“Thinking Inside the Box”: a guest post!

I made a guest post about my magical practice on Little Red Tarot, one of my favorite blogs! Here it is: Thinking Inside the Box.

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Hallelujah!

I got a short story accepted to an anthology in the morning, and then the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in the evening, so basically this is a day that will go down in history. I’ll link to where you can purchase the anthology once it comes out, but for now, have the soundtrack to “I’ll Be Seeing You”!

http://8tracks.com/mixes/6471148/player_v3_universal

I’ll Be Seeing You from iskra.r on 8tracks Radio.

You can also see some of my inspiration on my tumblr, under the tag “i’ll be seeing you“.

Out of Hibernation

It was a long, difficult winter for me, and my creative juices kind of froze. I’m back in the saddle now, though — I’ve sent out several queries in the last few days, and I have some new ideas percolating in the coffee machine that is my mind. Let’s see what happens.

You Can Have What You Want

Right now, at least, I’m working within a particular wheelhouse. I write erotica, usually queer, frequently kinky, often with a paranormal slant, that boils down to one message: you can have what you want.

The queer and kinky parts — well, as you might have assumed, I happen to be both of those. I write what I like, and what I want to see, and those overlap. Representation and identification are important to me, so what I write incorporates different identities so different people can feel that happy little “Hey! That’s me!” thrill when they read my stories.

The paranormal part is fun for me, but I also know that growing up different in some way can make you gravitate towards fiction where characters also feel that way. For instance, one of my favorite books to read and reread as a kid was The Girl with the Silver Eyes, by Willo Davis Roberts. What’s different about Katie is her psychic powers; what was different about me, I hadn’t quite figured out yet, but I identified with her anyway. 

Fiction has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. Most of that has been overwhelmingly good — I’d never have figured out that I was queer and kinky if not for stories. On the other hand, most of the stories I’ve been exposed to have been either heteronormative or full of sadness and difficulty. I believe that I can have the life I want, and I want everyone else to believe it too. Yeah, even you.