Category: writing

Interview: RoAnna Sylver

Today we’re joined by RoAnna Sylver, RoAnna is a phenomenal author, who has authored such books as Chameleon Moon and Stake Sauce. One is a hopeful dystopia involving superheroes and the other involves punk vampires, which sounds awesome. When they’re not writing, RoAnna enjoys visual art and does a lot of digital painting. They have painted most of their own cover art and hope to get into coloring work for comics, including webcomics. It’s clear they’re an incredibly passionate artist with a great drive, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

Hi there! So, most people probably know me by my writing; I
write the Chameleon Moon and Stake Sauce series,
hopeful-superhero-dystopian and queer-punk-vampire books, respectively. But I’m
also an artist, I design and paint the majority of my own covers, and I’d
really like to talk more about visual art for a change.

I love digital painting, and find (most of it) really
relaxing and soothing, which is very helpful for when my brain goes into
nonverbal mode or I’m just feeling burnt out on talking/writing. Which is
pretty often.

I’m definitely going to continue painting my own book covers
for as long as I can, and have done commissions for a few people too. I love
them, and keep meaning to do more. I’d also love to get some work as a colorist
for comics (including webcomics) because I find coloring especially relaxing
(and I’m good at it darn it!).

One other cool thing, on the subject of ace stuff
specifically, I recently had a journal-type article Thing published in The Asexual, about how important
representation in mainstream stuff is (and how much I love Todd Chavez from Bojack Horseman). So check that out if
you’d like!

What inspires you?

So much. Music, bits of conversation I overhear, people just
living their lives. But most of all I think is reading or watching movies and
seeing what I’d do differently. Usually, that means “less marginalized people
die, and more get to be the heroes.” If that sounds like fix-fic, that’s
because it is! I used to write so much fanfiction before I started my own
stuff. I STILL DO, but I also used to. (Thanks, Mitch Hedberg!)

Honestly, I hate when people crap on fanworks so much, both
art and writing, because not only are they a great starting point (I’ve written
more than one thing as essentially fanfiction AUs. I doubt anyone will ever
guess which~), but they’re entirely valid works on their own. And they inspire
the hell out of me, both writing my own and reading others’.

Also, it’s not as popular to say, but… spite is a hell of
a motivator. Wanting to prove people wrong who’ve said I can’t do something, or
people like me (queer, disabled, etc.) don’t belong in publishing/the art
industry/life. Knowing bigoted assholes hate what I’m doing is an incredible
accelerant. Just warms the cockles of my heart, it does.

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

I joke that I just have a lot of emotions and I need
different ways of letting them out—writing, drawing, singing—or I’ll explode.
And I’m actually only about 30% joking about that, really. I am blessed/cursed
with glorious and overwhelming feels, and if I don’t have an outlet for them, I
tend to get paralyzed with…over-feeling. I need to express them like releasing
internal pressure with a steam valve.

Unfortunately, I also tend to go nonverbal on a pretty
regular basis from any number of reasons (illness flares, pain, various brain
weird nonsense) so sometimes I’m physically incapable of writing. But I still
have emotion I need to express, or else the pressure just builds up anyway. It
doesn’t care that I don’t have words. That’s when the drawing or singing comes
in—when writing brain shuts down, art or music brain takes over.

So yeah I guess I have always wanted, and needed, to
be an artist.

I used to be a much more physical one, though. I have a
degree in dramatic performance and used to do a ton of musical theatre. Nothing
comes close to being on stage, and I was convinced that was it for me, that was
why I was here and what I was supposed to do with my life. But then I got hit
with several debilitating health conditions at once, and never really
recovered. I haven’t been on stage in years, and probably will never again. But
that’s okay. I still have writing and art, and on an extremely good day,
music. Expression is still the most important thing in my life. Without it, I
wouldn’t have one.

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 my writing, the Themes are definitely found family,
queer and disabled people kicking ass, and trauma healing… the ‘secret
symbols’ tend to be really nerdy references. Usually Star Trek and/or Greek myth. Go figure.

For art, I don’t really have a watermark or anything, though
I’ll usually sign a major work. Trademark-wise though, I love the idea of
making digital art look as traditional as possible, so if you look at something
and think it’s an actual watercolor and not a digital one, I’ve done my job
right~

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

For commissions, figure out about how long it takes you to
do a thing. Timing yourself/logging time is good. Then find out the minimum
wage for your state and charge *at least* that per hour.

I saw a really good tweet a while ago saying you should
charge at least 3x minimum wage for commissioned art, because 1) it’s your time
and energy, 2) art is a specialized skill that you’re applying to this
individual request, not a standard product, and 3) you’re your own boss here
and paying for your own materials/food/life.

I don’t know if I could ever do that, but I’m sticking to At
Least Minimum Wage for myself. I still feel a lot of guilt (as I do asking for
money ever even if I’ve worked for it) but honestly, selling your stuff for
super cheap really does devalue the whole market and cheats both you and other
artists out of hard earned cash. I know it’s different when you’re just
starting out and trying to get established, but really, once you are… your
efforts are worth so much more than the bare minimum, but that’s a place
to start.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Biromantic ace, and definitely on the aro spectrum too. It
took me a long time to figure this out, in all its
maybe-seemingly-contradictory glory. I’ve never really experienced sexual
attraction to a (real) person. (“Real” because there are some fictional
characters who could get ittttt) But I’m romantically attracted to women,
agender, and nonbinary people… but like I said, definitely aro-spec too, so
this happens much less than you’d think. Polyamorous too; I have queerplatonic
partners as well as one romo partner~

In short, “potentially attracted to a lot of people on
paper, but not in practice!”  It’s one of
those “sounds very complicated, is actually very simple” things. Except for
when it actually is very complicated. (What the hell is attraction? I don’t
know it.)

