Category: writing

Signal Boost: Interview for a Book

Hello everyone!

I have a very special signal boost today.

A while back, I was interviewed by an ace-identifying journalist named Angela Chen. I was very impressed with her work and followed her after our interview. Angela is an incredibly important voice in the ace community. She recently emailed me and mentioned she was working on a book. Not an ace 101 book, but one that would explore media portrayals of asexuality and activism among other things. It would explore ace issues from an ace perspective without rehashing old ground.

I was incredibly excited to hear this and kept my fingers crossed for her.

Angela contacted me a couple days ago to give me some even more exciting news: she found a publisher and her book is going to be published in 2019! This is incredibly exciting news and this book will undoubtedly be important for the asexual community.

Angela asked if I wouldn’t mind posting a signal boost for her and I obviously enthusiastically said yes!

Here’s some info she provided:

“I’m ace and a woman of color looking for ace artists who want to speak
with me about their experience (with art or anything else). I’m
especially looking for women/trans/non-binary/PoC/people in unorthodox relationships, pseudonyms are fine. My website is here if they’re curious: http://www.angelachen.org/.“

If you’re interested in speaking with Angela, she can be reached at the following email: a7chen@gmail.com

I really cannot say enough good things about Angela and I just know this book is going to be really amazing. So please, contact her!

Thanks everyone!

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Here’s the cover of my new book of poetry, Dead Monochrome Doggerel available now on Amazon and the Internet Archive at archive.org.

“so here we are / cutting the crap / and i promise you / i mean every word”

In a series of terse, direct poems, Dominique Cyprès guides readers through a meditation on the tensions between the unaddressed injustices of history and the untapped potential of the future, between unresolved conflicts of youth and diminishing possibilities of modern adulthood, between the inescapable fragility of life and the hope of new parenthood. Occupying a space that borders on the personal and the political, Dead Monochrome Doggerel places the poet’s life, and the contemporary social moment, along the long, murky arc of history.

Reading the book on the Internet Archive is free. If you read it, please consider leaving an honest review on Amazon. The list price for the print edition is US $6. I’ll reblog this post with links.

Here’s the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1979211345/

And here’s where you can read it via the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/dead_monochrome_doggerel

Interview: Battle Korbi

Today we’re joined by Battle Korbi. Battle Korbi is a wonderful young writer and visual artist from Croatia. He does a lot of writing in both English and Croatian, though not as much is posted just yet. When he’s not writing, Battle Korbi enjoys drawing and takes a lot of inspiration from anime. His work is brimming with color and an impressive use of lines, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to him for taking time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

First of all, hiya. My art… I am a hobby writer, and a
really “sketchy” sketcher, so to say. When I want to talk about my literal
skills, I like to point out that I am having a bit of a tough time writing on
both English and my native language. I love to write stuff on English, purely
because there is a chance of posting it online in the far grimdark future, and
I could let total strangers see it and rate me according to my skills, and not
who I am. Yet I also like to doodle with Croatian (my mother tongue), because,
my works then actually get seen by who-I-know are real people, but as always,
some people don’t like to criticize their good friends, so I might not get to
see if I am really that great in the first place.

About my drawing skills? Yeah, I guess that is interesting.
I like to take inspiration from anime, cartoons, more serious stuff, you name
it. Few of my drawings here are random and don’t have a thematic that joins them.
I don’t focus on a specific thing when drawing in general, but I guess my
speciality is “caricatures” and making animesque characters out of… everything.
I often go overboard with detailing, as I simply cannot stop adding those itsy
little bits that make my scratchings look more complete than ever. Sometimes
the amount of details would end up excessive, and to anybody who is not me what
started as several lines ended up as mashed potatoes. I like to experiment with
every type of visual media, and can safely say that I have made at least one of
every type. Are they good though? Unsure. Are they mine and by default awesome?
Totally. (Am I over-confident? I guess…)

Point is, I am a absolute noobface who is kinda good at
everything, but not really a meister of anything. What is good that almost
everybody I know draw for shit so by default I have amazing skills and flattery
fuels me 😀

What inspires you?

Depends on what has been happening, what had my eyes touched
when wandering, what thoughts had been cycling through my dreams or inside my
very lucid mind. I don’t have a stationary muse I could always refer to, I most
likely harvest a single “sensation” and make stuff out of it, and then plant
another seed and go on to another “sensation”. I remember that something flared
up in my this summer when I decided to start doing a bunch of yaoi/yuri art.
Stories and drawings keep pumping out of me, even though I had no “usage” of
them. I had to remove all the art though, because… well, how would you feel if
you find out your sibling has been drawing gay/lesbian softcore porn for quite
some time? I reckon, not good. That is just a example though, one of many.

Currently I am leeching of WH40k, drawing Dreadnoughts and
Space Marines whenever I get to it. I am also trying to imitate Jojo’s Bizzare
Adventure, and I have a good knack of it, I may say. With regards to writing,
currently I am trying out comedy, lashing out hurricanes of puns and silly
jokes. My favorite “Airplane!”-esque joke to use is: “It sprawled all over the
floor. Carpet, of course.” Or “He was soaked from tip to toe. From rain of
course.”. Basically, rev up the situation like something dramatic was going on,
then dispel it by playing Captain Obvious. This works with some context though.

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What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

Lemme see… When I got a connection to the internet somewhere
in my first year of high school, and a bit before, I started writing. I had
been reading a lot of books before I “went online”, and was writing a bit too
on paper. This single, quite slow and unrealiable thread of kilobites (yes,
kilobites) where my only connection to the world out there. I found some
creepypasta groups on Facebook, and I hit it off from there, writing incredibly
bad stories filled with Mary Sues, miracles, and explosions. They sucked. Be it
grammar (from bad English), the way story unfolded, or the way I told the
stories. They never got much attention, but I kept on writing and posting every
day, till I got better and better. I still dream of being a successful writer,
but not really a full-time novelist, because such dreams are a bit unrealistic
with my caliber.

