“people should be able to look in the mirror and see all sorts of possibilities.”
girl mans up by m-e girard (tw for brief s****l violence)
this book’s reflection of gender through the eyes of a teen girl is the best i’ve read yet. rarely have i come across any form of media where a girl is masculine/butch presenting and she’s not the b**t of a joke. but in this novel, she’s the protagonist- pen, and she is one of my favorite protagonists i’ve ever read! her struggle with gender identity is so relatable! i don’t identify as masculine or a stud/butch, though as a lesbian the stuggle to identify with womanhood is real, as so much of it is focused on heterosexulity. when womanhood is centered on your exeperiences with men, where do we, as l******s fit in? pen’s exploration of gender is so pure and her journey as she falls for her first girl made my heart swell. she’s also one of the most badass ya protagonists ever! ❤️
🌈 her royal highness by rachel hawkins
“‘sometimes you make me crazy, but . . . it’s worth it. you’re worth it.’”
*vine voice* “and they were roommates!” “oh my god they were roommates.”
when millie gets accepted to one of the most prestigious schools in the world- her classmates being the world’s elite- she’s thrown for a loop when she learns that her roommate- who she trash talked upon first meeting- is actually the princess of scotland. i don’t have strong feelings about this one. it was a very cute f/f romance and i always love a forced roommate au story. it was definitely a quick, light hearted read! i really enjoyed listening to rachel hawkins talk on the 88 cups of tea podcast about how writing f/f fanfic inspired her to write this book.
Nature offers me the solace to totally clear my mind and just be. 🧘🏽♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
i find that soaking in the beauty of these natural sanctuaries on earth helps me reconnect with my spirit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
when i was in south africa, i thought of everyday as a new adventure. i got outside and bathed in nature’s beauty every single day…and i have never felt so connected. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
being outdoors allowed me the clarity that i had been missing for so long. after months of confusion, i finally felt energized and inspired.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
when i came back from south africa, my day-to-day schedule changed dramatically. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
seeing how being outdoors offered me the utmost peace and fulfillment, i promised myself that i would continue to find new adventures every week, no matter where in the world i was. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
whether it’s running in the woods, swimming in the ocean, or sitting in my own backyard, i devote that time to myself and nature every week because it recharges my soul. being in nature grants me the ability to excel at everything else i do that week, restoring the peace, energy and love within me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
how can you make your week more adventurous? comment below and tell me about your next soul-charging adventure⚡️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🌈 georgia peaches and other forbidden fruit by jaye robin brown “what happens when being selfless takes away a big part of yourself?” .
i feel like the general consensus of this book was that it gave a lot of people anxiety, which i could completely understand. as someone who grew up as a (very gay) christian and didn’t have a good time, it was definiteny an experience™ to read about a protagnanist who is totally cool with going back in the closest for the sake of her pastor dad. as a teenager this book would definitely have triggered me with some of the general messiness regarding the protagonist’s,- jo’s- monologue about being g*y and being a christian. i felt like some of her thought processes on it should have gone a little deeper- her vagueness on the bible almost implied that homophobia against men is justified religiously. which was a yikes moment. to be fair, it’s really hard to write a g*y christian progognist who’s confortable with her religion, it’s obviously such a triggering topic 🤷🏽♀️ on the other hand, as an adult her comfort kind of made me miss being religious a little bit. overall, it was cute ya love story
🌈 laura dean keeps breaking up with me by mariko tamaki, illustrated by rosemary valero-o'connell
“love is hard. breaking up is hard. love is dramatic.”
woo! this book is gorgeous! it’s so important to see unhealthy same-sex relationships in ya because i feel so many young lgbt+ people feel that they shouldn’t leave their partners for fear of never finding love again. freddy’s girlfriend is loved by everyone and she returns the love right back...to everyone but her girlfriend, freddy. even though she should drop laura dean like she’s boiling hot, the more she mistreats her, the more freddy wants her attention. and she’s neglecting her friends in the process. the illustrations in this graphic novel are crazy impressive and freddy’s story is so important. i feel like young girls feel like they can’t stand up for themselves or leave relationships that make them feel like trash and i’ve never read a ya that dug deep into those conflicting feelings. i’m reading more graphic novels lately- i have check, please!, kiss number 8, heartstopper, and d***s to watch out for on my tbr, does anyone else have any more lgbt+ recs?
