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Update on the Formation Processes ebook.

Well, people are reading it (mostly via Kindle Unlimited) and I’m feeling pretty positively about it.

Why take my word for it? Check things out for yourselves!



Why buy my ebook? Other than contributing to my financial wellbeing, it’s a way to support a queer author on a grassroots level. It encourages me to keep writing… And maybe churn out another (unique) lesbian romance novel.

But I read the fic?

I’ll give you that one. The changes are relatively minor (though a new bit explains the title within the story).

So… Those who have read - thank you.

louisa may alcott, w. h. auden, jane austen, james baldwin, charlotte brontë, lord byron, truman capote, willa cather, emily dickinson, e. m. forster, langston hughes, christopher isherwood, henry james, federico garcía lorca, christopher marlowe, herman melville, edna st. vincent millay, wilfred owen, marcel proust, mary renault, arthur rimbaud, siegfried sassoon, william shakespeare, gertrude stein, alfred lord tennyson, henry david thoreau, walt whitman, oscar wilde, tennessee williams, virginia woolf

what do all these beloved classic authors have in common? that’s right. none of them were straight. not a one. every single author on this list experienced same-gender romantic attraction during their lives. literary tradition is a hundred times more queer than what your high school english class would ever let you know

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anonymous asked:

Could you give some book/comic recommendations that are LGBT+ and written by people of color?

Hello. Some books just top of my head:

I hope it helps for now :)

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Last week I read the anthology Love Is Love, published by DC Comics and IDW, an homage to the victims and survivors of the Orlando shooting.

I didn’t dare asking to participate when Marc Andreyko made an open call for creators. But after reading it, and seeing the DC characters there (which I didn’t expect), I kept thinking what would I have done, and I was inspired to do this short story. Couldn’t help myself actually.
It falls utterly and unashamedly under the category of fan fiction. My first ever.

And to expand on the meta commentary, given the hostile world we live in, as a queer author and activist I think mainstream comics still could use higher profile queer superheroes, tied to their most visible franchises, that are queer super activists alongside the ones that do add to minority representation but sometimes just “happen to be queer”. Of course, as a Wonderfan I think one tied to the Wonder Woman franchise would be just perfect.

Following the tragedy of his parents’ murder, young Valen Vaaskiir is entrusted to carve out a life for himself and his younger brother in a world that does not accept their kind. Out of necessity for their safety, Valen is forced to hide his true form, lest he and his brother meet the same fate of their parents.

Regardless of his efforts, Valen finds himself overcome by his responsibilities and is thrown from one tragedy into another. Crippled by despair, he struggles to navigate his trauma and broken heart, an exhausting battle he loses more often than not.

However, Valen is not alone. Following a bizarre turn of events, he finds himself in the care of some unlikely new allies who guide him on an adventure of espionage and stealth; all to save him from his would-be murderers. With new friends at his side, Valen is able to summon inner strength and find hope.

Approaching Dawn is an emotional narrative that explores trauma and the pain of loss. It highlights the endeavor of conquering despair and choosing healing instead of pain. It is a commentary of love and persistence; willpower and hope.

It is a promise that even after the darkest night, the light of dawn will come.

My novel Approaching Dawn is available in both ebook and printed form! Support an aspiring author by purchasing a copy or reblogging this post! (or, you know, both; both is good).

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*Letters between Forster and Isherwood on Homosexuality and Literature (2008) edited by Richard E. Zeikowitz. **The drawings of Isherwood and Forster on the book cover are by Don Bachardy.  :-)  In fact, the book was dedicated to Bachardy by the editor.

***A letter where Isherwood is sending his high praise to Forster for his book, Maurice.

Favorite quotes about Maurice from Isherwood’s letter:

”What a book! In some ways, your very best.” - Totally agree, Christopher!

“And Maurice himself is a masterpiece–one of the few truly noble characters of fiction.” - Heck yeah! You better believe it!