About drawing? Yeah, I guess I picked up a pencil as a kid
and just… did stuff? I guess I got complimented for my amount of details and
whatevs. Out of boredom I gave my pencil, later my ink pen, a revisit during my
later years of middle school, and just drew stuff every day til I learned to be
a bit better than before. I might not have a soul of a artist, but damn whoever
tells me I haven’t worked hard enough. I guess I want to be a proud author of a
good comic someday… or a cartoon, or manga, or anime. I have not decided yet,
but that doesn’t mean I should not warm up and exercise every day.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

Eh, not really. Depends on the mood and the piece though. I
might feel mystic sometimes and put “out-of-sight” details that don’t mean anything
but a pat on the back for those who find them. I do like to pull references a
lot. Like, it is easy to pull references to some anime/manga/games/shows/movies
when you are living in a environment filled with people who cannot tell.
Whenever I am writing on Croatian, and whenever I know that whatever I am
writing will be read by someone. I make sure to pop as many references as
possible, and try and pick up any reaction that implies that someone understood
a reference. There had been a few people who got them. We became friends soon
enough (my other friends became friends for other reasons, no worries).

Anything beside my basic signature (The weird number 8 with
a K, two guesses to who it refers to) is quite rare to find in my works. Even I
cannot find them. I reckon because I don’t do them too much. Sometimes when
sharing my work I might get over-excited and spill the secret stuff almost
immediately.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

First of all, create. Like, don’t take a break unless you
have a important exam coming up, or if you have a big project to complete, or
if you are crushed underneath work, or if you are getting ready to repel a
siege attempt on your fortress, or if you are worrying about looting that store
without being seen by zombies… Point is, create. Not every artpiece can be
shown at a gallery or in a bookstore, they might be stored somewhere moldy and
dusty, or incinerated, but the point is, if you won’t bother creating big
stuff, take some time to practice your technique.

Also, if you are having issues with your creativity, try and
tapping into your inner kid who considered Transformers to be super duper cool.
If not Transformers, some other cartoon. Either way, you don’t have to make
mind-boggling, ground-breaking or any other way “deep” art all the time. Take
some time to relax, draw a super cool robot with flamethrowers and chainguns,
or write a cheesy action scene with a hammy protagonist, or play a piece that
could be used as a background music for a intense wizard duel. Make a sculpture
of a space marine goring a alien. Alternatively, if you don’t like exciting and
explosive stuff, then draw/write/play about/whatever something calm and simple,
like flowers, animals, friends hanging out, sunrise, sunsets… Not every piece
you make has to have a deep meaning behind it, nor does it have to trigger
philosophical thoughts, breakthroughs or inspiration.

Last bit, learn to find, capture, tame and calibrate your
intrusive thoughts and emotions. How many times a day you cross the road
imagining yourself getting hit by a airplane (okay, maybe you don’t)? Just
about how many times did you see a funny-looking person walking down the same
road as you? And just about how many times did you imagine “Gee, what would I
do if a terrorist came here and started shooting?”. Simply put, everyone
daydreams. Once you learn to find these thoughts, you capture them, down on the
paper or keyboard, or under a pencil. Then, you have to tame those nasty
buggers, make them feel natural. This in itself is a process different for
everyone. You might find it super easy, or tougher than a nail. Then calibrate
those thoughts, make them a centerpiece of your new artwork, or implement them
in your existing projects. It takes a while for all of this to happen, but
remember, you are the one doing your art. No one is telling you that you should
not bother doing anything else related to art. If they do, screw them.
Caterpillars become butterflies, so do new artists become good artists, once
you get enough time, sunshine, water, protein and whatever else.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Asexual… Bit gray I guess? I like shipping people and I find
some people hella cute, but it never advances from there. I would like to throw
in the “romantic” word here, but dunno where…

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

As in environment itself or the art community? Since I dunno
anything about the second, I might give a rundown of things going on here
around here. I had grown up in a religious environment, if not religious, then
surely quite conservative. I myself am a Christian man, a Catholic to be more
specific, and I cannot see any blame within my brothers and sisters when they
become confused about my orientation. Specifically, I only told my classmates
in high school that I am asexual. Reactions were different. Technically, I was
the same as everyone else, as long as I did not like other guys, I was fine.
There were some confusing moments, but high school kids can be accepting of
that. And I still chuckle a bit from the time one of my friends said “Stop
being asexual! That isn’t good!” in a tone of voice similar to the one given to
people that text-and-drive.

I still have not told my family about it, though. Seeing how
my (a)sexuality might impose a great deal on the dynasty (honestly, just a few
huffs and puffs), I decided to keep that bit of info for myself. I would still
like to have a wife and have a family, but I guess it would be tough when sex
is virtually non-exist to me and physical attraction is a thing worth swapping for
cake.

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What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

None other than a confused look and a “So… you like dudes?”
or “So… your wiener is wrong?”. Seeing that I made a wise choice of hiding my
orientation from people who don’t need to know, I have not got many troubles. I
can still pour out some gold nuggets:

“So you don’t want kids?”: No, I would actually love to have
kids. That are mine as well! No one is going to be a genetic father to my
kids but me! I just don’t like the sex thing :3

“You sure you are not straight and pretending?” I guess I am
sure. I mean, why waste time getting excited over people just because of their
genders? Also, since when became all about sex? There is life beyond bed,
people, and it is beautiful!

“I am sure you won’t be when you…” Nah. Thanks for
considering though, but still, I have to refuse your kind gesture.

“You should stop watching anime, see what is happening to
you! Next day you might decide to be a dragon or something.” Nah, if given a
choice of what I would become, I would rather become a Aztec god of fitness
thank you.

