It’s Time To Retire the “Make Your Own” Argument

It’s a wonderful time to be a nerd on the internet, more or less. There are inclusive spaces almost everywhere, and many of these inclusive communities are doing a great job holding gatekeepers and tastemakers responsible for the chronic lack of diversity in mainstream media properties. Nerds have become the best kind of pop/geek culture critics by…

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…