“you may now kiss your bride!” our first kiss as wives 😍 absolute perfection! if you saw my post last night, you saw that we just found out our enneagram types. i’ve been reading all about our personalities, and i can’t get over how spot on it is. i’m a 2 and heather is an 8 (she says it makes sense, because together we make a perfect 10) i looked up what our types bring to a relationship, and gasped at how accurately it painted a picture of heather and i. here’s what it says about our relationship: “they easily play roles that the other needs and wants: the eight is practical and concerned with results, whereas twos are more people-oriented and more openly altruistic. they are both strong willed and like taking on responsibility, as long as they choose it themselves. eights often bask in the glow of the two's affection and adoration: twos truly appreciate the eight's strength and efforts—and see their often hidden self-sacrifice. both see each other's noble qualities and can be each other's staunchest supporters and admirers. their roles are also clearly delineated, so they do not get in each other's way. each runs different spheres of their lives and covers different bases (one plays the symbolic mommy the other the symbolic daddy and things are clear and balanced). these qualities make this couple powerful allies who complement each other's strengths, particularly the good effects they can have on others.” she’s truly my person! #shesmypearson .
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Queer and on the road? or q***r and want to be on the road? or on the road and want to be queer? i can help with all of those. hit me up or comment if you want more stories of my experiences travelling as a queer. i say q***r because when i hit the road over five years ago i wasn't out as transgender and i skirted the coast of australia as something between a boy and girl with a s****l orientation that was running far away from lesbian but somewhere into the realm of queer. you have all heard the tales of of hilarity from q****s navigating an airport and the ever overwhelming challenge of having short hair and needing to p*e in public. i am no exception to that rule and have a plethora of stories to share from my wanders around the globe. something else i have to share though are my experiences of beauty within this world. from being accepted as transgender and questions about my transition to countries that presume i am a cis gendered man and others who need to google translate to ask just how q***r i am... the world is a wonderful place and the majority just need to be shown that #loveislove.
i'll be sharing more stories of hilarity and acceptance soon so comment if you are curious about a certain country/area of the world and i'll tell you about my experience there. or if you want any specific experiences told.
and give me a like if you agree with my socks.
for those of you that don't know me it takes an awful lot to see me in an actual pair of socks so this is a rare treat for you all. you are welcome folks.
3 days ago
Ruminating down rabbit holes
as it drifts
a one-way ticket
to a wilderness
of grandeur and
every hair out
sadness and dread?
of that book you stole
but never read?
how can feelings be
do islands even feel?
on a strand around
skinny dipping in the ice bucket
just to feel
adorning the metallic mind
when i stop
to become the
that squeezes my brain
Interview #2: august, she/her
“when i think about it, i was never physically attracted to him. i definitely felt a connection but, looking back, i’m just like, ‘oh my god’—i was so hardcore faking and trying to build feelings that weren’t there and convince myself that i loved him or whatever. i was trying to convince myself that that’s what i wanted. and that was not good for me. i know because, like, when i look back at that relationship, i didn’t know of an easy way out and it got me down into a really dark place. i kept holding on and i got dragged into this thing that was not real…and not natural. and like, this [relationship with charlotte] is the most natural relationship i’ve ever felt. it feels so organic and we haven’t forced anything. it’s one of the few things in my life that actually makes sense—or that i feel i have clarity in. which was weird because i thought that if i dated a girl it would feel extremely wrong, and then i would like freak out and leave. that’s literally what i expected.”
link in bio for the full interview 😉😊
Interview #1: me!
“sharing my story has surprisingly given me a sense of purpose, and, to some extent, i think it’s what god wants me to do with my life. i’m very bold and i’m not easily swayed by criticism, so i feel like it’s easier for me to share my story than for a lot of other people. i do get exhausted sometimes, but i try to pay attention to that and care for myself so i can continue speaking out. i get so excited when i talk about my sexuality and someone pulls me aside to whisper, ‘i thought i was the only one.’ or sometimes people tell me, ‘now i understand my brother, or sister, or friend better.’ that makes me feel like i’ve achieved my purpose in life.” go read the full interview in my new blog! link in bio 😉
4 days ago
Happy #pridemonth eve! new gear and a new release! "the way we are" - a #lesfic#romance#novel - will be out on amazon 6/15/2020 as part of #pride🌈 this year. stay tuned for more info!
