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A podcast to promote Black speculative fiction.

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The Hero's Journey with Britt Threatt: Writing Inclusively, Balancing Faith and Fiction, and Making the Choice to Self-Publish
The Hero's Journey with Britt Threatt: Writing Inclusively, Balancing Faith and Fiction, and Making the Choice to Self-Publish
Meet today's Hero: Britt Threatt Britt Threatt is a fantasy and speculative fiction writer committed to penning stories that explore the capacity and aliveness of Black youth. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Africana Studies, which informs much of her creative writing around themes of social life and death, intimacy, belonging, and trauma. Britt has a YouTube channel called Britt Writerly, which curates conversations about the relationship between books and culture, and showcases original content. As a Black writer, she is dedicated both to the craft of storytelling and the necessary conversations strong narratives incite. Want more Britt? Find her here: Instagram: @BrittWriterly Twitter: @True_Michelle_ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@BrittWriterly/
45:11
December 05, 2022
The Hero's Journey with Daniel Renjenko: Afrofuturism, Empowering Black Readers, and Finding Your Support
The Hero's Journey with Daniel Renjenko: Afrofuturism, Empowering Black Readers, and Finding Your Support
Meet our next hero: Daniel Renjenko Daniel is a previously agented writer focused on crafting Black main-characters only, and Black-trauma-conscious stories of Afrofuturism and Afrofantasy with some steamy romance weaved in. His main goal is always to empower Black readers, while his personal mission is to change the normalized use of negative black connotations into positivity. Join us as we discuss Daniel's writing and inspiration, his take on Afrofuturism, parting from his agent, and finding support moving forward. You can find Daniel Renjenko on @drenjenko. 
22:19
November 21, 2022
Revisions: Killing Our Darlings, Incorporating Feedback, and Our Favorite Resources
Revisions: Killing Our Darlings, Incorporating Feedback, and Our Favorite Resources
This episode is all about revisions! We discuss how many CPs we like to work with, our favorite revision books and articles, and our process for evaluating/incorporating feedback. You can follow us here: Twitter: @AfronautsPod Instagram: @AfronautsPod Pinterest: @AfronautsPod Sources mentioned: https://blog.reedsy.com/how-to-revise-a-novel/ https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/write-character-arcs/ https://thejohnfox.com/2021/04/8-steps-to-revise-your-novel-without-losing-its-essence/ https://www.naturalreaders.com/online/ To support the production of this podcast, you can find us at AfronautsPod on Ko-fi. Thanks for listening!
49:09
November 09, 2022
The Hero's Journey with Tracy Deonn: Legendborn & Bloodmarked, Research Consultants, and Fan Fiction
The Hero's Journey with Tracy Deonn: Legendborn & Bloodmarked, Research Consultants, and Fan Fiction
Meet our next hero: Tracy Deonn Tracy Deonn is the New York Times bestselling, Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe Award-winning author of Legendborn, and a second-generation fangirl. She grew up in central North Carolina, where she devoured fantasy books and Southern food in equal measure. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication and performance studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tracy worked in live theater, video game production, and K–12 education. When she’s not writing, Tracy speaks on panels at science fiction and fantasy conventions, reads fanfic, arranges puppy playdates, and keeps an eye out for ginger-flavored everything. Join us as we discuss Tracy's novels, the interconnection between grief and trauma, the Vampire Diaries, and Tracy's fanfic tastes! Want more Tracy Deonn? Here's how to find her: Website: TracyDeonn.com Instagram: @TracyDeonn Twitter: @TracyDeonn
59:43
October 17, 2022
The Hero's Journey with Nick Brooks: Novel Writing, Film, Music, and Navigating these Industries as a Black Creator.
The Hero's Journey with Nick Brooks: Novel Writing, Film, Music, and Navigating these Industries as a Black Creator.
