Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dark Galaxy: Emerge Playlist

Dark Galaxy: Emerge is all about self-discovery and acceptance. 
Within it, everything Alexia has ever known or believed of herself is broken apart only to be rebuilt by her own hands.
It's a hard road, but a mandatory one. As a result she becomes mentally and physically stronger than she ever imagined. Then there's the task of capturing the universe constructed within my imagination on paper. I tried to make sure I remembered all of this as I typed away. Yet on some days, it wasn't so easy to tap into. 
That's where music came in. The ultimate rescue. Whenever I have a writing block, I turn to painting, photography, film, exercising (I know, I do the most) etc. Nothing gets me back on track as fast as music. It's the ultimate time machine--past, present and future. You can re-live emotions and adopt your characters body and move them around--make them speak. It's beautiful...really.  
So, here they are, the songs that motivated me through my first novel--encompassing love, struggle, fight, victory, loss, whimsy, magic and wonder.

Hand Me Down Heroes or Progression?

The 2015-2016 year has been chock full of diversifying efforts within the fantasy/sci-fi world. Primarily within the vein of film. We've seen age old original characters bent into pigmented bodies with Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger, as well as the casting of Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, and most recently, Zendaya as Spider-Man's soulmate, Mary Jane.
Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur's Lunella Lafayette
Then there's the addition of entirely new characters--Iron Man's protege, Riri Williams, whiz kid Lunella Lafayette, and one of my fast favorites, Mosaic. And these guys seem to be the third phase in what is becoming the new normal. Geez. That almost hurts to write. Our world is colorful and rich in culture, but sadly much of society's art hasn't reflected this.