What to read next? I realized there was a gap in my reading when it comes to non-white male authors, so I’ve been on the lookout for speculative fiction by men of color. Then these two fell into my lap.
🇺🇸American War by Omar El Akkad: A second civil war and a weaponized plague have brought ruin to America, written by an immigrant journalist.
🍸The Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger: Bartenders (and baristas!) carefully mix ingredients to make drinks with a magical kick–and then fight demons.
and words cannot express my feelings. I was tearing up there in end, but the prologue is like eight gallons of happy vibes. Worldbuilding, pacing, characters–through and through it was a quality read and I’m so content. Highly recommend.
I’ve been reading a lot of these “humans are space orcs” posts and that got me thinking…
Imagine that you’re the only human in youre crew. Youre crew is getting attacked by pirates and they start shooting darts with a deadly substance in it. None of youre crewmembers is getting hit, but one dart hits you. The whole crew is freaking out and screaming “Oh no, our human is dying!”
But you don’t feel like you’re about to die. You feel energetic and hyperactive. You manage to blurt out “ohmygodifeelawesomewhatwasinthosedarts?!?” And one crewmember just stares at you like you lost youre mind and says “that… that was caffeine”
And then you spend the next hour running in cyrcles and screaming “WEEEEEEEEE” while your crewmembers slowly start to whish that these darts had killed you.
EVERYONE! I’m launching my very first Kickstarter to fund the printing of my very first artbook, featuring 30 paintings from my “Occult Supergiant” series, over half of which will be BRAND NEW and UNSEEN work!
If you’ve ever wanted to support me, this is how! Books, pdfs and custom art are all available! It means a lot to me as a trans woman and as a freelance illustrator to be able to support myself off my work, and you make it happen!