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Some thoughts on Inauguration Day

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I’m not usually one to post about politics here, outside of things of specific interest to the LGBTQIA+ community. Writing queer stories is political in itself, but I’m speaking here about United States national politics.

Today, however, is different. As a queer, culturally Jewish person, there’s a significance to the end of the previous presidential administration. It’s both terrifying and exhilarating. It’s a relief to have a change in power, but it’s also quite scary to see what the other side can do. It isn’t over; we have to keep on top of...

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Queerer than thou

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Last week, I came across this info graphic posted by Robyn Ochs. Now, I should preface this by saying she is a thoughtful, genuine person with a passion for bisexual activism. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her, and she is truly kind. I’m grateful for her definition of bisexuality, especially because it knocks down a lot of the “bi vs. pan” debating (usually instigated and carried out by people who are neither bi nor pan).

That said, this particular quote really stuck in my craw.

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To Valentine...or not

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Ah, love...it’s in the air this time of year. Hearts and flowers and advertising for how to best show your sweetheart you care. Dinner dates and candy with cute sayings and the reddest roses. Wine, chocolate, and tasteful gifts.

But what if all of it is meaningless to some people?

There are lots of reasons folks might not like Valentine’s Day. Obviously, if that’s a person’s thing, we shouldn’t yuck on their yum. Go for it, have a great time and enjoy the special day with the one (or ones) you love.

We...

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2019: A Wrap-Up

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It’s the cusp of a new decade (okay, I realize not exactly, but most people see it that way). It’s been quite a year.

 



It’s been rocky in the book world lately, and indeed in the world at large. We’re all feeling the strain of recent events, whether in the physical environment, the political sphere, or our workplace.

For me, books have always been my happy place. Sometimes, we just need to escape to somewhere else for a while. We need to know that the good guys will defeat the evil forces....

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What If We Do Wait?

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Recently, I shared the above meme. The text of the main point reads:

i really like the advice "write marginalized characters but don’t write about marginalization unless you experience it"
absolutely i think cis people should expand their horizons and write trans characters, but they shouldn’t write stories about being trans. likewise I think allistic/NT authors should write about autistic characters! but not stories about being autistic.
represent us. absolutely. but don’t tell our stories. let us do that.

Some people took this to mean hetero-washing or...

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