Since this post that Janel and I made, a few of you have sent me recommendations for LGBTQIA+ books so I thought I would make a kind of always growing list for people. (In bold are the books I have personally read and can give you details on if you message me). The list is sooooo long, which makes me super happy, and please make sure to message me if I am missing one you love! Also, currently working on adding Goodreads links and genre to all of these to make things easier.

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Los signos como mis canciones favoritas

No es mi post, todo el crédito a la persona que lo hizo. Yo solamente lo traduje. <3

Aries:Summer Romance(Anti-Gravity Love Song) por Incubus

“Nos reuniremos en un cuarto de dos y nos aseguramos de que estamos solos

.Creo que he encontrado una manera para que tú y yo finalmente volar libres. 

Cuando lleguemos allí, vamos a volar tan lejos.

Asegurándose de reír; mientras que experimentamos la antigravedad ”.

Tauro: Sweater Weather por The Neighbourhood

“Ella sabe lo que pienso,
Y lo que pienso
Un amor, dos bocas.
Un amor, una casa.
Sólo nosotros, Descubres que nada de lo que realmente quiero decirte sobre ninguna.
Porque es demasiado frío aquí para ti,
Y ahora, por lo que me tienen ambas manos en los agujeros de mi jersey ”.

Géminis: Inside out por The Chainsmokers ft. Charlee

“Dobla nuestro pecho abierto, por lo que puedo leer en tu corazón
Necesito conseguir el interior, o voy a empezar una guerra.
Quiero mirar las piezas que te hacen ser quien eres,
Quiero construirte, y que desmenuzarte ”.

Cáncer:All Mine por Maddius

“Dime que se siente, dime que es real.
Dime que no soy el único que tiene este nivel de apelación.
Las cartas sobre la mesa, ¿cuál es el trato?
Corazón en mi manga, deja la sangre en mis talones ”.

Leo: Blue Jeans por Lana Del Rey

“Jeans azul, camisa blanca
Entramos en la habitación sabes que hizo quemarme los ojos,
Se fue como James Dean, a ciencia cierta
Eres tan dulce hasta la muerte y la enfermedad como c-c-cáncer ”.

Virgo:Those Days por Taylor Berrett

“Porque todo el mundo tiene esos, todo el mundo tiene esos días,
Sintiéndose como un océano que tiene problemas para hacer olas,
Y sé lo que se siente deseando poder rebobinar,
Incluso el sol no sale a veces, pero va a volver sin embargo,
Todo el mundo tiene esos días ”.

Libra: Caught up by Griffith Clawson(SoundCloud)

“Estoy un poco atrapado
Un poco agitadoo,
Eres alguien con quien puedo cometer un error”.

Sagitario:End Credits por Eden

“Y todo lo que quería era la luz del sol y la honestidad,
Resalta a querer repetir,
Vamos a salir de aquí y vivir como las películas lo hacen,
No me importará cuando se haya acabado
Al menos yo no creo por un tiempo ”.

Capricornio :Hostage por Griff

“Y si el amor es una droga yo no lo quiero,
Debido a que no tengo ningún control de mí mismo. Lo más duro, trato de bajarse de la misma, Cuanto más veo que lo necesito, lo necesito ”.

Acuario:Wake[E-bow] por Crywolf

“Una mirada y mis dedos están entumecidos ahora.
Trae una cuerda, no me vas a atar todos tus besos alrededor de mi garganta, empújame cerca,
Déjame saber he terminado.
Puedo decir por el humo en tus pulmones, chica.
No estás sola, estoy aterrorizado por la presencia dentro de tus huesos
Te tira hacia abajo, abajo, abajo, abajo … ”

Pisces:Promise Land por Sebell

“Bebé, déjame tomar tu mano,
Y te llevaré a la tierra prometida,
No te dejaré en el frío cuando cambian las estaciones ”.

Top 10 Most Anticipated 2017 Queer Book Releases

There are my than 10 queer books coming out next year that I want to read. These are just the 10 I’m looking forward to the most! (Listed in order in which they come out. * = the ones I’m looking forward to the most of the 10 listed.)

