Podcast: Creativelyanzy: Stories – Play – Poems

Hey there all apologises for my sporadic posts. But I am back on track. To be honest I have been knuckling down trying to finish my novel. Good news I have finished one novel and I am almost finished another. So I have been busy. Also as you know I am also undertaking a lot of Melanin Gamers tasks! I am finding balance though. So articles I write for MG will be posted here as will my new podcast. Which is basically audible – me reading out stories I have written, plays and poems. I shall read only extracts from novels but I shall read short stories in their entirety. I hope you enjoy.

I have recorded three pods so far.

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My first two are technically one introduction split into 2.

First Podcast: Introduction and an extract from YA Dystopian Novel: The Algorithm.

First story is called the Algorithm it is a YA Dystopian novel: emotion is outlawed and humans are ruled by the laws of logic. New generation Humans or new gens – suppress all emotional feelings and every action is dictated by calm logic, that is monitored closely by a bioelectrical device known as a comm.t that is fused to every human to ensure they comply with the laws of logic. Anderson Asante is emotionally compromised when he meets Ellaxandra Zola a member of the infamous NSR group he realises just how far some people will go just to feel emotion again.

Second half is:

Second half of my First Podcast: An extract from Paranormal Romance: The Galactic Confessionary

As host to one of the most powerful confessionaires in the galaxy Shoshana has advised some of the deadliest beings alive. There is no secret she hasn’t heard of or situation she wasn’t able to fix.
Aside from her own secret.
Higher Angel Seth is the youngest Higher Angel in existence and it’s his job to punish and neutralise  wayward Angels, immortals and mortals along with any threats that break and challenge Angelic law.
Shoshana’s existence is a threat to Angelic law.
But despite her existence challenging everything Seth believes in he is compelled by her and the Elder Council need Shoshana’s skills to uncover a new and powerful weapon that has the ability to kill immortals is.

Second podcast is the second extract of The Galactic Confessionary.

Blurb: As host to one of the most powerful confessionaires in the galaxy Shoshana has advised some of the deadliest beings alive. There is no secret she hasn’t heard of or situation she wasn’t able to fix.
Aside from her own secret.
Higher Angel Seth is the youngest Higher Angel in existence and it’s his job to punish and neutralise  wayward Angels, immortals and mortals along with any threats that break and challenge Angelic law.
Shoshana’s existence is a threat to Angelic law.
But despite her existence challenging everything Seth believes in he is compelled by her and the Elder Council need Shoshana’s skills to uncover a new and powerful weapon that has the ability to kill immortals is.

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The inadequacy of change.

There is a recurring problem that ‘fans’ create by failing to grasp the very simple notion:

If an actor from any race/creed or colour is able to embody the traits and characteristics of a character in a book or a comic, then that actor should, in fact, be able to play that character even if the original character is not from the same race/creed or colour.

Yet it seems that ‘fans’ particularly those of nerd culture have been levelling hateful speech and racist slurs all in the guise of apparently staying true to the original version of the text.

Starfire

Starfire / Anna Diop

African-American actress Anna Diop who is playing Starfire in the up-and-coming live action Teen Titans had to disable her comments on social media after ‘fans’ launched a racist and derogative tirade on her appearance. To clarify she is portraying an orange-skinned radioactive alien who can shoot energy from her hands, any actress playing her surely would have faced backlash for not looking like Starfire unless of course DC had the budget to first discover alien life then hire a real-life alien for the role. Alas, this isn’t why the ‘fans’ are angry as with the hate Kelly Marie Tran received, racism and more often than not sexism reared its ugly head again.

Kelly Marie Tran

Kelly Marie Tran

These vile attacks by these bigots can only be stopped by an increase in diversity. Some could say that these ‘fans’ can’t be blamed for reacting in anger and confusion over the inclusion of people of colour playing roles predominantly portrayed by white actors. They are not accustomed to seeing a person of colour playing a superhero, they are confused and surprised that people of colour can be nerds.

Change will always breed discontent especially from small-minded people who have always enjoyed seeing themselves reflected in the heroes they love. Nevertheless, the change that is taking place which has these ‘fans’ in uproar with the inclusion of not only actors of colour portraying superheroes but those from the LGBT community is inadequate, we need to see more representation, more writers, actors and illustrators who are people of colour and or from the LGBT community so that we can show these ‘fans’ that we are not here to destroy their childhood dreams we are merely here to add more.

 

Commentary: Hello 2015!

Good Afternoon,

New Year, generally means a new start, a chance for the slate to be wiped clean, Tabula Rasa.
I have so many ideas for this new year, so many dreams, so much to do! True I had these dreams last year, maybe even the year before, but this is the year when they will be realised, how do I know this will be the year, I don’t, I’m just going to try as hard as humanly possible so by the end of the year I will feel content with what I have achieved. Not happy but content: satisfied with what one has, not wanting more or anything else. I just want to be content.

I will be posting very soon!
Happy New Year!

Annabel.