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Sun, Nov. 9th, 2008, 12:42 am
skyfalling: (no subject)

Hey, guys! One of my friends is planning a not-for-profit project that I thought you might be interested in at lovewideopen. All the info you need is here, but here is an excerpt from the post:

Home is the one place you know you’re always welcome – except when it’s not. Every year teenagers are turned out of their homes with no resources and nowhere to go. Survival rates for teen throwaways are dismal, as most are physically and sexually abused, and the life expectancy rate averages thirty-five years. It can be even worse for the estimated 40-60% of throwaways who have been turned out because of their sexual orientation. Even if there is a shelter that will take them in off the street, many teen homeless shelters are run by organizations that take an unfriendly view of homosexuality and this attitude shows in their treatment of GLBT teens. This isn’t even counting the number of adults who are cut off emotionally when they come out to their families. Many of them are excluded from holidays, weddings, births, and other family events.

[...]

You now have the chance to contribute to an artistic collaboration that hopes to help people, especially parents, realize that being gay isn’t the end of the world for their loved one. In fact, with their help, it can be just another healthy part of what makes that person unique and beautiful. Love, Wide Open is a not-for-profit artistic anthology that seeks to help the parents of GLBT teens cope with their child coming out to them. All proceeds will be directed to PFLAG (http://www.pflag.org) to help them continue the work they are already doing in this field.

From now through the end of December, Love, Wide Open is looking for people who will be willing to screen word-based and visual submissions to see if they meet the criteria; people who will proofread submissions for technical errors; and editors for content. Author and poet M. Jules Aedin (“Midnight Blood,” “Fragments of a Fiery Sun”) is the creative co-chair for the project, and journalist Mark Viola is the organizational co-chair. We are also looking for people who will be willing to initiate fund raising and publicity events once the project is underway. Please do not begin these events until asked to do so by the staff of Love, Wide Open. We only want your contact information for now.

We hope to begin taking submissions in January. We will be accepting poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, essays, art, and photography. All word-based submissions should be 8,000 words or less, and visual artists should be aware that their work will be scaled to fit the page. Copyright for all works will remain with the creator. All submissions should focus on helping people, especially parents, accept the orientation and sexual identity of their gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning children. Extreme negativity is discouraged. Degradation of any group of people, whether defined by religion, sexuality, age, ethnicity, etc., will not be tolerated. Disagreement with the beliefs and creeds of any religion or ideology must be addressed respectfully.

For inquiries or to volunteer your services, please contact the staff of Love, Wide Open at lovewideopen@gmail.com.


This is an issue that hits me right where it hurts, and I'm sure it's important to a lot of you, too. If you can, spread the word!

(cross-posted)

Sun, Oct. 12th, 2008, 12:41 pm
darkfloweruk: Introduction

I just joined this community, and I wanted to say, hello.

I'm a black bisexual writer who breaks down barriers with smut.  I was really interested to join this community, as there often seems to be a huge chasm between the literary and the erotic.

I've been writing erotica for two and a half years, and have enjoyed it immensely.  I sometimes host "Smutty Storytelling" sessions at venues all over the U.K.  I've found that I love reading my work out loud as much as writing it.

I have an archive of LGBT short stories and poems at http://shadywriting.livejournal.com/ and I also have a small website at http://www.writing-in-shadows.co.uk.  I hope you'll pop over and have a read.

Mon, Sep. 29th, 2008, 05:58 pm
fitzwilliamlogo: Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Dirty Girls On Top by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez


I read her first book, The Dirty Girls Social Club last year and LOVED it. The characters were so different, so deep but the book was also really fun. I didn't even know that she had another book coming out until I saw Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez Comes Out online. CRAZY. She does have a lot of lesbian and bisexual women in her books so I guess it makes sense.

The article (above) links to a free audio download of the first chapter of the new book. Pretty great. Sexy voice. I'm going to download the book. :-)

Fri, Jul. 11th, 2008, 11:09 am
taniwhanui: (no subject)

It seems that in the desire for sexual engagements there is an urge to connect deeply, to go to the bottom of everything, below the levels of words and social veneer, to the realm of smell, taste, touch, animal sensation. And beyond that, to enter into a kind of meditative process - an uncovering - that can only occur in the mirror of a relationship. It seems that a truly intimate relationship entails going through feelings of hatred, hopelessness, and otherness again and again, going through them and learning that they can pass.

pages 158-159, Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life by Joan Tollifson.

Fri, Jun. 27th, 2008, 08:50 am
jrosestar: "Read These Lips"

People often ask me where they can find good lesbian fiction. Well, here's your answer...

Second Helpings, volume two of Read These Lips is out! Here is the official release notice:

Second Helpings from ReadTheseLips.com arrives with more stories and an expanded scope. In our new anthology, incredibly talented writers explore what it means to be lesbian and, in so doing, add definition to our lives and loves.