The times for simple tolerance (=“tolerating” something) are gone. especially us artists need to strive for more.
art provides a voice. let’s make sure the voices we create in our stories are a diverse exploration of the human experience instead of a reiteration of old stereotypes and misunderstandings.
thank you for doing your part in that, dear story manifestor 💙
I'm honored that high school student madalyn chancey @maddy.chancey not only reviewed scars but also wrote an archetypal analysis of scars for her project on s****l assault for @paul_w_hankins ' english class. and she also reviewed you too?
i was impressed that she included a reading list, playlist, related ted talks, and resources. it was a delight to see. thank you madalyn, and @paul_w_hankins for letting me know.
i’ve been thinking about what i want to write and post, and i’ve decided to begin interviewing my lgbtq+ friends to share their stories. i believe the beauty of stories educates in ways that essays and arguments can’t, so i’m hoping to weave interviews between my more informative pieces. unfortunately, many stories will be anonymous for the well-being of my friends, but i challenge you to think of them and consider them personal, lovable companions nonetheless, and listen well.
Do you have a book that you reread a lot?
mine is maurice by e.m. forster, one of my all-time favourites 📚
not because it's perfectly written - it definitely isn't - but it was the first published book i had ever read where everything doesn't end in tragedy for the g*y characters.
it's empathetic and compelling, and simultaneously feels real while being obviously unrealistic given the time it was written and set.
it's a novel of optimism and hope that was left unpublished for half a century because it would have been dangerous to publish it any earlier. it's one of those books where the story of it is almost as important as the story in it.
and even though it's unedited and imperfect, that just makes it feel more personal.
Remember how i had finished my deep edit of my sequel to scars and i was going to type it up? i'd only typed about 25 pages when i started reading save the cat! writes a novel by jessica brody. it's been making me think about my manuscript differently, and catch plot and pacing things i need to change. i'm only 1/6th of the way through the book, making notes as i go, and it's already helped me spot some problem areas or things that will help make my manuscript better.
i've used questions and ideas from the anatomy of story by john truby for every book i write since scars, which helps me have less drafts and get to a polished manuscript faster, and i have a feeling that i will be adding in things from save the cat writes a novel as well. so far i highly recommend the book to any fiction writer--especially for plot, pacing, and overall structure.
Thinking about exclusively dressing as a @neilhimself magical side character
2 weeks ago
Della says cheers for watching spyhole over 200 times so far! check out ben’s new @sharpscratches lgbtq+ mini-thriller monologue about being a frustrated creative in lockdown (ring any 🔔?) here - just copy the link into your browser: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qcclldptrts 🌈.
‘some words on some days.’ i don’t remember who said it, but lately i’ve repeated it to myself. i’ve been consistently writing, but the long word flowing sessions are not happening right now. being gentle with myself.
2 weeks ago
Lexie bean's debut ya novel the ship we built is out next week and lexie will be on our slack to do a reddit-style ama on friday may 22nd at 3pm et. lexie is not only a fantastic writer (one of our lgbtq residents in 2019) but also a q***r and trans multimedia artist, has experience with self-publishing as well as publishing for small and big houses, and has written for many publications including teen vogue, bust, b***h mag, huffington post, autostraddle, and the establishment. they grew up in the midwest, and won a roller skating competition during that time. lexie has a deep resonance with with water, letter writing, and is also a survivor of childhood s****l abuse. we are very excited to have lexie for this hour. come ask lexie anything. free
paragraphny.com/slack in the #ama channel.
Anyone else just love stationary shopping? 😅 the thrall of notebooks used to pass me but since i started consistently using them in january 2019, i fell in love 💙
i now have a personal journal, a planner, a chaotic any-and-every-idea+list notebook (thank goodness for that because i couldn’t organize it neatly per topic 😅), and a writing one.
this lovely blue one on the right is my new writing notebook and for the first time i’m dedicating it to a single story 🙃 i mentioned in an ig story a few days ago that i’m working on a short story, which isn’t really a short story 🤫 it’s got its own 250 page notebook now, so it might be silly to keep pretending 😅
after finishing the first forgotten splinters book things have gotten chaotic, but i’m committed to finishing a first draft of one project this year before i start on the sequel. i think it might be this one, but the story and i are still coy 😉
also, due to some unforeseen circumstances, my editing plans have changed a little, but with any luck it shouldn’t affect things too much. more updates later 💙
how are you organizing your notebooks? any other stationary fans around?
much love 💙