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

…Never so much as during Pride Month. It’s really sad, but
entirely true. Usually I manage to stay away from the Ace Discourse and keep it
to a dull roar in the background of my life, but whenever the spotlight is on
The Queer Community in general, that ugly particular head rears once again, and
it’s very hard to avoid.

But there’s social media Discourse (harmful on its own) and
then there’s creative field prejudice or ignorance, and that’s arguably even
more annoying and damaging. Luckily, most of mine has been confined to the
occasional shitty comment about my work. I generally don’t read reviews, but
sometimes someone will point one out to me that’s particularly… not bad in a
‘didn’t like the book’ sense (I don’t care about those, for real), but a ‘wow,
this is a dangerous and bigoted viewpoint actually.’

When people “can’t relate” to asexual (and aromantic, and
neurodivergent, disabled, any other marginalization) characters, that tells me
right there that I’m not going to be able to trust them. If someone slams a
book or marginalized character for displaying characteristics of their
marginalization (mentally ill people will act mentally ill; ace people will act
ace), and dislike them specifically for what makes them them… that’s a Red
Flag right there.

I don’t really “handle” that. I don’t comment (and you
shouldn’t either, ever), but I take notice of who said the bigoted thing, and
remember. Then I keep writing.

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

Oh lord, the aro/ace conflation thing. Where people think
“asexual” means “aromantic,” and “aromantic” means “what is that, I don’t know
what that is, how is that even a thing.” You can absolutely be asexual without
being aro, or aro without ace, or a blend of the two that fluctuates over time
and you have no interest in categorizing.

The most common individual misconceptions are definitely the
“unfeeling, inhuman, dead/lifeless, passionless, robotic, forever alone” ones,
because surely it’s romantic love and sex that makes us human, not anything
else. Nope, that’s it, that’s the most important “universal” experience. Ever
notice how it’s usually the same people who scream “don’t reduce our identities
to one thing/define us by that!” Who then go on to do exactly that for others?
There’s a lot of TERF overlap here too.

I have to say though, the special poison aimed at allo
aromantic people is really something else; apparently just by being sexually
but not romantically attracted to someone, you’re a horrible abuser/predator.
(This is, of course, not true, and there are such things as attractions and
bonds that are not romantic. The small-minded tunnel vision is exhausting.)

So yeah, there’s a lot, and I have absolutely no interest in
getting involved in Discourse of any kind anymore. No spoons left for that at
all.

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

There’s nothing wrong with you, first off. You might feel
like there is, and people might decide to be gigantic asshats and say that
there is, but there isn’t. There isn’t, regardless of how you end up identifying,
even if that’s not ace at all. Try different identities out like clothes until
you find one that fits. If none do, keep trying, or throw them out. It’s your
“body,” and your identity and life. Use what serves you and makes you happy,
not what someone else wants you to.

You’ll know when it’s right. When I finally hit on exactly
what my gender and attraction type was, it felt like releasing every clenched
muscle all at once. My constant, constant anxiety was silent for once,
the panic in my head finally shut up. It was the absence of
strain and exhaustion and tension and fear that was shocking. I hope it feels
like that for you. The cessation of pain is a hell of a drug, and we don’t get
it nearly enough.

Also, you’re totally queer if you want to be. If someone
says you aren’t because you’re ace or aro, that person is not your friend. You
don’t HAVE to identify as queer, the way some nonbinary people don’t identify
as transgender, but you absolutely can, and screw anyone who says otherwise.
(Or don’t. Especially if you’re sex-repulsed. *weak rimshot*)

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

I have an Artstation portfolio over here (if you need a
colorist and/or inker, talk to me!) – https://www.artstation.com/roannasylver

All of my books are on Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/RoAnna-Sylver/e/B00OI321DO

And most are available through other places like B&N and
Kobo, which you can find at their universal links at my Draft2Digital page – https://books2read.com/ap/RWk0PR/RoAnna-Sylver

But by far the best place to support me is my Patreon. For
as little as $1 a month, you can get Tons of Chameleon
Moon
bonus content—advance
stories, art, lots of stuff—and exclusive looks at what I’m doing next (Like my
upcoming interactive fiction portal-fantasy romance, Dawnfall for Choice of Games)!
And also make me a little more secure as a disabled creator. patreon.com/RoAnnaSylver

Stake Sauce/Death Masquerade also
has one over here, for if you enjoy monthly fiction about queer vampires! patreon.com/ModulatingFrequencies

Also, if you want to say hi on Twitter, I’m at RoAnnaSylver!

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

Interview: Luke

Today we’re joined by Luke. Luke is a phenomenal fanartist who I met at Indy PopCon. A few days later, he sent me an email and I was impressed with wonderfully passionate artist. He’s a cosplayer but he also enjoys writing quite a bit, mostly fanfiction. Luke is an incredibly dedicated, passionate, and excited artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I don’t think of myself much as a writer, but I do write
fanfiction (mostly Star Wars) and a
lot of backstories for original characters of mine. So, I don’t really consider
it “original” writing of my own, but it’s still a fun pastime for me to have.
My two main works that I have are (not so surprisingly) Star Wars fanfics on both AO3 and Wattpad because seriously, have
you seen the Wattpad app? It’s so nicely organized and easy to use. I also am a
cosplayer, but I don’t consider myself to be that good of one. I used to
cosplay Hetalia mainly, but I slowly drifted away from anime and found more fun
in cosplaying Star Wars and emo
stuff. (cough, cough MCR cough, cough)

What inspires you?

One of the main things that inspires me to write and cosplay
are my friends. I have so many friends who are amazing at writing and
cosplaying, I always look up to them and think “dang I wanna be like that
someday”. Other things that inspire me are the cool people I find through the
internet and social media, like Tumblr and Instagram. I’ve found some awesome
writers and cosplayers online and, although I’ll never have the confidence to
actually talk to them, I always look at them and get all teary eyed like “I
love you, let me be like you,” you know?

