• LGBTQ,  Video Games,  WLW

    Stop Freaking Burying Your Gays: A Rant™

    Hey lovely readers! Today I want to talk about writing better LGBTQ characters by understanding a major trope to avoid. It’s called “Burying your gays,” and it’s Real Bad. Let’s look at this trope in action so we can understand what not to do. Below are major spoilers for the game “Life is Strange” and for the shows “The 100” and “Buffy.” Let’s start by defining some quick terms, so we’re all on the same page: WLW – Women who Love Women. An umbrella term for lesbian, bisexual, and pansexual women.  Queer women – See above. Burying Your Gays – a horrible, overused trope where gay characters are killed off randomly, brutally,…

  • Diversity in Media,  LGBTQ,  Video Games

    Better Than Life is Strange: Diverse Female Characters That Thrive

    Life is Strange and it’s prequel, Before the Storm, seem to be at the top of every “LGBTQ female game protagonist” list right now. I’ve already done a fairly extensive review of Life is Strange here, so instead let’s jump into games starring queer women and/or women of color – all of whom actually thrive. Here are my 3 favorite indie games starring queer women and/or and women of color. These games are all wonderful and life-affirming, and bring joy to me every time I play. Night in the Woods | website | steam link | Night in the Woods is by far the best game in its class. It’s a…

  • Fantasy,  Indie Lit,  LGBTQ

    It Started With Star Wars (Why I Write)

    One of my earliest memories is of my dad reading The Hobbit to my sister and I, before we were old enough to read it for ourselves. Back then, I didn’t understand all the details of the story, but I remember the experience of being totally immersed in another world – one far away from my own. Once I could read novels on my own, I tore through everything I could get my hands on, and I started writing short stories as soon as I could hold a pen. Then, came Star Wars. Star Wars has defined a lot of lives and childhoods, and mine was no exception. I was…