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Afronauts Podcast

By Afronauts Podcast
A podcast to promote Black speculative fiction.

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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
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
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 6, 2021
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
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!
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
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
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 7, 2021
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
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
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! 
01:06:15
May 17, 2021
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 3, 2021
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!
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! 
11:06
March 28, 2021