An Andro Named Sue

Balancing a career in publishing with chronic migraines. Sort of.

HAHA JUST KIDDING I’M JUST HERE TO HAVE FUN AND MAKE MONEY. No I’m not, this is publishing. I am here to write the damn stories I want to tell and share them with folks who will hopefully enjoy them too. So why did I write this one? Well. Short answer: BECAUSE I CAN. Long …

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I’m an angry writer. I don’t so much get Inspired to write something, as I do get angry and frustrated with tropes and constant mistakes. I wouldn’t call this topic a trope perse, but it is a mistake; one that I’ve encountered since I was a wee child reading my first urban fantasy novels. It …

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When I was a kid, male gay characters in fiction did not exist. And when they did, they were all very much the same. They were effeminate, catty, fashionable, cowardly, self-centered, and very promiscuous. They did not get lead-roles, because they weren’t fully realized characters. Queer characters in fiction during my teenage years were deliberately …

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If there’s one thing that’s ticked me off over the years, its watching novels continually fail to portray mental illness accurately, realistically, and for the sake of character not plot. So, without further ado, here are your seven steps to getting mental illness right in your next story.

As a kid, I wrote a lot about girls and boys, but I kept being told “be a girl”, so I wrote more about girls. Even though it grated me to be called “girl” and I never understood why for the longest time. I mean, they were technically right. I was in fact a girl. …

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I’ve been writing since I was 9. I finished my first novel at 14. I queried my second novel at 18. I have never, ever won at Nano. I have tried, for three years running, but it wasn’t until this year that I finally cracked it. And here’s the weird thing: I don’t feel like …

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I have some terrible news for you, friends. Sit down. Get a cup of tea. This one may hurt. Now, there’s about fifty million billion books and blog posts all across the land about How To Finish The Damn Book. And a lot of them will tell you the same shit: you need to write …

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