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

When I was younger, I loved to read. Like, I had an entire
shelf of books in my room and when I was bored, I would just pick out a book
that I’ve read 30 something times before and read it again. I wasn’t into any
specific genre, but I always steered away from romance and sci-fi. Which is
ironic because that’s basically all I write about now. But after entering high
school, I found myself hating reading. I’m not entirely sure why, but it
probably had something to do with the fact that I was forced to read books I
hated/didn’t want to read. But now, as of finally graduating, I’m trying to get
back into reading. And not just fanfiction, I mean actual books. When I was
younger, I wanted to be an author. As I’m going through old stuff that I wrote
when I was younger (and cringing, I might add) I would think back to how much I
loved to read and write. And now that I’m getting back into it, it’s making me
much happier. It’s like a coping mechanism for me. And as for the cosplaying, I
honestly have no idea when or how that started. It just kind of happened.  I have the memory capacity of a two minute
old goose, that’s probably why I don’t remember.

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 don’t think I have a specific feature in my writing, other
than the fact that’s it mostly consists of dialogue and really strange
references to inside jokes I have with my friends. (It’s a whole fiesta) But I
do sometimes write fanfics based on really emo songs that I listen to. As for
cosplaying, I usually just carry around something funny with me at conventions
so people will get a laugh out of it. Like with my General Hux cosplay, I have
a stuffed orange tabby cat that I like to hold for pictures. Her name is Millicent.
I love her.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

I may not have great advice for cosplaying because I’m still
an amateur myself, but for my fellow fanfiction writers, I’d say just keep
writing, Cliché, yes I know, but it’s true. Out of all the ways to improve your
writing, practice is the one of best answers. Look at other people’s writing
styles and see what you like about them, and try to incorporate some of their
style into your writing. But don’t copy them completely, trust me I’ve done
stuff like that before and it’s a bad idea lemme tell you.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as asexual and biromantic. I don’t like the
sexytimes, but I will, in fact, hold a person’s hand if I like them. I like
guys more than girls, but that’s probably because I’ve only had a crush on two
people in my entire life, one a boy and the other a girl, and I got to kiss the
dude and oh goodness, I could go on for hours about this guy.

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

I haven’t really had to deal with any sort of hate from
people about my asexuality. At least, not yet.
But it’d be nice to keep it that way, ya know?

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

The only misconception I’ve really gotten was that asexual
people don’t like sex. Which is true for me, yes, but I do know some asexuals
who enjoy sex. I’ve had to explain to my sister a few times that me being ace
means that I don’t look at somebody and say “damn, I wanna bang that”, and that
I, instead, think “damn, I don’t feel sexually attracted to that”

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

Man, I’d just say keep searching around on the internet
(trusted places of course) and ask any friends who are LGBT+ and might know a
thing or two about asexuality. Or a person who is actually asexual, if they’re
around at all. It’s hard to go through those kinds of things alone, so try to
find someone who understands what you’re going through and is willing to help.

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

I have like two whole places that I post my work, which are,
like I said before, AO3 and Wattpad. My AO3 is https://archiveofourown.org/users/sirbuttsalot
and my Wattpad is https://www.wattpad.com/user/sir-butts-a-lot
I also use Deviantart sometimes, which is https://sir-butts-a-lot.deviantart.com/.

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

Interview: Isis E. Prosser

Today we’re joined by Isis E. Prosser. Isis is a phenomenal writer and jewelry maker who I met at Indy PopCon. I was blown away by the gorgeous jewelry she made and then she told me about the web novel she was working on entitled Lamenting City (chapters are posted on her main blog: https://lairofthestormdragon.com/). Not only does it sound positively fascinating, but it’s an ownvoices work. The main character of the series is an ace lesbian named Axel and there are also two minor asexual characters. I highly recommend checking it out. It’s clear she’s a dedicated and passionate author, 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 a writer and a jewelry maker. When it comes to my
writing, I tend to focus on humour and emotions, lots of humour and emotions.
Sometimes I write purely humourous stories and sometimes I write purely
emotional (whether angsty or uplifting) stories. Longer stories tend to swing
between both extremes and I like to think the more I write, the better I become
at blending the two together. I write a mix of fanfiction and original stuff,
and I’m also not the greatest at updating either in a timely fashion (sorry!),
but I am trying and getting better at that.

My jewelry is something I also do with my mom (she’s my
teacher!) and currently I’m focusing on Pride jewelry and fandom jewelry
(currently, Harry Potter-inspired
pieces with some My Little Pony:
Friendship is Magic
-inspired pieces coming…. eventually). I’m very new to
this craft.

In the future I’d like to make video games, too. I’ve
written scenarios/concepts and dabbled a little in RPG Maker over the years,
but haven’t yet finished a thing. Maybe one day soon I’ll have something to
show. In the meantime it’s likely the characters of those ideas will be
introduced in short stories or novels.

I’m very passionate about storytelling in general.

What inspires you?

Many, many things! From real life experiences to other
fiction, and to the beauty of the natural world and that of architecture, as
well as mythology (Egyptian mythology is my fave). I’ve also been inspired by vivid
dreams I’ve had. And my inspirations tend to shine through in my work, whether
original or fanfiction. For example, my current web novel project, Lamenting City, was initially inspired
by a dream I had that came about when I was marathoning every Zoids anime with a friend. The dream
introduced me to Axel and offered a tantalizing glimpse of her world, and
afterwards I knew I had to write it. And often times I’ll have scenes or entire
stories inspired by music I listen to.

When it comes to jewelry, I tend to find inspiration looking
at gemstones or browsing jewelry supply shops. Sometimes I also get inspiration
from media, hence the Harry Potter bracelets.

