Sadie and Friends at Hogwarts

I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things to do is sort characters from completely random shows and books into Hogwarts Houses. 

(This is particularly amusing for shows like Grey's Anatomy with rich ensemble casts, or shows like Supergirl and The Flash, where universes collide on the daily.)

So, I figured: why not do it with my own characters? 

So, without further ado:

Sadie -- total Gryffindor. She's just the right amount of hard-headed (I see you, Harry) and the most charming amount of courageous defender of people she loves. And even people she doesn't.

Evelyn -- one of those rare but truly powerful Slytherin/Hufflepuff cuspies. She has a lot of Gryffindor and Ravenclaw potential in her, too (if this were a dystopian Chicago post instead of a Hogwarts post, she'd for sure be Divergent). But, her ability to keep herself going behind enemy lines? Her soft spot for children? Slytherin/Puff cuspy. All the way.

Lerian -- complete and utter Gryff. She and Sadie could (and for sure do) have contests about who's more strong-willed (much to the chagrin of Sadie's mothers), and let's face it, Lerian doesn't blink in the face of danger. 

Jorbam -- a Ravenclaw with a lot of Hufflepuff tendencies. Kind-hearted and good-humored, and so, so sharp; her emotional intelligence is off the charts. She would probably chalk it up to living so long; I, her humble creator, chalk it up to solid brilliance.

Zaylam -- the Hufflepuff who tries so hard to make sure her friends from multiple Houses get along. Her sharp humor helps with that; somehow Zaylam knows how to make someone laugh at themselves without feeling attacked, and that humility she brings can go a long way in forming bonds across divisions.

Want to know more characters' Houses as you read about them? Dive into the comments!

Disagree with me about their Houses with what you know about them so far? I love me a good Hogwarts House debate! Swim amongst the comments and air your grievances! 

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LUNAV Sneak Peak: Into the Flowing

Over on the tumbles, a wonderful and wonderfully curious Anon asked: "Can you tell us anymore of the 5 regions?"

And yes. Yes, indeed, I can. 

With LUNAV coming out (pun intended) in just a little over 4 months (!!!!!!!!!), I think it's time we learn a little bit more about it! So, here's how I answered on tumblr:

Oooh, such a wonderful question, about the 5 regions of the land of Lunav

Hmmmm, what should I divulge? ;)

 A white enby with short, dark brown hair (me!!) strokes their chin, looking up and away in concentration. They are wearing a grey-green beanie and a grey sweater.

A white enby with short, dark brown hair (me!!) strokes their chin, looking up and away in concentration. They are wearing a grey-green beanie and a grey sweater.

Let’s see. 

The Flowing! Let’s start with the Flowing. 

The Flowing is, in essence, the Lunavic ocean. 

 A photograph (taken by the author) of the Pacific Ocean, featuring very small, gentle waves behind spiney red and green plant life.

A photograph (taken by the author) of the Pacific Ocean, featuring very small, gentle waves behind spiney red and green plant life.

It lays between the other three regions (the Grove, the Samp, and the Highlands) and Izla. The Flowing has regions of its own, of course – just one example is Qathram, which is a semi-religious pilgrimage site for the dragons of Lunav.

Because the dragons of Lunav, you see, are both sea and air dragons.

 With an enigmatic smile on her face, Zaylam walks on all fours with her wings extended above her body, her furry underbelly and strong, curvy tail drawing the eye just as Zaylam would want them to. Her eyes are big and bright, and the gentle spikes crowning her head match the small spikes that line her spine (fading smaller and smaller as they approach her tail). By LM.

With an enigmatic smile on her face, Zaylam walks on all fours with her wings extended above her body, her furry underbelly and strong, curvy tail drawing the eye just as Zaylam would want them to. Her eyes are big and bright, and the gentle spikes crowning her head match the small spikes that line her spine (fading smaller and smaller as they approach her tail). By LM.

^^ a beautiful fan art by a beautiful person of Zaylam, the main dragon in LUNAV, displayed with consent of the author in this feature post.

Born with both wings and air bladders (basically, an organ that functions as a big sacks of air alongside their bellies, like a lot of bony fish have in our world!), dragons in Lunav spend a good portion of each year in the Flowing.

Fun fact: there may or may not be a prequel to LUNAV in existence that centers a lot of the narrative in the Flowing itself, specifically in Qathram, which is an intensely magical part of the Flowing just off the coast of Izla.

Shall I say more about the other regions?

Do you wanna know more about the Flowing?

Let me know, and maybe I’ll indulge ;)

My First Author Interview is Up!

Huge thanks for Beth Phelan for putting #DVpit together on Twitter and getting me connected to NineStar Pres!

Check out the interview for your first peek at the blurb for LUNAV, forthcoming in March 2018!!!

(While you’re at it, feel free to check out my guest post on Rainbow Gold Reviews for their week of highlighting trans authors!)

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On Being a Nonbinary Author: My Debut Novel, Trains, and Transition

Rainbow Gold Reviews, an LGBT (M/M-focused) book review site, just released my first guest post as an author!

In response to the flurry of anti-trans rhetoric and action in the United States under 45, RGR is hosting a week of features on trans authors; because trans people deserve to recognize ourselves in our literature.

So, my contribution to the week -- about my journey so far as an enby author and the process of writing my debut novel, LUNAV -- is here!

Let me know what you think, and my fellow trans and enby writers: feel free to join the conversation!

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Welcome to Lunav! Meet Sadie and her friends!

If you're reading this, you probably already know that Lunav is the name of my debut novel, set to be published by NineStar Press in early 2018.

What you might not know is what, indeed, Lunav is; who lives there; and why their stories are important.

Lunav is a land, geographically and politically divided into five major regions; the Grove, the Samp, the Flowing, Izla, and the Highlands.

Our tour guide through it all? 

Well, a spy, of course.

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