Meet our next hero: Nick Brooks Nick is an award-winning filmmaker from DC. He is also the author of NOTHING INTERESTING EVER HAPPENS TO ETHAN FAIRMONT, the first book of his middle grade novel series (out October 4th) and PROMISE BOYS, his first YA novel (out January 2023).  Join us as we discuss Nick's novels, film writing, and music; his writing process; and how he navigates these different industries as a black creator.  Want more Nick Brooks? Here's how to find him:  Website: https://www.thenickbrooks.com/ Instagram: @officialnickbrooks Twitter: @whoisnickbrooks TikTok: @officialnickbrooks YouTube: Nick Brooks - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM8r_HKBgxXGU4y4qtAzyhw/about Vinemo: https://vimeo.com/thenickbrooks IMDb: Nick Brooks - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7954483/
39:42
October 03, 2022
Self-Publishing with Sierra Elmore: Book Covers, Kickstarter, and TikTok
Self-Publishing with Sierra Elmore: Book Covers, Kickstarter, and TikTok
With our first-ever guest co-host, Sierra Elmore, we discuss all things self-publishing. We talked about everything from working with book cover designers, to how you can see your book sales, to getting your books into indie stores! Sierra writes YA contemporary and thriller novels. Her debut novel, DEATH BY SOCIETY, is out now (links below!). You can find Sierra Elmore on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok @SierraWritesYA, and you can visit her website at https://sierraelmore.com/. Links to DEATH BY SOCIETY: Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/books/death-by-society/9798218019471 Indiebound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9798218019471 Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/death-by-society-sierra-elmore/1141515077?ean=2940185571903 Sources mentioned: Get Covers - https://getcovers.com/book-cover-design/ 20 books to 50k - https://www.facebook.com/groups/20Booksto50k Authors Unleashed - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1056593901397144 Write 10k in a day - https://www.facebook.com/groups/2088289198134313 Kickstarter for authors plus cross-promotion - https://www.facebook.com/groups/408680631087020 TikTok for authors - https://www.facebook.com/groups/tiktokforauthors Alliance of young adult authors - https://www.facebook.com/groups/925815260805671 Wide for the win - https://www.facebook.com/groups/556186621558858 Crystal Hunt: Creative Academy for Writers - https://creativeacademyforwriters.com/ Strategic author-preneur template - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SCZjKksvewfIYPkuIbnQyPjoUuu_Ubb5Jy9AsDZb2lw/edit#gid=645232691
34:60
September 19, 2022
The Hero's Journey with Karen Strong: Eden's Everdark, Anthologies, and Social Media for Authors
The Hero's Journey with Karen Strong: Eden's Everdark, Anthologies, and Social Media for Authors
Meet our next hero: Karen Strong Karen is the author of middle grade novels JUST SOUTH OF HOME and EDEN’S EVERDARK. She is the editor of the forthcoming young adult anthology COOL. AWKWARD. BLACK. And she has also written short fiction for Star Wars and other award-winning anthologies. Join us as we discuss Karen's latest novel, Eden's Everdark (out September 6th!), anthologies, and finding balance in your writing life and with social media. You can find Karen Strong on Twitter and Instagram @KarenMusings, and you can visit her website at https://www.karen-strong.com. 
29:48
September 05, 2022
The Naut-y Awards!
The Naut-y Awards!
