March 2018: The Present and the Future

Hi, everybody! K. A. Parker here with another monthly update written on the actual day itself.

I’ll get right into it.

“Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time”

So, I saw “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time” between mid-February and mid-March, and if you haven’t seen either film and are a fan of science fiction and fantasy, go do so. “Black Panther” was particularly refreshing because it depicted an uncolonized, independent futuristic Africa that has its roots in the Afrofuturism art movement–currently spearheaded, I believe, by the works Nnedi Okorafor. (She also worked on the Black Panther comics coming out now, so there you go). “A Wrinkle in Time” was refreshing for me in a different sense. I’d read the book before seeing the movie, so I was aware of the plot. But Storm Reid and the stunning visuals made the film come alive really well. Yes, it wasn’t perfect, but I thought that it was good on more accounts than it was bad. I won’t go into too much detail as it should be seen and not heard secondhand, but those are my thoughts regarding the two films.

Being a DM…

Last newsletter, I was planning on learning D&D via the Starter Set. Well, I read the rules and ended up deciding to try and run my own game yesterday.

Which didn’t happen, thanks to technical difficulties.

But what ended up happening was much more pleasant. I got to know the players I selected. I got to laugh and groan. And I got to be flawed and open rather than closed off and serious. And that was a good thing. It reminded me that end of the day, this is still a game, and the world doesn’t revolve around D&D. I definitely think it broke the ice for sure.

You can bet I’m going to try and DM next week, though, and this time, we’ll be prepared.

To The Future

Anyway, that’s it from me. Just wanted to update you guys on the outer things I’m doing besides my novel. Peace!

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