“I have nothing, really, to criticize about the ending–except that you shouldn’t stop there. Or there should be a sequel.” - I love that Isherwood was demanding a sequel! LOL! 

“I should love to know what [Alec and Maurice] are doing now.” - The moment when Isherwood became ALL of us in the Maurice fandom.

Ya’ll, I know I reblogged something about this earlier, but I finished Tales From Perach by @shiraglassman​ today and it’s really good. :) It’s a book of Jewish fantasy short stories with wonderful LGBTQ+ rep, including both f/f and m/m romance, as well as trans, ace/aro, and demisexual rep. 

Seriously, check out this book! ^_^

queer books by queer authors that I’m excited as heck to read:


  • There Will Be Other Summers, Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Sequel to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, a gorgeously introspective and thoughtful coming of age story about two Mexican-American boys who are best friends and gradually realize that they’re in love with each other. I’m 99% sure this book is going to make me sob my eyes out and I’m so ready.
  • A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers - Y’all may recall my refusing to shut the fuck up about Chambers’ first book, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, which is a sweet found family, slice of life romp in a BEAUTIFULLY developed sci-fi setting. Two memebers of the found family are a sapphic woman of color and a pansexual lizard alien, who I love. 
  • Not Your Villain - Sequel to C.B. Lee’s Not Your Sidekick, which is a fun book about teenage superheroes with a dash of dystopia. Think Sky High, except if Will was the bisexual daughter of Vietnamese immigrants. The sequel will have a black trans boy as the MC, and (hopefully!) some development on the super cute f/f couple that got together at the end of the first book.

not sequels:

  • Dreadnought, April Daniels - What’s that, you say? A trans girl becoming a superhero and fighting crime? Sign me the frick up. The book already has a sequel, so between April Daniels and C.B. L ee I’m hoping that queer teen superheroes can become the new Hip Thing since dystopic YA finally seems to be dying out.
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss, Julia Ember - I don’t know a TON about this book, but 1.) the cover art is gorgeous and 2.) it’s being widely described as “A gay Little Mermaid”. Also, apparently Loki gets involved somehow? It sounds like a wild ride.
  • The Love Interest, Cale Dietrich - This book has been on my radar for like a year, and finally came out last month. I’ll be buying it as soon as I can find it for reasonably cheap. The premise is very meta - two boys are trained by a spy organization to play the “nice boy” and “the bad boy” to get close to a target, perpetuating the typical YA love triangle. Except the boys fall in love with each other. Fuck me up.
Review - Primahood: Magenta by Tyler Cohen

There is an appalling dearth of books about the bisexual parenting experience, which is galling on its own but more appalling because bisexual people are those in the LGBTQ group most likely to have children.  Primahood: Magneta by Tyler Cohen, a short collection of her comics and art about the experience of parenting, is a welcome addition.  

Cohen is a gender nonconforming feminist bisexual and her partner is black biracial.  Together they parent Nera, an exuberant, feminine, and loveable biracial daughter in San Francisco.  Its clear that Cohen loves both her daughter and partner, and this memoir is grounded in brief stories about that love.  

I think many bisexual feminist parents will relate to the endless anxiety over Barbie, Disney Princesses, and Monster High dolls.  Because Cohen is fairly butch herself, these struggles take on extra weight as she worries, second guesses, and tries to meet her hyper-femme daughter on her own terms.  The result is an enjoyable (if too brief) collection of parental musings and moments that often spark more questions than answers.  

The vignettes in this short book pack a quick punch and actually leave me hoping for a longer work on this topic by the same author, perhaps after her daughter is grown.  

- Sarah 

hey I’ve got some advice for fanfiction writers!

if you’re writing about a gay relationship, DON’T EVER say that a character is “straight with an exception”. PLEASE. It makes bisexual people (or at least me) feel invalid. That goes for things like being “gay with an exception” as well. I’m looking at you, Moffat. Don’t be afraid to use the word bisexual. If they’re usually into girls but they fall for a guy, guess what? They’re not entirely straight. Bisexuality folks. It’s a wonderful thing.