Now Published: Uirusu in The Sirens Call eZine August 2014 Issue #16 Apocalyptic Fiction


Good Midnight folks! 

Life has been very busy and hectic. My mom’s been in the hospital since last Saturday night, hopefully she’ll come home tomorrow. 

I haven’t written much in these last few weeks, however I do have some good news to share with you! A short story of mine has been published amongst a group of awesome literary submissions in The Sirens Call eZine August 2014 Issue #16 Apocalyptic Fiction! You can download it for free here

Titled Uirusu, the story reveals the origins of a mysterious virus that has ravaged the world. It begins on page 76 of the eZine. Thanks to Sirens Call Publications for publishing my story. They always have submission openings for their publication so check them out and submit! Also check out their blog right here on WordPress.

I will give you a hint about this story: it’s related to my novel I, Darcy: Evolution! Speaking of my novel, as you know I finished writing it a couple of months back. Currently, I’m in the editing phase and I hope to have it published in the near future. Whether through a publishing house big or small, or me self-publishing it, I, Darcy: Evolution will be published (I’m also gathering my notes for the sequel to the novel I, Darcy: Revolution)!

That’s all in the writing news front. I hope to get back to writing new entries for Musings of a Blerd soon.  Alright until next time!



4 Tips for Writing a Dystopian World

Talisha Harrison:

Great tips!

Originally posted on T I P - The International Passion:

Nowadays, it seems the majority of popular young adult novels that are coming out take place in devastated, dystopian worlds. There are even a good, hearty amount of non-YA dystopian novels. So, in keeping with trends, how should you go about writing your own dystopian world? Of course, just as with anything in writing, there is no set formula, but the following tips should help you in developing an idea for a dystopian world:

1. History

No society is created with the goal of being a terrible world; there is always a history, reasons why the society ended up in that dark place. It simply won’t make any sense if you just define the parameters of your society and expect your readers to roll with it. If some sort of odd or violent ritual or system is central to the story, there needs to be some explanation, otherwise people will…

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OPEN SUBMISSIONS: The Sirens Call Issue #17 – Trick or Treat

Talisha Harrison:

They’re open for submissions! Writers submit your Halloween stories!

Originally posted on The Sirens Song:

Submissions have opened for the 17th issue of The Sirens Call themed ‘Trick or Treat’!

Witches Eve,
Make it bleed,
Give us something good to read…

For this issue of The Sirens Call, we’re looking for pieces of Halloween Horror. Whether your story takes place on the actual night, or leads up to it, it doesn’t matter. Just bring us your tales of terror that will make us want to keep our doors locked and turn our porch lights off!!

We accept poems of up to 50 lines; drabbles (up to 5 per author); flash fiction of 300 – 500 words; short stories of 1,000 – 2,500 words.

Reprints are acceptable as long as you currently hold the copyright.

Submission Deadline: October 3, 2014

Full guidelines can be found on our website –

*All submissions MUST be submitted to:

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Via Dayna E Chatman: In Reply: My Reflections on Comments About Our Research on Black Twitter

Talisha Harrison:

Thank you for clearing up a lot of concerns that people had. I wish you the best of luck!

Originally posted on Dayna E Chatman:

This morning, I woke up to a number of tweets concerning the research on Black Twitter I’ve undertaken with a team of researchers at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. For a run-down on the situation, please see The Root’s coverage. It’s been less than a day, and I am still processing and getting to the bottom of this situation, but I wanted to share my initial response.

Let me start out by clearing a few things up:

1. The project is lead by me, was devised by me, and contributes to my dissertation. There are others involved: my faculty sponsor, Professor Francois Bar, and two other doctoral students, Kevin Driscoll and Alex Leavitt, along with many other undergraduate and masters students who have participated in various ways. Like everyone else, I was surprised to see that my contributions to this project were minimized…

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Gene Luen Yang at 2014 National Book Festival Gala

Talisha Harrison:

Great video! A must watch!

Originally posted on Geeking Out...At Night!:

Via YouTube user Thien-Kim Lam:

“Gene Luen Yang, comics author of American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints, discusses how he was inspired to become a comic book writer. He discusses how he was inspired by Dwayne McDuffie who was in turn inspired by a black superhero created by two white men. For full transcript (I missed the first minute in this recording):…

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RELEASE: The Sirens Call Issue #16 – Apocalyptic Fiction

Talisha Harrison:

My short story is in this issue!

Originally posted on The Sirens Song:

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of The Sirens Call Issue #16 packed with all sorts of Apocalyptic goodness!

Pick up your copy of this fantastic 94 page full-colour eZine filled with poetry, flash fiction, and short stories. Also included is photography from and an interview with award-winning Photographer and Graphic Artist Danielle Tunstall as well as an interview with author Ela Lourenco, author of the recently released paranormal fantasy novel Essence.


Click on the cover for the #FREE download!

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Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #3 Review: “Defender Of Truth” By Amanda Deibert And Cat Staggs

Talisha Harrison:

I haven’t read this series yet but it’s on my to do list!

Originally posted on STRAITENED CIRCUMSTANCES: Tim Hanley on Wonder Woman and Women in Comics:


Before we get into this week’s digital issue of Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, first we’ve got a programming note. While the first two issues came out on a Wednesday, it looks like the book has moved to Thursday now; I’m not sure if this is just for this week or for the foreseeable future, but what we do know is that it won’t necessarily come out at the same time each week. But when it does, I’ll be here with a review.

Today’s story, “Defender of Truth” by Amanda Deibert and Cat Staggs, appeared in last week’s print issue of Sensation Comics, so this week’s digital release might feel a bit anticlimactic if you’ve already purchased the paper version. This will probably be the last time the paper book is ahead of the digital, though. With 4-5 weeks in a month and the print version collecting only…

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Things I Wrote This Week-Anniversary Edition Part I

Things I wrote this week

July made it one year since I started this blog, so in honor of my first blog aniversary, I celebrate by posting my favorite posts.

July 2013

1. Poem: No Justice No Peace

This was the first post I wrote on my blog. It’s ironic how this poem still resonates considering what’s been going on this past week.

2. Poems: I Write Because and Keeping My Head Up

These are two of my favorite poems that I’ve ever written.

3. Poem:  To My Followers

This was and still is dedicated to all of you. Thank you!

August 2013

4.  I wasn’t able to attend Tampa Bay Comic-Con last year but my sister was and she got me Chad Coleman’s (Tyrese on The Walking Dead, previously on The Wire) autograph!  Eee!

September 2014

5. Banned Book Week Banned Book of the Day: The Call of the Wild

September is when Banned Book Week happens and for that week I posted about a Banned Book every day. This year the theme is about Banned Comics and Graphic Novels so stay tuned!

6. Links: Readwave and Star Wars Reads Day 

These two links are still part of my life. Readwave is what I use to post my flash fiction and short stories, while Star Wars Reads Day is a yearly event that I’ll participate yet again this year.