that I wanted to share with everyone, because I’m a…

Elves of Color, The Color of Elves

I. The Color of Elves Last week the above picture of fans cosplaying as Drow was posted by the official Dungeons and Dragons twitter account. The internet saw this picture, and, as these things usually go, accusations of blackface surfaced: @Wizards_DnD @r_a_salvatore Guys given the recent shit you’re paddling through re: inclusiveness maybe posting blackface…

We Don’t Need Westeros

Two or three days ago, the forward-thinking geeks of twitter were set all abuzz by this article, wherein readers are treated to George R.R. Martin’s giving of answers directly from the handbook of oblivious white man talking points when he was confronted by fans about the lack of diversity in the hit show Game of Thrones: “Westeros…

UPDATE – A Literary Trick

  This post is about my story in Long Hidden, so I’ll begin it with a plug: Long Hidden is out and available for purchase. You can get it on Amazon in paperback, for Kindle, and for Nook. Please, please take a moment to support this amazing anthology and these amazing works of fiction. I’m sure we’ve…

You’re a Wizard, Negro

I am always thinking of black people. 90% of the time i’m also thinking about a story or playing a scene in my head. These past few weeks, my head-movies have been filled with black sorceresses and warlocks, wizards and shamans and illusionists and mages. I think it’s all Quick Ben‘s fault. I just finished…

Tyler Perry Presents: The Black Panther

EXT. WAKANDAN JUNGLE – DAY Flying over jungle, trees and rivers zoom by. The sky is very blue. After a moment, the gigantic Wakandan Royal Palace rises in the distance. It is shaped like a Panther’s head and claws. The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There INT. WAKANDAN ROYAL PALACE – WAR ROOM –…