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

I’ve wanted to be writer for as long as I can remember. I’m
not entirely sure where it started, but I know it did start in some form with
kid me’s obsession with Beatrix Potter’s stories and later stuff like OT Star Wars and Disney’s Gargoyles. I would also read a lot and
then read some more, and the more I read, the more I wanted to write.

As time went on, I also noticed more and more that there
weren’t a lot of characters like me in fiction. There weren’t a lot of diverse
characters and author voices in general. So, a lot of my writing is me creating
the stories and characters I wanted to see, and to give myself a voice.

With jewelry, I played around with plastic beads as a child
but then the hobby faded for many years. Earlier this year I got interested in
it again after looking at pride jewelry and deciding I could make the types of
bracelets I wanted… and then a lightbulb turned on and I realized that, hey, if
I wanted jewelry like this, other LGBTQIANP+ folks might want it, too. And then
my love for fandom made me start slowly getting into making fandom jewelry as
well.

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?

Well, looking at my writing as of 2015, dream and nightmare sequences seem to be a pretty
big thing. They appeared in my (currently unposted) Metroid fic that I wrote
for my first NaNoWriMo (2015), appeared again in my Camp NaNoWriMo project, a Legend of Spyro fanfic (I haven’t yet
posted the chapter with the first dream sequence however), and then they’ve
appeared in every NaNo project since…

I find dream and nightmare sequences really fun to write.
They’re a good way to explore the character’s mind without having to worry
about realism or even my own canon.

In general, I like to use dreams/nightmares to introduce
concepts and foreshadowing in ways that (hopefully) aren’t immediately obvious.

With my jewelry, it’s a bit hard to say since it’s all so
new to me. But I like to add a touch of whimsy to everything I create!

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

To not be discouraged, and to get your art out there. It can
be very daunting, yeah, I’ve been there (and in many ways still am), but your
voice is needed. Perhaps some people won’t get your story, but for the people
who do, it could mean the world.

Understand that you have room to grow, but to also be you.
Improve and become the best you.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Homoromantic/demiromantic asexual. Also sex-repulsed.

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

More times than I’d like to count, especially offline. I try
to clarify things for people who simply don’t know, but find it’s easier on my
mental health to avoid actually prejudiced people who are unlikely to change
their mind. Sometimes both of those things are easier said than done.

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

The most common seem to be “Asexuals are incapable of love
in any form” and “Asexuals can’t have sex/be sex positive”. Trying to correct
either misconception isn’t usually a fun time for me, especially the latter
(where being a sex-repulsed ace with no intention of having sex gets thrown
back in my face as if it’s some kind of gotcha).

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

That you’re not broken, and that you’re ace enough.  You’re loveable and amazing as you are, and
there’s nothing to be ashamed of.

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

My main home of operation is on my website/blog: https://lairofthestormdragon.com/

There I post short stories, chapters of Lamenting City, and blog posts where I yell about video games and
music.

And while there’s not as much content as I’d like (I’m
working on it!), you can find my newer fanfiction on AO3: https://archiveofourown.org/users/MetroidReploid/profile

I will be updating my Legend
of Spyro
fic (well, the first one) soon and will be adding a Metroid fic and a Star Wars fic at some point this year. I like many fandoms!

And you can check out my jewelry here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/StormDragonsWares

More designs coming soon!

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

Interview: Sayle Owen

Today we’re joined by Sayle (pronounced
Say-lee) Owen. Sayle is a phenomenal author who is just starting out. She has already accomplished quite a lot. Sayle has won several awards and has completed two novels and two novellas. It’s clear she’s an incredibly passionate author with a very bright future ahead of her, 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.

My “art” is the words, specifically in English. Currently,
I’ve got several Scholastic Awards to my name (three of them Silver Keys), and
have completed four (with a fifth to be finished by July) books, three novellas
and two full-length novels. The two novels are called Elemental and Tamer,
132,000 and 51,000 words respectively. The two complete novellas, The Vanished Princesses and The Silver Flame, are both around 20,000
words. The fifth book, a novella, is not yet complete and nameless, but I
estimate it will also be around 20,000 words. All of those books (in addition
to lots of other uncompleted ones) are part of one extended universe I call the
Elemental Spiral (with Elemental and
its sequel being the main series and the other books being side stories). And
since this interview is about Ace creators, I feel it appropriate to mention
that the two lead protagonists of Elemental,
Selene and Klaus, are both ace themselves (though I didn’t realize that until
over a year after it was finished, as I discovered my own aceness after it was
completed and it wasn’t until I was editing Elemental
I realized it. Additionally, I’ve written a handful of short stories and poetry
that I’m willing to share.

What inspires you?

The entire world around me. Literally, anything I see, hear,
or do may become a part of a story. But specifically, Tamora Peirce is
literally my writing hero. She is a goddess among writers and I adore her work
to no end (and may or may not own every book she’s ever written).

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

I’ve wanted to be a writer since second grade, when I first
read the Harry Potter series.
However, it wasn’t until my freshman year of high school (after discovering
Tamora Peirce, with the addition of having the most amazing Honors English
teacher) that I became serious about my desire to be an author by actually
starting to write. My draw to it is a couple of reasons. Mainly, I love
creating something that is different from my reality. Being able to control the
details (control being used loosely, as characters really do have a mind of
their own) and craft stories to entertain others (and myself) is such a
wonderful feeling.

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 honestly work with a lot of color symbolism in Elemental, specifically with the colors
of silver, gold, and other colors like bronze, copper, and violet. I do have
one symbol, a specific kind of six-pointed star (with a very set pattern to
create it) where each point has a certain element it represents—air, water,
fire, earth, spirit, and soul. Additionally, I like working with different
kinds of magic within my universe of the Elemental Spiral.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

It won’t be easy. There will be times when you can crank out
thing after thing and then it will be followed by a month of inactivity. But
don’t give up. If you’ve got a lot of WIPs, choose the one that is most
important and stick with it. Sure, start other things to get them out of your
head, but keep going back to the one. There’s very little that is more
satisfying than finishing something that took you two and a half years to complete
(*cough*Elemental*cough*). It’s so
worth it.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

As far as I can tell, 100% ace. Not necessarily repulsed,
but just totally not interested. Of course, I could be grey-ace, but I’ve never
found a guy who would make that come to light. So until then, if it ever
happens, I’m Ace to the max.

