OMG, it’s the tenth anniversary.

Honestly, 10 years already?!

Envisioning

Envisioning: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

Rise of the Clan mood board

Aesthetics for the soon-to-be-published Rise of The Clan.

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Here

Yes, I am excited! 

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New Patreon story

The Last Beekeeper of Singapore

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I stopped a harasser.

So, I got my errand(s) done. New passport, whee!

Then I headed to my favorite juice shop. Saw a man literally going off at an old woman who was handing out flyers. He was violent and almost hit her, so much she was terrified and basically fled. I watched her hyperventilate on her phone (calling a loved one?). She was that terrified.

The man disappeared and reappeared with station security! He loudly claimed that he was harassed or verbally abused by her. But she said no and one more lady – thank you, bless your heart – confirmed it. We both saw the man verbally abusing the old lady. I honestly thought he wanted to hit her.

I confronted the man and stared him down. He yelled at me that he had to be pitied because of his heart issues. Actually peeled back his collar to show off his surgical scar. But faced with so many witnesses and bystanders, he fled while growling curses at all of us. I think he also wanted to hit me as well.

I reassured the old woman not to be frightened and told the station security to help keep an eye on her. And kudos to the young lady at the juice shop who also promised to keep an eye on the situation, because I have an awful feeling he would be back.

So yeah. That’s my early afternoon.

Harbingers of Heaven.

Harbingers of Heaven: Chinese Dragons of Earth and Sea

Mulling over panel stuff

I had a wonderful time at Swancon 42. 😀

Now, I am processing thoughts regarding whitewashing and the lack of representation.

Mulling over panel thoughts: how people with privilege can use theirs to speak out and fight racism in publishing and film.

They have the power and the choice to say ‘enough is enough’. But why is this not happening as frequently as it should?

Money + protecting one’s back + structural/systematic racism = one big bad combo.

I see this happening in publishing a lot. Big publishers, big budgets, wanting to play it “safe”.

Small presses, in turn, are gutsy and dare to take diverse writers on. Problem: they don’t have that kind of budget.

I would like to see this disparity addressed coherently and without backpeddling.

Big pubs make conscious and deliberate decisions, because business. Yet in their rush to make money, they also suppress or omit voices.

They keep on saying representation matters. 1) Is it geographically specific? (US domestic diversity) & 2) Is this addressed to worldwide?

Lastly, ‘cos I am keeling over (exhaustion due to early flight): I wish the markets talk to each other. You are in the same industry, ffs.

Away at Swancon 42

Dear readers,

I will be away at Swancon 42 in Western Australia as one of the GoHs.

Will be back a week later.

 

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