Diverse Book of the Month: If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny by Zach Anner

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.


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

Whoa, 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 original… Continue reading Diverse Book of the Month: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

How You Know It’s Time To Ditch A Story Idea

One of the hardest things to do is give up on a writing project. Especially if that project is something you have poured your time and soul into. Generally I don’t encourage writers to abandon their projects. You should “finish your shit,” as Chuck Wendig says. You learn a lot by completing an entire project. (If… Continue reading How You Know It’s Time To Ditch A Story Idea