Does race have anything to do with genre writing?

Yes.

Ok, now that I’ve said that… I’m not sure where to go next.

I’ve been watching what’s going on in our nation, and I felt typing up a normal blog entry would be kinda pointless right now. There’s big things going on. Important things. And while I’m still writing and submitting my fiction, the blog here is usually about fiction or writing life.

I’m a white guy. I’m really white. I live in the suburbs. My neighborhood and city are predominantly white.

The last church I served as a pastor was in a much more multi-ethnic neighborhood. We had black kids and Hispanic kids coming to our teen center all the time. I got to serve a mixed culture. So I’m not coming into this totally blind. I think I ticked off some friends when the rioting started when I said, “I get it.” I don’t get it as someone who’s suffered from systemic bias, but I have seen friends suffer from it.

Which means, it’s not my place to really answer the question as to how the issue of race fits in with genre fiction writing, other than that it does.

But perhaps I can start? Continue reading “Does race have anything to do with genre writing?”

Broadswords and Blasters

“Yes you read the title of the next story correctly, “Callahan and the Bomb Squid.” Laughs are few and far between in our pages, but every once in awhile we get a cracker like Jonathon Mast’s, so savor it.”

So the editors say about my story, which appears in Broadswords and Blasters Issue 12! It’s now available for order in physical copies. Digital copies will be available for download on Wednesday!

Thanksgiving ain’t over!

Yeah yeah yeah it’s not Thanksgiving anymore blah blah blah

Don’t care.

You know what? It’s good to show gratitude any day of the year, not just on a day that many Americans gorge themselves on the flesh of the enemy. (If you don’t take time to remember the Great Turkey War of 1773, you’re a heathen.)

So I want to share some things I’m grateful for in the realm of writing, reading, and publishing. Continue reading “Thanksgiving ain’t over!”