Update #2

Wow, am I really only on number two? I’m so bad at this blogging thing. Whoops?

Anyways, I’ll keep this one short. I graduated college, got a Real Life Adult job, got published again, and only now am I really getting to sit down and sort out my life. Which, yes, includes trying to be more active on social media. (Shameless self-promotion, but my Twitter tends to be more active)

I’m working on a few things, most of which aren’t really ready to be shared (sorry!) but as soon as I’ve got something, I’ll be sure to post about it. For now, expect semi-normal updates on the short story Genesis 3:23. G3:23 is a look at some snapshots in the life of Keynan, an NPC in my D&D campaign. Call it a writing exercise, but I thought it’d be fun to share.

Other than that, life has been admittedly pretty slow. But honestly, it’s nice to just get used to being out of college! I had to be a Real Adult (yes, the capitalization is necessary) sooner or later.

I’ll end with a fun statistic: in the year 2018, I wrote over 235,000 words! Of that, about 122,000 were original stories/prose/etc. and the other 112,000 or so was all fanfiction. Yay for productivity!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year 🙂

How to Write Asexual Characters

Hello there, I’m back and today, as you could have guessed from the title, we’ll be talking about asexual relationships. Of course, first you have to understand what asexuality, or being “ace,” is. Like many sexualities and identities, it manifests as a spectrum. This does not mean that some people are “more” ace or “less” ace than others. Simply that, to them, asexuality is different.

Additionally, sexual orientation is different from romantic orientation. This means that some people may identify through something called “split attraction” in that their sexual orientation is distinct from their romantic one.  For example, I personally identify as a sex-repulsed asexual (and all of that will be explained later) but in casual conversation I call myself bi or bisexual because, romantically, I experience romantic feelings for all people.

For ease, this post will refer to demisexuals and graysexuals (gray-aces) as ace/asexual. Their identities are largely considered a type of asexuality and are included under the ace umbrella. Furthermore, while people in poly relationships exist, this post will use the singular “partner” throughout.

Yes, this can all be a bit confusing if you aren’t familiar with all the terms (or if you don’t know the slang), but it’s very easy to pick up and we’ll break things down a little more before getting to the writing tips.

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To Infinity And Beyond (pt. 1?)

Originally a prompt sent to me by one of my friends on Tumblr (which you can find here), it features some of the characters in our D&D game. I’m the DM and, well, I figured I might as well start transferring over some of the short stories/writing fills that I’ve done over to my non-Tumblr blog ahahaha.

This is very much an alternate universe (AU) of the actual campaign, but all the characters are the same and I’ve basically taken the situation and just… changed it a bit.

Anyways, read, enjoy, and stay tuned for more 🙂

Pst, there’s going to be more updates soon re: irl things.

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Graduation, Publication, and Mini-Vacation, Oh My!

Hi ya’ll, sorry for the radio silence from me. It’s been a bit of a hectic time as school has ramped up in addition to everything going on in my own life. I plan on adding more to my How to Write series, but unfortunately it’s been pushed to the side as I get my thesis done.

But hey, big news too! My first novella, In The Desert, is scheduled for publication May 4th! You can check it out here where it’s coming out as an e-book 🙂

What else has been going on in my life? Well…

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Top Surgery Reflections

A year ago I had top surgery.

Honestly, I don’t know what I thought my life would be like a whole year later. I’m a published author. I’m about to graduate from college. I have a great group of friends and I really don’t have anything to feel bad about.

My depression is still kicking, but that’s never going away.

My anxieties are still there, but I’m learning how to cope with them.

I don’t really have the energy to write something long and well-thought out, but I guess what I want to say is that it was more than worth it. Top surgery was a terrifying concept — something I’ve wanted for so long and never thought as attainable until it was only a few days away. Even then, I was convinced something would happen and it would stop me from surgery.

But that didn’t happen. I got what I needed — because yes, I did need it — and now I’m in a much better place.

Top surgery was lifesaving for me.

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How to Write Autistic Characters Pt. 2

Welcome to the second post in my How to Write [Blank] series! Here we’ll be finishing up looking at writing autistic characters. This is by no means a complete list of every little thing to look at — I really strongly encourage doing your own research, especially looking at the links I’ll stick at the end of this.

In the last post, I started going over more specific aspects of autism you’ll want to look at when writing an autistic character and you definitely should look at it here if you haven’t already read it.

In this post, I’ll go over special interests, the necessity of a routine, learning differences, and audio processing. I’m also going to have a section at the end about stereotypes and resources for you to read for more information on being autistic. Again, I’m quoting and referencing the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and their basic list of autistic traits here.

But let’s get right to it!

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How to Write Autistic Characters Pt. 1

Welcome to the first installment of my new mini-series, How to Write [Blank]. In this series, I’m covering a number of topics that I, in my person research, haven’t found a ton of in-depth resources for and/or feel like I could add my own two cents. As you can guess from the title of this post, today we’re going to start looking at autistic characters.

Now, the first part of writing any character whether they be neurodivergent (that is to say, not neurotypical or not being considered “normal” societally) or LGBTQ+ is to know what makes them that. For autism, I’ll be using the definition from the Autism Self Advocacy Network (or ASAN):

“Autism is a neurological variation that occurs in about one percent of the population and is classified as a developmental disability… The terms “Autistic” and “autism spectrum” often are used to refer inclusively to people who have an official diagnosis on the autism spectrum or who self-identify with the Autistic community. While all Autistics are as unique as any other human beings, they share some characteristics typical of autism in common.”

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New Series: How to Write [Blank]

Hello! I’m heading into my FINAL semester in college which is honestly wild to think about, but between that and working on a few projects (podcast? podcast!) I also am starting a new, semi-regular series I’m affectionately calling How to Write [Blank]. Or [Blank] for short.

What is this going to be about? I figured that it’s high time for me to start putting down how I write on paper. I’ll be focusing on my strengths, of course, and hoping to fill a few niches that aren’t necessarily talked about at length. Each topic will be covered in a few posts, depending on how much I have to say, and will vary from “for people who have never tried writing this before” to “I am actually part of this group/have a lot of experience in this, but I’m looking for tips.”

I don’t have a set schedule yet, but right now I’m still taking ideas on what you want me to cover. Comment below, let me know, and stay tuned for more information 🙂

What I’m Listening To.