But these lines above are just what my closest friends
asked. Everyone else just shrug their heads.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

There will be people who will try and “convert” you,
especially if you are a good friend to them and if you live in a conservative
setting like me. Don’t let them confuse you though. Unless they are actively
using drugs on you, remember that only you are in control of your willpower.
Brace through, and be ready to hug the sunshine first thing in the morning!

I also like this line: “There is life beyond bed”. I like it
a lot. Why? Because it implies a lot of things. Like, if you decide to head out
and explore, you would see all those little things that matter in life, details
that make a bigger picture more beautiful. The social media and the internet
tries to make it all about sex. If you get laid enough, you are cool. Remain a
virgin, and you are useless mess of tears. But that is just depresso propaganda
limiting people from their inner lights, just to bring them down and break
them. Depressos are trying to get through everyone, me, you, your friends and
family. They want to blame you for things out of your reach, and use this guilt
to claim superiority. They want to take your passion, and break it, so you can
become like them.

The world needs passionate people to keep moving around the
sun without trouble. The happiest people are the ones who keep with the world’s
currents, the way the water moves, the way the rocks remain still in face of
trouble, and the way fire heats. That doesn’t mean you should watch news 24/7.
No. Just be passionate about you do. Be happy about what you do. Take criticism
where its due, and discard the bad things. My father says; “It isn’t about
doing what makes you happy, but being happy with what you are doing”, and my
“There is life beyond bed” applies perfectly.

Anywho, check yourself for your asexuality. If all the
conditions apply for you to fit on a spectrum, then you are fine! Asexual
people are still people, people who can love others all right. It is just that
we had been blessed with a opportunity to see daily life without sex, and to
see where the true beauty lies. If you are a artist, a total noobface or a pro,
you should be able to see what makes beauty beauty, and what makes sex sex, and
how to capture each.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

Uhh, I surely like to write a lot, hope I didn’t bore ya,
fellow aces! Either way, you guys can check my lousy FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/battlekorbiart/
(Be warned, I don’t upload everything I make here, only when I remember it)

I guess, I would appreciate it if you people
checked out my absolutely empty Tumblr blog: https://thy-battle-korbi.tumblr.com/

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Thank you, Battle Korbi, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Cipher

Today we’re joined by Cipher. Cipher is a wonderful writer and digital artist who specializes in fantasy and supernatural stories. She’s currently working on a couple different stories at the moment, all of which sound absolutely fascinating. When she’s not writing, Cipher does some digital art, mostly character design. It’s very obvious that she’s a very dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m primarily a hobbyist writer, but I draw stuff on
occasion, usually when I have an exam coming up or an assignment due. I tend to
write stuff geared more towards fantasy or supernatural, as I love a story with
something magical in it.

My current WIP is about a pretty gold merman, pirates, and
fairies (in the background). The main character is of Middle-Eastern ethnicity,
and is asexual! His merman boyfriend is whatever the merman equivalent of
pansexual is, and one of two primary antagonists specifically a sex-repulsed
asexual man. The story features characters of many different nationalities (as
far as I can make that happen with a fantasy world) such as African, British
(Scottish and English), Irish, Indian, Middle-Eastern, Caribbean, and French!
It deals with some potentially triggering themes at times, but it’s also a
story about accepting people for who they are, and accepting that your first
impression of someone may not be that accurate. Also pirates!

I also have a vampire story planned, which will contain a
single father main character with a tiny child because why not! I have a secret
“other account” that I use to write self-indulgent fanfiction because I have to
entertain myself SOMEHOW. My niche tends to be more in writing gay romantic
relationships or very close platonic friendships with a kind of found-family
vibe.

Any art I draw tends to be really ridiculous and silly, or
it’ll be art for my own stories or someone else’s.

What inspires you?

Everything inspires me. My own experiences and emotions,
music, my friends, other content I view. Sometimes I just really want to
indulge in a particular thing, and if I can’t find it out there, I write it
myself! With the merman story, I kind of inspired myself? I had originally
written a short series of novels which I wanted to do a spin-off for. And I was
getting really into merpeople at the time, so I wanted to include one in this
spin-off. The merman character I created and his human boyfriend wound up being
way more interesting than what I was already writing, so I scrapped the
spin-off and started telling their story instead! I have specific songs I
listen to for this story, and I also tend to watch YouTube videos (check out
Stella the Siren!) of people in costumes swimming around as merpeople.

One of the big themes in this story is being trapped
somewhere and not being able to leave, even though logically, it should be
easy. Another theme is prejudice, another is acceptance (or the lack thereof,
in some cases). I drew these themes heavily from my own life, and I feel that
in some roundabout way, some of the themes in this story are an accurate
metaphor for the experiences some people have with their asexuality. This
wasn’t my intention when writing it, but this has wound up being the result.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I can remember wanting to be a writer when I was younger. I
had big dreams of wanting to be a best-selling author like J. K. Rowling, I
wanted to be famous for it, I wanted to earn lots of money! And it was
primarily the Harry Potter books that
got me interested in that. My first story ever was a (badly) illustrated
retelling of Disney’s The Little Mermaid
(ha, I’ve come full circle!). As I grew up, I made friends with similar interests.
We all wanted to be writers, we all liked to draw. Since then, I’ve decided I
actually NEVER want to be published as I’m content with sharing my works for
free online where I can interact with readers on a more personal level. And my
digital art is really just a hobby. I’d love to develop my skill enough to do
graphic novels or webcomics, maybe open up a Patreon. But again, it’s nothing I
want to pursue professionally.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

