Tiny Acts of Resistance

[This time last year, I was in South Korea. I was doing a lot of walking and subway-riding back then, and because of that, I was listening to more podcasts than I can possibly name. For that reason, I can’t recall the name of the podcast that I will reference later in the post. For…

Backstories: Why Black Characters In Fantasy Need Them

A commenter with the supremely awesome nom de plume Rom, Spaceknight (I’m going to be Magnus, Robot Fighter in comment sections from here on) left an interesting question in the comments of my Dragon Age: Inquisitioning While Black post: I think African flavored fantasy is cool, and I have no problem with it at all…

Dragon Age: Inquisitioning While Black

I’m going to assume that everyone here has seen the second movie in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit, generously titled The  Devious Cashgrabination of a Beloved Story. Do you remember the scene in Laketown, where we find out that this sleepy harbor area is actually the most diverse place in all of Middle Earth?…

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…

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…