I live in a world where I hope I will be respected for my love.
I live in a world where I hope I will be respected for my gender.
So how can I contribute to a world where something will not be respected for its species?
If I hope for respect, must I not first respect the most vulnerable of us?
If I hope for freedom, must I not first ensure the freedom of the caged?
If I hope for happiness, must I not first limit the unhappiness I cause?
It is dangerous to be queer in this world.
It is dangerous to be a woman in this world.
But it is more dangerous to be an animal in this world.
I am privileged to be human, and it is not my place to decide what lives or dies.
So let nothing more die for me.


grain of
sand is pushed
upward by the wind
and joins its fellows to
form a great desert sand dune
which in time turns to bright sandstone
all reds and golds and oranges
which in time weathers down
from wind and rain
to a single
grain of
grain of
sand is pushed
upward by the tide
and joins its fellows to
form a beach and then hills
which in time are pushed into mountains
looming tall above the ocean shores
which in time weather down
from wind and rain
to a single
grain of



goddess for the ages
lady of war and fertility
goddess for this age
lady of rebellion and sexuality

instead of a scepter
brass knuckles capped in crystals
instead of a crown
face painted Dia de Muertos
instead of silk robes
ripped jeans and stiletto heels
instead of precious stones
metal studs on shoes, clothes, skin

lady of rebellion and sexuality
goddess for this age
lady of war and fertility
goddess for the ages


Much to my delight and surprise, Garrett Ray Harriman of Short4orm nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. I have no idea what that actually means, but I like awards and I sure like Garrett’s superb writing. Now, normally I don’t take part in the blog award posts because I use my blog as a way to keep track of how much I’ve written, and non-writy things throw off the count, but I thought of a way around that… I’ll answer Garrett’s questions in the form of haiku! Then this post still counts as creative writing, right?


Apparently, for the Sunshine Blogger Award, the nominator asks 11 questions of their nominees. Nominees answer said questions, then choose 5 of their own nominees for the award (nominator excluded) and create 11 new questions to ask. Haiku not required (though encouraged by me!). Answers below, and then my nominees and their questions.

  1. How would you describe your sense of humor?

    I could have written
    Cards Against Humanity
    (though fewer sex jokes)

  2. Who are your writer heroes?

    Bradbury, foremost
    Kushner and Koja, of course
    Zelazny as well

  3. How do you define fear?

    something you can’t face
    be it monster or person
    for lack of control

  4. How do you define courage?

    something you still face
    despite fear, anxiety
    even if you’ll lose

  5. What was the first piece you wrote that moved you?

    “How to Train Your Cat”
    written at six; years later
    laughed until I cried

  6. What musical instrument would you be and why?

    maybe a sistrum
    Bast’s beloved instrument
    makes a joyous sound

  7. What is your favorite dessert?

    fresh baked rhubarb pie
    perhaps a bit of whipped cream
    and the perfect crust

  8. Second-best use for books besides reading them? (doorstop, projectile, etc.)

    build a fort of books
    with a blanket for the top
    hide from adulthood

  9. What do you do about procrastination?

    left this one for last
    I don’t have a great answer
    put off, then push through

  10. Favorite superhero that hasn’t been created yet?

    Crazy Cat Lady!
    she’s not really crazy, just
    rescues cats in need

  11. Question you wish I’d asked you?

    what book made you wish
    you had written it this year?
    I’d say Bel Canto

For my own nominees, I tag ContagiousQueer (for your thoughtful social justice posts), ThingsMatter (because I think you love this sort of stuff), Days of Stone (for your beautiful poetry), AlicePan (because I HATE YOU (jk love you)), and Bad Poem a Day (because you might actually do the haiku thing). No worries if any of you don’t want to participate, though.

And my new set of questions…

  1. Favorite flavor of tea (or other drink of your choice, if you don’t drink tea)?
  2. What mythical creature would you want as a companion/pet?
  3. Favorite supervillain that hasn’t been created yet?
  4. What food did you love as a kid but hate now?
  5. What movie do you think is overrated?
  6. If you could meet one historical figure, who would it be and why?
  7. What does your blog/username mean and why did you choose it?
  8. What song do you hate to love?
  9. Is there a fictional character you wish you had created? If so, who and why?
  10. Do you name your electronics? What are their names?
  11. Favorite god or goddess?

