Listening 101 or What Happens When Your Sensitivity Reader Tells You The Book is Hot Garbage

This was inspired in part  by Justine’s post on writing protagonists of color when you’re white. I’m going to frame this all from the perspective of a Black American sensitivity reader because well…that’s what I am. Speaking for myself and all of that jazz. Most of the projects I see suffer from the relatively minorContinue reading “Listening 101 or What Happens When Your Sensitivity Reader Tells You The Book is Hot Garbage”

#Readercon: Low Point & Lessons

For those who weren’t at Readercon—or who didn’t attend the Beyond Strong Female Characters panel—Sabrina Vourvoulias’ post lays out the panel I was going to write about as my low point for the weekend. I expect a certain amount of fail at sci fi conventions, and as failures go this wasn’t one of the majors for me. (EllenContinue reading “#Readercon: Low Point & Lessons”

WisCon 40 Highs, Lows, & What The Actual F*ck?

I had really grand plans to be lazy at WiscCon this year. I totally failed on that front. I planned to do 2 panels and a party. I actually taught a Writers Workshop, did 4 panels, a party, and helped cook 50 lbs of beef for Saturday’s lunch, as well as help with logistics forContinue reading “WisCon 40 Highs, Lows, & What The Actual F*ck?”

My WisCon Schedule & Other Con Stuff

  Writers’ Workshop: Comics Writing  Fri, 9:00 am–12:00 pm  Princesses and Ladies Within a WOC Framework  Sat, 10:00–11:15 am Capitol B Some feminists decry the term “ladies” and have blanket disdain for Princess Culture. But how are these and other terms and aspects of culture seen from outside of typical white middle class feminism? TheyContinue reading “My WisCon Schedule & Other Con Stuff”

Diversity, Political Correctness and The Power of Language

As some of you know I do diversity consulting for fiction (also known as sensitivity reading), and one of the things that comes up often when someone has chosen to write the proverbial Other is how that Other might speak about themselves. About their community, their culture, and yes their concerns with race or racism.Continue reading “Diversity, Political Correctness and The Power of Language”

Paths: a YA comic about online harassment

    Paths is free to download, written by me Mikki Kendall, drawn by my husband Patrick, and colored by kid #1 who also did the lettering and some QC on dialogue (I write like a mom!), with the help of kid #2 who weighed in on with the 4th grade perspective. This is a projectContinue reading “Paths: a YA comic about online harassment”

On Bad Cons & How You Kill An Event in Advance

So, I wasn’t going to bother with a formal response about the events at ConQuesT. I’ve never been, I probably won’t be going either. Not just because of the most recent hot mess, but because overwhelmingly con culture is a hot mess. And yeah, some people are trying to fix it. But as I watchContinue reading “On Bad Cons & How You Kill An Event in Advance”

White Feminism & The School To Prison Pipeline

Sometimes, feminism needs a reminder of what it means to be a movement for the advancement of all women. This is particularly true when we talk about issues that only impact some women because of their race and socioeconomic status. The criminalization of black female bodies starts almost as early as the hypersexualization of them,Continue reading “White Feminism & The School To Prison Pipeline”