I had to get the battery in my Macbook replaced recently. It had been on the blink and flashing a “replace soon” warning for at least six months, it was at 1500-odd cycles, and my whole top case was getting glitchy. My mic had stopped working and keys decided if and when they were going to register (and how many times) on a case-by-case basis. It was time.(more…)
I’ve been pretty quiet on the writing front recently, as least as far as books are concerned. I am still plugging away, but the gig economy keeps me too busy most days to get much meaningful done. Although I am working on a really cool publishing project for a client Read more…
Yeah, the world is ending, but before it does many more people are finding themselves working from home for the first time. If you’ve never worked from home before, you’ve probably got half an idea of getting shit done from bed, in your PJs, with Netflix on in the background. And some days, working from home is totally like that. But most of the time, it’s really not that fun.(more…)
The Arundel Tomb is a stone monument featuring effigies of Richard Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel, and his second wife Eleanor of Lancaster. It dates back to 1376 and is currently housed in Chichester Cathedral, for those curious enough to want to see it. Although an interesting artifact in its own right, today it’s most famous for the Larkin poem it inspired.
I was reminded of the tomb recently while thinking about historical queer romance, and the realities of writing historical queer lives. (more…)
I always felt like I missed out on something. A lot of m/m writers came to the genre through online fiction, fan or otherwise, but that whole world completely passed me by. Yet I’ve read some online fics in recent years that are among my most favourite books (I’m thinking Restraint, Drunk Text, and I’m currently reading the In the Company of Shadows series and loving it). (more…)
It seems these days everybody has rights, and don’t we all know them? The right not to be offended, the right not to be upset, the right to have what you want, when you want it. The right of religion. The right to bear arms.
Who gave us these rights, exactly? Here I hear a cry of Americans shouting “The Constitution!” but that’s a document made up and written down by men who were claiming those rights for themselves. They weren’t naturally or intrinsically bestowed. (more…)
It’s been thirty-four years since the first patient was diagnosed with what we now know to be HIV/AIDS. Last week, UNICEF reported that AIDS-related infections are now the single biggest killer of adolescents (15-19) in Africa, and the second most common worldwide. Most were born with the virus, and are the last generation for which HIV-positive pregnant women didn’t receive anti-retrovirals to prevent transmission to their babies. Many won’t even have known they were HIV-positive until they fell sick. (more…)