Wake up in the morning, go to Hachioji

Wake up in the evening, just get back to sleeping.

Things are things
I ended up getting an A in that class. Go figure. My next class is Soviet Union history class.

Life in Columbus is interesting. I need to update my wardrobe so I can properly experience the city. I'll update with pics. Also, I think I'm going to cut my hair or put it in braids. We'll see.

This is an update
I finished my final in that Legislative Processes class. Solid B+ material; I'm hoping Dr. Professor takes pity and gives me an A.

 I really want to fucking write novels and screenplays. And learn Russian for the FSOT.

Oh, that I might live to be a hundred and ten. And look as good as Angela Bassett.

Hollowstone: The Official Release
Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Hollowstone: The Official Release

Hello. My name is Dennis R. Upkins and today is the official release of my debut novel, Hollowstone. The book is kinda awesome if I do say so myself, and I'd like for you to check it out. Life for Noah Scott changes drastically when he is accepted to Hollowstone Academy, one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country set in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Within the hallowed halls of the illustrious school, Noah soon discovers that the world of the privileged is rife with social hierarchies, politics, depravity and corruption. It is also there that Noah meets his roommate and best friend, the charming and enigmatic Caleb Warner. 
Tragedy soon strikes when Cal is brutally murdered in a hold-up. But when Noah is haunted by Cal’s ghost, he soon discovers that the random act of violence was in fact a premeditated one. Determined to uncover the truth and find Cal’s killer, Noah soon finds that the school and its patrons have more than their share of secrets. Secrets they are willing to preserve at any cost. Noah also quickly learns that greater supernatural forces are at play. In a race against time, Noah must solve Cal’s murder before he’s the killer’s next victim. You can check out the official trailer below:

So why should you pick up Hollowstone? Here are 12 reasons why I think you'll want to grab the novel. In many respects it's a modern day retelling/homage to the Great Gatsby with a Southern Gothic twist. But more than that, the story features both POCs and queer characters in leading and compelling roles. In fact, of the three main characters, one is a young black male while the other is a bisexual female teen. And for marginalized readers, we know all too well the dearth of stories that feature us with respect. Characters welcome, this is a profile on the players of Hollowstone. And just to get you even more intrigued, check out an excerpt from the novel. But wait! There's more! As part of promoting the novel, I'm in the middle of a virtual book tour. Not only have I had the distinct pleasure and honor of answering questions about Hollowstone and becoming a published author, but I've also had the privilege of writing a series of guest posts about why diversity in the media matters and why representation affects real life. Hollowstone is available now in paperback and Kindle on Amazon. It's also available in other ebook formats at Parker Publishing. You can find me at my author page on Amazon, Goodreads and my official website. Hollowstone, it's out now. Grab it today. Tell your friends. I think you'll like. It's an awesome story. Granted, I could be a bit biased. Maybe....just a little. ;-)

Of Fairy Wings And Glittering Crowns (Crowdfunded Fiction)
Originally posted by karnythia at Of Fairy Wings And Glittering Crowns (Crowdfunded Fiction)
As some of you already know a few months ago we packed up and moved to Memphis. On paper it was a good plan. In execution...well, we wound up in an apartment where the floors slope at an angle so steep nothing on wheels can stay in place. One of the bedrooms has a hole in ceiling big enough to stick my arm through that we've been trying to get fixed since the week we moved in. And then there's the roach problem (complete with a nest inside the dishwasher), which...let's just say that we landed with the worst landlord possible and he shows no signs of getting better. Fortunately our lease is month to month. Unfortunately, having been here for the last six weeks we have discovered that we don't like Memphis. At all.

We're a family of walkers and Memphis is not pedestrian friendly in the slightest. We do have access to a car, but we hate having to drive everywhere. The kids were excited in the beginning, but between the apartment issues and the lack of playmates at any of the parks (it is too hot to play outside and the pools aren't open yet) they're miserable. We'd rather cut our losses now, instead of moving into another apartment in a city that we don't love in the first place. It doesn't help that having attracted the attention of the Cult of The Fetus (aka Jill Stanek & her followers) a few weeks ago, I don't feel super safe here. As silly as it may sound we're ready to head back to Chicago and accept that we are really Chicago kids. But, the expenses of moving down here mean we don't have enough cash to pay bills here, find a new place, and afford all the attendant costs of reworking our lives all over again. In theory we would eventually earn enough to swing it, but that would mean being here for months and we really don't want to do that.

So, I'm offering up a YA novel Of Fairy Wings And Glittering Crowns to be written in 60 days and posted chapter by chapter at Atypical Princess. I'll be posting the plot synopsis and character sketches today with an eye towards posting the first chapter tomorrow. There's a Chip In widget below that's not quite accurate (I got a couple of donations yesterday), but will still provide a way for folks to keep track of our goal. If you can't donate I still want you to read, after all what's the point of fiction if you can't share it? All I ask is that if you like it, you link it to your friends and family for their perusal. Thanks so much, I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I plan to enjoy writing it.

