I’ll admit, if you told me back when I started this blog that I’d be talking about monsterfucking, I probably wouldn’t have believed you, but I just read To the Flame by A. E. Ross, and some things need to be said. This paranormal cryptid romance is about a college guy named Emerson (he/him) who… Continue reading To the Flame by A. E. Ross
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.
The difficulties of messy relationships, and how FINNA by Nino Cipri shows how to move forward after they end, a review.
LGBTQIA+ use of traditionally-gendered handicrafts as a way to mitigate isolation and lack of place in Matthias Klein's "The Art of Quilting" in TRANSCENDENT 4 edited by Bogi Takács, a review.
How to navigate some of the big terms surrounding depictions of marginalized individuals: Visibility, Representation, Appropriation, Fetishization, and Stigma.
What is “code-switching” and how does it apply to transgender people? How can you go about using it as a tool for your characters?
Allyship and intersectionality in S. Qíouyí Lu's "A Complex Filament of Light" from TRANSCENDENT 3, a review.
A list of seven different kinds of transgender headcanons, how they can go wrong, and how best to ethically choose characters to envision as transgender.