Not that I know of? I guess when I write, I throw a lot of
myself and my own emotions into the writing, and I NEVER intend for this to
happen. It can sometimes make me feel very exposed when posting a new chapter,
as I realise (though readers may not) that some of my deepest emotions and
thoughts are out there for everyone to see.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Of course it’s important to improve your craft, whatever it
may be. But NEVER let anyone tell you that your work is “cliché” or
“unoriginal”. Guess what? NOTHING is original. Everything has been done before
in some way at some point. What matters is that you have fun creating it, is
that you enjoy what you do. You should have fun coming up with plots or ideas
for drawings, you should have fun creating characters and giving them tragic
backstories or smart mouths or the perfect physique, or whatever else it is
that people like to make fun of others for. Indulge in yourself. When people
constantly criticize you, and make you feel like you aren’t good enough to the
point where you no longer want to create your art, THEY are in the wrong. You
can’t please everyone. I once had someone complain that my 18-year-old
Middle-Easter male character’s facial hair made him look less cute, and she
would rather he didn’t have it. Like, I’m sorry my boy doesn’t fit your ideal
“uke” aesthetic. My best friend drew a picture of him with a full giant beard
and moustache as retaliation for me 😀

So first and foremost, make sure YOU are happy with what you
create. Create primarily for yourself and not for others. Constructive or
polite criticism, take it with a polite smile and a “thank you”, but learn to
recognize when someone is genuinely just being mean. Remember that everyone
advances at different speeds, and not everyone is perfect at everything.

Never let anyone, not even yourself, make your art less fun
for you.

Some more writing-specific advice! In my opinion, a story is
made up of three components. Writing, characters, and plot. Ideally, you want
at least two of these things to be good to make for a story people will like!
But in my experience, good characters are what work! They could be walking down
the stairs for breakfast in the morning, but if your characterization is strong
and done well, people will care about it. Pay special attention to your
characters and creating them, and showing who they are in your writing, and
giving them reasons for doing the things they do. Plot can be whatever you want
it to be. Writing improves with time. Read a lot (professionally published
works, really terribly-written fanfictions, the works!). Learn what you like in
another’s style and what you don’t like. Utilize and borrow these things in
order to refine your own craft.

Be kind to yourself! You’re creating art!

Cover art drawn by limey-art, text by shirokaneki

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as asexual, panromantic.

Have you encountered any
kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Not that I can think of. A fellow writer did once tell me
that she really “didn’t get all that crap”, however given her own upbringing
and where she’s from, it didn’t bother me too much. I also had a rather rude
person leave a comment on my story about sex in the story’s future, and when I
explained there would be none because my main character is asexual (and his
love interest is half FISH), she became very blasé, laughed about asexuality,
kind of implied she didn’t think it was a real thing. I offered to explain it
in more depth to her, and how it specifically affects this main character
versus the sex-repulsed villain, but she never responded xD

Most of the ignorance tends to stem from people simply not
knowing what asexuality is – they’ve either never heard of it, or they have
misconceptions about what it is. And that’s fine, because I myself knew nothing
about it until only a year or two ago. The best way I deal with THAT is to tell
them that it’s okay if they don’t know or understand. I give a little
explanation, and offer to go more in depth with them if they want, or I offer
to point them to resources. Most people I’ve encountered have been very
pleasant about it. Those who aren’t, just don’t talk to them. And remember to
use that block button if necessary!

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

The most common one I’ve personally encountered is that
people assume I’m afraid of sex. They assume this is the case, and they think I
say I’m asexual so I either won’t have to have sex, or it’s an excuse so I
don’t have to admit I’m afraid. Generally speaking, this is not the case at
all. I’ve also had people think I don’t want sex, or “there must be something
wrong” with me because “everyone wants sex!”. And finally, my number one
FAVOURITE – “you just haven’t met the right person yet! That will change when
you meet The One!” You know what, maybe it WILL change if I meet The One. Maybe
I’m specifically demi-sexual. Maybe I just haven’t met my type yet. But for
someone to try to invalidate my current sexuality like that is NOT okay. I
never have felt, nor do I think I ever WILL feel sexual attraction. This,
however, does NOT prevent me from having relationships, from having sex
(physically, thoughts, “alone time”, etc) or from living a perfectly fulfilling
life.

Drawn by fairygodpiggy

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

That honestly depends on why they are struggling. The main
thing to remember, I think, is that you know yourself best. If you think you’re
asexual, call yourself asexual. If it’s dangerous for you to “come out” you are
under NO obligation to do so. Ace positivity is everywhere on the internet,
which is fantastic! However, you are no less ace if you choose not to
participate or contribute, or if you choose never to talk about it. Your pride
doesn’t have to be loud. You are no less ace if you only SOMETIMES feel ace, or
if you used to not be, but now you are. There are resources out there where you
can find a more specific term for your sexuality if you wish, but if you think
you are ace, then that is what you are and no one can tell you any differently.
There is nothing WRONG with you. Hundreds of thousands of us have thought the
same thing. “I must be straight by default” or “I don’t understand why she’d
cheat on him” or “sex isn’t that great”.

Asexuality is such a broad spectrum that of course everybody
has different experiences. Different circumstances, different emotions,
different actions, etc. Just because you’re not like another asexual person,
that doesn’t mean you are less asexual. You can absolutely know if you’re ace
whether you’ve had sex or not. I knew from about age 11 or 12 that I was ace, I
just didn’t know the term for it at the time.

And for those of you who, like me for a while, wished you
WEREN’T asexual, I have this to say: you are who you are. You feel what you
feel. I hope you can come to accept yourself and realise that there is nothing
wrong with being asexual. There are people out there who love and support you,
and fellow ace people like myself are always here to chat should you need it
<3 Remember, the world in general still doesn’t understand a lot about
asexuality. We’re still trying to get them to figure out that being gay is a
real and normal thing! For many of us, being ace isn’t always easy. But we’ll
get there. Just have pride in who you are, avoid Ace Discourse, and live your
life!

