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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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Who has the “right” to queer stories?

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I’m a little late to the party on this, but I wanted to respond to the recent dust-up on social media involving some antagonistic, passive-aggressive tweets from Gaby Dunn directed at Becky Albertalli. There’s a lot to unpack here, so bear with me.

First of all, I do not agree with several of the things Dunn said in those tweets. No LGBTQIA+ person owes anyone a coming out. No one needs to be “comfy”...

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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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Author Spotlight: Sonni de Soto

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With UPSTAGED! less than a week from release, I've had the pleasure of interviewing some of the authors. Up today is Sonni de Soto, an author who is knew to me. Her story in the anthology features a burlesque dancer splitting her time between her job in politics and her life on stage.

What is the hardest part of writing?

Finding the time. Even when you desperately want to be writing, there seems to always be something pulling you away from your stories: work,...

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When Reviews Go Bad

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Reviewing is a tricky business on both sides of the coin...there's a particularly delicate balance between reviewers and authors when it comes to small presses, indie books, and niche genres.

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