E is for Everyone

 In Illas, on the edge of the crystalline sea, Brother Cadfall bows his head as sisters of the Order of the Three make their prayer over him. Their fingers weave the sacred spell as they speak, and violet ribbons rush through the air. Violet ribbons snap into existence, appearing from everywhere. Earlier this day, Cadfall’s […]

D is for Demiromantic

Man, this one will be awkward, knocking down that fourth wall for a minute. I thought you should know that I am in love with you, reader, but don’t take that personally. I am asexual, polyromantic, panromantic, demiromantic. That means I fall in love with people all the time, any time I feel a deep […]

C is for Caretaker

 I wouldn’t trade a single day we had together. Folding up your clothes, placing them in cardboard boxes, tears well up in my eyes. It’s just me in a small room on the first floor of the nursing home. I’m waiting for someone to say something incredibly stupid, how I can move on with my […]

A-Z Visiting Day

Whew, so March was a bit crazy, so I am now playing catchup with my A-Z posts (that I absolutely said I would have all done and scheduled before April – and WHEN DID APRIL HAPPEN????) Seriously, is it actually April? Every year, April sneaks in suspiciously with many people saying very untrue things and […]

B is for Biromantic

 I married the woman of my dreams today. It was the perfect day, sunshine in the park, our minister a close friend who got one of those low-cost “ordinations” just to officiate for us. Everyone clapped, and it all felt so real. This is actually happening, real. Then, one of your work friends, Susan, came […]

A is for Asexual

I remember that Thursday in June when the three of us sat by the floor to ceiling window of the Starbucks on 3rd. It was crowded that day, but I could hear every word. I had a chai latte, Linda had a cappuccino, and you, Peter, had tea. “You want a three-way,” you said looking […]

FF: Home Sweet Home

“What is it really like in there?” people still ask, years later. Quarantine forced hundreds of us to stay for decades in The Hidden Library.¬†Years passed, while the deadly book-wyrm raged outside. Magic archways lead to the Library of Alexandria, to safely replicated surfaces of distant stars, to all of the places and times someone […]

A-Z Theme Reveal: Ace Love Stories

For A to Z this year, I’m going to be posting love stories, but not just ANY kind of love story. These will be about everything EXCEPT what we (in my opinion all too often) think of as “love stories”: straight, heteronormative boy-girl together forever love stories. Nothing wrong with that! But I want to […]

FF: Home Sweet Home

My parents split up when I was five. I went to live with my mom, who lovingly cared for me – well, the nanny she hired cared for me. It would be years before I would ask myself why I looked forward to summer vacation so much. (Dad only got me for vacation.) He would […]

FF: Both Sides Now

We’ll never be friends, but we’re too exhausted to be enemies, in your flower-strewn backyard on a sunny day. In the slick red shoebox, a hamster’s body lies still. You only got to spend two days with Petey. I resist the urge to laugh at your grief. Instead, I stare down at the dirt mound, […]