Drawn by limey-art

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

You can find my writing here on Wattpad as well as an
artbook that I update sometimes: https://www.wattpad.com/user/Ciphertext

I’m also on Tumblr where I sometimes post art, but mostly I
reblog fandom stuff, memes, and Vine compilations: https://ciphertext-x.tumblr.com/

Drawn by Roboticspacecase

Thank you, Cipher, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Signal Boost: Book Trailer

Hey everyone!

I have a super awesome book trailer and an announcement concerning the eBooks of my series.

BOOK TRAILER

A while back, I interviewed a fantastic up and coming filmmaker for this site, Britty Lea. I was struck by her creativity and just the fascinating visuals in her short films. I remained in touch with her (she even moderated this blog for a bit). Recently, she started doing some freelancing and mentioned wanting to get into book trailers. I can’t even begin to describe my excitement at hearing this and soon commissioned her.

And man alive, did Britty deliver! Check it out:

If you’re interested in commissioning Britty, and I cannot recommend her work highly enough, check out her personal site (https://www.brittylea.com/) or her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/brittyleafilm/). She’s a phenomenal filmmaker.

EBOOKS

I’m going to try not to swear, but no promises 🙂

Like
numerous indie authors, I was selling the eBooks of my series through a
site called Pronoun (which was part of MacMillan Publishing).
MacMillan, without any sort of warning, decided to shut down Pronoun
permanently. Thereby screwing numerous indies.

A week into
marketing and I lost my rankings, which are important to indie authors,
because of this. I’ve been forced to move my eBooks onto Kindle. For the
foreseeable future, they’ll only be available on Kindle (I sincerely
apologize for any inconvenience). The paperback distribution will be
unaffected and still widely available.

However, this is a setback and a really frustrating one. People, I really, really need support in the form of reviews and signal boosts. And, of course, I need people to buy my books.

If you’re interested in physical copies, after Sunday, they’ll be available on my Square Store for convention prices (which are a little cheaper than online distributors and the money goes directly to me).

Thanks everybody! 😀

Interview: Jana

Today we’re joined by Jana. Jana is a wonderful young artist who both writes and does visual art. Most of her writing is fantasy and historical fiction. When she’s not writing, Jana does a lot of painting and drawing. Her work shows a creative mind and it’s clear Jana is an incredibly dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I write stories and also I draw and paint. Stories are
usually fantasy or historical fiction, with dark motives, while my drawings are
more positive. I sometimes draw illustrations for my stories but that is rare
for me. I also draw Harry Potter fan
arts, as I am big fan of the story (and also I have written some fanfics but
they aren’t in English).

What inspires you?

I don’t really know. The inspiration just appears out of
somewhere. And then it leaves. Sometimes it’s a sentence I hear, sometimes an
internet joke or when I see the view from my window. It can be anything. I have
periods of time when I see inspiration literally everywhere and then it stops
and I don’t have any inspiration at all.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I think so. I remember I liked to draw and paint since I was
very little and I remember that in kindergarten I was usually drawing, instead
of playing with other children. And I still draw when I have the time (also if
I don’t have) and usually I choose drawing over chatting with friends in class.
With writing, it’s similar. I write stories during lessons in school because
it’s fun and teachers don’t tend to notice. They usually think that I’m just
taking notes while I really am creating a story.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I always put my name on my drawings so no one can steal it
from me (if it’s drawn on computer, it’s usually very big). That’s what almost
everyone does I think. But other than that I don’t have anything like that. In
my writings I don’t think I have something like that. My stories are dark and
complicated, as are my characters, but that’s not that rare.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

I am actually one of them, as I am sixteen, so to my fellow
young artist: make art, do what you love and don’t give up. It can be hard but
not giving up is worth it. If you love art, make it. Good luck to you (and to
every artist here, you don’t have to be young).

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am asexual.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Well, ignorance by my mum. I came out to here so I could
make terrible jokes and puns but it has gone a bit wrong. Well, she didn’t
believe me (she still doesn’t I think) and was quite rude about it, because “I
am too young to know” and “I can’t be ace if I have a boyfriend”. A few months
later she was trying to understand and was asking questions but I felt really
uncomfortable so I just left. But now I think I am starting to be a bit more
comfortable around her, like when we are watching some TV series and they
mention something sexual or say that someone is hot, I usually make a disgusted
face or ask “really??”. Apart from that, I’ve only seen it on social media and
it wasn’t directed purely at me but on the whole community.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

As I said before, it was what my mum said, that I am too
young to know or that I can’t be ace if I have a boyfriend. Then of course
things said on the internet and not aimed at me directly, like it is a
disability or disorder or that we are plants. I like the last one the most.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

To not try to unconditionally fit into a label. Take time.
You don’t have to find it out right now, it’s okay not to know. I know it’s
hard, I know it’s easier said than done. But don’t worry, you are not alone.
There are many other people who feel the same and there are many people out
there who will try to help you. Before I learned I was ace, I thought that I
was lesbian (because women are cute), then that I was bi (because the sexual
attraction I felt towards the two genders was equal – now I know it was zero).

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I have an Instagram account but I don’t post much. I also am
at Wattpad but I have only one English unfinished work published. I will try to
be active on both social media (Wattpad is social media, isn’t it?) but I can’t
really promise anything because I don’t know how much time will I have. On
Instagram I am as Janethepurpleelf
and on Wattpad as Fialová
Víla
.

Thank you, Jana, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: KC

Today we’re joined by KC. KC is a phenomenal author who specializes in children’s books. She wants to write for older children who don’t like to read, since there aren’t many books aimed at that demographic. When she’s not writing, she also enjoys doing crafts, knitting in particular. KC is clearly a dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I knit as a hobby and tinker with water coloring and brush
lettering on the side, but my real love is writing. I’ve always been enthralled
by stories. I wrote a handful of books in middle school and high school, but
they were short, dry, and lacking in substance. Now that I’m in college, I’ve
become more serious about the quality of my work.

