How To Fall In Love With Writing

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 Full disclosure time.

When I began brainstorming guest post ideas for the West of Sunset virtual book tour, I geeked out with excitement when someone suggested I share my tips for staying motivated about my writing.

It’s is an issue in which I’m all too familiar, so trust me when I say that having the opportunity to discuss and share my experiences and techniques with fellow bards is a real treat for me. Hopefully this post will be entertaining and beneficial for each of you.

As is the standard with any advice I offer, take whatever you can utilize and disregard the rest.

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My Steps To Worldbuilding And Character Creation

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The Virtual Book Tour for my next novel, West of Sunset, has commenced. And for my first stop? The Once And Future King of Geekdom makes a triumphant return to the kingdom of his most awesome peeps, the Twinjas.

But don’t take my word for it.

“Our Favorite King of Geeks has returned for a very thought provoking Guest Post. One of the things my sister really like about this author is that he makes you see a different perspective on topics you wouldn’t normally worry yourself about based on privilege. Before my sister and I started making ourselves aware of the lack of diversity in media, we’re a little ashamed to admit we knew little about the challenges that are faced in the LGBTQ community. With Dennis’s help, it’s opened our eyes to the injustices of what it means to be LGBTQ and a Person of Color. So to the King who needs no Introduction…….”

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Equinox – Cautiously Cautious… With A Side Of Caution

Hello everyone, and in this video I discuss my concerns about DC Comics’ newest character, the Canadian Cree teen superheroine, Equinox.

My main concern boils down to DC Comics’ past racial failures, so anything like this just makes me awfully damned cautious.

For added context, here is an article from the CBC talking about Equinox.

West of Sunset: Dramatis Personae

One of the most exciting things I love about releasing and promoting a new book is the opportunity to make fun and creative posts like this one where I discuss a little thing called dreamcasting. Now what is dreamcasting, some of you may ask? For the uninitiated, dreamcasting is where I share who would be my ideal picks to portray the players of my novel in the hypothetical live-action adaptation. This often gets very interesting for me because how I envision the characters in my head while writing the characters and the actors portraying them can sometimes be vastly different and it sort of creates a sister universe of my own source material. That will probably make sense to absolutely no one else except a fellow storyteller. In any event, let’s proceed.

 

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meet the players by clicking here…….

 

Being Mary Jane

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All right, I realize I’m going to catch heat for this but you all know me, I have to keep it 100, 24/7 365.

I’m watching the season finale of BET’s original series Being Mary Jane and assuming this train wreck returns for a second season, I certainly won’t be back.

I had misgivings about this show from the start, mainly because it’s on BET, the network that claims to be for black people but secretly hates black people and works to do the work of destroying us on levels that only Klan could dream of.

If you need any more reason to hate this network, simply google the discrimination lawsuit between BET and B. Scott.

The only reason I gave this show a shot and watched it through the entire season is because of my adoration of Gabrielle Union. She’s an extraordinary talent and her longevity in the business is a testament to what an amazing actress she is.

You all know my commitment to marginalized media and often I’m usually more patient sometimes with shows and movies than I normally would be.

For that matter, the rest of the cast is first rate. However I can’t say the same for the writing and storylines.Being Mary Jane is another example of Black Woman Pain Porn that rivals the tripe of anything from the Tyler Perry/Lee Daniels ouevre.

Despite being a successful national tv news personality, Mary Jane Paul is a miserable woman who leads a miserable life. Despite being from an affluent family, one wouldn’t know it given that MJ finances her niece who keeps having kid after kid and her brother who is a recovering addict. Her mother is the definition of passive aggressive and MJ’s father just can’t wait for her to die, as we’re reminded in every recap.

I haven’t even covered the fuckery of MJ stealing the sperm of one lover and her having an adulterous affair with another lover and playing as the quintessential home-wrecker. The less said about MJ’s speech to a women’s luncheon on how being a mistress and second best will get you places, the better.

The biggest problems is that these characters are not sympathetic and are absolutely horrid. I get flawed and complicated characters but this show plays into yet another deplorable attack on the image of black people by a white supremacist network.

What’s even more tragic is this show is such a missed opportunity in terms of storytelling and representing black women and other women of color as something other than a train wreck.

Coming Soon: West of Sunset

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I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!!

Mark your calendars, my second novel, West of Sunset, is scheduled to drop on April 30, 2014.

My sophomore title will be released through Parker Publishing and will be available in both print and digital. Words cannot properly convey the excitement.

“I recalled some sage I once received from two friends, seraphim. They confirmed that the old saying was true. If you ever want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”

For Brecken Everett, there’s never a dull moment. When he’s not dealing with a demanding course load and honing his magic as top student at Lightmage University, he’s working as a private investigator and using his skills to protect the innocent from the darkest forces. In two action-packed adventures, Breck demonstrates that outnumbered and outgunned is when he’s at his best:

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