#1701 – 2015 Book List

[ I read a total of 76 books this year. As you can tell, I was on a bit of a cat kick thanks to becoming a follower of Bast – but I managed to fit in quite a few queer books too, as well as some Classics and even some poetry. All in all it was a good year for reading, though I don’t think my heart will ever recover from Bel Canto or The Bastards’ Paradise. ]


  1. Clariel – Garth Nix
  2. The Gospel According to Yeshua’s Cat (Yeshua’s Cats Book 1) – C.L. Francisco
  3. A Cat Out of Egypt: The Prequel to Yeshua’s Cat (Yeshua’s Cats Book 2) – C.L Francisco
  4. Per-Bast: A Tale of Cats in Ancient Egypt – Lara-Dawn Stiegler
  5. Make Much of Me – Kayla Bashe
  6. The Incredible Journey – Sheila Burnford
  7. Varjak Paw – Sf Said
  8. Ratha’s Creature (The Named) – Clare Bell
  9. Clan Ground (The Named) – Clare Bell
  10. Ratha and Thistle-Chaser (The Named) – Clare Bell
  11. Tomorrow’s Sphinx – Clare Bell
  12. Ratha’s Challenge (The Named) – Clare Bell
  13. Ratha’s Courage (The Named) – Clare Bell
  14. Warriors #1: Into the Wild – Erin Hunter
  15. Warriors #2: Fire and Ice – Erin Hunter
  16. Warriors #3: Forest of Secrets – Erin Hunter
  17. Warriors #4: Rising Storm – Erin Hunter
  18. Warriors #5: A Dangerous Path – Erin Hunter
  19. Warriors #6: The Darkest Hour – Erin Hunter
  20. Warriors: The New Prophecy #1: Midnight – Erin Hunter
  21. Warriors: The New Prophecy #2: Moonrise – Erin Hunter
  22. Warriors: The New Prophecy #3: Dawn – Erin Hunter
  23. Warriors: The New Prophecy #4: Starlight – Erin Hunter
  24. Warriors: The New Prophecy #5: Twilight – Erin Hunter
  25. Warriors: The New Prophecy #6: Sunset – Erin Hunter
  26. Warriors: Power of Three #1: The Sight – Erin Hunter
  27. Irregulars: Stories by Nicole Kimberling, Josh Lanyon, Ginn Hale, and Astrid Amara
  28. Downtime – Tamara Allen
  29. A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii – Stephanie Dray, et. al
  30. The Seventh Bride – T. Kingfisher
  31. Strange Angels – Kathe Koja
  32. Hogfather – Terry Pratchett
  33. Invoking the Egyptian Gods – Judith Page and Ken Biles
  34. Shadowscapes Companion – Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore
  35. Deerskin – Robin McKinley
  36. A Night to Remember – Walter Lord
  37. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  38. Hell’s Pawn – Jay Bell
  39. Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology – Cory O’Brien
  40. Bad Brains – Kathe Koja
  41. The Mythic Tarot – Juliet Sharman-Burke, Liz Greene
  42. Song of Bast – Judith Page
  43. Swordspoint – Ellen Kushner
  44. Blue on Black – Carole Cummings
  45. Don’t Date a Writer – Maj Alyasa
  46. Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
  47. Lost – Gregory Maguire
  48. Wilde Stories 2015: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction – Steve Berman, et. al.
  49. Bryony and Roses – T. Kingfisher
  50. The Fox’s Tower and Other Tales – Yoon Ha Lee
  51. Listening to Cougar – Marc Bekoff and Cara Blessley Lowe
  52. Wolfs-own: Ghost – Carole Cummings
  53. Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet – John Bradshaw
  54. Bast and Sekhmet: Eyes of Ra – Storm Constantine and Louise Coquio
  55. Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction – JoSelle Vanderhooft, et. al.
  56. Heiresses of Russ 2012: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction – Katherine Fabian, et. al.
  57. Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction – Steve Berman, et. al.
  58. Winterwode (The Wode Book 3) – J Tullos Hennig
  59. The Queen of the Sky Who Rules Over All of the Gods: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Bast – ed. By Rebecca Buchanan
  60. Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allen Poe – ed. Steve Berman
  61. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War – Max Brooks
  62. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz
  63. The Halloween Tree – Ray Bradbury
  64. Lord of the White Hell: Book One – Ginn Hale
  65. Lord of the White Hell: Book Two – Ginn Hale
  66. Strange Things in the Woods – Steve Stockton
  67. Ghost Stories of Washington – Barbara Smith
  68. The Bastards’ Paradise – Kathe Koja
  69. The Cats of Rekem: The Sequel to Yeshua’s Cat (Yeshua’s Cats Book 3) – C. L. Francisco
  70. The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats: A Journey into the Feline Heart – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
  71. Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book 1 (The Cadeleonian Series Book 3) – Ginn Hale
  72. Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Book 2 (The Cadeleonian Series Book 4) – Ginn Hale
  73. Innocence – Jane Mendelsohn
  74. Sharp Teeth – Toby Barlow
  75. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  76. The Conqueror’s Wife: A Novel of Alexander the Great – Stephanie Thornton