State of the ‘Nathan

Hello!

I know, I know. This blog has basically been nothing but flash fics and short story reviews for a while now—not that there’s anything wrong with that—but today I have actual updates on writing type news, and not only that but it’s not one bit of news but two to share with y’all, and that makes me super happy.


World of Stories Podcast

Screenshot 2019-08-30 10.08.31News the first is for your podcast listening pleasure: I was lucky enough to get a bit of face-to-face time with Hudson Lin in Toronto when I was there to speak to the Toronto Romance Writers (the Toronto branch of the Romance Writers of America), and was further lucky to receive an invitation to speak on the fabulous World of Stories podcast, where we, alongside Margrit Talpalaru, talked about queerness and diversity in speculative fiction, found families, what it’s like to write in different genres (and especially fast-paced genres like romance), and of course bridging the gap between queer generations. Our episode is here. It was a really wonderful experience, and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed having the opportunity. I’m a few episodes back into the backlist of the podcast now, and I have to say I’m enjoying them all a great deal, so there’s a bonus win for me on top of the already good.


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Perfect Note Speakers

The second piece of news actually relates to the first. I mentioned visiting the Toronto Romance Writers and the experience of speaking there with tips and tricks (and traps to avoid) while trying to write with more inclusive diversity from the point of view of queerness was pretty much a solid joy. In the past couple of years, I’ve been asked to speak on this topic (and similar topics) multiple times, and I love to wear my Gateway Gay educator hat.

So I’ve taken one more step forward in that direction and joined Perfect Note Speakers. Soon my mug will be up there alongside those brilliant and fantastic speakers (and I already hear impostor syndrome knocking at the door, but I’ll feed him cookies). So, after cracking that door open and a few really successful discussions, it’s official: I’m available if you’d like me to come on down (or up, or sideways, y’know, most directions) and speak.

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