  1. Lunch With the Do Nothings at the Tammy Dinette by Killian B. Brewer (Jan 12th)
  2. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (Feb. 14th)
  3. Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee (March 14th)
  4. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (April 11th)
  5. My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen by David Clawson (May 2nd)*
  6. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (May 16th)*
  7. Perfect Ten L. Phillips (June 6th)
  8. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (June 20th)*
  9. Alan Cole Is Not a Coward by Eric Bell (Sep 5th)
  10. If Found Return to Astropop by Lucas Hargis (No release date set yet.)
My Secret Admirer (Isaac Lahey One Shot)

Originally posted by itsbecauseteenwolf

Requested: Yes

Warnings: FLUFFY af

Word Count: 945

Isaac stood beside you as you hurried down the stairs, racing to your locker before the bell rang. He was slow and nonchalant, a image of cool beside a frantic you. 

“Why are you in such a hurry?” He asked, leaning against your locker as you pulled out several books, tossing a few in as well. 

“Isaac, for someone who’s been my best friend for a long time, you sure as hell know nothing about me.” You replied with a chuckle. Isaac rolled his eyes, just as something fluttered out of your locker, catching your eye as it fluttered to the ground. 

You handed your books to Isaac, who reluctantly took them, before bending down to grab the small piece of paper. You turned it over, the note written in perfect cursive, in dark black ink. 

As you read it, your cheeks began to heat up, a blush creeping it’s way up your neck. Isaac looked over your shoulder to see what you were reading, but you quickly turned away, snatching back your books. 

“What is that?” He asked, following behind you to class. You shook your head, and rushed into class, leaving Isaac in the doorway just as the bell rang. He groaned, glaring at you as Mrs. Clawson, the English teacher, called him out completely. 

He took a seat beside you, as you attempted to stifle a laugh.He sighed, but lightly laughed as well. 

As the week carried on, you kept finding little notes everywhere. In your locker, in your history books, even in your favorite section of the library that a very select few knew about. So, you had narrowed it down. It was between Isaac, Stiles, probably not Scott, and Lydia. 

But Lydia had a boyfriend, and Stiles was pining over Lydia. So that left Isaac, but you were almost positive that he could never fall in love with his best friend, right?

It’s not like you had…well, that was a little bit of a lie. Actually, to be completely honest, you had been in “love” with Isaac forever. He was always there for you, always a shoulder to lean on.

He was considerate of your feelings, and always had good advice, despite his dark past. But you never felt that he would reciprocate those feelings back at you. 

Now, curiosity had gotten the better of you. It was no longer a small thing, it had taken up all the room in your brain. You were dedicated, now. Whoever it was, you were going to find out. 

Starting with Isaac.

You’d been to many lacrosse games before, all of them just as boring as ever. How people could play this game, and watch it while enjoying it was besides you. There was nothing interesting going on!

You watched as the score came to a whopping 12 to 10, real great, and followed a few feet behind the rest of the Beacon Hills team, stopping right outside the locker room. 

You sat with your feet up on the bench, scrolling threw your text messages, looking for something interesting to happen. Twitter was dead like, and there was poor service where you were. 

You were about ready to go home, seeing as Isaac was obviously busy- “Y/N, what are you doing?” You heard his voice, and looked up instantly. You slowly got up, and looked at the bag tucked over his arm. 

“I-Isaac, I need to ask you something…” You began, wringing your hands out, realizing how sweaty your palms were getting. Isaac nodded, noticing how you were acting, listening to your increasing heartbeat.

“Y/N, you ok? What’s wrong-” “Isaac, who’s your anchor?” You asked suddenly. He had paused, a sudden wide eyed look crossing over his face. 

“Well, I don’t think that’s important at the moment. You see, we all have different kinds-” Isaac stuttered. You shook your head, pulling him down roughly to your height.

“Isaac whatever your middle name is Lahey, please tell me.” You demanded. Isaac was quiet for a moment, before, looking down at the ground. 

“It’s you, Y/N.” You pulled back, your head spinning a bit from this news. “It’s always been you, ya know that? From the moment I met you ten years ago in that stupid park. It was you when I got turned. It was you when my dad…” You stopped him, pulling him into your arms, wrapping them around him tightly.

“Isaac, was it you who left me those notes?” You asked, and you felt him nod a bit. You laughed to yourself, and held his face between your clammy hands.

