Anonymous said: I have a fantasy world and many of my characters are Black. I remember reading a criticism about how non-black writers writing their Black characters going to sleep without twisting their hair or taking care of it wrong. I was wondering if you could direct me of accurate resources about hair care and maintaining and creating hairstyles.
First, learn what hair type your character has, which varies the sort of maintenance and products they need by some, as well as how they’d style their hair. From there, check out some of the styling and hair care resources below.
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For the anon asking about my most personal tattoo…
This is it. I initially had the first outline done in June of 2001 in Singapore. Just a few months before 9/11 when the nature of my U.S. military service would forever change.
I wanted a Navy tattoo but I didn’t want a traditional Navy tattoo, settling instead on something nautical related to my then-career field, navigation.
At first I simply thought it was a cool idea. Then the metaphor changed and it did feel as if I was carrying the weight of the world on my back. Since then, that burden has lifted, and I felt it appropriate to get the map filled in, colored, tea-stained, on a torn map.