I like writing for children, upper-elementary kids in
particular. Fifth grade is typically the age when kids decide if they love
reading or could do without it, and I want to do what I can to hook the kids
that might miss out on what could be a great passion. In my experience, there
aren’t many older children’s books out there for kids who don’t like reading. I
want to change that.

What inspires you?

In life, I’m inspired by the feisty women of history. Anne
Sullivan Macy and Eglantyne Jebb, to name a few.

In my writing, I’m inspired by the people around me. The
kids at my work who have big personalities and even bigger souls, but no one to
take them seriously, are my muse.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve loved stories from a very young age. My fondest
childhood memories were spent playing elaborate games of pretend with my
siblings, and weaving epic tales with my toys.

It was The Tale of
Desperaux
that made me want to be a writer. Kate diCamillo lit a spark in
my eight-year-old heart and showed me the true beauty and power of stories. I
wanted to be just like her and spread that spark to other eager hearts.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

For the longest time, I always had “green mush” slipped into
each one of my stories one way or another. I’m still deciding whether or not I
want to keep up the trend.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Find a community of artists to surround yourself with. I
wouldn’t be the writer I am today without the constructive feedback and
unwavering support I found in my high school writing club.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Aromantic asexual.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I’m not out yet, so I can’t really say for sure.
Interestingly enough, my roommate is also a writer, and one of her protagonists
is asexual, so I’d say it’s actually going very well on that front.

At the moment, the most difficult part about being an aspec
writer is that I can’t write romance. It’s actually really pathetic.
Nonetheless, I know that many haven’t had it as easy as I have, and I don’t
want to play down the difficulties experienced by the ace community as a whole.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That we’re cringy loners who made up an orientation to feel
good about ourselves. I’m sorry to say it, but before I knew I was ace, I
bought into this.

The main reason I haven’t come out is because I’m afraid
people won’t take it seriously. I’m afraid they’ll think I found some label in
the deep crevices of Tumblr and now I’m convinced that I’m not straight
anymore. I very much wanted to believe I was straight, but that didn’t help the
horrifying nausea I felt when I was asked out to prom, or the petrifying fear
when the guy I thought I was crushing on texted back.

My orientation is not for anyone to deny, because trust me,
I’ve thought about it a lot longer than the person who asks if I’ve ever had my
hormones checked or the people who say I’ll change my mind when I’m older.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

Give yourself time to come into your asexuality. Don’t rush
it, just let it happen. I’ve spent way too many sleepless nights with racing
thoughts. Take your time. Maybe you’ll find that you don’t identify with what
you originally thought. Maybe you were right all along. Whatever happens, your
identity is your own. Don’t let anyone define it for you.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I have an official author website, but as I’m not out yet, I
won’t disclose it publicly. My inbox is always open at helpful-hardware-folk on
Tumblr, and I’m more than happy to chat about anything, writing and asexuality
and everything in between 🙂

Thank you, KC, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Li

Today we’re joined by Li. Li is a wonderful and talented aspiring author who has published a couple things in his school’s literary magazine. He writes mostly comedic poetry and short stories that fall under the horror genre. He’s a dedicated and passionate writer, as you’ll soon read, and undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m an aspiring writer and enjoy writing comedic poems and
short horror stories. My writing style can be very hyperbolic when writing
poetry, while with my horror it can be very uncomfortable. My writing style as
a whole still hasn’t fully developed, as I began writing only two years ago
(Infrequently, though I’ve been trying to write more as of late), and my
writing reflects that, though it’s slowly becoming its own thing.

What inspires you?

A mixture of pop-culture, music, my hometown, and my
friendships/acquaintanceships. A lot of my comedy is inspired from my town
specifically, where I’ve met a lot of interesting folk alongside a lot of
strange ones. I wrote a poem recently about a PTA mother writing to another one
named Barbra; Barbra was an actual mother I knew, but I did use a different
name for her.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve been interested in writing since I was very young,
though I became more intensely interested in it about two years ago. I only
recently decided I would like to write, as before this I wanted to be an
astrophysicist (Admittedly, I’m not that much good at math) but decided that
wasn’t quite the right career for me. What got me interested in horror was a
mixture of things; artists like Junji Ito and movies like Perfect Blue are what got me interested in writing horror, as I
wanted to provide the same intense feelings that they are able to produce. I
only just became interested in writing comedy, and no one in particular has
inspired me- I write to make myself laugh, not others, though I want to be able
to write well enough to write things that others will enjoy besides myself.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I actually don’t have any sort of thing like that, though as
I develop my writing skills, I would like to make one.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

There’s always that cliché of working hard, but it’s a
cliché for a reason- work on your craft, and try to really make it your own.
For writers specifically, there’re a lot of skills you’ll need to learn to help
you further your writing and help get yourself out there (A video titled Skills You Never Thought You’d Need as a
Writer
by Jenna Moreci is a very good in-depth video that I would recommend
checking out, as she explains things far better than I could.). It’s important
to remember that, in general, to try to not compare your work to others. Where
you are with your skills are different from others, and though it’s good to
strive to continually better yourself, it’s important that you don’t drag
yourself down as “not as good” or “not good enough.” Keep your passion for your
art burning, and make sure you have other things you’re interested in to go to
when you need a break from your art.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as aromantic and asexual. I’m sex-repulsed, and
am open for a queer-platonic relationship, but will be perfectly happy if I
never end up in one.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I haven’t experienced any sort of prejudice, but there’s
definitely been a lot of ignorance my way. Most of it has been confusion as to
what asexuality is, while some of it has been more vitriolic. Everyone who
finds out I’m asexual asks what it is, and the more pleasant reactions included
asking a lot of questions about it and what it means and so on, which I am
always happy to oblige in. The more negative ones include being offered
massages to see if that will “awaken” anything in me, getting sexual advances,
butt/boob grabs to see if it will help me “get excited”, and being told I need
to go see a psychiatrist to get medication to help “fix” me. For those who
physically touch me, I cut off all contact with those people and warn others
about them. For those who are just unaware of what asexuality is, I try to
answer everything to the best of my ability.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