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

My dad and stepmother don’t believe it’s a thing, and the
few times I’ve tried to bring it up its lead to long conversations (read: them
talking at me) about how it’s natural to have a sex drive and how I shouldn’t
be emotionally cutting myself off and whatnot. But I just stopped bringing it
up. It’s not like being ace really affects anything (not that I’m straight,
highly religious, conservative, that fact that I love writing) other than
making me come off as more mature than other people my age. I’m comfortable in
my asexuality, and my parents (though my mom does know and just doesn’t care
much) not believing it’s real or of the devil or whatever doesn’t really change
that. It’s all about having confidence that you know yourself better than
anyone else.

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

People seem to keep confusing it with Aromantisicm. Like, I
can still feel plenty of emotional/romantic attraction, but I have to explain
the difference between love and lust a lot. Like dude, I’m ace, not aro.

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

Don’t feel obligated. You are the one who decides what your
orientation is. In the long run, the only reason it matters is so you can feel
more comfortable with yourself. For me, I discovered that I was ace literally
the day before my senior year of high school (Labor Day 2017). I heard someone
talking about it and (writer that I am) decided to research it. Suddenly, a lot
of things about myself made sense—how I thought/acted growing up, the lack of
caring about sex most teens seem to think about, etc. It’s not an obligation to
figure it out. Sure, it’s nice having a name for things, but if you think
you’re ace or not, it’s up to you.

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

Unfortunately, I don’t have anything truly published yet (I
want to complete more of the Elemental
Spiral
before I try and publish it), I do have a website. It’s a portfolio
thing I made for freshman Honors English and have kept up since then. Please
note that it does need a pretty major redo in design for my things from last
year, but a good majority of my stuff (school English portfolios, a list of my
scholastic award winning pieces), save things from the Elemental Spiral, can be found there. Hopefully, I’ll get the Elemental Spiral published…eventually. http://sayleowen.wixsite.com/writing-portfolio.

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

Interview: Morwenna Greenleaf

Today we’re joined by Morwenna Greenleaf. Morwenna is a wonderful writer who specializes in poetry and fanfiction. She also dabbles in music, mostly song covers, and visual art. Morwenna takes inspiration from subjects that aren’t often talked about. It’s clear she’s a passionate and 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.

My art is mostly written word, though I occasionally draw,
and sometimes post covers of songs on my YouTube channel, and I have had dance
lessons, though I don’t really showcase dancing and don’t really do much
anymore. I occasionally write poetry, but the majority is fanfiction written in
prose, usually with a theme of fantasy and they can cover really heavy, or not
commonly talked about, subjects.

What inspires you?

Well, I guess that events in my life have inspired my
stories, but also the stories of others. For example, I’ve always loved
watching crime shows with one of my personal favourites being Law and Order S.V.U. and I think that
inspires me, because they go into subjects such as rape, kidnapping, and human
trafficking. These subjects intrigue me, so I find myself researching them to
add into existing stories, or I piece together new stories featuring things
like them, which results in a lot of half-finished stories, some of which
aren’t yet published so the public can’t read them.

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

What got me interested? Well, I’m not sure. When I was
younger, I would always make up stories, whether they be epic sea battles with
phoenixes, all from a cluster of clouds, or fanfiction, before I realised it
was a thing. I always used to just insert myself into the shows/movies/books
and tweak the storyline slightly to involve myself. Drawing? I kind of just
slipped into it, like with the writing. I was always drawing over my books and
scraps of paper, pretty much anything I could find. Dancing, I think one day
when I was about three or four, I saw a ballet on TV, probably Swan Lake, and
fell in love. After about four years or so of pestering my mum, I ended up
doing four years of classical ballet classes, including character, and two
years of jazz classes. Singing has been a part of my life as long as I can
remember. I’d sing around the house as a child, and my dad started taking me to
karaoke at bars in town when I was about seven or eight, I think, and I’ve
recently turned eighteen, so that’s about ten years of karaoke.

Have I always wanted to be an artist? I think I have,
somewhere deep down. I love writing stories and singing, and have always, in
the back of my mind, wanted to do something artistic. True, it was always
performing, like singing/dancing/acting, but it’s all artistry anyway. I even
have the small amount of acting experience that comes from primary school
plays, hehehe. I love what I do, but I also have no clue exactly what I’m going
to do once I leave high school, because I also love things like science
(chemistry and physics), ancient history, and learning languages (I’m currently
monolingual, but who cares?).

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?

In most of my stories where I use an OC, her name is generally
Jessica McCarten, which is my real name outside of the internet. She’s
basically me, but with different hair and sometimes different backstories
depending on age, situation, and things like that, which are usually dependent
on the story. If she isn’t the protagonist, then she’ll usually appear as a
secondary character, but pretty close to the protagonist. Also, my profile pic
tends to be the same on all platforms except for Tumblr, and if there’s a
running obsession for another fandom or a certain type of music, it’s because
that’s most/all of what I’m listening to at that time, or obsessing over when
writing the parts of those stories.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Advice to young aspiring artists? Technically you could say
I’m one of them, *insert awkward/exhausted laughter here*. I would say to keep
doing whatever you’re doing and always, ALWAYS, look back over your old work to
see how you’ve changed, grown, and evolved. I personally hate doing this,
because my voice recorded, to me anyway, sounds terrible, and I cringe as I
read over things like my first story on Wattpad. However terrible you think you
were, always go back over your work, and you might find something better. Hell,
I’m still looking for a story I started in year 4 or 5 because I want to read
over it and build on it! The thing is, it doesn’t really matter. Just keep
practising and looking over your old work. Maybe if you’ve finished a story,
wait at least a year or so then, keeping the original, rewrite it, edit it, do
what you need to to make it fit your current style, or to correct grammar and
punctuation errors, because I can almost guarantee that you will have them, no
matter how much you think you don’t.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

At the moment, as it could change when I’m older and such, I
identify as asexual, but I am not aromantic. I still haven’t figured out my
romantic orientation, properly, but that doesn’t really matter.

