Musings in the Dark: March 2013



So I'm sitting here downloading music for my brother as I work.  One of the artists he requested was D'Angelo.  Which, of course, led me to this:

*fans self*  Claude Hammercy....

*takes a deep breath* 
When the video dropped, I remember pressing my face up against the TV screen and looking down in a futile effort to see what D was packing.  It didn't matter, because I've got one fuck of an imagination and it got put to good use that day.  Anyhoo, on behalf of those of us who love beautiful men, thank you Lord.  I'll be in my bunk.

By the way, is he getting a blow job from 2:45 - 3:10?  My mind's tellin' me YES! 


The Chamber

I’ve been writing fanfiction for at least a smooth two decades.  It was always a very natural thing to do, as a lot of books, movies and TV shows didn’t do what I needed or expected them to do and I felt the need to correct the oversights.  The main thing was the scarcity of WoC.  So I did what came natural: I created an OC (original character) to supplement what I felt the original story/movie/TV show lacked.  I didn’t do this with every fanfic I wrote; only with the ones I felt required it.


Reviews for Tainted

Blogger Triple J reviews my latest novel in Episode 28 of "Brain Food."

In his own words, I "really knocked it out of the park with that book."

I am so humbled by this generous praise.  I am very thankful and very appreciative that Triple J thinks enough of my crazy ass to not only read my work, but also review it for the masses. Tainted may not be everyone's cup of tea, and it's not intended to be, but it makes me feel good knowing that someone understood the ideas I was trying to get across and the effort it took to do so.

You can purchase a copy of Tainted from Barnes & Noble and Amazon. 


Interview with Dennis Upkins

Recently, during the weekend of the Black Comic Book Convention, I was interviewed by fellow author and my brother from another mother, Dennis Upkins, about my latest novel Tainted.  Here is a portion of the interview:
DRU: First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today. Second of all, congrats on the new book Tainted. I've started reading and my God is it intense. Before we get to Tainted, let's go back for a moment. Corruption, your debut novel. How did it feel having a title under your belt?

AR: It feels amazing; like I’ve sucker-punched a mountain or kicked a planet out of orbit.

DRU: Looking back on your journey from then to now, what stands out for you?

AR: Sometimes I can’t believe I wrote the book.  I re-read certain passages (usually near the end) and I tell myself that I sat down and I wrote it and I know I sat down and I wrote it, but it feels like someone else did.  In a way, that’s true, because when I’m under the control of the muse, I am not myself.  Or maybe I am who I truly am when I’m being directed and the person you’re talking to right now is the interloper.

You can read the rest of the interview here.  Thanks, Denny!


Throwback Celebration

As I sit at my computer, working on final edits of my thesis, I’m listening to music.  Sometimes it’s Pandora Internet Radio; other times, it's songs on YouTube.  You already know that I’m an O’head; I prefer the older stuff to what’s on the radio now and I ain't trying to convert.   When I was a kid, 90% of my social activities revolved around music of some sort.  Certain songs trigger certain memories and I truly wanted to recall said memories.  However, I didn’t know the names of the songs associated with them even though I remembered the songs themselves.