BLOG: Bent TV – Writing Trans w/ Miranda Sparks and Erin Kyan

Recently I had the very good honour to be interviewed by Erin Kyan of the Love and Luck Podcast for Melbourne’s Bent TV.

While there we talked about what it was like to create trans characters from the unique perspective of a trans author, as well as dropping some upcoming projects. (Cough, Fang Force!)

Check it out, won’t you?

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COMING SOON: Fang Force

Fang Force; a comission by Choscaa
Fang Force; a comission by Choscaa

Hello again to all you lovely lads, lasses and beautiful non-binary babes.

I write today with an exciting annoucement; a brand new serial drawing inspiration from Super Sentai/Power Rangers, etc.

Presentinging for your consideration:
FANG FORCE!

When evil emerges after centuries long hibernation, tour guide Lindsay is called upon to lead the soldiers of the Great Vampire King. With the powers of the bat, wolf, beetle, spider and mountain lion the five heroes battle injustice as Fang Force!

The story will be released in ‘episode’ format, with three parts – one released weekly – making up an episode. So far I’ve completed four episodes, and aiming to finish up to seven in the next month before release.

Are you as excited as I am? I sure hope so!

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BLOG: Shameless Self-Promotion! (Superteam Handbook)

Have you ever wanted to be a Power Ranger? If you’re like me, then probably.

Which is why you should pick up this book.

New from Green Ronin Publishing comes the SUPERTEAM HANDBOOK, featuring my own contribution, the sentai-inspired MAGNA FORCE!

There’s also a ton of great contributions in there from other authors, whom I whole-heartedly recommend.

Do yourself a favour, click the link, and nab a copy!

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BLOG: Religious Freedom, Freer than the Rest

It seems that every time I open my laptop there’s another take on Israel Folau.

“Who?” you ask, and I forgive you, because it’s an Australian story, and not all of you live in Australia.

For those of you not in the know, Israel Folau is a professional rugby union player whose 2019 contract was terminated after expressing negative comments toward same-sex attracted and gender variant communities.

Folau, in typical fashion, has taken the matter up with the Fair Work Commission, claiming that he was discriminated against on the basis of his religion.

Let’s tease that apart, shall we? Because the story is in the telling. Continue reading “BLOG: Religious Freedom, Freer than the Rest”

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BLOG: From an ‘Avengers’ Fangirl…

Some of you may not understand when I say that no matter the quality of the films that in my eyes the Avengers series is one of the greatest cinematic marvels (LOL) that I have ever experienced.

It’s not a sentiment everyone agrees with, and that’s fine. Casual work friend Matt certainly didn’t agree when he made his feelings known; that one superhero film is the same as another, and that what he considers art has been bled dry from modern film making.

Okay. Cool. Agree to disagree.

But what cannot be argued is that these films have struck a chord, and that the masses enjoy them for a reason. Part of what makes any work great is that it meets the audience halfway. It could be argued that what an audience brings to a film is equally important as what the film delivers in order to convey its message.

I can’t speak for everyone else. All I have is my own meandering experience, and my experience is that of a former fifteen year old child delving into comic books for the first time.

Continue reading “BLOG: From an ‘Avengers’ Fangirl…”

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BLOG: Transgender Day of Visibility

Today is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV); the one day of the year when transgender people appear from behind a rainbow, and anyone who catches us is granted a wish.

Wait…

(That joke belongs to Crystal Frasier. Sorry, Crystal. It was too good not to steal.)

Kidding aside, TDoV is the one day a year where we as a community band together and celebrate the presence and contributions of transgender people.

At least, that’s the idea. A lot of trans people are visible 365 days a year, and it’s not always a blessing. Sometimes it’s a target. This is especially true for transgender women of colour who face disproportionate degrees of discrimination and violence.

If you don’t believe me, then don’t worry, I’ve done the Googling for you.

Which is why, I believe, that there is a more important conversation to be had on this day, and that those such as myself who benefit from visibility have an obligation to talk about the wider issues. Continue reading “BLOG: Transgender Day of Visibility”

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BLOG: “An Unsent Letter” – Queerstories, Nov 2018

Last year gave me the incredible opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with other profound queer speakers as part of Queerstories.

Queerstories for the uninitiated is a regular live storytelling event offering a platform for sexual and gender diverse people to share pieces of their lives. Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, but always meaningful, Queerstories draws people from all manner of backgrounds, and with some luck opens a few eyes along the way.

A very special thank you goes to Maeve Marsden and all the others without whom such a wonderful event would not be.

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BLOG: On Being ‘Like’ A Girl

Since the transition from Shimmerverse.com to the new domain it seemed fitting that I should, on occasion, share thoughts and feelings in blog form. Here is the first.

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At some point I became a kind of veteran of the transgender community. Don’t ask me how it happened. Perhaps after eleven years of transition it was inevitable.

Young transgender women – or at least transgender women who’ve recently found themselves – come to me for advice. Sometimes it’s for resources, sometimes it’s about confidence and self-care, but more often than not it’s about wanting to be ‘more like’ a girl or woman.

First of all let me say that there is nothing wrong with these women asking how to better be their newly minted or emerging gender. Not all of us have the constitution to stand up and be fully authentic in a world that likes to put us in our place.

I don’t blame these women because I used to be that woman, but now whenever I am asked this question it comes with a swell of discomfort. Continue reading “BLOG: On Being ‘Like’ A Girl”

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