A Softer Apocalypse

moments of inspiration for writing and sometimes just for me. Tumblr blog of E.E. Ottoman writer of queer speculative fiction, sometimes historian and lover of all things geeky
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Lets do an experiment: reblog if you would feel safer hanging out with trans women (regardless of what genitals they currently posses) than Cis women who are transphobic and deny trans women’s obvious womanhood.

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Check out the NY-based brand’s collection here! And here to see my previous post where the brand was mentioned. I must say, I was very impressed by their diversified photoshoots.





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LT3 is mixing up our content this month. July will feature a single author, rather than a handful, and we’re planning some other surprises throughout the month, so stay tuned!

July’s featured author is Talya Andor!

Talya Andor (talya-andor) is a talented author who writes everything from science fiction to contemporary, fantasy to paranormal. She’s written several gay and bisexual novels and short stories for LT3, and we’re pleased to be publishing a lesbian novella from her in our upcoming Damsels in Distress collection (coming soon in February 2015!).

She’s written about professional chefs, college students, psychic twin brothers, vampires, rock stars, and more! Check out her work here, and use coupon code ANDOR at checkout to save 20% on all of her titles (anthologies included!).

(Coupon is good from now through the end of July, and can be used on ebooks or paperbacks. Collection bundles are not included.)

Talya lives in the Pacific Northwest with her girlfriend and their girl-kitty who they believe to be cutest cat in the world, and is constantly balancing a busy slate of boylove stories to write with her day job, hobbies to upkeep, and nail polishes to collect. She has been writing fiction since elementary school and progressed to guy on guy erotica during college, honing her chops on fan fiction until original fiction lured her with its siren call. She loves writing and reading, routinely geeks out over gaming and movies, and watches far too many cooking shows.

You can find Talya at her website, www.talya-andor.com; twitter, @TalyaAndor; or tumblr, http://talya-andor.tumblr.com/.

LAST CHANCE! The coupon code for saving on Talya Andor’s books will expire at the end of day today, so get on with your book buying!


OMFG you guys I was so excited to get to Six.

So here’s Six as a lady of the Solomon Islands!  Everything about the outfit is the same, except I exchanged the cat pin with a pin featuring a bird of the Islands. UuU

So just out of curiosity yesterday I sat down and made a list of all the differently able characters I’ve written in all my finished works thus far.

Then because I thought it might be useful I made the same sort of list but with trans/non-binary characters.

Hopefully this will be interesting/helpful for some folks.

Asker theowlsperch Asks:
There was a post you put up within the past couple of days in which you say that heterosexual writers can write stories about LGBT+ characters, as long as it wasn't the stereotype and they knew about the issues they face. Are there any books or articles you would recommend to such authors so that they can avoid misrepresentation?
asofterapocalypse asofterapocalypse Said:



There really is no one stop shopping for this.  There is no one article or book called “How to not write shitty queer characters for dummies”.  Authors need to dig in and do A LOT of research.

Tumblr is a great resource.   Writing about… lets just pick bisexual trans men?  Some of them have tumblrs so follow 20 or 30 or 50 of them. Fill your dash with their voices. 

Writing about a particular time period?  There are lots of queer history books out there from working class lesbian bars to biographies of famous and powerful people.  You will have to hit those books. 

Writing about a particular place?  Find queer people who live there.  Talk to them IRL or online.  Ask them what their lives are like. 

Make sure you seek out voices of queer people of color.   Queer media often excludes their POV so don’t fall into the trap of thinking that queer issues present the same for people of all races. 

Read novels and stories written by queer people.  Notice how different it seems when we talk about ourselves vs when others talk about us. 

Read queer news sites and not just the big ones like The Advocate.  You can follow tons of queer sites on facebook and tumblr so they will deliver content right to you.  On tumblr I’m a big fan of projectqueer because they post news that is actually for all of us, not just cis white gay and lesbians.  

You need to be willing to dig in deep and to do so independently.  You should also bring your draft to queer people you know and ask them for honest feedback once your piece is done.  

What it all boils down to is that you need to be willing to give this the time and respect we deserve.  It’s not easy.  If it were, everyone would already be doing it.  

- Sarah

speaking as a queer person and as an author who writes outside my own experience, you can also literally just ask

people want representation and want to help people who care about getting it right. if you put out a request, you will find that people come out of the woodwork to volunteer their time and knowledge. so ask! 

but remember to be humble and respectful and thankful for their time and effort, to listen to what they have to say, to read carefully any links or resources they give you, to take their critique gracefully, etc. 

but seriously. people are sooo helpful if you put yourself out there!


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