You can watch the TEDx Talk, and pledge for the book at that link too.
Twixt, my second novel, a dark fantasy YA with a lesbian heroine, is released today!
You wake upon the cold ground. As you struggle to rise, as your breath exhales like a ghost, you know only two things: You can’t remember who you are. And you’re being hunted.
No one sleeps in Abeo City. The lost souls gather indoors at night as Snatchers tear through the sky on black-feathered wings, stalking them. But inside the rotting walls of the Safe Houses comes a quieter, creeping danger. The people of Abeo City have forgotten their pasts, and they can trade locks of their hair to sinister women known only as the Sixers for an addictive drug. Nox will give you back a single memory–for a price.
Like the other lost souls, Lottie wakens in this harsh landscape and runs in terror from the Snatchers. But she soon comes to realize that she is not at all like the people of Abeo City. When she takes Nox, her memories remain a mystery, and the monsters who fill the sky at night refuse to snatch her. Trying to understand who she is, and how she ended up in such a hopeless place, Lottie bands together with other outcasts, including a brave and lovely girl named Charlie. In the darkness, and despite the threat of a monstrous end, love begins to grow. But as Lottie and Charlie plot their escape from Abeo City, Lottie’s dark secrets begin to surface, along with the disturbing truth about Twixt: a truth that could cost her everything.
Twixt is now available in many formats!
“The reason people don’t go for help is because there is still stigma. People don’t talk about mental illnesses the way they do other illnesses.” [Maria Bamford] launches into impressions of people talking about physical maladies the way they talk about depression:
“Apparently Steve has cancer. It’s like, fuck off! We all have cancer.”
“I was dating this chick all this time and she let me know she’s been wearing contact lenses. I said whoa, do what you need to do but I don’t believe in all that Western medicine shit. If you wanna see like other people it’s all about attitude. You gotta want it.”"
Maria’s last comedy special is amazing and it’s available for digital download from Chill.com for super cheap. I highly recommend it.
This article, I find, is especially useful if you’re a bit wordy.
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YES TO ALL OF THIS!
THE PLEDGE: As a gamer, I realize I contribute to an incredibly diverse social network of gamers around the world, and that my actions have the ability to impact others. In effort to make a positive impact, and to create a community that is welcoming to all, I pledge to not use bigoted language while gaming, online and otherwise. Bigoted language includes, but is not limited to, slurs based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
In other words, Don’t be a Dick.
Spider Stories follows the tale of Princess Zahara who is thrown into hiding after the royal family is overthrown by a corrupt neighboring kingdom. While traveling with a misfit caravan of merchants she meets a wandering drummer griot who introduces her to the spirit world. Armed with a mystical staff, the fearless princess embarks on quest to reconnect with the spirits, reunite her homeland, and reclaim the throne.
We are developing an 11 minute animated pilot for a fantasy adventure series called Spider Stories. Your pledges will go towards funding a team of animators to get it done at a professional level of quality.
Once completed we’ll be taking Spider on the road, pitching it to see if we can get it picked up with the goal of turning into a full fledged animated series.
Spider Stories is the product of a variety of influences. From Nigerian folk tales of the Tortoise and Anansi the Spider we heard growing up as children, to modern fantasy epics like Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Zelda, and Fire Emblem.
Co-creator Charles Agbaje writes:
This project was born both out of a love for the stories my brother and I heard growing up in a Nigerian household and also takes a lot of cues from great modern fantasy series like the Legend of Zelda, Lord of the Rings and especially Avatar The Last Airbender. In fact we may never have made this series were we not involved in the racebending movement that started around M. Night Shyamalan’s film. You can read that story here if you are interested.
In short we noticed that there is a gap in the fantasy genre. Great stories have been told in fantastical European and Asian worlds, but virtually never in African ones. This could go a long way towards changing the perceptions of blacks and Africans in the media and provide more heroes of color to kids and fans worldwide. It’s already resonating with a lot of people.
All of these are so worth reading… and then trying to use in something.
Note to SF/F Writers: Random House’s Hydra Imprint Has Appallingly Bad Contract Terms —
So says Scalzi:
THIS IS A HORRIBLE AWFUL TERRIBLE APPALLING DISGUSTING CONTRACT WHICH IS BAD AND NO WRITER SHOULD SIGN IT EVER.