In this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we introduce The Naut-y Awards! The Naut-ys aren’t really an award show, there’s no single winner, just a chance to gush about our favorites in a handful of categories. Books/Short Stories/Novellas mentioned in this episode: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron Blook Like Magic by Liselle Sambury The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow Imago by Octavia E. Butler My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi The Necromancer by N.K. Jemisin The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin Muted by Tami Charles Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton The Mothers by Britt Bennett Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark's  Check out our website at http://afronautspodcast.com/ for episodes, resources, and more! Show us a little love today by buying the crew some coffee! https://ko-fi.com/afronautspod
25:02
June 19, 2022
Dark Matter: Writing Fight Scenes and Movement
Dark Matter: Writing Fight Scenes and Movement
In this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss writing fight scenes and other types of movement.  Resources/books mentioned in this episode: Essa Hansen thread: https://twitter.com/essahansen/status/1525525321557999616,  Body Beats to Build On by April W Gardner,  Nia Davenport’s THE BLOOD TRIALS,  Namina Forma’s THE GILDED ONES and THE MERCILESS ONES,  A.M. Ellis’s PERFECT SCORE,  Pierce Brown’s RED RISING,  Leigh Bardugo’s SIEGE AND STORM Check out our website at http://afronautspodcast.com/ for episodes, resources, and more! Show us a little love today by buying the crew some coffee! https://ko-fi.com/afronautspod
34:55
June 06, 2022
The Hero’s Journey with Liselle Sambury: Blood Like Magic, Blood Like Fate, and Writing a Sequel
The Hero’s Journey with Liselle Sambury: Blood Like Magic, Blood Like Fate, and Writing a Sequel
Meet our next hero: Liselle Sambury Liselle is a Trinidadian-Canadian YA fantasy author. In her free time, she shares helpful tips for upcoming writers and details of her publishing journey through her YouTube channel. She is the author of Blood Like Magic, and its sequel Blood Like Fate, out August 9th.  Join us as we discuss Liselle's debut, food, family, worldbuilding, and what we can expect in the sequel.  You can find Liselle Sambury on Twitter @LiselleSambury, on Instagram @lisellesambury.  Check out her YouTube channel and visit her website at https://lisellesambury.ca/. 
34:32
May 30, 2022
Dark Matter: Research, Research, Research
Dark Matter: Research, Research, Research
In this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss: how accurate we want our stories to be, researching before drafting, using our own family history, and tips for keeping track of research. Resources mentioned in this episode:  https://www.archives.gov/research/census/online-resources https://www.wordhippo.com/ https://keep.google.com/u/0/ https://www.notion.so/ https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview Check out our website at http://afronautspodcast.com/ for episodes, resources, and more! Show us a little love today by buying the crew some coffee! https://ko-fi.com/afronautspod
39:43
May 09, 2022
The Hero's Journey: Nia Davenport
The Hero's Journey: Nia Davenport
Meet our next hero: Nia Davenport Nia is the author of The Blood Gift duology, which starts with The Blood Trials (out now!). She’s an English and Biology teacher and a strong advocate for diverse perspectives and protagonists in literature. Recently, along with co-founder Traci-Anne Canada, she launched StorySpinner Entertainment, a book packager dedicated to amplifying the voices of the Black Diaspora. Join us as we discuss Nia's writing process, her dream projects, her new book packaging company for marginalized authors, and her strong opinions on peach cobbler and gumbo.  You can find Nia Davenport on Twitter @Nia_Davenport and on Instagram @nia.davenport. Visit her website at https://www.nedavenport.com/.
26:35
April 06, 2022
Dark Matter: Black Villains and Antagonists
Dark Matter: Black Villains and Antagonists
On this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss: Our favorite black villains and antagonists, our least favorite, what makes a great villain/antagonist, and more!  Black Books mentioned in this episode: Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi Check out our website at http://afronautspodcast.com/ for episodes, resources, and more! Show us a little love today by buying the crew some coffee! https://ko-fi.com/afronautspod
45:52
March 14, 2022
The Hero's Journey: Brittney Morris
The Hero's Journey: Brittney Morris
Meet our next hero: Brittney Morris Brittney is the author of SLAY, The Cost of Knowing, Spider-Man: Miles Morales - Wings of Fury, and she’s also written for various video games. Most recently, she joined the team at Insomniac Games to write for the upcoming Spider-Man PS5 game. Join us as we discuss Brittney's experience writing novels AND video games, her advice to younger authors, and a new MG series.  You can find Brittney Morris on Twitter @BrittneyMMorris and on Instagram @brittneymmorris.  Visit her website at https://www.authorbrittneymorris.com/. 