Selena Newly grew up in a family that took the fun out of dysfunctional. Sharing a house with a mother that never wanted her, aunts who detest each other, and a grandmother that has them all at the mercy of her purse strings hasn't exactly made for an idyllic childhood. In fact it has left her yearning for adulthood since she was old enough to walk. The day her mother throws her out is the best and worst day of her life. She is free, but she has nowhere to go, and no idea how she's going to support herself. When the door into Altanur opens it seems like the answer to all her childhood prayers. Her family isn't really her family, and she's a fairy princess. Unfortunately she's about to learn the hard way that everything has a price, and sometimes that price may be too high.

Why You Should Support Tulpa And Hollowstone
Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Why You Should Support Tulpa And Hollowstone

If you've been following me for a minute, then you know I've been a radical supporter of afro_dyte's upcoming play, Tulpa, Or Anne & Me. And if you've been following afro_dyte for a minute, then you know that she's been a radical supporter of my upcoming novel, Hollowstone.

But this isn't about two friends plugging the other's project. No, this is something far bigger and meaningful at work.

If you've followed either of us on our blogs, Ars Marginal, or on other spaces, then you know that we not only do we critique and analyze how the media gets it wrong, but we also like to boost the signal on those who are doing it right.

These projects are important not because afro_dyte and myself are at the helm, and for the sake of discussion I’m taking us out of the equation for a moment. Tulpa and Hollowstone are important because queer POCs are fighting to have their voices heard in a world that would rather we didn’t exist. You don't have to look far to find the racism, misogyny and queerphobia that we have to contend with in the media, online, and everyday life.

You see, this is how change begins. Not with a bang but with a first step. Two minorities who got sick and tired of being sick and tired are stepping up to make our voices heard, to share our stories, our art, our gifts with the rest of the world. Not because we're the creators but because we're fighting for something bigger than ourselves. Both Tulpa and Hollowstone have something profound that needs to be shared with the world.

But we can’t do it alone.

If you’re tired of seeing women, POCs, LGBTQs be denigrated, ignored and erased, this is an opportunity to take a stand and make a change. This is an opportunity for you to vote with your dollars and support two excellent campaigns that is fighting for better representation, that is telling our stories.

So for those of you who have boosted the signal and has shown us some love, we can't thank you enough and we humbly ask that you please continue to show your love for these wonderful projects. We can’t do it without you.

[walks away from the pulpit]

paperless marketing? surely i jest
Originally posted by afro_dyte at paperless marketing? surely i jest

Actually, I'm dead serious. And, if you think about how much paper and ink you're wasting when you print hundreds of postcards and flyers, it just makes ecological sense. But for those of us who can only snicker or blush when the phrase "marketing budget" comes up, it makes good financial sense too. Find out why at The Greener Room.

and now for some GOOD news!
Originally posted by afro_dyte at and now for some GOOD news!

Since May is Privileged People Showing Their Whole Ass Month, I thought it'd be a good idea to lift everybody's spirits with a bit of good news.

My internet husband neo_prodigy 's debut novel, Hollowstone, will be released on Amazon and Kindle on June 17! This is also the day that RVCBard will turn 25 again – for the 6th year in a row (hint, hint everyone).

Here are 12 reasons why you need to pre-order that shit right now. And here are 10 questions answered about Hollowstone.

Now don't say I never gave y'all nothing.

There's more good news at Ars Marginal.

Originally posted by lavenderfrost at ...WTF.
Well, there goes my good mood for the day.

NYTimes, the bastion of quality reporting, reported on the gang-rape of an 11 year-old girl in Texas  that's led to charges against 18 high-school boys so far - all well and good so far, right?  Shit like this NEEDS publicity to raise awareness. 

Only problem is, they repeated - without refutation or critical commentary - the claims that the girl brought the rape on herself because of the way she was dressed.

Choice Quotes (No cut b/c everyone needs to see this - DEAL.):

“It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.  As opposed to the victim, who's gonna bounce back lickety-fucking-split, right?

Residents in the neighborhood where the abandoned trailer stands — known as the Quarters — said the victim had been visiting various friends there for months. They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s. She would hang out with teenage boys at a playground, some said.  TOTALLY BEGGING FOR IT.


Now, what's being said and done in this community is bad enough, but the NY Times should be fucking ashamed of themselves right now.

Here's how to contact NYT: )

Stay tuned
Restructuring my LJ once again. Stay tuned, kiddos.

You are viewing keeni84