First thing. Here go read my latest. A tiny spec fic thing.
Now today’s entry is prompted by the fact that I have a cold. And a comment I got on the linked story.
Someone told me (yes they were White) that, my story has “too narrow” of an audience. When I asked for clarification my critic flailed about until I supplied their answer.
That story revolves around Blackness. Not Blackness as pain porn. It is not the neck rolling sassy Black lady story so many White people love to hate. It’s not Blackness through a lens of Whiteness. It is mythos created from a love of Blackness.
Now I had much the same type of critique about my story about Oshun. When I workshopped that story as it appears there, the critique was that it was too difficult to understand. It was suggested that I change the goddess to one “known”.
I’m thinking about these things in the context of my personal love of transgression in my work.
And given that a lot of the critique I get when it comes to anything I write about or related to my own or Blackness in general, there is this pushback that is indicative that I have transgressed.
Elves are White.
Fairies are White.
Mythos must be in a Roman, Greek or other White pantheon to be understood.
Mythos cannot be universal if it is not rooted there.
As I look at the bulk of my work in recent years, all I do is transgress. I trespass. I disregard conventions of genre because I feel like it.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my work and what about it is important to me and this habitual transgression is important to me. As I look over some of my older stuff I’m actually pretty happy.
I take a lot of risks. I risk my own chances of publication by being outspoken about racism. I risk things like rape and death threats. Doxxing. Not getting published. Dealing with White tears and racist remarks.
These are risks I’m willing to take.
While yes I would love to be raking in the easy cash being a Nice Helpful Negress, I want to be who I am more.
This is mostly brought to you by my own thinky thoughts and my nervousness about everything ever.
Soon I have some new book reviews, an interview with an amazing poet and some other goodies.
Meanwhile, go watch this conversation with one of my favorite writers.