LGBTQ Fiction Friday Has It All
neil chapman dabbles in science fiction and AI this week, with a tale of nostalgic love and technology that promises both more and less than it can deliver. And that ending? Keep the tissues handy!
As I sat down, he straddled me and we kissed. I kept my eyes open, of course. I love to study the curves of his face as it moves in front of me. I marvel at the mathematical perfection of the contours that render him beautiful. He drew back and smiled.
A heavy door of packed snow and ice swung slowly open as Mei pushed it. Beyond, a throne of ice stood in the centre of a vast room. And on that throne was a pale figure who sat perfectly still, long hair falling in unmoving cataracts over her frosty shoulders and pearly gown.
Rodney Frazier knocks another one out of the park! Our newcomer has a knack for love stories and a deft touch drawing his readers into time and place. Join him for a journey to Manhattan’s Upper West Side — where two bulldogs and two men may just find romance!
“It’s been three years, and I still miss him terribly. We were together for thirty-four years. It’s rough to be widowed at sixty-two. I know that’s old to a young man like you, but I still feel very much alive. You know?”
BFoundAPen (Brian) is a young transgender man recovering from complications due to a serious illness, but even in the midst of all that, he’s writing furiously. You may remember his Anomaly, a YA novel of a trans boy fighting for a place on his high school basketball team. Now Brian’s moved on, exploring the life and love of a transgender man struggling to make it in a world that doesn’t trust him — for all sorts of reasons. Dive in! The dialogue sparkles, and the story will pull you along like a rip tide.
“They don’t wanna hire trans people, Bria! Especially not with my history. I’m lucky I got this one.” I shake my head, trying to get shake the anger out of me.
“It was self-defense.”
“It got me kicked out of college and sitting in a jail cell.” I stab my fork into the rice.
Valentine Wiggin gives us another chapter of her layered and complex novel of an LGBTQ teen struggling to make it in a religious school. Viktor has come out as trans, run away from home, and shipped unceremoniously back. His response? Sadly typical of queer kids whose family won’t accept the, for who they are.
I was gone for several days and the only thing my mother could think about was the me she wanted me to be. She made me look at myself in the mirror. “You’re a beautiful girl, made in God’s image. You can’t live in denial.”
David Wade Chambers and his writing partner Court Atchinson treat us to two chapter of Prairie Death Tales this week. The first is an interlude, a simple vignette populated by Dine City regulars we know already, but outside the ongoing story arc. This tale is as refreshing and sparkling as good May wine!
“Twenty five pounds of rhubarb,” Michael said, “should give us about 5 gallons of wine. John and I gathered it ourselves. We crushed it with rollers, rinsed and strained it. It’s curing in the cask with sugar, fermenting now.”
David and Court finally get down to business in Chapter 10 of Prairie Death’s new volume. As fascinating as all the buildup has been, I forgot this was a murder mystery. Not anymore! Get set for a scene you’ll never forget!
Her Sunday article created a buzz. “Future of Salt Fork Finds Questioned by Native Activist.” When she called the Cherokee Council to locate Jesse for a follow up, they told her Perkins was a tribal member, but had no authority to speak for them on such matters. The spokesman did not call Jesse Perkins an impostor, but that was the inescapable conclusion with which she was left.
Those are our offerings for this week, folks! Here at the Project, we’re busy scribbling away at more truth and queer reality in fiction. More stories on tap, and a new challenge on Sunday. We hope you join us this weekend for a read or three!
And remember, we’re always looking for more authentic queer stories. Interested in joining us? Write to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
See ya next Friday!