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

No, I haven’t. However, this could be due to the fact that
aside from Tumblr and Quotev (my original platform) and about four people IRL,
I haven’t really come out, as I’ve been hesitant about it, and I’m not really
sure how people will react. The few people that I’ve come out to IRL have been
really nice about it, and not made a big deal. I have to admit though, that I
have a plan on coming out to my entire high school if a certain event I wish to
partake in (public speaking) occurs before I leave, a term afore the other
years. *Spoiler* If I do manage to, I’m doing a speech about asexuality, and
will hopefully have a homemade flag to show people before I wrap it around my shoulders.
As far as everyone that I haven’t come out to knows, I’m just a straight white
girl.

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

Well, probably that asexual people don’t like sex, or don’t
have sex. I know that this is true for possibly the majority of aces, but it’s
also false for a certain percentage of aces. This has come from people that
identify as bi/pan and do a subject that requires presentations on the LGBT+
community, though I’m not sure if any have included aces. As an eighteen year
old female ace, I have never understood how sexual attraction works, or had a
partner, romantic or otherwise aside from an occasional partner in
science/chemistry. However, I have always been intrigued and curious about what
the act of sex feels like, just never felt the attraction to anyone pertaining
to it. Whenever I’ve heard this one, I stay quiet and just get silently
annoyed/irritated/mildly mad, because I’ve learnt if I speak up about things
that I’m interested in/passionate for, I tend to receive a lot of shit from
people, and this is mostly to people I’ve known since year seven but haven’t
come out to as I don’t really consider them friends.

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

Do your research, read the stories of other aces, watch
videos on YouTube, whatever you need. I actually procrastinated for at least a
year before I decided Yes, okay, I think
I’ll identify as asexual now
. It doesn’t matter how long you take to figure
it out. Take your time, and remember that no-one other than you can tell you
who you are or what your sexual orientation is, and don’t feel bad if it
changes because sexuality is fluid. For example, here I am identifying as
asexual, when for all I know, I could be demi-sexual or grey-asexual, but I
haven’t explored anything that would let me know, so until anything changes, if
it does, I identify as asexual.

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

People can find out more about my work by looking me up on
different platforms. My *main* email is crush.girl.101.at.high.school@gmail.com
because I made it in year nine when I was seriously crushing on a guy. My Quotev, Wattpad, Deviantart, and YouTube are
all under the name Morwenna Greenleaf, and I have a Facebook page by the name Morwenna
Greenleaf
, managed by my actual account, and you can message me through the
page. I also, obviously, have Tumblr
that people can feel free to message me on, and I have Instagram under my
actual name, though, like YouTube, I don’t really post often (at jess_mccarten). In fact,
you can message me on any of the sites, though there is a high chance that the
majority of videos on my YouTube may have their comments turned off, due to fuckheads
being, well, fuckheads. When it comes to any of them, I do requests for things,
songs, stories, whatever. Feel free to request some things, because, while I
procrastinate pretty much everything *Hello! Procrastinated my sexuality!*, if
I enjoy the request, I will, eventually, get around to fulfilling the request,
and, just feel free to talk to me. I can be really awkward, and drop a lot of
terrible, terrible, puns, jokes,
whatever the fuck I’m in the mood for, on you, and just be extremely weird in general.
Live long and prosper, aces, and remember, Barty Crouch Jr stopped drinking
because it was making him Moody! 😉

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

Interview: Chimney

Today we’re joined by Chimney. Chimney is a wonderful poet from Germany. He writes mostly for a hobby and his poetry tends to focus on emotions. Chimney mainly writes in German though he has translated some of his poetry into English. It’s clear he’s a dedicated and passionate artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I am a writer and
poet. I write a lot of poems about love and being heartbroken by love, but also
other stuff. In my writings I concentrate a lot on the emotional side, like how
the characters feel, why they feel that way. I want the reader to understand my
characters and feel with them. I really want to have this transparency in my
stories and poems.

My poems
especially are very personal. And I try to throw as much emotions and pain as
possible in them, that’s why it often hurts
to read them, because their pure emotions.

What inspires you?

I get inspired by
a lot of stuff, actually. Obviously I get inspired by real life experiences,
but music is one of those things that inspires and influences me the most. When
I listen to songs there are always popping up some lines and ideas in my head.
But I also get inspired by other people or artist who achieved something in
their life. Seeing them getting from bottom to almost the top inspires me and
gives me the courage to try my best. And even if I don’t made it there will be
always people who I can inspire and that’s it what keeps me going forward.

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

Honestly at first
I hated writing poems, because I never was able to rhyme something good. So I
first started with writing stories, because some guy in my class wrote a very
funny story and I wanted to write something funny as well xD. But after finally
starting to rite I realized how much fun this is to me. I love creating
stories, telling  stories and share them
with others. Being an artist was never my main goal. It was and unfortunately
still is one of my greatest hobbies. But I really hope that it someday will be
more than just this little hobby of mine.

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’m
aware of. I try to change my still very often and I like to experiment a lot.
Especially with my poems. I often change the metre and sometimes even use
different languages.

But more like
snippets or a few specific words. Other than that all I can say is that my
writings are full of emotions.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

I would say:
“Have the courage to post your art online!“ Why? Because there will always be
at least one person that will like it. Art is very important and it can help
people, inspire people etc.

