I know I haven’t been on here in a while. Sorry about that. I went through a pretty rough patch of depression. But…I’m feeling a little better now, and I plan to be more active in November! (I do have some lesbian pirates to share with you, after all! 🖤)
I hope you’re having a great Spooky Day, and as always, here’s our traditional Alana teaser! 🧛♀️🖤
Happy National Coming Out Day to everyone who is coming out, already out, or not ready to come out yet! No matter which category you’re in, you’re just as valid and just as worthy of acceptance and love. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Sometimes, hiding the truth from others, or even yourself, is a matter of survival, and sometimes, coming out is a matter of survival. When I first came out to a few people I trusted, that’s what it was for me—a last ditch effort at just…surviving. I was so suicidal, and I felt like holding the truth inside had poisoned the air I breathed. But I also didn’t feel safe coming out to most people I knew. So, I came out to only a few people—people that I knew weren’t cruel or hateful, people who didn’t make me afraid. And it saved my life.
Eventually, I’d written books about queer women and had enough of an online presence that most everyone knew, and there was no point in hiding it anymore. And that was so freeing! 💙 But in the beginning, it was terrifying.
I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t STILL terrifying.
I’m sharing this for this reason: if this is you, if you feel like you’ll die if you have to bottle it up for one more day, but don’t feel safe coming out, let me know. I’ll be your substitute friend or family. I’ll tell you you’re perfect, just as you are, and worthy of love, just as you are.
Because I’ve been there, and someone did the same for me. We lose too many LGBTQ people to suicide, and I desperately don’t want that to be you. No matter who you are, I want you to know that I love you and want you to be here. Take care of yourselves, whether that means coming out or not. 💙
Wow, it’s been a while since my last post, hasn’t it? Early in July, I traveled to Albuquerque to attend the GCLS conference. When I returned, I had every intention of hopping on here soon afterward to tell you all about it. What I didn’t anticipate was how long the pure shock of winning a […]
At some point last week, Pirates of Aletharia received its 500th Amazon review. 💙 I’m utterly amazed. And so, so grateful. 💙 Thank you all for reading! And for showing so much love to these lesbian pirates and their meddling ship cat! 💙 I feel like I could say thank you every day, and it […]
Happy May! I hope you’ve all had a good start to the month! 💙 I’m so excited and honored to share that Pirates of Aletharia is a Goldie finalist in the Science Fiction and Fantasy category! 💙💙💙 I think I’ve checked like once a day to make sure it wasn’t a mistake. 😅 I loved […]
Happy Lesbian Visibility Day from a lesbian who’s a little less afraid of being visible than she used to be. 🧡🤍💖 Visibility is so important, and it’s why I write what I write. We need the good stuff to drown out the hateful stuff. 🧡 I hope you find some good stuff today. 💖
Pirates of Aletharia has over four hundred Amazon ratings and reviews now! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 And it’s still hanging out on the Lesbian Romance, Lesbian Fiction, and LGBTQ Fantasy bestseller lists after four months. 💙 I am so amazed and so grateful these lesbian pirates are finding so many amazing readers. 💙 I appreciate you all more […]