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The lesbian space opera launches

On February 22nd, my novella All Things Mortal was officially released to the public. I'm so grateful to all the friends and family that came out to support me that night at McNally Robinson Booksellers. If you weren't able to attend, here's a transcript of the speech that I prepared for that night. Enjoy!

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The poem that started it all

The ancient Greek/Roman myth of the queen of the underworld is a tragic one. Persephone (or Proserpine) was kidnapped by Hades, Lord of the underworld, and forced to become his bride and serve the dead. The following poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne explores this myth and other ideas surrounding life and death, and it's probably my favourite poem I've ever read.

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Writing bisexual characters right

Stereotypes are hard to shake, especially for communities that have long had their voices suppressed. LGBTQ+ rights are being hard fought across the world and progress has certainly been made, but representation for queer characters in fiction still has a long way to go. 

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