So it doesn’t matter how
insecure you feel about your stuff, there will be people who supports you and
by sharing it you can grow. Be open-minded accept critique and advice, so that
you can grow.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as quoiromantic
asexual. And I think more on the sex-repulsed side.

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

Yes I did, from
one person actually. Who actually very radical and I don’t want to explain the
details. They said horrible things to me. First I tried to have a real in-depth
conversation with them about it, but after that didn’t worked I broke contact
with them, because in the end it was better for my mental health.

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

From what I’ve
heard most people think that asexuality = anti-sexuality. Like that we’re all
against sex and everything that has something to do with it. Which is just not
right.

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

Seriously, the
most important part is that you accept yourself how you are and that you
understand that you’re fine, lovable and not broken by being asexual. The
sexuality is just one small part of you and what really matters is your
personality. I can understand that finding out that you’re ace can be
frightening, but when someone really likes or loves, they will do it because of
your personality, because you make them smile and give them a reason to stay
strong.

You’re all valid.

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

So for my German
fellas you can always read my work right here: https://www.fanfiktion.de/u/Chimney

For the others I
suggest you to follow me on my Tumblr where I’m planning on releasing little
English poems and snippets: megahyperchickenwing.tumblr.com (yes, that is my name)

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

Interview: Kir

Today we;re joined by Kir. Kir is a phenomenal artist who does a little bit of everything. They write, draw, voice act, and design games.They have a voice acting demo reel, a Steven Universe comic dub, and an author-approved full-cast narration of the first chapter of The Order of Odd-Fish. It’s clear they’re a passionate and dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I dabble in a lot of creative areas, like writing, drawing,
voice acting, and making games! If it’s an art, I’ll probably try it at least
once.

What inspires you?

Lots of things! Podcasts, cartoons, video games, my friends,
my pets, weird bugs I see on the sidewalk. I conceptualized a whole cartoon
series based on a cluster of garbage cans on the side of the road once.

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

Honestly, probably Pokémon. I’ve been obsessed with that
since I was a kid. It’s what first inspired me to draw, then to write, and it’s
definitely been a big inspiration for making video games.

I’ve wanted to be an artist in some form or another since I
was at least 12 (before that I actually wanted to be an ornithologist and study
birds all day, haha). For the longest time, I wanted to be a novelist, and it’s
only been the last few years that I’ve been really exploring other writing
styles and other fields of art.

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 don’t really have anything like that at the moment, no!

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Explore! Create! Learn about different areas of art,
whatever interests you, and just try your hand at it! If it’s fun, learn more
and continue on! If it isn’t, stop for a while and come back if/when you’re
ready.

Combine different fields of art! My writing’s gotten a lot
better since I started making video games, and my voice acting’s gotten a lot
better since I started doing audio editing!

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

It’s kinda hard to figure out! I consider myself bi-aroflux
and asexual, but honestly everything seems to fluctuate quite a bit. Some days
I’m 100% sex-repulsed and aromantic, other days I’m more…graysexual and
biromantic? It’s confusing, but I don’t really mind it.

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

Not much, luckily! After the game my zucchini and I made for
Ace Jam was released, we definitely had some rude comments about asexuality,
and people who say that kinda thing aren’t generally open to discussion of the
topic, so there’s nothing you can really do except ignore them.

And block them. I’m very liberal with my block button.

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

That it doesn’t exist! Too many people think asexuals are
just making it up for…attention, I guess?

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

Take your time and explore your feelings! Learn the
terminology used for different areas of the spectrum and try and figure out
what fits you best. It might take you a while, and you might change labels a
few times, and that’s okay! I identified as aegosexual for a while before figuring
out that my sexuality fluctuates fairly often. There are labels out there that
would probably fit my orientation exactly, but right now I’m comfortable with
just using the ace label. Maybe that’ll change in a few months or years, but
for now it fits, so that’s what works for me!

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

I have several blogs dedicated to different creative areas,
so you can find me in several places!

For my voice acting, audio plays, etc., you can find me at owlyvoices.tumblr.com or on YouTube as
OwlyVoices.

For my games, you can find me at owly-games.tumblr.com or owly-bee.itch.io

For my writing: prucanada on AO3

For my drawing, and for a mix of everything else, you can
find me on my personal blog, owly-bee.tumblr.com

You can even buy some of my drawings and audio dramas on my Etsy, AudioAce, if you’re so
inclined!

I’d love to hear what you think of my art! 😀

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

Signal Boost: A Shard of Sea and Bone

Hello all!

No interview scheduled for today. Instead, we have a signal boost.
L.J. Engelmeier has just released the first novel in her series. I already signal boosted a giveaway, the winner of which was announced on Twitter.

But now there are links to the eBook and paperback:

Paperback 

eBook 

Summary:
“The Infinity. Sea of Seas. A multiverse teeming with life and magic.
Long have two species, humans and demons, subjugated one another within
it, all while living beneath the might of hierarchies designed to
protect them. Long have their masses worshipped elected deities—the
Guardians—who serve the dimensions as saints, mercenaries, and officers
of the law. The Guardians are believed to be indomitable, but now, one
by one, they’re being murdered. When three of them turn up dead—eyes and
hearts ripped out, seemingly by their own hands—seven very different
people are thrust into the mystery surrounding their deaths, a mystery
that spans from the icy mountains of Lutana all the way to the dunes of
Khajal and to the slaughtered bay city of Lindennacht. Any hope of
uncovering the culprit behind the Guardian murders now rests with those
seven people: a street-fighting princess, an illiterate ex-slave, a
libertine potioneer, a reluctant heir, a former royal dancer, a clan’s
queen, and a gunslinging spellcaster with nothing to lose.”

So go out there and show L.J. some love! Get a copy of her book, leave a nice review, etc.

Thanks, everybody!

