Category: lgbt

Going Over the Rainbow: Writing an Asexual Character Part 2

I apologize for this post being late, but I spent some extra time to make sure I covered as many topics as possible. For the last couple of weeks we’ve been looking at the asexuality spectrum and how to write asexual characters.  Last week we discussed more about the spectrum and went over some terminology for various points on the spectrum as well as … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: Writing an Asexual Character Part 2

Going Over the Rainbow: Writing an Asexual Character

Last week we discussed what asexuality is and the challenges faced by many asexuals. We really only dipped our toe in the water though, there is a lot more to being asexual than what I can cover in a couple of blog posts, so I very much encourage you to click through the links and do your own research too. So how do you … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: Writing an Asexual Character

Going Over the Rainbow: The Asexuality Spectrum

For this month’s Going Over the Rainbow post we are going to look at one of the more misunderstood orientations—asexuality. I’ve broken this post up across two weeks because there are a lot of misconceptions as to what being asexual is and I want to address those before getting into actually writing an asexual character. So what does it mean to be asexual? It varies by … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: The Asexuality Spectrum

Going Over the Rainbow: Hot for You

Can ‘gay for you’ work and still be inclusive?

Going Over the Rainbow: There is No Fast Lane

After last week’s post I had some people asking me to explain the concept of aromanticism further. If after reading the post and the included links you are still feeling a bit confused or unsure, don’t worry there isn’t anything wrong with you. Unfortunately, it is a subject much like gender; you only truly ‘get it’ if you experience it. Which is why I’m … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: There is No Fast Lane

Going Over the Rainbow: Aromantic

Nope the A in LGBTAIQ+ does not stand for ally. This week, I’m taking a look at the aromantic orientation.

Going Over the Rainbow: Like a Moth to a Flame

  This week has been chaotic at best and I apologize for the lateness of this article. As writers who write living beings at some point our characters will probably experience attraction to another being and desire a relationship. But what kind? Romantic relationships often seem to be the default in books and movies. Hero A must get with their OoD (object of desire) by the … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: Like a Moth to a Flame

Going Over the Rainbow: The Trope Trap

  All joking aside, accountability is something that professionals of any discipline face. Even us writers. Yes, you read that right. You, my dear writer, are accountable to your reader. Well yes, you say, I should give them the best story I can write. Yes you should, but it goes beyond that too. If you’ve written for long you’ve probably ended up having to … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: The Trope Trap

Going Over the Rainbow: Show and Tell

I recently ran across a post on Tumblr where the OP was rather distraught. They’d been told that using the word asexual to describe their character’s orientation was historically inaccurate for their setting. This brought up the issue of explicitly stating a character’s orientation within the prose and when and how this should be done. Some writers might feel that they’d rather not label … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: Show and Tell

The Jeweled Dagger Pre-Order News and Book Release Party

It’s been just over a year since I started working on The Jeweled Dagger. It all started from a NaNoWriMo boot camp in 2013 and a little righteous indignation at an editor over being told to take out Lafayette’s ‘cross dressing.’ I quit the boot camp when it became obvious I wasn’t going to get any support writing a non-traditional romance. I’ve never once … Read More The Jeweled Dagger Pre-Order News and Book Release Party

Going Over the Rainbow: Getting the Kinks Out

Disclaimer: This post frankly discusses some aspects of sex and sexuality that some might find triggering including sexual kinks, fetishes and paraphilias. Please do not read further if you find any of these subjects triggering.   If you’ve been around romance writing for long you’ve undoubtedly ran across a number of characters with kinks and fetishes or even paraphilias (and no I will not … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: Getting the Kinks Out

Going Over the Rainbow: The Gender Divide

Most of us go through life never thinking much about our gender or how we express it. We might feel it is something we were born with, something absolute and  immutable. We might think there are only two genders and that we are one or the other. ‘But aren’t there only two genders?’ I hear you asking. Nope. Male and female are only two … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: The Gender Divide