General Discussions

How We Began – Guest Post by Vanessa North

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, General Discussions, Guest Posts, LGBTQIA, New Release Books, News | 0 comments

Today is the release day of How We Began, an anthology of LGBTQ+ young adult and new adult romance stories, including stories from Alexis Hall, Delphine Dryden, Vanessa North, Amy Jo Cousins, Annabeth Albert, Geonn Cannon, and edited by Edie Danford. All proceeds from this anthology will go to support The Trevor Project’s work with crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth. From the Blurb: How does love begin? A glance, a gesture, an unexpected offer of help from a stranger…or from a good friend. A smile across a counter at a coffee shop or video store. A secret...

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Diversity in YA Fantasy

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in General Discussions, Guest Posts, Race and Ethnicity | 1 comment

The King’s Blood and Diversity in YA Fantasy by S.E. Zbasnik   If one can imagine dragons filling the sky, lightning shooting from fingertips, and skeletons walking the earth, why is it so hard to include a color other than lily white for the people in a fantasy world? Representation isn’t just a pretty buzzword for people to toss around. It cracks open stories and worlds once closed to those of people who aren’t white and male. It gives everyone a chance to see themselves save the day instead of being the funny sidekick, or temptress, or random evil guy. More and more color is being...

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Interview with Kathryn Allan co-editor of Accessing the Future

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, General Discussions, Guest Posts, News | 0 comments

Today Kathryn Allan is here to talk about the upcoming anthology, Accessing the Future. Kathryn Allan will be co-editing the anthology with Djibril al-Ayad of Futurefire.net Publishing. The anthology is intended to explore disability—and the intersectionality of race, nationality, gender, sexuality, and class—in both the imagined physical and virtual spaces of the future. Kathryn wants people of all abilities to see themselves, as they are now and as they want to be, in our collective human future(s). The campaign passed the minimum target this week, and is now closing on the pro-paying...

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Why stories with diversity don’t need to be about being different.

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Disability and or Neuro-diversity, General Discussions, LGBTQIA, Race and Ethnicity | 0 comments

Here’s the thing about writing characters from diverse backgrounds: their story doesn’t have to be about being different. Once upon a time literature was overwhelmed by straight, white, able men and occasionally women. In response, a diverse and inclusive culture had to break through the barrier of expectation. We had to come out, explode forth, and express ourselves as the new freak nation. Fighting to find a place in culture, we had to announce our difference, explain, re-explain and declare our right to be different and a part of the culture all too keen to place us in tidy...

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International Book Giving Day!

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in General Discussions, News | 4 comments

The Valentine’s Day buzz has begun. Shops are filled with chocolate, roses, and strange, stuffed toy hearts with arms. I’m slightly confused by the latter, but I’m a definite fan of chocolate and any excuse to eat it. This February 14th, however, I’m putting aside my chocoholic ways. After all, my true love wants no sweets, roses, or freaky anthropomorphic hearts! Because, you see, my true love is BOOKS! So to celebrate our undying affection, this February 14th me and my books will be celebrating International Book Giving Day! International Book Giving Day is a...

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What the “M” Word Means to Me

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in General Discussions, Guest Posts, Race and Ethnicity, The Blog | 2 comments

“What the “M” Word Means to Me” by J.M. Blackman   I’ve always felt like the word “minority” is a loaded word. It seems to ask people to get up in arms, to demand some sort of awkwardness. I attribute most of this to the fact that “minority” has had a less-than-positive connotation. Because, if you’re a minority, you’ve been singled out as being the less-than, as being an underdog. Or you haven’t gotten any attention at all. But being a minority—whether it’s related to race, sex, orientation or ability—is a factor of all of our lives. Even if you’ve never felt...

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