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The labor activist and his passionate prince

Kaveh gazed up at him adoringly. “I thought I cared for you already, but when you spent all your money making sure everyone was fed, I fell in love all over again. My heart is completely consumed, and recreated to … Continue reading

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A fairy tale starring a bisexual prince!

Climbing the Date Palm is a fairy-tale novel due out from Prizm Books on July 2 (eBook) and in print late July. If you like labor rights, same-sex romance, dragons, shapeshifters, and a celebration of food and family, stay tuned! Queen … Continue reading

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Romantic love is not another way to say ‘sex’, even when you’re talking about same-sex couples

My grandfather is 90 and my grandmother is 88 and a half. They have been married since 1946. They sleep in separate, side by side twin beds because my grandfather’s multiple physical problems cause him to be disruptive in his … Continue reading

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Ten years!

Today marks ten years since the beginning of the in-person portion of my relationship with my spouse. We met on the internet — through creative writing, actually — and spent most of a year talking on the phone before meeting … Continue reading

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When Gluten Attacks!

Queen Shulamit is gluten-intolerant, which is why she fell in love with the palace cook. Never fear, Queenling — Aviva will save you from the evil bread-monster! (Characters are from the queer YA fantasy novel The Second Mango and were drawn here by … Continue reading

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Queer women can star in fairy tales, too

Painfully aware that big Western animation houses weren’t going to give me the queer lady fairy tales I wanted… I wrote my own, and it got accepted and published. And a sequel, due out July 2014. And I’m 2/3 of … Continue reading

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Win a free copy of the eBook of The Second Mango by commenting on my Halloween post!

The folks over at Long and Short let me post comparing writing to cosplaying for Halloween. Come check it out here, on their site. You have to comment there by November 2, not here, in order to be entered in … Continue reading

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Ladies rescuing ladies: my guest post on Muse Rising

About my queer feminist fantasy novel The Second Mango — Many times when talking of feminist retellings of fairy tales, we decide that the solution is for the “damsel” to rescue herself. Why not send a woman to rescue another woman? That’s … Continue reading

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The importance of representation and community to LGBTQ+ teenagers

When I was little, I yearned for stories with people like me in them. I grasped at anything that seemed like representation of women who loved other women, even if the portrayal was judgmental and not at all uplifting. I … Continue reading

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“Is it singing to you?” Scene from The Second Mango, a lesbian young adult fantasy novel

Aviva took her to the palace herb garden to teach her what all the herbs looked like. She plucked a handful of rippled green leaves and crushed them beneath Shulamit’s nose. The cold, fresh scent flowed forth. “Is it singing … Continue reading

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