Late Tape Hiss - Yoshi
Hello! This is a late, special edition of Tape Hiss. I originally wrote up a whole post about Aetherian immigration law, but with recent events in-comic finally coming to light, I thought I would do a meta post instead. Spoilers ahead for chapter 6 of White Noise–if you haven’t reached page 40, maybe catch up first before reading this!
I get asked every so often (as do a number of other trans/queer creators I know of) how to write transgender characters if you aren’t trans yourself. There are plenty of answers to this question that have already been covered, and I’m not going to cover more than the bare basics of that here. Look elsewhere for that. Here I’m going to talk about writing transgender/gender non-conforming characters in complex worldbuilding environments, specifically Yoshi. This is less a ‘here’s how to do this’ and more a 'here’s how to be thoughtful and deliberate about your writing in general, and how I applied that to a pretty complex topic.’ Pull from it what you will! I’m of the opinion that being thoughtful and deliberate in your character-writing and worldbuilding only makes you a stronger writer and your stories more convincing, but what do I know? I’m just some schmuck really.