Death, Stillness, and Exile – Three Prongs of Asexual Imagery in Fiction

Back in January I wrote a blog post about the relationship in fiction between asexuality and death. To my surprise, it really took off and started a lot of amazing discussions, and over the course of the year I have had the opportunity to revise and deepen my thoughts on the subject. So this post […]

A Week in Ace Characters – And A Few More Aces…

The last seven posts don’t quite cover all the ace rep I have written, and certainly not all I have in mind. I wanted to present a few more characters I have that will eventually make it into my stories, or that will have their rep made canon later down the line. I’m sure by […]

A Week in Asexual Characters – Céline

tw sexual coercion, sexual assault, discussion of corrective rape in this post. Today’s character is in a tiny piece of writing I did, which appeared in Circuits & Slippers, an anthology of sci-fi fairy tales retellings. I’m not big on fairy tales, so I cheated and retold a legend from Québec in which the MC is a […]

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

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 […]

A Week in Asexual Characters – Brune

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 […]

A Week in Asexual Characters – Adèle

You might have noticed that so far, I’ve talked a lot about non-spectrum rep. I do have Larryn who is gray-ace, but since this is not canon within the text yet, I kept it for a later day. I did start out writing asexual characters that experienced no attraction, as this is closer to me, […]

A Week in Asexual Characters – Cal

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? […]

A Week in Asexual Characters – Nevian

And here’s Day 2! This time we move on to Nevian and some discussions of his storylines and how his aceness fits into this. There is some very mild spoilers for City of Betrayal so if you like to keep very spoiler-free, maybe wait before you read? But I did keep it vague. 🙂 Nevian […]

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, […]

Sex-centric Narratives, Microaggressions, and the Problems of Poison Kiss

Earlier today I finally posted my review of Poison Kiss. You can find it here, but to get you in the beat, here’s the start: I came into this book ready to LOVE it. And gosh did it start well! At 25-30%, I was in love with just about everyone, rolling in the happiness of what had […]