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I’m happy to announce my 12th episode of Writing Alchemy. I’ve been podcasting for over a year now! This is my first interlude episode and I’m excited to bring you the work of another intersectional writer while I work on finishing “The Wishing Dildo” which is planned for publication and podcasting early 2017. In this […]

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In this romance-themed interlude episode, Yolanda Wallace reads from her contemporary lesbian romance 21 Questions, in which Kenya Davis meets bartender Simone Bailey for the first time. Then we delve into themes, representation, and inspiration in Yolanda’s writing.

21 Questions: Kenya Davis’s ability to find the perfect employee is unparalleled. Her ability to find the perfect mate? Not so much. After she takes a chance on speed dating, she finds herself with not one but two chances to find true love. But with her spotty romantic track record, how can she be sure which woman is Miss Right and which is only Miss Right Now?

Simone Bailey works as a bartender at one of the hottest nightclubs in South Beach, has more female attention than she knows what to do with, and spends her spare time following her musical ambitions. Then she meets Kenya Davis. After her initial attempt to charm her way into Kenya’s heart fails, she resolves to reach her ultimate destination one question at a time.

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The Love’s Captive Book Series

This is a fictional book series I made up for my Pathfinder group (a tabletop role playing game based on Dungeons and Dragons). In our fictional world, romance novels seem to always include stories of epic adventure. This series is very popular within our world and the author is a mystery. I created this using […]

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I write and enjoy romances, but there are a lot of toxic, sexist patterns deeply ingrained in the genre (in addition to a lot of heterosexism). Here I present five tropes common in mainstream romances that I find particularly frustrating: Boundary-crossing behaviors are romantic if a man is deeply in love Subtext: True love results […]

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Writer and cultural-worker Gina de Vries joins Fay for the reading of part 2 of “Tala and Prince Hart,” which focuses on the humorous antics of Prince Hart’s suitors as their inappropriate, boundary-crossing behaviors get them into trouble. Gina then reads an erotic excerpt about the magic of everyday life from hir current project, How to Have a Body. The following discussion focuses on weaving personal experience into writing, unhealthy patterns that are romanticized within the romance genre, and the importance of centering the narratives of people living at the margins.

Tala and Prince Hart: Prince Hart is asexual, but his parents and many suitors are having a hard time accepting that. When the trickster Tala decides to come to his aid, chaos naturally ensues in this exuberant story that is a playful response to the all too common romanticization of boundary-crossing behaviors!

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