Weekend Writing: male queer in adult fiction

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 … Continue reading Weekend Writing: male queer in adult fiction

Weekend Writing: 7 steps to writing mental illness

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. How did they get here? You better … Continue reading Weekend Writing: 7 steps to writing mental illness

Lets Get Weird: the real life basis of Poltergeist

Alright nerds, sit down and buckle up, its time for our very first installment of Lets Get Weird, where I tell you about some strange folklore, paranormal studies--weird fucking shit that’s happened to me or that I’ve researched for book stuff. Today’s installment is...not the last one. Okay, its a bit of the last one, … Continue reading Lets Get Weird: the real life basis of Poltergeist

Creep versus Self versus the World: androgynous, writing to gender, and the great oatmeal disaster.

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. … Continue reading Creep versus Self versus the World: androgynous, writing to gender, and the great oatmeal disaster.