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
On January 8, 2016 the American Dialect Society voted singular they as the word of the year. The use of singular they builds on centuries of usage, appearing in the work of writers such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Jane Austen. In 2015, singular they was embraced by the Washington Post style guide. Bill Walsh, copy editor for the Post, described it as “the only sensible … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: Pronouns and Cons
There is a lot of great advice out there when it comes to creating our characters. From Nancy Kress’ Dynamic Characters to The Positive and Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi there are many excellent resources for writers looking to create truly unique and realistic characters. Even as comprehensive as these helps are, there is one area many writers neglect. A character’s … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: Crush Those Stereotypes
Growing up in small towns in the middle of the Midwest, I didn’t get much exposure to people of other races. There was not a single African American at the school I went to and only one person of mixed race. I also had no exposure to people who identified as different sexual orientations or gender identities. This meant I felt horribly out of … Read More Going Over the Rainbow: Moving Beyond the LG in LGBT.
Above is my commitment for this year and I thought I’d expand on it a bit because I find the choice of wording isn’t as inclusive as it should be. You might notice the I used the MOGAI definition in my statement. I feel this is much more inclusive and less cumbersome than the LGBT+ acronym. So it will also be my goal to … Read More International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Discrimination against LGBTI People
Yes, it’s Upworthy. Chill. I liked this because this is exactly why I am writing stuff like The Jeweled Dagger and The Silver Peacock series. I want to read about people like me and I know there are a lot of us out there who want the same. We deserve amazing adventures featuring characters who are as real and vibrant as we are. I’m … Read More Just Your Average Everyday Romance