Category Archives: Projects

A Week in Asexual Characters – The Spinster (Denise Jalbert)

Claudie Arseneault/ October 27, 2017/ Baker Thief, Characters, Projects, Writing/ 0 comments

Today’s post is a little different from the others, in that I am reposting something I wrote for the Patreon tied to reclaiming tropes. It is framed as talking about aromanticism, since the Spinster is a Baker Thief character, a novel with an aro lead, but this old crone stereotype is very much an ace thing too, and Denise Jalbert

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A Week in Asexual Characters – Brune

Claudie Arseneault/ October 26, 2017/ Characters, City of Spires, Projects, Writing/ 0 comments

So by now I have written characters that feel naturally ace, characters that counter ace-related tropes, and a lot of smaller incidental ace characters that are fun and remind me I exist everywhere. But. What I have yet to do is properly reclaim some of the nastiest tropes. Or, well, it would be more accurate to say I have not

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A Week in Asexual Characters – Cal

Claudie Arseneault/ October 24, 2017/ Characters, City of Spires, Community, Writing/ 0 comments

Unlike Henry and Nevian, Cal is a character I decided to make aroace. Isandor has existed for a long time, and there were multiple instances of me stopping, looking at my cast, and considering how I could make it more diverse. What could I change? What would it affect and how would it ripple out? How did it modify backstory,

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A Week in Asexual Characters – Henry Schmitt

Claudie Arseneault/ October 22, 2017/ Characters, Personal, Viral Airwaves, Writing/ 0 comments

Asexual Awareness Week is here! I don’t usually do much during this time, but I’ve decided to spend the week talking about my ace characters and what it’s been like, writing them! I’m partway through writing the series and it’s very interesting to look back and discover how my process and priorities have evolved. I hope you enjoy too! Henry

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City of Betrayal Cover Reveal

Claudie Arseneault/ September 8, 2017/ Books, City of Spires, Publication, Writing/ 0 comments

It’s time! Patreon and newsletter subscribers have had the privilege of seeing this cover earlier than anyone else, but here it is, the full wrap-around cover! Have you basked it its glory yet? Appreciated the incendiary sky and the ridiculous amount of (hand-drawn) details on the main building? I am, it is needless to say, all heart-eyes over this second

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Summer Sale!

Claudie Arseneault/ May 21, 2017/ Books, City of Spires, Publication, Viral Airwaves, Wings of Renewal/ 0 comments

Hey all! It’s May 22nd, 2017, and everything I have written is on sale! All of it, no exception, until the end of the month! Viral Airwaves – $1.99 (Kindle) / $0.99 (all others) Asexual MC, enemies-to-lovers plotline between a gay captain and a bisexual rebel leader, established couples being <3 at each other, government conspiracies! Henry Schmitt loves his noodles and would

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Gritty Stories, Humanizing Villains, and Narrative Consequences

Claudie Arseneault/ May 18, 2017/ Characters, City of Spires, Worldbuilding, Writing/ 0 comments

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 and absolutely loved novels who

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