Coming Soon: Outside the Box


This fourth volume of poetry from Miss Harrison is all about being outside the box. The theme of individuality and celebrating who you are runs through the volume. The book is divided into  eight parts, with the first seven touching upon multiple topics such as individuality, beauty, racism, injustice, feminism, being a nerd, etc. While the eighth and final part is a bonus section which features a sampling of short stories from Miss Harrison’s upcoming and first short story collection titled The Horror Pack. Whether they are an outcast, face injustice, or love being a nerd, Miss Harrison’s poems will resonate with readers.

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New Poem: Feminist Me

Feminist Me:

Believes that women and men are equal

That we’re human beings and should be treated

As such

Believes that a woman

Can take or not take her husband’s name

Can gyrate on stage, in the club, mosh and dance any way she sees fit

Can be a mother or not

Can go to work or stay at home or work from home

Should receive equal pay

Can dress anyway she pleases-short skirt, long skirt it don’t matter


Should be able to walk down the street in peace without being harassed

Does not require her education background to vouch that she’s a feminist

Is not required to subscribe to others rigid view of feminist should be.


Am a Woman of Color


Am a Black Woman


A Feminist

Hear me fucking roar

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Banned Book Week 2014 Starts Today


Happy Sunday everyone! Today marks the first day of Banned Book Week.  The week celebrates the freedom to read and was started in 1982 by the late Judith Krug, a prominent First Amendment and library activist. The campaign is also sponsored by the following:

Banned Book Week has two campaigns: An international one and one here in the U.S. which has been held during the last week of September since its inception.

The American campaign “stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them” as well as the requirement to have public access to materials so people can draw their own conclusions and form their viewpoints. The international campaign focuses on individuals who have been ‘persecuted because of the writings that they produce, circulate or read.”

This year, there’s also marks the spotlight on comic books and graphic novels which have been banned.  For more information about this you can head over to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s site.  They have a Banned Books Handbook you can download for free or purchase print in addition to discussion guides for the banned books.

For more information about Banned Books Week head over to the above mention sites as well as Banned Books Week’s site.





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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

RELEASE: The Sirens Call Issue #16 – Apocalyptic Fiction.

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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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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!


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