Please welcome in Second Helpings the enduring pens of Lee Lynch and Marianne K. Martin; the award-winning insights of Nicola Griffith, Susan Hawthorne and Ruthann Robson; the dynamic voices of Erin Davies and Lorenza Martelli; and the diverse contemporary adult fiction of Ovidia Yu, Fran Walker, Stacia Seaman, Lois Cloarec Hart, Robin Alexander, Fletcher DeLancey, Jac Hills and C.C. Saint-Clair.

Second Helpings is now available to download from ReadTheseLips.com.

But wait, there’s more!

To celebrate the release of Second Helpings, we are giving away a free e-book courtesy of Spinifex Press! All you have to do is send us a picture of Second Helpings in a funny or unusual location. (Nothing dangerous or X-rated please, as the winning pic will be posted on our blog.)

Click this link to view Spinifex Press's range of e-books.

Send us your picture and your contact details by 31 July in an email to info@readtheselips.com, with the subject line: Photo contest. One picture per entrant.

The winner will be announced the week after.

Enjoy the book.

Evecho and Linda Lorenzo, Editors.


You can visit the Read These Lips blog here. Also, you can add read_these_lips to your friends page.

Wed, Jun. 18th, 2008, 05:52 pm
fitzwilliamlogo: Great Books for the Summer!!

Hey Guys!!
LOGO just came out with a really cool list of the Best of Summer Listens, which includes books from great authors like Augusten Burroughs, Christopher Rice, and others! And the best part: we can download all the books straight to our iPod from this site. Check it out!
 

Fri, Mar. 14th, 2008, 08:59 am
jrosestar: Branded Ann by Merry Shannon

Branded Ann
by
Merry Shannon


Branded Ann by Merry Shannon

This book isn't for everyone. It's gritty, very gritty. Unlike most lesbian fiction where a main character starts out evil then immediately their true heart-of-gold comes out when they meet their true love, Captain Ann is a cold-blooded, ruthless pirate, and remains so throughout the book. Even when dealing with Violet, she doesn't soften. Eventually, we are allowed to see what motivates her and in some cases it is surprising. Actions that we would believe unimaginably cruel she finds to be difficult but necessary and sometimes even compassionate.

As the story unfolds, we begin to learn more about the two main characters, Captain Ann and Violet. Every person is a composite of their own experiences, and this is quite true in this book. Both appear at first to be quite simplistic. Slowly their layers are exposed to the reader, but only to the reader. Each layer is carefully pealed away. I said that Captain Ann remains a cold-blooded, ruthless pirate - but that's not entirely true. They both change over the course of the story. Yet every change follows a natural progression, with reasonable and logical justifications.

One thing I really enjoyed about this story is its intensity. This story had just the right amount of tension to keep me reading, but not so much as to make me check the back of the book to see how it ended. When that happens, I generally find I can't finish the book.

Almost everything that happens is foreshadowed, but only slightly. It was just enough that, in retrospect, you could say "I should have seen that coming;" yet not enough so you knew everything before it happened. In fact, there was only one event that I saw clearly when it was foreshadowed - but that was partly due to the synopsis on the back of the book. Other events took me completely by surprise and, in fact, shocked me.

If I had to include a criticism of this book it would be...
I honestly can't think of any.
This is only Merry Shannon's second book. I found her first to be exceptional as well, but this one completely blows me away. I can only look forward to more books from her.

My standard disclaimer
I only give reviews/recommendations of books I consider exceptional.

Sat, Mar. 8th, 2008, 09:26 pm
sweetlittlefigs: Can anyone recommend?

 Hey,
I haven't ever really read any queer girls books before except for foxfire.  
I am a lesbian and identify more like androgynous, a fagdyke or transgendered kinda.  So I would like it if someone could recommend a book(s) that had to do with androgyny, transgender kind of stuff, or just gender blurring...But it doesn't have to strictly be that, it could also just be like butch-femme...I dunno.

Walk Like A Man seems interesting, anyone have any reviews on that book?  Also Rose of No Man's Land, is that any good?

If there is something else, please let me know, because I find it kinda hard to actually find queer girl books.  Can anyone recommend a website that sells more queer friendly books than Barnes & Noble.com? 

Thank you in advance.  Any help would be much appreciated.

Fri, Feb. 22nd, 2008, 10:43 am
bradthedog: Hi and a call for beta readers

I don't want to make a nuisance of myself so I will make this brief. I have just finished my latest round of rewrites for a werewolf novel where the main character finds herself in more than one crisis of identity.  If anyone has the time or desire to beta read the work and give me a lesbian perspective on it I would be appreciative, I want to do justice to my characters when I next send it out to perspective agents.

Thanks
Brad
The Synopsis can be read at the link below:
http://bradthedog.livejournal.com/40969.html

Fri, Jan. 25th, 2008, 01:17 pm
taniwhanui: (no subject)

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