“Isaac, I wish you’d told me earlier, you idiot!” You saw him smile a bit, and you pulled him down for a well deserved kiss.                                          

“Wait, so you like me back, right?” He asked. You hit him lightly in the shoulder, before smashing your lips onto his. You pulled away to a grinning Isaac, who proceeded to wrap his arm over your shoulder.

“Can I walk my new girlfriend home?” He asked, and you chuckled, gesturing towards the door. As Isaac walked you home that night, you thought about how this was either the biggest mistake, or the most amazing plan. 

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Prince and Music Videos

Prince maintained an uneasy relationship with music videos, eschewing familiar tropes and avoiding big-name directors, often directing them himself.

That elusiveness and independence helps explain why so many people told  hilarious stories about Prince – he was the video artist with little use for the video industry. Some loved him; others had quite the opposite reaction. Collectively, these anecdotes paint the picture of a guy with a wicked sense of humor and a soft voice, loved mineral oil and woolen underpants, but apparently hated video directors.

Paul Flattery, producer: Warner Bros. Records had me make some early Prince videos, because he was difficult and they felt I could handle him. [Director] Bruce Gowers and I shot “Controversy” and “Sexuality” in one day. Prince wouldn’t talk to you directly. He’d be standing right in front of you, and he’d whisper something to his assistant, and the assistant would say, “Prince says…” And so I would say, “Well, tell Prince…”

Sharon Oreck, producer: Prince’s “1999” and “Little Red Corvette” videos were just smoke, then Prince’s face, then smoke, then Prince’s butt, and then smoke. I liked the songs, but the videos were profoundly bad. They were, like, porn bad. His videos were so filled with smoke that everyone on the set got diarrhea, because mineral oil was so thick in the air.

Beth Broday, producer: I got a call from Warner Bros. when I was producing music videos out of my apartment in West Hollywood: “Prince is gonna go down to Lakeland, Florida, where he’ll be rehearsing for his live show. We’d like you to shoot a song called ‘Little Red Corvette.’” I brought Brian Greenberg, a young director, with me. Prince’s manager, Steve Fargnoli, sat me down and told me I was not allowed to talk to Prince unless he talked to me. I’m like, “Uhhh, excuse me? How’s that gonna work?”

So we get down to Florida, and the stage show is all set up. I meet Prince for the first time. He looked at me and Brian and he said, “Just shoot me doing what I do. That’s all you need to do. Follow me across the stage. I’m like, “Okay, you got it.” When the meeting ended, I walked over to him and said, “I was told not to talk to you, but I can’t work like that. I need to communicate with you or this is not gonna work, okay?”  And he said, “Okay.” That’s all he said, but at least it was something.

When he hit that stage and began to sing and move, he was right, of course — you didn’t need a concept. You didn’t need anything but him. When everything was signed off and we were in the edit room, he walked across the room, looked up at me — I’m 5’8” — and simply said, “Thank you very much.”

Lisa Coleman, keyboardist, Prince and the Revolution: MTV wasn’t playing black artists. That became a challenge, because you knew that if you weren’t on MTV, you weren’t going to make it. So management and Prince decided to focus on him as a performer, rather than make concept videos. 

In early ’83, the “1999” video got a tiny bit of MTV play. “Little Red Corvette” was the next single. We were on the road when it started doing well on radio, so we squeezed in a video shoot in Jacksonville, during a few days off between gigs. A director flew down, we set up our gear at the venue, Prince threw together some choreography, and we shot it. When “Little Red Corvette” started getting played on MTV, we really felt vindicated. Before we came along, music was considered either rock & roll or it was R&B. It was either black or it was white. We’d always felt that it was part of our cause to push the envelope.

 He basically directed his own videos. He would get help from people on the technical side, but he didn’t let anyone else have creative control. It was part of his total megalomania. 

When we started making Purple Rain, Prince was talking about it being a cult film, like Rocky Horror. A midnight movie. Then Al Magnoli came on to direct, and said to Prince, “Don’t sell yourself short. You’ve got some great songs here. Let’s make this a hit movie.” Management started seeing stars in their eyes. And cha-ching, it actually worked.

Jeff Ayeroff, Warner Bros. Records creative director: Prince was more interested in Prince than he was in video. He didn’t want to give up control. He would never have hired, say, David Fincher, because when you hired Fincher, Fincher was in charge. Prince wouldn’t allow that. Not to say that Prince was right or wrong. I mean, he’s Prince.

