July 2017 was the inaugural edition of #QBFFsRead, in which me and Elliott Junkyard read a new queer book every week. The books I read this week either have LGBT characters, strong themes around sexuality and identity, or both.
Elliott and I are bona fide internet contacts turned critique partners turned best friends (who are probably the same person). He took some time to answer a few questions on self-inserts, inspiration, and when short form accidentally turns serial. You can find his work here. It’s also his birthday month.
June 2017 was a month I spent at book conventions. My TBR has exploded and it’s time I definitely got a bookshelf. Except, this month, I have to find a new apartment that can fit a new bookshelf. But first, here are the books I read in June. The rest comes later.
I met Marty at a reading with Maria Dahvana Headley , Victor LaValle, and Daniel Polansky. I’m so glad to have introduced myself to him because he is so active as a writer. He does reviews and pieces for Tor.com and has several of his own short stories out for you to read. He took time to answer questions that I had about short stories and long form that might be helpful to those pursuing both styles of fiction. You can find the most recent line-up of his work here.
May 2017 was a much better month for reading. I discovered two new favorites and got through some textbooks. Somehow, I had balanced enough to actually get my school reading done and have space for some fun projects. The read-along for The Alchemists of Loom was a blast, but there’s more I want to share.
In the month of May, I’m participating in a read-along for The Alchemists of Loom (2017) by Elise Kova. It’s a steampunk fantasy full of intrigue, dangerous rogues, and the most fascinating magical system in a city where blood is currency. So far, I love the main characters and the world of Loom. It’s making my little gamer fan girl heart sing to its fullest potential.
As part of the blog tour, Elise took time to answer questions about inspiration and how a book evolves throughout the writing process.
A late post because of school and garbage, but otherwise, I learned so much from my reading choices and I’m excited to share. It was a great month in terms of learning how to write and important things to consider as a baby writer. Continue reading