There’s a novelette I self-published a few years ago. I’ve wrestled with the choices I made, and recent discussions on Twitter have finally settled it for me: it wasn’t my story to tell. Though the story was based on a dream I had about certain gods, writing from the POV of an enslaved girl was never my story to tell.
For a while, I convinced myself that donating 100% of sales to related non-profits was enough, but it was my ego and pride speaking and not true to the person I want to be.
Not every story needs an audience.
I’m pulling the book from publication today.
I apologize to everyone who was offended or made uncomfortable by the story’s existence, even if you never voiced it.
Two weeks have passed since my surgery and I’ve returned to my work. My new microphone still isn’t recognized by my computer making recording audio books temporarily impossible, so instead, I wrote a new story for my supporters on Patreon. I have also lowered the prices for all digital copies of my novels: Perdition, The Grasp of Time, and Seal Breaker.
And for anyone in need of proofreading and editing a short story (up to 10,000 words), you can hire me on Fiverr or directly by following the instructions at Satyr’s Garden.
As a reminder, if you love to color, The Grasp of Time coloring pages are free to download for personal use (please no commercial use).
During this time of uncertainty, fear, and tragedy, I wish for each of you solace, distraction, and comfort in whatever small ways or places you are able to find it. For me, art is one, both in its creation and appreciation. What is helping you get through each day?
On Friday, September 13th, at 8pm, the Substation Annex in Ballard will boast a tribute to electronica, art, and community resources for transgender and non-binary artists and performers.
As a genderfluid author, I’m honored to have to have been invited to sign and vend my books. So, if you’re in the Seattle area, are transgender, enby, genderqueer, or an ally, and are 21+, come say hi! There will be incredible music from Lifeblood, Tabby Divine La Brea, June Birnie, and Cycle of Hands, to enjoy for the evening.
No word yet if Ellen Klowden (enby), the Editor, or my co-author (transgender) will be in attendance, but who knows. We might get a delightful surprise!
Find out more at the Colourbox Facebook event page.
Seal Breaker: Puppet Parody is live on YouTube!
A huge thanks to friends and patrons who made it possible. If you haven’t read The Grasp of Time, this might have a few spoilers, so catch up soon, because I’m already revision the third book!
This is the serious ad. The puppets come later.