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StoryCraft: A Stitch In Time

A Stitch in Time by Lee Ann Newsom

Guess what?


I’m on Wattpad! As I continue writing my fantasy novel, I want to keep practicing my story-writing skills, therefore, I will be posting short fiction on there.

My first is called, “A Stitch In Time,” which follows a teenage girl who meets an unexpected guest who lives in her home and discovers that her mother is about give away a sewing machine with special powers, something this new guest also wants. If you like Anansi stories, you might like this one!

Part 1 and Part 2 are up now!


Otherwordly Videos: Anansi

Here is the first episode, “Spiderling,” of the Issa Rae-produced Anansi series, starring  Andrew Allan James, who played the role of “A” in the The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. I am not so sure how I feel about it yet, but I am intrigued by this kind of were-spider concept where he changes at night and has little memory of what he has done the next day. I want to see how it fleshes out. Also, it is nice to see James play a completely different character than the dorky one he does on Awkward Black Girl.

Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth: Limbo by Edward Kamau Brathwaite

Will you make it to the other side?

It’s amazing how many aspects of my culture and other cultures, too, are either hidden or diluted. One, for example, is the limbo dance that originated in Trinidad and Tobago. For many, it is only a fun dance game in which you try to pass under a long horizontal stick while bending over backwards and each time you pass the stick is lowered. But the dance has a deeper meaning as the video above mentions. It is similar to W.E.B. Du Bois’ concept of double consciousness or afrofuturism’s exploration of hybridity, that unstable feeling of in-betweenness. Edward Kamau Brathwaite, who is from my mother’s home island of Barbados, captures the essence of the limbo feeling during the transatlantic trip. For more on limbo, here is Wilson Harris’ “History, Fable and Myth,” in which he discusses the limbo, anansi and Hatian Vodun as phantom limbs — attempts to reconstruct a dismembered god — as well as act as gateways to the new world.

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Moving on the Wires: Kindle, Raw Space, CCCADI, A Is for Anansi, Kindred Reading Series

*My blog is on Kindle. If you have a Kindle or anyone you know has one, you can access my blog for $0.99 each month.

Here is some places and upcoming events to head to in New York City:

*ImageNation, who is one of the major supporters of Middle of Nowhere film, opened a gallery in Harlem, Raw Space for art and events. Currently they have the Middle of Nowhere exhibit, which features artwork inspired by the film; the exhibition closes on the 21st, so if you have time, go see it.

Roots and Stars Series: Oya and Anyanwu

*On the 24th, CCCADI will be presenting the return of their Roots and Stars series with the event, Oya and Anyanwu. Roots and Stars’ purpose is “illuminating Black spiritual genius and exploring the soul of the Black world.” Oya priest Isoke Nia, artist Sabine Blaizin, and writer Ibi Zoboi will explore the Oya characteristics in anansi_image.jpgOctavia Butler’s works. The event will take place at the Schomburg Center. For more information, click here.

* Last week, I was invited to this event, A Is For Anansi: Literature for Children of African Descent Conference, at NYU. This year’s theme is “Africa, the Future, and the Urban Landscape.” It will take place November 9th and 10th, which will be a nice event to go to after the election. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

*If you have not heard of it already, K. Tempest Bradford hosts the Kindred Reading Series in New York City, which presents literary events and readings for speculative writers of color. The next reading will be November 28th, featuring writers Linda Addison and Alaya Dawn Johnson.