Gritty Stories, Humanizing Villains, and Narrative Consequences

For as long as I remember, I have loved villains. It’s not really a surprise. Main characters usually are pretty bland and have telegraphed romances, while villains have rich motives, a lot of drive, and are so often coded as queer (and heck, often more precisely as aromantic and asexual). I lived for Redemption Arcs […]

Asexuality and Death and Other Associations

I’m used to asexual and aromantic characters being the villains. Pegging down a lack of attraction or love as inhuman and evil is an old tradition still well alive in stories, especially SFF. We have for a long time painted villains as people unable to comprehend love and celebrated romance as a staple of humanity, […]

Five Asexual Protagonists by Actual Ace Writers

Let’s have a party. Today Tor reposted their April list of asexual protagonists, which not only doesn’t recommend books by ace authors, but actually sets forth pretty shitty rep. And to add insult to injury, they paraphrase Lauren Jankowski, an indie aro-ace artist that is very vocal and supportive of the community and its self-publishers […]

Joythief and How to Use Details to Build Character and Story Arcs

They stole what she loved most about herself. Now she’ll do anything to get it back. I have been waiting for this book for as long as its author, Brenda, has been my critique partner, friend, and editor. This is the first writing I’ve ever seen from her, and boy is the result worth your […]

~ Maniel and Andeal, Kissing on a Mountain ~

When I landed an interview for my job, I promised myself I’d commission more art from Laya if I had the position. And I did! (It’s going great, by the way. The place and the people are lovely, though I do come home exhausted). Laya, who did the Halfies Trio art, has provided me with another […]

The Halfies Trio

It’s art time! I was really looking forward to making this post, because I commissioned art from a very cool artist, Laya Rose. Of three lovely characters from City of Spires, typically called “The Halfies Trio.” Yep, they’re such tight friends they even have an in-universe nickname! So first of all, here is the awesome result! […]

Upcoming Short in Vitality Issue #1

Hey everyone! I’m really excited about Viral Airwaves‘ launch yesterday. I had a great time eating instant noodles and taking pictures of myself in this very dignified activity. But I have more great news! My short story, The Best Day, has been selected by Vitality to be a part of the first Issue! Vitality is a LGBT+ […]