Exploring the process for naming trans characters, including how to handle deadnames, who some people change their names, and what the meaning behind my own name is!
Exploring the possibilities of transness, masculinity, and personhood in Ray Stoeve's BETWEEN PERFECT AND REAL, a review.
How we classify identity in books, how SEO makes trans books easy to find (but also ends up "shoving identity in the readers' faces"), and how pressures to meet the needs of broad audiences can impact representation in books. AKA: Far too long a post for such a surface level exploration of the marketing of transgender books.
Bodies, embodiment, and the self in R. E. Katz' forthcoming debut novel, AND THEN THE GRAY HEAVEN.
I'm back--with an update for what's going to happen in 2021.
A thorough explanation as to why you should not kill your trans characters, along with the EXTREMELY few caveat-filled instances where it is moderately acceptable.
Aiden Thomas' CEMETERY BOYS, validation, and confronting the unhealthy desire to prove one's gender identity, a review.
The ins and outs of transphobic villains, as well as how to (and if you should) redeem them.
An exploration of what the Model Minority trope is and why perfection isn't always a good thing.
How naming something or saying something out loud is a powerful thing, and how that power can be used to create a found family in Ziggy Schutz' "twice-spent comet" from the anthology BEHIND THE SUN, ABOVE THE MOON, a review.