"So does like, seeing a hawk scare you now?" Jeremy pointed to the silhouette of a bird coasting in lazy circles above the trees. It made two loops before perching at the very top of a pine that must have been in Mr. Atherton's yard for generations now. Aaron watched it with lazy amusement. From … Continue reading (Friday Fiction) Br’ers #3: High Afternoon
After the carefully neutralized scents and sterilized surface of the government facility he had been staying in, coming home was almost overwhelming to Aaron. The van he drove in from stank of metal and fast food and countless agents who had been there before him, and even with the windows rolled up and the air … Continue reading (Fiction Friday) Br’ers #2: The Stranger Comes Home
Aaron wasn't prepared for how weird it would feel to be in a t-shirt and shorts while everyone else on the bus was rocking layers, but there was a lot about this he wasn't prepared for. He wasn't prepared for the dirt and wet clinging to the fur on his feet even with the sandals, … Continue reading (Fiction Friday) Br’ers #1: The Bus
I keep thinking about the Br'er idea -- I think it's a potent one that could be used to explore a lot of different themes floating in my head about the black experience. I just need to drill down into it and find out where the trouble spots are; I understand not everything is going … Continue reading (Friday Fiction) The Only Winning Move
Today's post is a little bit late; sorry about that. It feels like I've been playing catch-up since the year started! I'll be working double-time for a little while to try and get ahead of things. Anyway, in this installment of Br'er fiction, Gregg meets his boss for the first time in six months to … Continue reading (Friday Fiction) Br’ers: One on One
This month for Fiction Friday, I'll be giving the Br'er scenario another try. I'm not sure what people thought of the couple fragments I posted last month, but I wasn't really happy with them -- I think they came across far too "woe is me, poor special snowflake" and less "these are some things that … Continue reading (Writing) Howdy, Br’er!
And here's the next little bit. Still figuring out the setting while trying to make connections between Greggory's experience and experiences I've had being a "black face in a white space". This one stems from SO MANY TIMES being the only black guy with the feeling of "you don't belong here" heavy in the air. … Continue reading (Friday Fiction) Br’ers – Break
I wanted to find a way to marry two of my interests, and came up with this setting. I'm still figuring things out, so the snippets will be a little rough for the next two weeks, but I thought it was time to share it. Greggory looked in the mirror and saw an alien staring … Continue reading (Wednesday Fiction) Br’ers – Orientation