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Polycule: Axe Throwing Guy – Part Two

NOTE: If you’re confused by some of the identity labels used, please…

NOTE: If you’re confused by some of the identity labels used, please refer to my Dictionary of Identities page. Thanks!

2265 words • 9 Minutes

oh no oh no oh no oh no

Election day 2016. Axes and I had both voted early. We were also both terrified of the results of this election, but decided the best thing to do would be to completely ignore the results until things were official. Instead of watching the news or keeping tabs on update feeds on our phones, we went on our second date.

Projects and Updates!

Hello everyone! After Circuits & Slippers came out in September last year,…

Hello everyone! After Circuits & Slippers came out in September last year, I took a bit of a break, just several months to de-stress. I kept submitting pieces and working on my writing, but no huge projects or anything demanding. It was really nice… but of course, I am still me and I can’t be away from projects for long. (Must make things!!!! Must!!!)

So of course, I’ve been working on things since New Years, and now it’s time to announce them!

Polycule

Polycule: Axe Throwing Guy – Part One

Note: If you’re a little lost on the characters or identity labels…

Note: If you’re a little lost on the characters or identity labels used in this post, check out the cast of characters and dictionary of identities!

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I originally clicked on Axe Throwing Guy’s profile because in his picture, he was cuddling a sugar glider.

If you have no idea what that is, it’s like a type of flying squirrel? it’s fuzzy, it’s small, it has big eyes. It’s adorable.

a sugar glider in the palm of someone's hand
I’m adorable!

Basically I wanted to date the sugar glider. Or at least date the boy long enough to get into close enough proximity to the sugar glider, that I could cuddle it and love it forever and maaaaybe squirrel it away in my pocket (pun!) and flee into the night.

Five Ways to Spot a Sketchy Publisher

Everyone right now is talking about some sketchy things publishers do when…

Everyone right now is talking about some sketchy things publishers do when putting out calls for submissions for short fiction and poetry, and trying to advise inexperienced writers against those things. I’ve seen a handful of good twitter threads about not paying authors, especially – here, and here. I ran a literary magazine for two years and have done quite a bit of submitting of my own work.

If you are new and worried, here are some ways to spot a sketchy publisher, when looking through a call for submissions, or reading over a market’s site.

Coming Soon: Polycule

Coming April 2017 Announcing… Polycule, a blog series/podcast revolving around the true…

Coming April 2017

Announcing… Polycule, a blog series/podcast revolving around the true story of a polyamorous, queer person dating and doing life.

Wait, what?

I am a polyamorous, demi-bisexual, bigender person living in the midwest USA. Nonbinary, non-monogamous, and not that into sex. Married, has a boyfriend, dates other people, likes kissing. Etc. Oh, also struggles with anxiety, depression, and recovering from trauma/abuse.

I started online dating (again) back in October 2016, and at least 20 people on twitter asked me to write more about my experiences than the tidbits I was sharing in 140 characters. So… I decided to go for it.

Cover Reveal : City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault

Today I have a cover reveal for you from Claudie Arseneault, an…

Today I have a cover reveal for you from Claudie Arseneault, an amazing Quebecois author (and friend!) who writes super fun LGBTQ+ fantasy and sci-fi with way too many characters in them. Ahem, who said that. 😉 If you like sprawling networks of diverse characters with all manner of complex relationships, you will really like Claudie’s work.

But… onto the (long awaited) cover of City of Strife, the first in Claudie’s new series!

Announcing: Making it Work

Today I’m happy to announce a guest post series I will be…

Today I’m happy to announce a guest post series I will be doing here on this blog, called Making it Work. I’ll be speaking with writers and other creative types and asking them to share how their creative process works in the middle of all of life’s struggles. I’m specifically hoping to highlight the ways people with mental and physical health issues handle their creative work.

Stories I Loved – Jan 2017

I haven’t done one of these in a while – it’s long…

I haven’t done one of these in a while – it’s long overdue! I’ve been reading a lot of graphic novels recently, trying to get a head start on my overly optimistic 2017 Goodreads reading goal, which is 150 books this year. Despite this, I’m already seven books behind, haha. So clearly the graphic novels aren’t really helping me very much.

"how long has your hat been a live raccoon?"
Please read Lumberjanes.

Anyway, I have fallen instantly in love with Lumberjanes. It’s like if Night Vale had a summer camp. And it has a diverse cast of characters, including an adorable f/f couple, (possibly?) a trans girl (two? trans girls? I’m not done with the series so I’m not 100% on this yet), casual mention of a girl with two dads, and several POC. It’s also just hilarious fun, with dinosaurs who steal glasses, possessed boy scouts, shapeshifters, etc. There’s body diversity, a cute femme girl who is physically the strongest… It is just 1000000 good things in one adorable package, and you need to read it. Now.

Snail Mail

I love letter writing. I’ve written to penpals and friends since I…

Cute snail delivering mail
Boop de boop… delivery!

I love letter writing. I’ve written to penpals and friends since I was about nine years old. I used to mail dozens of letters a week to people all over the world. But as I grew up, I ran out of time and slowly drifted away from the practice. This month, however, I’ve started to get back into it. And I’m really excited because I found out there is a letter writing challenge that goes on every year in Feburary called LetterMo! Since I was already writing, I’m now just joining in this challenge.

Even if you don’t want to commit to a letter every day (I write them at work when bored, or on my breaks, so it doesn’t cut into my free time), I encourage you to try to write a letter to someone this month. 🙂 It’s fun, it makes other people happy, and it’s exciting when/if they write you back!

If you don’t know where to start, there are several groups of people who could use a friendly word from you, and some organizations to do fun things with mail.