Diverse Book of the Month: Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace, with Dan Ozzi

Laura Jane Grace, frontwoman of the popular punk band Against Me!, came out as a transgender woman back in May of 2012 in an issue of Rolling Stone. In 2016, she published this memoir, Tranny, to tell her story — and the story of Against Me! — in more detail, starting all the way back when she was a five-year-old trying on her mother’s pantyhose and wishing she’d been born a woman. The memoir is the story of her journey towards transition, and the way her gender dysphoria affected — for better or worse — her life, her work, and her relationships with her family, friends, and band.

Diverse Book of the Month: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Holy crud, May already? Welcome to this month’s Diverse Book of the Month review, this time featuring the first book in The Crescent Moon Kingdoms series,┬áThrone of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed, originally published in 2012. I read the 2013 edition with the above image (the bloody throne), but here’s an alternate cover (the… Continue reading Diverse Book of the Month: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

The Archetype, Your Characters, and You

Holy cow, how long has it been since I’ve posted on here? Is anyone even still out there anymore? Sorry for being MIA for a while. I’ve had a… busy summer, to say the least. Lots of things happening, good and bad. Lots of traveling. Lots of feelings. But no matter if these events left… Continue reading The Archetype, Your Characters, and You

In Defense of the Genre(s): A Word of Advice for Incoming Writing Students

I admit it: I am an awful blogger. I’ve been terribly inactive and I have all of zero ideas when it comes to topics I can write about here at The Sword and the Keyboard. I know it’s probably just laziness on my part, and maybe a little bit of fear because it’s intimidating having… Continue reading In Defense of the Genre(s): A Word of Advice for Incoming Writing Students