Life After Coming Out

The majority of LGBT fiction is limited to coming out stories, romances, erotica and lesbian murder mysteries. But there's more to life as a gay or trans person than coming out, falling love, having sex and tripping over dead bodies. I want to write these other stories.



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Finding Conflict

I am currently brainstorming the sequel to my novel Iron Goddess. Making the shift from editing back to brainstorming is tough for me. Probably tough for a lot of writers. Even assuming that I’m using many of the characters from the first book, I am faced with the question: What now? One of the tools that I am using is… Read more →

Writing Contest: Writers’ Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Writer’s Digest is now accepting entries for their 23rd annual Self-Published Book Awards contest. If you’ve self-published a book in the last year or so, you might want to consider entering this writing contest. The grand prize winner gets $8,000 in cash, a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference, a guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, and a long list… Read more →

Writer’s Resource: Callsigns and Nicknames

Coming up with regular character names can be enough of a challenge. I find coming up with nicknames even more of a challenge. A good nickname is memorable, organic in origin, and often hints at an interesting story. Think about names like Puke Ass, Syndrome and Crazy T (which is the nickname for a good friend of mine). In my… Read more →

Actress Dot-Marie Jones portrays Coach Beiste on Glee

Trans Representation or More Transploitation?

The producers of the television show Glee just announced that the character of Coach Beiste (played by Dot-Marie Jones) has come out as a trans* guy and will be transitioning. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I like that the show feature another transgender character, after Unique Adams (played by Wade Adams) debuted her character in… Read more →

han - the Korean word for lament

Han – The Lament of Injustice

Recently, while marathoning the TV series The West Wing, I watched an episode titled “Han”. In the story, North Korean pianist Jai Yung Ahn is invited to perform for President Bartlet. At their initial meeting, Ahn passes Bartlet a note saying he wants to defect. Unfortunately, granting Ahn asylum could sabotage an ongoing nuclear negotiation between the US and North… Read more →