30:04
March 07, 2022
Dark Matter: Mentorships for Black Authors
Dark Matter: Mentorships for Black Authors
On this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss: Picking the best mentorship for you, what to watch out for, our ideal mentorship programs, what to do if you don't get in, and more!  Some mentorship programs mentioned in this episode: We Need Diverse Books - Black Creatives Mentorship - https://diversebooks.org/programs/black-creatives-mentorship/ Author Mentor Match - https://authormentormatch.com/ Pitch Wars (Episode recorded prior to the announcement of the program's end. For more info, visit https://pitchwars.org/the-future-of-pitch-wars-and-pitmad/)  Ancestral Futures Mentorship for BIPOC storytellers - https://ancestralfuturesorg.wordpress.com/ Write Team Mentorship Program - https://www.writeteammentors.com/ Be Your Own Mentor - https://byomentor.com/ Check out our website at http://afronautspodcast.com/ for episodes, resources, and more! Show us a little love today by buying the crew some coffee! https://ko-fi.com/afronautspod
31:19
February 28, 2022
The Hero's Journey: Kiah Danielle Norris
The Hero's Journey: Kiah Danielle Norris
Meet our next hero: Kiah Danielle Norris Kiah is a Young Adult Speculative Fiction writer. She loves drinking bourbon, discussing books, and ruminating about life, imagination, and writing. Kiah earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University of Los Angeles and her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from California State University Bakersfield. Join us as we discuss MFAs, Kiah's writing process, her choice to self-publish, her melanin-based magic system, and more! You can find Kiah Danielle Norris on Instagram @dreadedmuse and Twitter @danielle_kiah Check out her YouTube channel: Bourbon & Book Reviews and visit her website at https://www.kiahdanielle.com/  Edit details
43:45
February 21, 2022
Dark Matter: Black Love in SFF
Dark Matter: Black Love in SFF
Happy Valentine's Day! On this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss: Black romance, black familial love, and black self love in speculative fiction  Black books mentioned in this episode: Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron,  Legendborn by Tracy Deonn,  Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen,  A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A Brown,  Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi,  Wings of Ebony by J. Elle,  A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow,  Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury  Check out our website at http://afronautspodcast.com/ for episodes, resources, and more!  Show us a little love today by buying the crew some coffee! https://ko-fi.com/afronautspod
39:47
February 14, 2022
The Hero's Journey: Sheena Williams
The Hero's Journey: Sheena Williams
Meet our next hero: Sheena Williams Sheena is a YA science fiction writer and artist. She is a winner of the Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware award for Commentary and 2020 Honorable Mention for the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.  Join us as we discuss Sheena's querying experience as a marginalized writer, how her background in psychology informs her writing, her book, THE OUTLIER, and more! You can find Sheena Williams on Instagram @she.will.thrive and Twitter @she_will_thrive Check out her website at www.shewillart.com.
