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

Diverse Book of the Month: The Vision Behind the Reviews

In just a couple hours, my new monthly book review feature will be going live! Before it starts, I just want to clarify a couple of things about the format and the mission of the reviews. The books I read and review will be chosen based on the authors who write them and the topics… Continue reading Diverse Book of the Month: The Vision Behind the Reviews

Beta Readers: How to Be One

There are still a lot of writing topics that I feel inadequately qualified to write about, particularly topics about the publishing industry itself since I have yet to break into it professionally. But there is one topic outside of the writing process itself in which I feel pretty highly experienced, and that is beta reading.… Continue reading Beta Readers: How to Be One

Calling All Readers: Announcing the Open Ears, Open Minds Book Club

Storytime: Late on the night of the 2016 election I was at work. I had been tracking the results live online all evening, and watching the numbers swing was… surreal at the very least, frightening at the very worst. Usually the library where I work is bustling with students, even late into the night. That… Continue reading Calling All Readers: Announcing the Open Ears, Open Minds Book Club

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