So I am trying to get back into reading. Believe it or not, I was once a huge bookworm that could devour 30 novels at a time. However, growing up and big changes in my life have forced me to put reading to the wayside. I decided to ask my old high school English teacher for book recommendations, since I grew out of the young adult genre. He’s very familiar with my work as a writer, since I was his TA for two years, and he said Octavia Butler was the writer for me…and I can’t believe it took me so long to read her work! Intensely rich world building with deep psychological look on the human condition, WITH mind you a primarily poc cast in Sci fi and fantasy settings! She doesn’t shy away from intersectionality, but she does it in a way that is raw, true. And spot on. Not to mention, having character that not only remind me of myself and friends of color,AND have them look like us makes me feel validated, strong, and empowered. So many cosplay options!