44:40
February 07, 2022
Dark Matter: #NaNegroWriMo, Self Care, & 2022 Writing Goals
Dark Matter: #NaNegroWriMo, Self Care, & 2022 Writing Goals
Thanks for joining us for Season 2: Dark Matter! On this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss: #NaNegroWriMo, Our Winter Writing, Self Care, And our 2022 Writing Goals/Resolutions  Be sure to check out our NEW WEBSITE at http://afronautspodcast.com/. For more information on the horror anthology Death in the Mouth, visit https://deathinthemouth.com/.  Find out more about Black Ink Book Festival at https://www.blackinkcharleston.org/.  Additional Resource Links: https://www.essence.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/imade-borha-how-to-find-black-therapist/ https://providers.therapyforblackgirls.com https://www.beam.community  https://health.clevelandclinic.org/spoon-theory-chronic-illness/
45:48
January 31, 2022
Genesis: The Call and Navigating the Industry
Genesis: The Call and Navigating the Industry
On this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss: The Call - when an agent calls to offer representation Navigating the Industry  Feel free to use our template for questions to ask during "The Call" - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zFO9_pMuQs01j9fNTbNJ8JJRQ0-fp1K1Ri0aEru5Pvw/edit.  For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
50:13
November 08, 2021
The Hero's Journey: Mike Lee
The Hero's Journey: Mike Lee
Meet our next hero: Mike Lee Mike is a sci-fi, cyberpunk and fantasy writer who also does developmental and copy editing. Join us as we discuss: Mike's publishing journey so far, his experience working with critique partners, his favorite thing about editing, and more! You can find Mike on: Twitter - @mikewrites5, Instagram - @mikewrites, or his website at mikeleewrites.com For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
41:05
November 01, 2021
Genesis: Twitter Pitch Contests, Hard and Soft Sci-Fi & World Building
Genesis: Twitter Pitch Contests, Hard and Soft Sci-Fi & World Building
On this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss: Twitter Pitch Contests   Hard and Soft Sci-Fi &   World Building  For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
41:58
October 24, 2021
The Hero's Journey: Tony Debajo
The Hero's Journey: Tony Debajo
Meet our next hero: Tony Debajo Tony is a civil engineer, digital marketer, and the author of In The Shadow of Ruin which is book one in his The Fractured Kingdom series. Join us as we discuss: Tony's novel, his self-publishing journey, tips for writers interested in self-publishing, and more! You can find Tony Debajo on: Instagram @de_bajo_author, Twitter @tdebajo Check out his website and order your copy of In The Shadow of Ruin at https://de-bajo.com/books/. For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
37:10
October 11, 2021
The Hero's Journey: Britney S. Lewis
The Hero's Journey: Britney S. Lewis
Meet our next hero: Britney S. Lewis Britney writes YA contemporary and speculative fiction, does competitive West Coast swing dancing, and is documenting her traditional publishing journey on YouTube. Her YA debut, The Undead Truth of Us, will be available Summer 2022. Join us as we discuss: Britney's querying tips, imposture syndrome, her long-term writing goals, the part of the publishing journey that's brought her the most joy so far, and more! You can find Britney S. Lewis on: Instagram @britney.s.lewis, Twitter @britneyslewis, & TikTok @britneyslewis Check out her website at https://www.britneyslewis.com/.  Follow her on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/user/Britney3Kisses.  For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
38:55
October 04, 2021
The Hero's Journey: Eve Williams
The Hero's Journey: Eve Williams
Meet our next hero: Eve Williams Eve has been telling stories since she was 8 years old. She got serious about writing in her late teens and in college studied creative writing and English. She is working on her first fantasy novel and is currently in the beta reader stage. Eve is going to start her querying journey this year with hopes to be published within the next two years. Join us as we discuss: Eve's ideal critique partner, her favorite genre, what made her start writing, and more!  You can find Eve Williams on: Instagram @Writer.eve & Twitter @WriterEve For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
43:39
September 20, 2021
Genesis: Burnout
Genesis: Burnout
