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I started blogging in 2006. I wrote about my life, about politics, about the news, about dating adventures… Eventually, I started reviewing books… and then movies… and then TV shows… Then I started a blog all about my pregnancy. Then one all about being a writer.

Sadly, I was a dumbass and I randomly used photos and images from google that I totally did not have the legal right to use. So all those old blogs… hundreds and hundreds of old blogs, are all gone. (This “oh shit” purge happened in 2022 for anyone curious.)

Yep. gone. At least for now. There is a chance I might go through them and republish them without the images etc because some of them were -if I say so myself- quite funny. But that seems like a lot of work and, honestly, an exercise in narcissism… so maybe not. Time will tell.

Starting in 2021, I dusted off my “book review” skills and decided to give blogging/reviewing another go. I wrote a LOT of book reviews. By the end of the year, I was burnt out, my eyes went into revolt and quit working, and oh yeah, the “oh shit” moment happened. 

So those reviews?… all came down in 2022 as part of the “oh shit I was a dumbass” purge.

However! Things have changed yet again. I am writing again, I am reading again, and I am reviewing again. And thanks to Fair Use, I can still publish my book reviews. So that is what I am going to do.

  1. Republish all my 2021 book reviews.
  2. Write the occasional book review
  3. Do a monthly LGBTQIA book review as part of the ItsAQueerThang radio show I am lucky enough to be a part of.
  4. Talk about books on my TikTok
  5. Hope my eyes hold out for another few years.

Onward! 

Book Review: Nevada

It is an important book. Not just for broadening one’s horizons, but also as a historical document. This book was (and still is) very important to the canon of queer and trans literature. For that reason alone, it should be read by anyone who wants a decent working knowledge of queer/trans history. 

Book Review: Payback’s A Witch

As is common in the genre of romance (and in YA) there is not a lot of character development but there is a fair bit of personal drama and angst. And while the characters are interesting and their fashion senses are extremely on point, I will say that I wanted more.

It’sAQueerThang – September 2022

Our guests included Carlene Mendez of Westcare, Julio Mastro of the Fresno AIDS Walk, and Kathleen Arambula Reyna of the Fresno REEL Pride Film Festival. Chris and Kaylia also discuss Suicide Prevention and our regular feature: the Good News / Bad News.

Book Review: Small Angels

I would recommend it to anyone who wants a ghost story fairy tale about magical woods and literary levels of how society treats outsiders. It isn’t overly spooky, but the prose is beautiful, the magic was folkloreesque, the ending satisfying, and bonus… a lesbian couple!

Book Review: The Chosen And The Beautiful

If the description of “beautifully written queer retelling of a classic but feminist and from a reimagined and now nonwhite side character” piques your interest, I think you will definitely enjoy this book.

Book Review: Rainbow, Rainbow

Short story collections tend to be a mix of protagonists and situations that sometimes center around a theme. Such is the case of Rainbow, Rainbow by Lydia Conklin.  Her theme is broad “the lesser-known stories of the LGBTQIA experience” and she does a masterful job of telling these stories with gut-wrenching prose.

It’sAQueerThang – August 2022

Our guests were Joe Prado of the Fresno County Health Department, Krysten Cherkaski of the GSA Network (Here is the Devising Freedom direct link), Dr. Katherine Fobear of the Qistory project and Paul Hernandez and Jessica Graves from the Drag Brunch at the Fresno Breakfast House.

Book Review: Lessons In Chemistry

Book Of The Month recommended it to me with the tagline “This novel has the perfect molecular structure: a charming protagonist, humor, a lovable dog, and feminist bonafides.” And… yes. 1000% yes. 

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