Happy August! Summer is almost over, but there is still some vacation time left. Whether you’re looking for a page-turner to bring along with you as you travel, or you’re just looking for something to read before you go to bed, let me recommend this month’s Diverse Book of the Month, Tremontaine: The Complete Season… Continue reading Diverse Book of the Month: Tremontaine: The Complete Season One by Ellen Kushner & Co.
You might know Zach Anner as “that hilarious and oddly inspiring guy who does the Workout Wednesday videos on YouTube.” Well, surprise! Now he’s written a hilarious and oddly inspiring memoir, about his rise to Internet stardom, his childhood, his relationships, and his life with cerebral palsy — “the sexiest of palsies,” as he likes to call it. The result is a laugh-out-loud funny, and oftentimes poignant reflection on life, love, and happiness.
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.
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, Throne 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
Difficult Women is a collection of short stories that revolve around, well… “difficult” women. Or at least, women that society might deem “difficult.”
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
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