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Cross your fingers for a work day where I can at least breathe because, PRAISE THE LORD, I still have a little bit of this Rossi/Strauss leaked nudes idea in my head.  This baby needs to be nurtured so it can grow up strong.

female characters!


i’ve also seen ppl go ‘well it’s not our responsibility to like female characters who are badly written’

ok no it’s not

but at least be honest about it

be honest about the way you’ll create meta for male characters with little-to-no screentime

be honest about the meta you create for male characters who are flat-out villains

be honest about why you’ll do that for men but get offended when someone points out you’re ignoring women

be honest about why you vilify/dismiss/fridge/etc female characters even beyond the bullshit they get in canon

be honest about why, when you create so many transformative works, it is ‘too much effort’ and ‘asking too much’ for you to take the time to think critically about female characters rather than unquestioningly accepting the shitty writing

(bcos lbr if a show has consistently badly-written women, the plot itself can’t be that great because the writers LITERALLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND HALF THE WORLD’S POPULATION AS PEOPLE)

The full beta reading for In der Nacht Verschwunden is back!  I have a really big cup of coffee and I’m about to jump in with both feet : )

My beta just sent me a little preview…the first 40 pages of In der Nacht Verschwunden.  I am so afraid to open the Word doc.  Her email made me think its going to be OK but ugh that fear, that its just not good enough and no one will like it, that shit cuts like a knife.

Wish me luck…here I go….

If story endings were money…

I’d be broke as hell.

Relationships that I want to see more of in fiction


Non-romantic sexual partnerships that are portrayed as healthy, meaningful and committed.

Romantic non-sexual partnerships in which the lack of sex isn’t a cause of angst or tension.

Platonic, non-sexual partnerships that are put on the same level as committed romantic partnerships.

Short-term relationships that are treated as happy and meaningful, and for which the end is considered a natural progression instead of a tragedy.

Polyamorous families and group marriages.

Love triangles that are resolved by polyamory instead of by competition and jealousy.

Healthy BDSM relationships in which communication, mutual respect and clear boundaries are shown to be just as important as the kinky stuff.

Non-BDSM relationships making use of safewords and other kinds of consent practices to manage intimacy.

Relationships in which the people explicitly talk about what kinds of touch they’re comfortable with and what they dislike.

Relationships that don’t involve any kind of physical contact, but are based on other kinds of intimacy and affection instead.

"Shallow" relationships that don’t involve commitment or intense closeness being treated as different, but equally valid and not inferior, compared to “deeper” relationships.

Stories in which a character’s relationship with themself is treated as more important than their connection to another person.

Relationships break-ups that are treated as good decisions instead of as miserable and melodramatic.

Relationships in which controlling, manipulative or abusive behavior is recognized for what it is instead of being romanticized, and the other characters shut that shit down.

Characters who get out of abusive relationships and rebuild their lives.

Married people who still act sweet, appreciative and funny to each other after being together for years, instead of taking each other for granted or fighting all the time.

Romance stories that explore what happens after people get married instead of ending as soon as the characters have sex/get together/get married.

Stories in which the hero rescues the damsel in distress, but they don’t become a couple, because the damsel already has a girlfriend, and the hero knows that saving a woman does not mean he’s entitled to have her.

Long-running close friendships between men and women, with no hint of sexual/romantic interest, ever.

Female+female platonic relationships that are treated as special and important in the same way “bromances” are.

Relationships between people of the same gender that all the characters treat as normal, and the plot doesn’t revolve around coming out or dealing with homophobia, and doesn’t end with one or both partners dying.

Relationships with trans and/or non-binary characters whose gender is acknowledged but isn’t treated as weird or as a source of drama.

Relationships with disabled characters who aren’t treated as “tragic,” “pitiable,” or “inspirational” because of their disabilities.

Having your story planned out


…but not being sure if you’re ready to start:

I have like 6 half-written and mostly written fics for this last fic challenge I’m doing.  But now I have to go and make deviled eggs for the company barbecue tomorrow so I wont be writing anymore tonight.

A Fanfiction Guide to Pregnancy for Those Who Have No Experience of It.


Hello, and welcome to my little PSA on pregnancy and labour in fanfiction.

I have rather a ‘thing’ for a well-written pregnancy fic but all too often I find they are obviously written by people who have never had a child. In other words, it’s glorified and prettied up and SO HORRIBLY INACCURATE that it makes me want to cry.

Pregnancy is NOT magical. Amazing, yes. I still can’t get my head around the fact that I once grew a whole human from scratch and she’s now walking and talking and singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. But it’s not magical. Mostly, it sucks. And it’s not glamorous.

So here is my very long information post on pregnancy from conception to birth, written to hopefully correct misconceptions that those writers without sprogs may have about this ‘magical’ event.

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How to Write Women of Color and Men of Color if you are White.


A colleague of mine was talking to me recently about her misgivings about her capabilities regarding writing Women of Color. She wanted very badly to include several WOC characters in her sci-fantasy series, but she had some concerns about correct portrayal and writing them in a way that wouldn’t instantly piss people off. I told her I would write something about it that might help. So, here we have it: How to write POC without pissing everyone off and doing a horrible job.

In general, it comes down to three things. Research, Persistence and Consideration. Also. for the point of this essay, I am going to use Black women, Native Women and Mixed Race women as they each represent different individual (yet very important) racial struggles that need consideration.

1. Research is by far the most important thing. EVER. For this example, I am going to use black women.

It is important to start by trying your hardest to forget anything you think you know about black women and black female identity. As a white person, anything you would know about them you probably learned from media that is not controlled by or monitored by black women themselves. Meaning that it is likely not a good representation of black women at all. Or maybe you just have a black friend.

Which you should consider in the same way you would a control group for a science experiment.

One or two subjects would not provide conclusive evidence in regards to any hypothesis. Having one or two or even five black friends can’t help you with understanding the complex history of black discourse….

In order to start from scratch, I would first spend some time reading literature written by black women for black women. Learning the way black women have discourse among each other is the first step to understanding their perspective AND emulating their voice. Literature is the genre of media where POC have the most liberty (unlike film) to discuss certain topics or parts of their identity.

Then, I would delve into “complaints”. There are thousands upon thousands of articles where black women complain about their portrayal in media. These complaints are both valid and often eloquently expressed. It is important for you to know, what things black women (WOC) are already so fucking tired of seeing in regards to incorrect or offensive portrayals of themselves. Not only will it help you avoid making the same mistakes as white writers before you (an example of this: Arthur Golden and the hot mess that is Memoirs of a Geisha), But it will also get you upset about certain ways black women (POC women in general) are portrayed, and make you want to write them better. This can improve your writing in that not only will you avoid being offensive, but you now have the chance to be progressive and kick stereotypes out the window! 

Finally, I would take some time to follow some tumblr blogs that are run by the group you’re trying to write. This part of the research can really help because you’ll get a first hand, contemporary dialogue about issues within the specific POC community.  Which leads me to my second topic…

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