For a few months I stopped writing. That’s past and I’m happy, but I’ve been trying not to take for granted my ability to sit down and produce fiction. I’ve been trying to understand the conditions that make it harder and those that facilitate the process.

Music helps immensely. I realize that basically, I’m not listening to music, I have lots of problem arise, one of which is that I’m not writing. So I’ve been listening to music, and collecting songs that make sense to me for specific projects.

This song and how Mary Lambert contextualizes it is lovely inspiration for my YA novel in progress. Just lovely.

Little Mermaid retelling (feminism and gore)

Via Lightspeed Magazine
BY SUNNY MORAINE

"In the end, the water goes black with the witch’s blood"

I was really upset by something and feeling very ashamed and for months that made it hard to write, but I’m back to a place of not giving a fuck and tonight I wrote something that I think is decent and actually enjoyed creating and is in some ways the center of something I’ve been creating for years so I’m back, shamers, fuck off.

sissydudeomen2:

(via THE QUEEN (full version of the 1968 CLASSIC) @ MyLifeasPhil… via MAMA!!)

The Queen was filmed in NYC in 1967 and released in theaters in 1968. In 1967 it was illegal for men to dress as women. The documentary follows a 1967 Drag pageant judged by Andy Warhol among others. It stars Jack Doroshow aka Flawless Mother Sabrina, Richard Finochio aka Rachel Harlow and Crystal LaBeija. Crystal went on to start The House of LaBeija pageants which was the premise of the 90′s documentary “Paris is Burning.” In 1972 Richard Finochio underwent sex reassignment surgery to become Rachel Harlow, she began dating John B. Kelly, Grace Kelly’s brother. The relationship ended when John’s mother said she would disinherit him if he married Rachel. Rachel opened the Philadelphia night club “Harlow’s” in the 1970′s. The only person to surface since this classic film was made is Jack Doroshow when he was interviewed by James St. James on youtube. International Chrysis (1951-1990) can be seen as a teenage boy rehearsing dance numbers. These are the Queens who opened the doors for RuPaul and RuPaul’s Drag Race of today. via MyLifeasPhil

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Queer Writing and the Strictures of Identity Politics

Queer writers on what makes queer writing.

"I don’t reject a normative perspective as much as I am impatient with it; with its irrelevance to the world I operate in. There’s no truth in it for me."
— Rebecca Chekouras, fiction writer from Oakland, CA.

autostraddle:

Latin Lovers and Spicy Bombshells: What The L Word Got Wrong About LatinasIt’s been ten years since The L Word premiered, and we’ve got lots to talk about. Welcome to The L…View Post



some good points here. However, I will say, my mother speaks excellent Spanish and I speak no/terrible Spanish. It does happen. I never know how to feel in these discussions of latin@ representation, because I do feel Hispanic, but not culturally Latin@ and I feel weird standing up and saying strike down stereotypes and represent real cultures  but yes, also represent the assimilated? I wouldn’t even call myself assimilated, I just am from here. But I think that’s how other people think of me. 

Which is one point for Kennedy on Buffy. She was played by a Mexican actress, and I read the character as ethnically Hispanic while also being an all american pain in the ass. 

Bonus note, Iyari Limon, who played Kennedy did actually audition for Carmen in the L word and whispered in Kate Moenings ear en espanol that she wanted to lick her until she came 1000 times. 

I don’t know. I guess Im saying what they are saying, more real portrayals of Latin@s would be good. But I guess Im also saying there are brown Hispanic people that dont identify as Latin@, who also need to be seen and discussed. And that “real” portrayals of Hispanic and/or Latina women can be all over a huge spectrum of relationships to Spanish language and culture. Which I suppose is true of many or all cultural representations. But this one hits me, so I mention it.

autostraddle:

Latin Lovers and Spicy Bombshells: What The L Word Got Wrong About Latinas

It’s been ten years since The L Word premiered, and we’ve got lots to talk about. Welcome to The L…

View Post

some good points here. However, I will say, my mother speaks excellent Spanish and I speak no/terrible Spanish. It does happen. I never know how to feel in these discussions of latin@ representation, because I do feel Hispanic, but not culturally Latin@ and I feel weird standing up and saying strike down stereotypes and represent real cultures but yes, also represent the assimilated? I wouldn’t even call myself assimilated, I just am from here. But I think that’s how other people think of me.

Which is one point for Kennedy on Buffy. She was played by a Mexican actress, and I read the character as ethnically Hispanic while also being an all american pain in the ass.

Bonus note, Iyari Limon, who played Kennedy did actually audition for Carmen in the L word and whispered in Kate Moenings ear en espanol that she wanted to lick her until she came 1000 times.

I don’t know. I guess Im saying what they are saying, more real portrayals of Latin@s would be good. But I guess Im also saying there are brown Hispanic people that dont identify as Latin@, who also need to be seen and discussed. And that “real” portrayals of Hispanic and/or Latina women can be all over a huge spectrum of relationships to Spanish language and culture. Which I suppose is true of many or all cultural representations. But this one hits me, so I mention it.

tom-sits-like-a-whore:

justaddfiction:

So basically all these separate posts are kind of combining into my head into this one epic fantasy series with mermaids and knights and dragons and pirates

where all the relevant characters are lesbians.

*raises hand* can we get a few bisexual mermaids in there too?

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theysayimpsychodiaries:

Chimamanda Adichie - The Danger of a Single Story (TED Talks 2009)

Tell me again, what did you say about representation not being important?

(Source: firstenchanters, via gchisom)

thepaperplaneofexistence:

I’d feel more comfortable with dudes opening doors for me if instead of saying “ladies first” they said “eagle one is on the premises, make way for madam president, I repeat eagle one is on the premises”

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