On this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll be talking all about experiencing burnout as writers: when we get it, why we get it, how to spot it, and what we can do about it.   View the episode transcript at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IvM4gWOiboCoOkchrRMohCLTHK5Dr6P99uE7H2Cq-yo/edit?usp=sharing For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
45:22
September 13, 2021
The Hero's Journey: Larissa Irankunda
The Hero's Journey: Larissa Irankunda
Meet our next hero: Larissa Irankunda She’s an East African Sci-fi and fantasy writer, an alumnus of the 2018 THREAD at Yale program, and serves as the Executive Producer of the QuirkChat app, a video social network for anime and geek fandom commentary! Join us as we discuss: Larissa's biggest writing challenges, the author she'd love as a mentor, and advice for her younger self.  You can find Larissa Irankunda on: Instagram @Lardastarchild & Twitter @LarLarWrites   View the episode transcript at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R71Ohin42JfvOGvkdi38r0OALHX3QTUALdV1AFSN9IY/edit?usp=sharing For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
34:17
September 06, 2021
Genesis: Critique Partners, Magic Systems, and Self Care for Black Writers
Genesis: Critique Partners, Magic Systems, and Self Care for Black Writers
On this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss: Critique Partners on Writing While Black,   The One Stop For Writers website on Craft Country,   Magic Systems on Genre Galaxies, A Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novel on Black Spec Fic Recs, and Incorporating Food in Our Stories and Self Care for Black Writers on Black Joy Crew Check out the One Stop for Writers website at https://onestopforwriters.com/. And don't forget to visit https://writershelpingwriters.net/.  View the episode transcript at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AhB6jqU0exv3bUPXdqIKcuCxQhlop0XNn3-yayiU0Pc/edit?usp=sharing  For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
53:08
August 30, 2021
The Hero's Journey: Bethany C. Morrow
The Hero's Journey: Bethany C. Morrow
Meet our next hero: Bethany C. Morrow She’s the author of the adult novel Mem, A Song Below Water, A Chorus Rises, and more!   Join us as we discuss:  Naema's story in A Chorus Rises,  Big moments from A Song Below Water, and  Advice for Black writers   You can find Bethany C. Morrow on:  Instagram & Twitter @bcmorrow  Her website - www.bethanycmorrow.com  View the episode transcript at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s1eCJCS2THdmT2Q8DuZKKtaoGB9xzTJix-b1SSno9BI/edit?usp=sharing  For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
48:25
June 21, 2021
Juneteenth Special!
Juneteenth Special!
Happy Juneteenth Afronauts!  Join us as we discuss:  What Juneteenth means to us, and  This past year's efforts to support black authors in publishing View the episode transcript at https://docs.google.com/document/d/19wEHuTjzijlaTlXN4ZuwW7IzUet5-DER5FXVLy1-VZg/edit?usp=sharing For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
22:12
June 19, 2021
Genesis: Race Swapping, Telling the Tale, and What Makes a Book Good
Genesis: Race Swapping, Telling the Tale, and What Makes a Book Good
On this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss:  Race Swapping and the "right" to use African mythos on Writing While Black,  Dr. Angela Benson's Telling the Tale: The African-American Fiction Writer's Guide on Craft Country,  Urban Fantasy on Genre Galaxies, and What makes a book good to us & Us vs our characters on a Friday night on Black Joy Crew  View the episode transcript at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B-30RwXoRFLpoOrvc6ViZF5AWEyigtpADCnH-vcLPXg/edit?usp=sharing For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
40:12
June 14, 2021
The Hero's Journey: Prince Shakur
The Hero's Journey: Prince Shakur
Meet our next hero: Prince Shakur He's a queer writer, activist, and YouTuber. Prince has had pieces featured in Teen Vogue, Vice, Catapult, and more!  Join us as we discuss: Prince's current projects His long term writing goals The importance of creating black art Writer's block Things to consider before signing with an agent  How being a black writer drives him to work   You can find Prince on: Twitter: @prshakur Instagram: @sweetblackprince  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMMgrSHWLLU4U_FnJ1u10Ug His website: https://www.princeshakur.com/ View the episode transcript at https://docs.google.com/document/d/16HAqcE1cYzukUh3OFWo5_wO-sNTrVvHN1ERzd4tFOB4/edit?usp=sharing For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
36:59
June 07, 2021
Genesis: Who Got Issues?
Genesis: Who Got Issues?
