July reviews!

Yes, I once again skipped a month of spotlights. I hope things settle down soon and I’m able to focus on all of the updates to this site. But that hasn’t happened yet. For now, enjoy these reviews:

And of course, I’ll have a few more for you next month. The current plan is to review the following:

The plan is still a little up in the air, but one thing is certain. August will be the end of my last year of reviews. I’ll post a wrap-up of the whole thing then and let you know a little more about my plans moving forward.

This is a long one, folks.

Before I get into the reviews, let me be serious for a moment. I’m known for taking hanfic too seriously, but I’m not so known for talking about real, serious things. It’s time, and it’s going to get long.

For the past two weeks, I’ve been in a state of shock and grief over the Pulse nightclub massacre, and I expect I will be for some time to come. This will stay with me, as it should with all of us. I did not know anyone there personally; I have only watched with horror as a friend (more of an acquaintance, if I’m honest) learned the fate of his friends. And though I more often identify myself as an ally, my own sexuality has been a question mark for the better part of my life, and I’m coming to terms with the fact that I may never know the answer… or even the question.

But this isn’t about me. It is, however, about the LGBTGA+ community, and I don’t want anyone to forget that. The fair weather allies and those who aren’t allies at all, but see an opportunity to further other causes, have flooded out of the woodwork in the last few days. The one thing that gives me hope is that I know love is still winning. I see the little victories everywhere, even if hate is louder. Yet I’m sobered to dare wonder–what would we have done with this thirty years ago? Twenty? Swept it under the rug like the dirty little secret so many of us still see homosexuality as? We have so far to go yet, but we have also come so far, and I think it’s good to remember that.

We cannot let hate drag us back into the past.

From its beginnings, and certainly since the inception of the world wide web, fan fiction has been a safe haven, a place to hide, for those outside of society’s norms, which certainly includes the LGBTQA+ community. It has been, for many, the only place where they are safe and free to be who and what they cannot be in “real” life. It is by no means a perfect community, but it provides something that reality often still cannot.

The stories that we tell are criticized for their idealism, stories where homophobia doesn’t exist and no one is a zero on the Kinsey scale. We write these stories because this is the reality we want to see. These stories, even the silliest, smuttiest slash, are safe space, one that so many are not fortunate enough to have outside of their computer screens. These stories (yes, even the ones about boybands the world has forgotten) are meaningful.

Someday, the world will catch up with the stories we tell. I have to believe that. I have to believe it or go mad with grief. There still is and always will be good in the world, even in a country on the precipice of becoming something out of a dystopian novel. I believe that, in spite of all evidence to the contrary.

I believe in love, and I will not stop. I am full of grief and pain and anger, but I will not stop, and I hope that all of you who hope for a better, safer future share my stubbornness.

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New month, new spotlight!

Despite my wifi being in and out (mostly out) for over a week now, I was determined to get this spotlight posted on time. I had intended to have an interview as well, but things didn’t quite work out that way. So, enjoy this one story spotlight:

Changes by Elle!

Check back in a few weeks for reviews, if all goes as planned and my wifi cooperates.

Just in time!

I’ve been scrambling to get these reviews finished before I left for Tulsa, and I just barely squeaked by! I leave Wednesday after work, so unfortunately, I haven’t had time to do much of anything else around the site this month, either. Check Fanlore to see what I have managed to work on, though.

But before you do that, check out these reviews:

I also have a few bonus reviews this time around. A.M. London reviewed Broken by Amy, which you will find in the Anthem era. Elizabeth managed two this month —
Brothers Keepers by Aimster and Truth Is a Whisper by myself and Amber. You’ll find those under Anthem and Shout It Out, respectively.

Next month, you’ll find the following reviews on the site (provided nothing changes from my plan, although it usually does):

So enjoy those! In the meantime, I hope everyone else who is planning to go to Tulsa has as good of a time as I’m planning to have. It’s my first time attending Hanson Day since 2012, and I couldn’t be more excited. So if you see me around town, say hi! I promise I don’t bite 😉

Mayday, mayday!

I’m sorry. I think my post titles just keep getting cheesier, don’t they? Well, regardless, it is May 1st and that means it’s time for a new spotlight! Yes, singular. I’m trying out that new concept this time and only spotlight one story, but with a little bit more in depth of a feature than I usually do. So, without further ado, the May spotlight is…

Brothers Keepers by Aimster!

Check back later this month for a review of that very story, along with all the rest of my reviews of course. I also have a few more new things planned for this month that I hope to get done, but with Hanson Day coming up in two and a half weeks, it’s anyone’s guess as to how much I will actually accomplish. Nevertheless, be sure to check back, and if you’re going to Tulsa, don’t be too shy to track me down and say hi!

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