reflective / sundry

Charting violent deaths through A Series of Unfortunate Events

Book One: Beatrice and Bertrand Baudelaire die/are murdered in a house fire/arson (off-screen) Book Two: Monty Montgomery is murdered by poison (off-screen, though the body is seen) Book Three: Josephine Antwhistle is murdered by leeches (off-screen) Book Four: Dr. Orwell dies accidentally by stepping in front of a giant lumber saw (on-screen-ish; witnessed by the children) … Continue reading

reflective / sundry

Query: Is there a market for wish-fulfillment fiction of people screwing with Christian fundies?

Just asking for a friend. (Because I am my own friend.) I grew up entrenched in the Southern Baptist, evangelical, fundamentalist environment, though through my teenage years I realized just how fucked-up a lot of their stances are, especially on social issues. I used to daydream a lot about being a witch from the Harry Potter … Continue reading

reflective / sundry

A response to Leelah Alcorn, and for all teenagers convinced their death might mean more than their life

I was once one of you. My life felt worthless because I was trapped by a tyrannical father who cut me off from friends and support in every way he could. I was also luckier than most, because I had a supportive mother and step-father. I don’t know the particular agony of being a trans … Continue reading

reflective / sundry

Misconceptions of professional editors (or: how I learned to stop worrying and love unconventional grammar)

When people learn I’m a professional technical writer/editor, as well as an aspiring creative writer/editor, they often expect me to be a Grammar Nazi who cackles as she scalps her friends, acquaintances, and random passers-by for every grammatical slip they make while talking, or for any typos in any form of written communication. The truth is, first, … Continue reading

reflective / sundry

New life resolution: not to be suckered in by multi-million-dollar marketing strategies

(something I wrote shortly after New Year’s Day this year, before I started this blog) I’ve never been one to sign up to Fight the Man or to buy into conspiracy theories (even just the admittedly quite plausible theories of vast and vague malevolence by the Powers That Be), but in the last year I’ve … Continue reading