It’s important now more than ever for stories about people of color to flood mainstream media; storytelling is the most powerful tool we have in the fight against hatred of any kind. Moana is a triumph in both storytelling and empowerment.
Am I in control? Do I have any power in a seemingly powerless situation? How can I possibly “move on”? Is it possible to mentally survive a cycle of abuse? Most victims of physical and/or psychological abuse continuously ask these questions long after the actual acts of abuse have ceased; the lasting effects can and often do continue […]
Sam Smith is a queer international treasure. Not only does Sam Smith have the voice of an angel, but they’re also the most accessible pop star to emerge in the 2010s. Listening to their debut album, In the Lonely Hour, is much like peeking into the soul of a wounded, insecure queer person who desperately […]
Originally Published: December 2nd, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 Is Disney’s Frozen An Allegory for Coming Out? **WARNING: Mild Spoilers Ahead** Walt Disney Animation Studios, the brilliant tour de force behind animations greatest cinematic achievements like the use of a multiplane camera to help create the illusion of depth in animation, among others — ahem, Snow White and the […]
Originally Published: November 4th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 It’s no secret that, around here, we watch a lot of TV. Like, a lot. No, seriously… So it’s no surprise that everything I know was taught to me by TV shows and I sometimes get a little too attached to these fictional worlds and characters BUT […]
Originally Published: August 12th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 When querying a novel, the best rejections come from agents who take their time to write constructive criticism, and the worst, aside from stock letters, are when it’s painfully obvious that the agent just simply doesn’t relate. Me: From one [female] agent, I got a response that […]
Originally Published: October 14th, 2013; Updated: June 23rd, 2014 Will I be remembered? Will I make my mark on the world before it’s my time to exit? I’ve been asking myself these questions, and questions like it, a lot recently. Maybe it has something to do with my recent 27th birthday, the supposed “Saturn Return” […]
So you work really, really hard on your manuscript. Like, harder than you’ve ever worked before. You’ve juggled a billion different storylines and characters and arcs… …and it’s finally perfect. It’s where you want it to be and the bigger picture is in sight! It became a labor of love. And now you finally feel […]