just a heads up, if i ever weird you out on any level, too friendly, too flirty, anything at all, i encourage you to be very vocal towards me about it to make sure i dont continue to make you uncomfortable. i dont want anyone feeling like im not someone they can trust and be comfortable around.
So here’s a status update!
I’m handing in an excerpt of my latest writing project today! Novellas, kids. So hawt right now. Just putting the finishing touches on the intro letter right now.
Then I’m having lunch, then I’m leaving to drive to NoCal to play a tournament this weekend.
Then it’ll be September, and I’ll be working on some new cool stuff!
I’m feeling very humble and grateful at the end of August 2014, and I hope you all have a wonderful, wonderful weekend.
We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.
I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography - to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience."
— Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient (via elucipher)
linkaria said: Can you do a post on the historical / political / social significance of Black Panther and Wakanda? I know it has something to do with the Black Panther Party and western exploitation of Africa but I'm a bit fuzzy on the details. Thank you!
Sure! There’s a relationship between the Black Panther character and the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense but not in the way you might be thinking. T’Challa was actually introduced a few months before the founding of the BPP. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had been working on the idea for a while already and were going to call him the “Coal Tiger”, meaning they were more focused on “jungle animals” than any political context.
Sadly, Marvel distanced itself from the name “Black Panther” as mainstream public perception of the BPP turned negative. Around the time T’Challa became an Avenger, he began going by “The Panther”. Later, he even used “Black Leopard” as a substitute, explicitly saying he didn’t want to be associated with the BPP.
While Marvel was willing to pit him against foes who were obvious “bad guys” (the Klan, the “Supremacists”, etc.), they didn’t really touch Western exploitation (in the sense that the US as a whole was complicit rather than just a few bad guys) until fairly recently. Hudlin especially stressed the idea that like other countries with valuable resources, Wakanda would certainly have to deal with other powerful countries that would want their cut (and would be willing to take it by force).
All that said, Wakanda and the Black Panther make social statements simply by existing. Wakanda provides an example of what Africa could be if its resources hadn’t been stolen. Black Panther is just a normal person of African descent who shows what fully-tapped potential looks like. Exposing readers to these ideas can be powerful so hopefully future writers will embrace that and continue to build on what has already been accomplished.
peakcapitolism said: 36 41 49
- 36:Favorite food?
- 41:Last time you were insulted and what was it?
- 49:Last time you hung out with anyone?
I hung out with some friends last night! We made pasta and did dramatic readings of a romance novel. It was delightful!