On this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss: "Issue" books on Writing While Black Magical stories that tackle real world issues on Black Spec-Fic Recs A breakdown of the Snowflake book on Craft Country Utopian and science fantasy on Genre Galaxies, and How many stories we prefer to write at once and using playlists to capture character and setting vibes on Black Joy Crew View the episode transcript at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ikIoBDss7zSl_pNHYCWN2CJdqLLvRT_HHvxUlmaNGwQ/edit?usp=sharing For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
48:00
May 31, 2021
The Hero's Journey: Jill Tew
The Hero's Journey: Jill Tew
Meet our first hero: Jill Tew She's a mom, wife and fiction writer. Jill was a 2020 #Edits4BlackSFF winner and is part of the Afronauts crew! Join us as we discuss: Jill's current works in progress Book Twitter Her least favorite part of the writing process NaNoWriMo The social impacts of writing Truth on the page  The YA novel she thinks should come to life on the screen  Cinematic writing styles  You can find Jill on Twitter and on Instagram @jtewwrites View the episode transcript at https://docs.google.com/document/d/11DrCJNNIsehlDRa4huRD7nzrb2Y37QNNeoOZZRMZOo0/edit?usp=sharing For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
25:30
May 24, 2021
Genesis: Defining Blackness, MasterClass, and Our Favorite Tropes
Genesis: Defining Blackness, MasterClass, and Our Favorite Tropes
On this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss:  What it means to write books that are authentically Black on Writing While Black Investing in MasterClass on Craft Country Black characters alone in foreign worlds on Black Spec-Fic Recs Accessible fiction on Genre Galaxies, and Ideal writing environments and favorite tropes on Black Joy Crew Try MasterClass for 7 days free with our Guest Pass (limited time only) - https://www.masterclass.com/guest-pass/a765eMnw0Mjg0OTM4fDF8fHwyNzg=?utm_source=Organic-Social-PR&utm_medium=web&utm_content=Share_Copy View the episode transcript at https://docs.google.com/document/d/10XKXNqk9DoUjQZgtQEEwjiuaalw3wNJ3PeK30l6vhKY/edit?usp=sharing For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com! 
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May 17, 2021
Genesis: Culture, Craft, and Comfort Books
Genesis: Culture, Craft, and Comfort Books
On this episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss: Our culture in our writing on Writing While Black The Story Grid Method on Craft Country Hopeful Sci-Fi on Black Spec-Fic Recs The spooky, the strange, and the surreal on Genre Galaxies Comfort books, writer's survival kits, and healthy ways to decompress on Black Joy Crew “Brownies” by ZZ Packer can be found in the short story collection Drinking Coffee Elsewhere - https://bookshop.org/books/drinking-coffee-elsewhere/9781573223782 For more info on the Story Grid Method, check out the links below:  5 Commandments of Storytelling: What They Are and How to Use Them - https://storygrid.com/5-commandments/ An Editor's Six Core Questions - Story Grid - https://storygrid.com/an-editors-six-core-questions/ View the episode transcript at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TltnqKWo5lbwnMgiHVhD67bOy53gSmcVdAoRy_bL_wU/edit?usp=sharing For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
51:51
May 03, 2021
Genesis: The Afronauts Launch
Genesis: The Afronauts Launch
On the first episode of the Afronauts Podcast, we'll discuss: Seeing yourself in books on Writing While Black,  Creating your own school of writing on Craft Country,   Visual stories with dark elements on Black Spec-Fic Recs,  Literary and commercial fiction on Genre Galaxies, and  Crushes, side characters, and community on Black Joy Crew.   View the episode transcript at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w9dXhGkJy8BEgIBOl_1g3pUrvPoIoZ5amngre0owYtg/edit?usp=sharing  For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com!
01:07:28
April 19, 2021
Welcome to the Afronauts Podcast!
Welcome to the Afronauts Podcast!
A mood for the culture and the future. We supply speculative writing encouragement, resources, and entertainment. Meet our hosts and enjoy a sneak peek at what's coming this season.  For a link to our Discord Community, follow us on social media and send us an email at afronautspodcast@gmail.com! 
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March 28, 2021