Saturday, July 7, 2018

My poem is available for download!

Typewriter Emergencies June 2018 has my poem "Only hound dogs up in Harlem" in their June 2018 volume! Furry poetry based on Harlem Renaissance poetry.

Download literary journal here: https://issuu.com/weaselpatterson/docs/te04

Sunday, July 1, 2018

How To Be A Proper Ally

Recently, I was called an ally and that got me thinking about how anyone can be an ally to any marginalized group... And I've learned this from others. I claim no credit.

First, PLEASE LISTEN. When people are speaking, the rest of us must listen. This is a time to put aside what we 'think' we may know to REALLY learning from the very group we wish to support.

Second, the ally must out aside the systemic narratives that have been enforced by society for generations on the particular group. In other words, just because you've been told something, don't think it's true.

Oftentimes, we human beings will have an untruth in our heads and will 'see' what we want to see. Experience what we WANT to experience. Remember, DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE.

Thirdly, please, Please, PLEASE listen to experts/researchers/social activists who have that group's interest in mind. We have a historical issue in this country that we take what somebody has said about a marginalized group in the trappings of 'science' when we know that the academic community is pulled and pushed by prejudice, racism, bigotry, xenophobia, and wilful ignorance like any where else.

Lastly, please do your own research as well. Once those from the group invite you in, make sure to take the information they give as part of the foundation of your own prejudices'/biases' undoing.

As you learn more with what you've been given, you will fortunately learn your own faults, prejudices, and biases as well. It's uncomfortable, often frightening, but very VERY necessary. You will become better as a person. Your future self will thank you. Not everyone can do this. Being willfully ignorant is a shield for many people. Don't be cowardly like them. Be better. Do better.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

From the Twitterverse

I did about two pages from the current sci-fi series and felt I wasted my day.

The scene is quite important and if I keep it in my Jamerican's POV, it truly shows the alien-ness of her child's father, someone who's been masquerading as human for so long. There's still more to write from this scene.

Also, for the Google Docs manuscript from the same series, I haven't finished the SMS-patois scene between her and her bestie Barbadian friend. I need to continue to type and revise THAT scene and the scene right after before I can consider it DONE.

However, this morning, I re-watched a favorite Korean film of mine (I bought the VCD almost 13 years ago) called "My Little Bride" and then watched a new film that was wonderful, and a bit raunchy (tee-hee), also from Korea called "Love Clinic" so that was good.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Reclaim One's Heritage

Been struggling with a science fiction story. And then a friend from MFA program volunteered to beta-read it. Now I did most of the grammatical edits.

What's bothering me is one of the scenes I've decided to change from the alien's POV to the Jamaican-American's POV. I'm Jamaican-American or Jamerican and realized that though I can say a few words in Jamaican Patois/Patwah/Patwa, I'm illiterate when it comes to writing, reading, and can only spell certain words.

Was about to post on my Caribbean/Diaspora writers group page about me having to rewrite what a texting social media language but realized this is the difficult tasks and decisions a writer will come up against. So, I'm currently researching, remembering, and will read more on my culture's poet laureates. And while I'm remembering, will be reclaiming.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

My Essay Is Out! Check It!

My craft talk essay "Fighting Against the Bloat" is out in the Tishman Review 4.2! *Click on image to go on site!*
The Tishman Review 4.2 April 2018
It is available as a PDF, and on Amazon.com as a hard copy or Kindle e-book!