One of the most common that I’ve personally received about
being asexual is that I’m “a late bloomer” and that eventually I’ll begin to
feel sexual feelings, and that I should try to get laid. For being aromantic, a
lot of people think I’m just cynical about love and shouldn’t “give up on it”
even if I express that I genuinely have no interest in it. In general, for
both, people say that I’ll end up “alone and sad” because I don’t want a
sexual/romantic relationship, alongside not wanting children. Just because I
don’t want none of these, it doesn’t mean I’ll be alone and that I won’t have
people who care about me- I’ll have friends and family (Plus my lovely pets),
and that’s all I could ever ask for.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

Remember that there isn’t anything wrong with you. Granted, there
aren’t as many of us as there are gay, straight, or bi people, but that doesn’t
mean your sexuality isn’t as real as anyone else’s and that you’re in any way
dysfunctional because of it. Just because you don’t feel sexual/romantic
attraction doesn’t mean you aren’t perfectly capable of being a whole human
being, and as worthy being treated as well as everyone else.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I suppose the easiest place to find it would be my
DeviantArt, Hid3AndS33k, as
that’s the only place where a lot of my writing can be found.

Thank you, Li, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Zombie

Today we’re joined by Zombie. Zombie is a wonderful young aspiring author. They are gravitating toward writing YA fiction, mostly in the fantasy genre. They have an incredible creativity and an awesome enthusiasm for their craft, as you’ll soon read. Zombie obviously has a very bright future ahead of them. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I consider myself to be a beginning author. I’ve been
writing since 8th grade and the things I write tend to be geared towards young
adults. My characters are from a variety of backgrounds. For instance, there’s
a character by the name of Ozymandias who is a gay immortal alchemist who
appeared in literature and art all the way from 1337, his Latino husband, and
the main protagonist of the Eden series; a psychic Puerto-Rican aro-ace girl
named Kira Black. I enjoy coming up with unique characters. I euphoria I get
from creating them on paper is what I imagine to be the feeling of artists when
they draw their OCs. Even the villains I work hard to create.

Honestly, I’m very proud of what’s in my head, and I can’t
wait to show it to you all!

What inspires you?

My life experiences and the things I’ve read. It’s hard
trying to find characters that relate to my struggles in the genre I prefer to
read and honestly, I’m tired of seeing pretty female protagonists with perfect
bodies and flawless skin and love triangles. I always wanted characters that I can relate to! Ones with physical and
mental flaws! I want heroines with OCD and depression! I want girls to wear
glasses because they’re visually handicapped! I want protagonists who DON’T
want to get the guy/girl! And since I could never find any, I set out to write
them myself.

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What got you
interested in your field?  Have you always
wanted to be an artist?

I guess it was the books I read. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and Artemis Fowl by Zac Brewer and Eoin Colfer respectively. I think to
a degree, I always wanted to write. When I was a kid, I’d beg my teacher to let
us have time to write. When I grew older, I’d write in my notebooks instead of
doing school work and then my grades started to slip!

There’s something beautiful in writing and I’m not quite
sure I know what it is.

Do
you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you
include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

Actually, yes! Characters from previous works/series will
always be mentioned. Remember Ozymandias who I mentioned earlier? I’d keep an
eye on him if I were you!

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Practice makes perfect, and there’s no shame in starting off
your writing career with fanfictions! You have to learn somewhere, right?

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Romance-Repulsed, Sex-Neutral Aromantic Asexual. I identify
as the gender I’m born with (female) because I’m not sure I have the right to
call myself anything else. Though I’d love to have an androgynous form. Having
no gender sounds amazing and honestly, being a girl is just a bit tiresome. I
guess I’d feel more free and less ashamed.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Not really. The only other authors I talk to are Ace
positive or Ace themselves. I don’t appreciate being called Heterosexual.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That we don’t understand sex or can’t handle sex jokes. I
assure you guys I know plenty about sex, which is why I’m uninterested in it.
Also, I have a huge repertoire of sex jokes just waiting to be set free because
of the shows I watch and the company I keep.

They do get some things right, though.

I effing love cake.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

You’ll figure it out by yourself in enough time, and when
you do, don’t let strangers or even family tell you you’re wrong.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

On my Wattpad, AO3 account, Tumblr and Twitter! ZombiesNeedCoffee, CemeteryLights, Kirablackisback, and Zombieaugust respectively. While my
Tumblr is a roleplay blog, I do post frequent snippets from my stories and
information about my characters there. You can send me emails at ghostwritergraves@gmail.com.
I’d love to hear from people.

(Zombie also has a blog they made strictly for writing: https://zombieastronomy.tumblr.com/)

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Thank you, Zombie, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Nessie

Today we’re joined by Nessie. Nessie is a phenomenal playwright from Scotland who is also working on the first draft of her first novel. When she’s not writing, Nessie also acts and directs. Nessie also participates in a medieval re-enactment society as well. It’s very clear that she has an incredible amount of passion and dedication, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I am a playwright, a writer more generally, an actor, and a
director. I also LARP, and I am part of a mediaeval re-enactment society. I
have written eight plays so far, three of which have been performed – one of
them twice, the second time under a new title, Shakespeare Syndrome, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016 –
and one of which had extracts read from it by professional actors at the
Traverse Theatre, as part of my MSc Playwriting programme. I will graduate in
November this year and recently received my degree award; I will be graduating
‘With Merit’!

