If Octavia Butler were alive today, what would she say? In her stories there were always female protagonists, she wrote herself into the story and took us with her. We are the earth loving sheros, the shape shifting elders, the isolated but actionable young women who somehow find places inside of ourselves that give us the courage (even if afraid) to take action. We are the ones who can find and build community under dire straits, who can supersede chaos to find love amidst it. If Octavia Butler were alive, I would be tuned into her channel because she would see what we refuse to. Never a sheep, always a Shepard, and a Black female one at that, she would notice what we overlook while obsessing over toilet paper, pillaging the frozen aisle, and binging on Netflix.