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Soulful Hors D'Ouevres for the Next Offline Black Author Showcase

I just received the menu for the next event on October 18th, 2013 to be held at the University of the District of Columbia and it is off the chain! Forget the Mediterranean fare we had back in 2009, new caterer Chrissy & Company is bringing the soul back…


Added by Diane on July 27, 2013 at 2:42pm — No Comments

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Subscribe to my newsletter, What Dweiums May Come . . . and be in on an interactive conversation springing from my addled ADHD brain covering all the varied stuff I blog about - tech, food, books, publishing and you in a…


Added by Diane on July 10, 2013 at 4:45am — No Comments

An Accompanying Poem for my Favorite Painting by S. Ross Browne

It took me a year to finally catch up with the artist that created 'The Huntress''. A year and a half ago there was no facebook page or fancy website. I tried in vain to contact galleries that listed him, with no response. Now, the multi-talented S. Ross Browne is becoming well known for this and many other offerings.…


Added by Diane on June 27, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Advice on Exploring Erotica in Your Writing

MediaBistro's Morning Media Menu had a conversation with author Jamie Brenner about advice for writers looking to explore this newly crowded genre. 

An excerpt from Brenner: 

My first erotic novel came out two years ago. The landscape feels completely different. There is not just the…


Added by Diane on May 15, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Free Preview of Books From BEA 2013

Publisher's Marketplace announced the trade edition of BUZZ BOOKS 2013 FALL/WINTER is available for download.

Start reading exclusive pre-publication excerpts right now from 40 top fall and winter titles, including many featured on…


Added by Diane on May 13, 2013 at 10:21pm — 1 Comment

EBook Freebie Time - Young adult or teen / Sci-Fi & fantasy

By Andrea Heltsley

Published: April 25, 2013 

Words: 19,197 (approximate)…


Added by Diane on May 4, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

EBook Freebie Time - TV Tie-in/ Sci-Fi & fantasy/Gaming

Defiance:The Essential Guide by Syfy, Trion Worlds

". . . an informative companion to the groundbreaking TV series and the incredible multiplayer game. 

Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically…


Added by Diane on May 1, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

EBook Freebie Time - Sci Fi Space Opera

Locus Origin The Never Born by Christian Matari

“When society is ruled from behind the scenes by massive corporate conglomerates that control powerful…


Added by Diane on April 27, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Ten Rules for Writing Fiction - A Look Back on a 2010 Guardian Article

Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, the Guardian surveyed established authors' tips for successful authorship. It's totally worth taking a look at today.


It's a two-parter featuring the likes of Elmore Leonard, Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Helen Dunmore,…


Added by Diane on April 11, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Today's Quote

Quoting John Lennon on his 70th birthday:
"I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?"

Added by Diane on October 9, 2010 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Quoted in NY Magazine . . .

Jacqueline Woodson “Sadly, white-owned independent bookstores still seem to underrepresent authors of color. So I trek to Brownstone Books in Bed-Stuy, where I can find the latest book by David Benioff or Coe Booth.”(409 Lewis Ave., nr. Decatur St.;718-953-7328 )

Added by Diane on September 19, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Free Classes in NYC & a Celebration of Banned Book Week by the ALA

Take a moment to appreciate the real benefit of what books bring to your life. Exercise your freedom to read anything you like by checking out some of the books still being challenged and banned across our country:

  1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  2. Forever, by Judy Blume
  3. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
  4. The Color…

Added by Diane on September 16, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Samuel Delany! Twitpic from Farai Chideya

Posted on April 10, 2010


Added by Diane on April 9, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

New Reads -- Short Story Contest Winners

Read the newest short story winners on . Several BAS members are represented.

Added by Diane on February 27, 2010 at 11:07am — No Comments

Scouring for New Reads at Arisia 2010

Cons aren't always where you will find a large amount of minority participation. However, some of us are making ourselves known at quite a few. This weekend we are attending Arisia '10 - billed as New England's largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention. We came to check out just how diverse it really is and we've got a lot to share.

Why should you consider attending a SciFi/Fantasy convention? I'll be… Continue

Added by Diane on January 17, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Hot Jobs for the New Year

If you make your living writing, or at least wish to - take a look at the many available jobs on the 'net. There are calls for Web Content Editors, Interns, Copyeditors, Writers and more. Now is a great time to bring in a little extra cash by writing short articles for content distribution companies like On Demand and Suite 101.

Start your search at common writer meeting place sites like or sites… Continue

Added by Diane on January 2, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Current & Microsoft Want You to Make a short film & Earn $2500

The Current VCAM team and Microsoft Windows are looking for 3 web filmmakers. Make and submit a short film by Monday, July 27th at 11:59PT. It can be artsy, funny, dramatic, animated...whatever, it just needs to be good.

Microsoft will pick 3 submissions to… Continue

Added by Diane on July 23, 2009 at 12:14pm — No Comments


I saw absolutely nothing. However, that is not why I was there. This was my history and my five feet and three quarters of an inch were not going to be an excuse not to take part in my nation's history.

My nation. The USA is back. I thought I'd be tired of hearing "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" and "Celebrate!" - but no - keep it coming. Waiting at security checkpoints I heard the event and knew by the swell of voices when the free world stopped and restarted. We were surrounded by… Continue

Added by Diane on January 21, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Inaugural Words - Inaugural Poets

Congratulations to Elizabeth Alexander, whom President-elect Obama has chosen to read a poem at his inauguration. The Presidential Inaugural Committee website has posted the inaugural works of the three previous poets who spoke at the Kennedy and Clinton swearing in event - Robert Frost, Maya Angelou and Miller Williams.

Frost's poem "Dedication" could not be read because of the blaring sun, so he winged it by… Continue

Added by Diane on January 14, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

Wow - The End of Another Year . . .

And another new beginning. I'm not sure, but this may be the happiest time of my life (I say that every year and it's always true). I love what I do and I love the people who have come into my life because of it - you!

It's been an interesting year and I look forward to another one. Like many of you, I've had my personal woes with illness, work, money and family, but it all just makes me appreciate my life all the more. Besides, now I wonder how to write about everything… Continue

Added by Diane on December 27, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

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