I’m eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. My story “The Saltwater African” is in this anthology for a short period of time for nominations.

So excited about this!

Here is the link to read all the writers (myself included) who are eligible for the award nominations process.

Two of my Clarion 2012 comrades are here with me (Yay Hivemind crew!) and a few of the writers from the “Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History” Anthology I’m in are here too. What’s cool is that the man who put this together, M. David Blake, put this together on his own time. So big ups to his awesomeness!

So if you are eligible to nominate/vote, take a look at the link below to read some really good stories from newbie writers like moi.

Primary download site:

Mobi file, for Amazon Kindle and Kindle Readers apps:

Epub file, for iPad, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, and most other e-reader devices and apps:

Cover art, just because it’s so awesome:

Secondary download site:
Mobi | Epub | Cover

Writertopic John W. Campbell Award data page and mirror download site:

Check out Stupefying Stories webpage for more info:


The book will be here in mid-May!

About Long Hidden.

If you missed this conversation, pull up a chair and listen.



octavia city ninja fishing photoThe coolest part about listening to this podcast, (with someone else reading my story) is that I felt like a little kid listening to old time radio shows.

Black Tribbles will be producing another Octavia City radio show in April of next year. I will definitely submit another story, and if chosen again, I will fly out there to read it and hang out with other SF/F writers in person. It sounded like a lot of fun being there! So mad that I missed the first one.

And they had cupcakes! Cupcakes!

Lemme quit with my cupcake jones.



Excited to tell the world that my short story “Throb” will be included in the groundbreaking anthology “Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From the Margins of History”.

Each story in this collection had to be told during the time periods between the 1400’s-1900’s.

Also, each story will be illustrated! I’m so thrilled to see my words in print with an original illustration (a first!).

This anthology is vital to the SF/F/H field because it will introduce characters and settings not read before. The stories will be global in scope and so frigging cool. And I’m just happy to be in a book with some heavy hitters!


Look for it next year. You know I’ll post about it!


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Be sure to listen to my short story “Ninja Fishing” tonight during a live broadcast on GTownradio.com. It’s part of the wonderful event created by Black Tribbles to celebrate original tales of Afrofuturism on Octavia City. (Named after Octavia E. Butler of course!)

I’m really excited because it will be the first time for me to hear one of my short stories read out loud (not by me).

If you miss the live broadcast, be sure to catch the podcast later. And please share. The exciting thing happening now with black writers of speculative fiction is that they are putting out their own material and not waiting for mainstream/white publishers to come discover us.


p.s. I really need to write more blog entries. My other blog page was full of stuff, but I’ve been writing, so that’s a good thing!

She's Baaccccckkkkk!!!!!!

I can’t believe it took me this long to start blogging again.

After doing the whole BlogSpot thing , I thought I’d start fresh on a new blogging site.

A lot of life has happened and I’m trying to catch up with all the wild and wacky things that have gone down since maybe, 2010?

So until I start writing the world according to moi, I’d like to share this awesome art piece I discovered in Florence this past summer.

Spending time with my family in Firenze, we stumbled across this artist studio, and this amazing art installation. It actually moves around like a clock, and the two “lovers” take on different sexual positions with their wooden legs. I tried to upload the video, but it wasn’t posting, so I will leave you with the picture.

For those of you new to my worldview, I write about any and everything. I thought I would try to focus on just the writing life, especially after going through the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop. But I tend to talk shit and have opinions about everything, so I’ll stick to what I do best.

2012 and 2013 have been amazing life changing years for me, and I expect my life to go through more beautiful transformations in 2014.

I’ve started dating myself again (long story) and I think I may be a keeper!