• Gender Identity,  LGBT

    Gender and the Space In-Between

    Long before I changed my official identity documents, I came out at my workplace, explaining my situation and that my preferred pronouns are male. Now, people rarely misgender me, and it's a rarer occasion still when I have to come out as trans or correct the pronouns by which people refer to me. Everyone just assumes I'm male by default, and I don't often correct them, even though that view is wrong. At best, it's near-sighted.

  • Writing

    How Fan Fiction Fixed My Writer’s Block

    I got introduced to fanfiction.net back in 2012, and oh was it glorious. I'd indulged in occasional fandom-inspired drabbles when the internet was still young, even an angst-ridden multi-chapter I'd scribble into a notebook by hand during the tail-end of weekend babysitting gigs. I dropped this in favor of a personal blog the moment I started college (as one does?). Ten years later, I was back in a new fandom with a vengeance, prolific if short-lived.

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    Is NaNo a No-No?

    November is National Novel Writing Month, more fondly known as NaNoWriMo to us repeat offenders. Approximately a quarter of a million people worldwide aim to write 50,000 words of fiction in a mere thirty days. Sounds pretty hectic. It can also be an amazing experience. If you're unsure whether to take the plunge, consider the following.