Randy Skinner: I was editing a Prince video with Albert Magnoli, who directed Purple Rain. All of a sudden, Albert says, “Prince is coming.” The rule was, Don’t look at Prince. Don’t talk to Prince. So I huddled in a corner, thinking, “Oh God, what do I do?” He came in, walked right up to me, said “Hello,” and put out his hand. I was thinking, “Oh shit! Do I look at him, do I shake the hand, do I not shake the hand?” So I shook the hand. And he was lovely, actually.

Daniel Kleinman, video director: The most difficult person I’ve ever worked with, beyond a doubt — far worse than anyone else — was Prince. He’s a nasty little guy. I filmed a live concert with him. He communicated with me via notes. He didn’t like talking to anyone, so he’d send someone down with a little note, like, “Make sure you get a close-up of the keyboard player in this song.” It was fucking mad. I think he’s slightly sociopathic, actually.

Simon Fields: For “Raspberry Beret,” we filmed a whole video, then Prince got a Japanese animator to do a completely different video and we mashed the two up. He would mess with directors. He would give them the impression that they’d be in charge of the video, then halfway through he’d go, “Thank you,” take what he liked, and edit it himself.

Lisa Coleman: Here’s a good piece of trivia: Pat Smear from Nirvana and Foo Fighters was an extra in “Raspberry Beret.” I met him years later and he said, “I’m such a huge fan, I was in the video.” Look closely and you can spot him, in the front.

Dave Grohl, Nirvana and Foo Fighters: That’s when Pat had dreadlocks all the way down to his butt. He loves Prince, so he put together a white ensemble and goes down to the auditions, at a rehearsal space in Los Angeles. He gets there, and everyone has to do a synchronized dance. Pat can’t dance. So he got cut. They sent him home. He starts walking down the hallway and hears, “Hey you!” He turns around and there’s a big bodyguard standing next to Prince. And Prince whispers in the bodyguard’s ear. The bodyguard says, “You can stay. He likes your hair.” They wanted his hair in the video!

Howard Woffinden: A few of us traipsed to Prince’s house in LA about 11 a.m. to meet with him about a video. Someone lets us in and we’re sitting in the living room for ages, waiting. Eventually Prince comes in, dressed in silk pajamas, with a blue stiletto on his right foot and a yellow stiletto on his left foot. He sits down, looks at the ceiling a little bit, and we launch into our spiel. He listens politely for a minute or two and says, “Uh, hang on a minute.” He disappears for another 35 minutes or so. Eventually, he wanders back in, and now he’s got the blue stiletto on his left foot and the yellow stiletto on his right foot. He sits down and says, “Now, what were you saying?”

Sharon Oreck: There was a story told at [video company] Limelight about an early Prince video. Supposedly, there was a shot where he wanted doves released into the air, but the production manager decided not to work with an animal trainer because it was too expensive, so he bought some doves from a local pet store. When it came time to throw the doves into the air, he literally threw them from the stage, and they were immediately sucked into a giant fan, chopped up, and then sprayed around the room and all over the band. That was one of the first rock video legends.

Tim Clawson, head of production, Propaganda Films: I routinely flew to Chanhassen, Minnesota, for meetings with Prince at Paisley Park Studios. We’d get a call from Steve Fargnoli — “Prince has an idea for a video, get Tim to fly there” — and I’d take the red-eye and meet Prince the next day. Prince would tell me half of an idea, then he’d say, “Okay, that’s what I’ve got for now.” Then he’d come back three hours later and tell me more about it. In between, I’d start to work on what he had pitched me, because Prince was the kind of guy who wanted to tell you an idea today and shoot it tomorrow.

My favorite pitch of his was for a video that never ended up happening. It was for a track from Lovesexy, I can’t remember which. But he was describing a scene with him in bed with a girl, and along the side of the bed would be a neon sign that said “Lovesexy.” He said, “We can do that at my house.” I said, “Great. We’ll build the sign on the set and have it transported over. Won’t be a problem.” And he goes, “We can do it at my house.” And I remember thinking to myself, Ohhh, I get it: You have a neon sign in your bedroom that says “Lovesexy.” Right.