Interview: Sierra

Today we’re joined by Sierra. Sierra is a phenomenal poet and dancer. She uses art as an outlet. When she’s not choreographing dances, Sierra enjoys writing poetry. It’s clear she’s a passionate artist with a great amount of enthusiasm, 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 am a dancer and poet. I write or choreograph what I am
feeling and use my art as an outlet for my emotions. I try to address issues
and subjects many people deal with such as mental health, grief, etc. I think
it is important for everyone to express themselves, and if my art can be used
to help someone express themselves, I feel I have reached my goal.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by everything, but my main inspiration is people.
When I see someone being purely themselves, I can see the art in them and want
to be able to express that to others. I also get a lot of my inspiration from
music of all kinds.

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

I have always loved the arts, specifically dancing. I grew
up dancing and felt like it was the only thing I could relate to others
through. As I got into high school I discovered a love for poetry and began to
write. I have not published any of my work, but it is a goal I have for the
future. Art has always been something very close to me.

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?

There isn’t anything special about my work. I just try to
capture raw humanity and convey it to others.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Do what you love and don’t worry about what others think.
You will grow into a uniquely beautiful artist no matter what you do. Not
everyone will love your work, but if you reach just one person and help them
feel something, you have done the best you can as an artist. Push yourself to
your artistic limits and allow your creativity to flow freely.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as aromantic-asexual. I consider myself
sex-repulsed and between romance-neutral and romance repulsed.

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

Not specifically in my field have I encountered prejudice or
ignorance, but in life in general I find a lot of ignorance. So many people
can’t understand how something so engrained in their minds can be non-existent
in ours, and therefore ridicule us for it. I think as long as you can stand
tall and ignore that hate that comes towards you, you can be whoever you want
to be. Anyone and everyone is valid.

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

I’ve found the most common misconception of asexuality is
what it actually means and that it is different for everyone. Many people don’t
understand asexuality and try to decide for themselves what it is. They then
have an incorrect idea and/or opinion of asexual people which can be hard to
change.

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

If you embrace who you are, you will feel amazing. Its okay
if you don’t know what that is yet, you will figure it all out in due time. If
you don’t feel like coming out yet, then don’t. Just know that the ace
community is such a loving family that is always looking for new members.

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

You can find out more about my work on my Tumblr, at poeticaceinspace. P.S. I’m
pretty bad about keeping up with my blog but I’m trying to get better.

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

Interview: Allyssa

Today we’re joined by Allyssa. Allyssa is a wonderful author and visual artist. For writing, she specializes in realistic fiction with plenty of LGBT+ characters. In visual art, she does drawing and painting, both in abstract and realistic styles. It’s clear she’s a passionate and 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 usually write, paint, and draw. My writing is typically
from the point of view of a girl facing deep personal issues or mental health
issues. I would classify my writing as realistic fiction. I write characters that
are LGBTQ+ and are not considered the norm by society. My paintings are usually
either abstract or realistic people. My drawings tend to stay on the side
realistic portraits of women.

What inspires you?

People that inspire are Dodie Clark and Luna Lovegood. I
love how they are unabashedly different and true to themselves. Dodie’s music
is so full of heart and soul and emotion that I can’t help but feel inspired
from it. The state of the world also inspires my writing and themes for my
paintings. My art typically has undertones and themes of despair and how messed
up the word is. On the other side of things, the beauty and complexity of
humanity and nature never ceases to amaze me. My own issues with mental health
and my poetic sort of view of the world helps me with using my words, choosing
colors and shapes, and writing the darker parts of stories. My personal
experiences with mental health gives me the ability to portray mental health in
a more realistic way.

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

I first got into writing when I read the book Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.
It was written so beautifully and held so much emotion and creativity that I
wanted to make something as wonderful. Family members, my older sister and my
aunt, also influenced me with their art. I think I have always wanted to be an
artist, especially when I look back and see how I was more content making
something as a child rather than letting it disappear once playtime was over.

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?

Something that I always include in my writing is a character
that is LGBTQ+, neurodivergent, or defies gender roles. My paintings and
drawings are also almost always a portrait of a young adult woman that has some
kind of physical flaw.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Though I am a young aspiring writer myself, my advice to
others like me is to write what you love to write and to write something with
feeling. Write what you feel passionate about and that you feel could make an
impact on someone, even if it’s just one person, and if that one person is
yourself.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as noviromantic asexual. I have never had a crush
on anyone and did not want to have sex with anyone now or in the future. My
romantic orientation is complicated and a mixture of many different romantic
orientations. Some of the basics are hetero and demi romantic. Most parts of my
romantic orientation seem contradicting to each other and is hard to describe,
so I use novi. Majority of my romantic orientation is part of the aromantic
spectrum.

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

I haven’t encountered any prejudice, but that’s mostly
because I haven’t told anyone besides my two closest and open-minded friends. I
don’t hide the way I feel. When the topic of sexual orientation comes up and
anyone asks me, I just say that I’m not attracted to anyone in that way. No one
has had an issue with that so far, though I have only used the word asexual to
describe myself to the two friends.

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

The most common misconception I’ve seen is that it is cut
and clean, that you either don’t feel any sexual or romantic attraction or you
do. This is something that my struggles with accepting the labeling I use fed
on.

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

I advise anyone who is struggling with their asexuality to
not be afraid of the terms and slang used. You can identify however you feel
suits you. Once I found a community and people that didn’t criticize my
orientation, I felt so much happier and comfortable with myself. Know that you
don’t have to use terms you don’t feel comfortable using to please the people
around you. Your orientation is for you, not other people. Orientation is
fluid, and it’s not your obligation to make other people feel comfortable with
who you are.

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

You can find me on Tumblr. I have two separate accounts. I
post my writing and artwork on this account. My other account is mostly quotes, art,
fandom, and other things I enjoy and inspire me. You can find that account here.

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