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It Gets Madder and Madder and Hotter and Hotter (RAISE YOUR VOICE)

Atlin Merrick Audre Lorde Voice

It Gets Madder and Madder and Hotter and Hotter (RAISE YOUR VOICE)

"…you're never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there's always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and hotter and hotter, and if you don't speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth from the inside." Audre Lorde's famous essay The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action includes this quote from her daughter Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins, and I love it. Those words are direct, she said what she said damn it, and those words are like...

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The Weirdest Thing You've Ever Written

Atlin Merrick Weird Writing

Improbable Press asked their own and other writers to tell us what strange stuff they're writing, want to write, or have written. Here are their fantastic replies. Now that’s a hard question to answer, I’ve written many weird things over the last two years. Whether it be fucking aliens in Area 51, a nudist romance, werewolf piss kink, or some frankly ridiculous renditions of straight porn (you know the kind). All of this has led to some strange googling and I hope no one ever sees my search history. But I think the weirdest of them all gets the title...

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As a Writer, I Don't Want Characterisation to Be Easy

Atlin Merrick Characterisation Characterization

Here's a picture of a writing prompt I put up recently. Simple, yeah? Some colours, a few words, no biggie. Except, here's the thing about it—it turned into a big thing for me because I had me some thinky thoughts while creating it. See, I'd put together the nice little boxes of colour, but since I had the dumb that day I couldn't think of words, so Skype-asked my friend Anarion for a few. She shared what you see: wifi, spin a tale, and empathy and as soon as I started typing them into the boxes I stopped typing. Cause...

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Why Book Reviews Mean the World

Atlin Merrick Reviewing Books

A quick note today, dashing in and out to say: So long as you have something to say about a book, won't you please say it? Reviews mean the world to writers and their publisher. It's one way we know people are there, engaging with what we're sharing. Sure, yes, we hope for good reviews but even less than stellar ones can help someone like me, the commissioning editor for Improbable Press, understand the tastes of the audiences I've reached. MoreDo you believe in ghosts?How My Fascination With Storytelling Began What I'm trying to say is if you don't like...

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A Galaxy of Gay Glories—May the Fourth Be With You

Atlin Merrick LGBT Art LGBT Fiction LGBT science fiction

There's lots of great art on Twitter today for Star Wars May the Fourth (Be With You) Day.Good god I'm loving all of it.Thank you BKD, and you A, also you J, and especially you over there who draws everyone in harem pants (I heart you so much), thank you for creating not only wonderful art but wonderful queer art for today.Whether your wonderful work has a kissing Kylo Ren and General Hux, whether your drawing Rey and Rose Tico, or Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're drawing a galaxy of glories and I am endlessly grateful. More The Ultimate Guide to Getting...

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