My plays so far have most been quite dark, and often
historically inspired. My two most recent scripts were inspired by the lives of
mediaeval queens (Margaret of Anjou and Mary of Guelders, the wife of James II
of Scotland), while my first ever script, This
Breathing World
, was heavily influences by Shakespeare’s Richard III and was set in space; I
actually have a short lived Tumblr blog about my experience directing the show
if you’re interested (http://thisbreathingworld-play.tumblr.com).
Funnily enough, my play that has been performed twice, and at the Fringe no
less, was my first foray into comedy; Antic
Disposition
, later retitled Shakespeare
Syndrome
, is a play in which several of Shakespeare’s characters visit a
psychiatrist, and things go about as well as one might expect.

What inspires you?

Shakespeare’s History plays, actual history, books I read,
people and events in my life and, more recently, situations and characters from
the shared universe my friends and I have in LARP. My first book, which I plan
to start working on as part of NaNoWriMo, is inspired by one of my characters
and his family, but this character was in turn inspired by a number of
different historical figures and events, from Pope Alexander VI to the Spanish
Inquisition. He’s… he’s a bit of a mess. Although he is asexual, so he has
that going for him, haha!

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I have always wanted to be a writer, since I was seven years
old and ‘wrote’ my first ‘book’; basically I copied out Rapunzel and drew
illustrations for it, and I specifically remember her having a triangular
orange dress! I briefly swapped from wanting to be a writer to wanting to be an
actor when I was in high school, but I’ve always been a writer, really; whether
through writing reviews for an online publication (Broadway Baby), doing one of
my degrees in English and the other in Playwriting, or making up stories with
my friends when I was younger (and I still do that, to be honest)! I wrote
fanfiction for a while in high school – for CATS: The Musical and Dickens books
mostly, because I was, and am, a person of very niche interests. For a long
time my magnum opus was a fifty-three chapter fanfic called Bill Sykes detailing the backstory of
the violent thug from Oliver Twist! I started writing plays during my second
year of undergrad and playwriting has been my jam ever since.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

Honestly, my characters die a lot, but I wouldn’t say that’s
a signature, more a worryingly frequent feature! A lot of them also tend to be
quite wordy, and that’s a problem I have as a self proclaimed ‘word nerd’,
having done two degrees with creative and analytical slants; my characters and
I tend to use several words were only a few would do. One of the exceptions to
this rule is Frank Lovell, my version of Shakespeare’s Francis Lovell, who was
himself a historical figure; he tends to say very little and, when he does
speak, it’s monosyllabic.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

I know it’s a cliché but I would say never give up on your
art, you will only get better with practice. I look back on my older scripts
now and I realise how far I’ve come, especially since I was lucky enough to be
able to pursue a degree in Playwriting to better understand how scripts are
written and how they work. I would also say be ruthless when it comes to
editing, if you’re a writer; I had a first draft of a play once that was around
eighty pages long, and it was only meant to be around an hour long in
performance. If it had stayed eighty pages it would have taken around two
hours! I would also say, again for writers, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite; your
first draft is not perfect – and don’t worry, it’s not meant to be! It doesn’t
have to be, it just has to exist. As my playwriting tutor used to say, a first
draft is a pile of shit with occasional nuggets of gold. She was a very unusual
woman.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as a biromantic asexual. It took me a long time
to get to this point, from questioning my sexuality, to thinking I was
bisexual; I didn’t even know what asexuality was until very recently! I am now
pretty comfortable calling myself asexual, and my friend recently bought me a
shirt for my birthday that says ‘Asexual pirate isn’t interested in your booty’
(Look Human is an incredible website
and has a huge range of ace themed shirts, accessories and so on. They’re not
paying me to say that, I just adore this website!), which I hope to debut in
public sometime soon, as it’s my first piece of clothing/accessory or anything
that displays pride colours.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I’ve honestly been very quiet about my sexuality in public,
as I feel it’s on a need to know basis, though a lot of my friends know. My
family sort of knows (long story) and my Dad will sometimes make jokes about me
needing to find the right person, but I know he’s joking so it’s OK. I have
encountered a lot of ignorance online though, but as I haven’t encountered it
personally, the ignorance being directly at the orientation and not me
specifically, I can’t really say how I have handled it. I am more open about my
sexuality online, and feel I’m able to be more proud of it there, as I have
encountered a very loving and supportive community; in the real world, I’m not
sure, and in fact I know, not everyone I know would be so understanding, sadly
including some members of my immediate family.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Oh gosh, in my quest for discovering who I was/what
asexuality was I encountered so many misconceptions; humans aren’t plants,
that’s not a real orientation, you’re an emotionless robot, how can you not be
interested in sex?, what’s wrong with you?, who hurt you? etc. No one hurt me,
nothing’s wrong with me, I’m ace and that’s a-OK!

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

I would say that it’s perfectly valid to struggle with your
orientation, especially when sex and sexual attraction seem to be regarded as
the key to all happiness these days! No matter where you are on the spectrum
and no matter your struggle, you are valid and you are loved. You don’t have to
have it all figured out, now or in the future, and there is nothing wrong with
you! You are not broken, or weird, or going through a phase. You are who you
are and you should be proud of yourself. <3

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

I am in the process of trying to put together a website but
it’s very slow going. Occasionally – very occasionally – I will say something
about my work on Tumblr, so
that’d be the best place to hear about my work for now. For more about some of
my plays, if you Google ‘Shakespeare Syndrome Edinburgh Fringe’ you may be able
to find some reviews of the last play I had performed, and I think if you
search ‘This Breathing World play review’, you may come across some reviews for
my first ever play, from 2014!

Thank you, Nessie, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.