Bad Times at the El Royale

Hi, do you like movies? Because I like movies. And I have a movie that includes: Beautiful set design and costumingImpeccable fight scenesSubtle social critique set in the late 60sFlawed but likable men AND women charactersA phenomenal opening sequence that reads like a theatre play A friendship between and adult man and an adult woman... Continue Reading →

An adventure, a request

Hello humans! I'm writing this post in the first week after my S.O. broke his foot and rendered himself temporarily disabled. Which reminds me: disability rights are human rights, because you will be disabled in some fashion at some point in your life, at least if you live long enough. Accessibility is important for this... Continue Reading →

Believing and the glass ceiling

Alright, this is a weird post for me. I've been feeling a little demoralized of late with writing stuff, for a variety of reasons, some logical, some the result of me comparing myself to others who are just in a very different place in their careers -- which, by the way, makes no sense. Cannot... Continue Reading →

(Belated) Six Month Check-In

Every six months I try to check in on my writing goals, and I totally skated right past that deadline this year. I don't think that's a surprise for anyone -- it certainly wasn't a surprise for me. I've had a hard time focusing over the past month or so especially, which I'm pretty sure... Continue Reading →

Docile: Social critique and erotica

A while ago I read Docile by K.M. Szpara, sort of out of curiosity. The book was marketed as a queer 50 Shades of Grey, and having never read 50 Shades (largely because of reviews which cited harmful gender and class dynamics that were poorly explored) but having recently wandered into reading a ton of... Continue Reading →

Resisting the neat ending

Recently I've been thinking a lot about endings for stories. Sticking the landing for an ending to a book or short story is often a very difficult aspect of writing. There's a tendency in writing to try to wrap things up in a neat bow, brought on no doubt by plenty of Hollywood and Disney... Continue Reading →

If you are trying to beat the heat or are stuck inside for some reason this weekend, we have an entertainment option for you! The authors of A Sinister Quartet are doing a free Zoom reading in conjunction with Book No Further on Saturday at 3pm. Hope to see you there!

100 Listens on POP FIZZ

Happy 4th of July, belatedly. I hope you all indulged in some civic pride and educated yourself, attended a protest, or otherwise got your democracy on. 4th of July weekend is a great weekend for me generally and I spent this one paddling around, hanging out with family, and having a good time. If this... Continue Reading →

Fruits Basket: trauma and healing

Way back during MystiCon this year, I got to take part in a very lovely conversation with Sarah Oliver, Black Dahlia, and Wickedly Stitched Cosplay about Fruits Basket, one of the most beautiful, tender, and strange stories on hereditary chains of abuse that I have read. And it got me thinking about why I love... Continue Reading →

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