Think of medieval Europe. Did you imagine a bunch of white people tooling around in the dirt, nary a Black or brown person in sight? You've had the wool pulled over your eyes. People of color definitely existed in medieval Europe.
Ever wondered why we use the term "clean romance"? It looks innocent on the surface, but it's actually packing quite the patriarchal punch.
It's almost Valentine's Day, which means we'll see non-romance readers crawl out of the woodwork to tell us all about great romances. But what counts as romance? Even some of the "great love stories" we point to aren't ... actually ... all that romantic.
I've heard people say mpreg is transphobic, and my knee-jerk reaction is to defend it. But dig a little deeper, and we might see the ugly truth of that statement.
Marty Yoon, the hero of Main Squeeze, is a Korean-American trans man. Clearly, I'm writing pretty far outside my lane here. So, why did I do it?
Main Squeeze, Book 3 in the Flirting with the Zodiac series, may not be my favorite book. But it will always hold a special place for me, in part because it reflects so much of my personal experience around mental health and trauma.
Some people insist that kids should read "real books" because they forget reading is about joy, not some phony intellectualism. We're just better at reading some media than others.
It's common enough advice: don't talk politics. But should authors avoid talking politics? And is that even possible? The short answer is no--and you should talk politics all you want.
Over the last, hm, month or so, many people have been learning about this mysterious concept called “the omegaverse.” If you’re new to it, learning about it can be a bit like getting cold water dumped over your head. It’s one of those things that, if you know, you know. It lurks around the edges of fandom; it divides a lot of people; but if you like it, you really like it. And a lot of people...
People like to argue fanfic isn't real literature and popular works have no artistic merit. But Charles Dickens wrote soap operas, so is "artistic merit" even a thing?