Oct 042016
 

October is here which pretty much for me is just the month known as Halloween!! and that means pumpkins and knee socks and hoodies! Autumn in NYC is one of my favorite times of year!

September was a super busy month for me, probably a little bit too busy. I spent most of the month working on some pretty intensive deadlines. For most of September  I was  wrapping up 5 major applications/submissions that were all due within about a week of each other! I’m in a phase of my writing where I’m trying to figure out my next big project so trying to throw a lot of  literary spaghetti at walls in hopes that something good will stick makes a lot of sense. I’m really pleased with all the work I did this month, but I did learn (again) that overextending myself that far isn’t very sustainable so I don’t plan to have that kind of deadlines schedule again anytime soon! I also read/blurbed a fabulous booking that will be releasing soon- September was packed!
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September wasn’t all work – I actually fit a WHOLE LOT of really amazing fun adventures with my little family. We started the month with going upstate for labor day weekend staying in a tiny cottage with a sleeping loft, a campfire, and a stream for our dogs to play in right in the “backyard.” it was paradise and just the kind of relaxation I needed!  I also got an awesome pink pterodactyl puppet – who hopefully will be making more appearances on my social media pages in he coming weeks. 14192770_10209358571497425_271834378576941386_n
We also (thanks to Kestryl’s amazing good luck) and persistence scored tickets to the sold out Museum of Ice Cream – i have two words for you, SPRINKLE POOL! it was awesome.  we also checked out 29 rooms which is a huge artinstillation part of fashion week, and got to play in a panda themed ball pit, and finally late in the month we continued our annual tradition of going apple picking! yum!
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September also brought the first session of my LGBT fiction reading group at The Center For Fiction. for our first session we read “Under the Udalla Trees” and had a fantastic discussion about the novel!  For this month the group will be reading “God In Pink” — can’t wait to hear with the participants think about it!
In September and thanks to my library card, I was successful with keeping up my 2016 personal reading challenge of reading a book a week – all of which I chronicle over on GoodReads (friend me to see what I’m reading!). My favorite things I read this month: “Poor Unfortunate Souls” (if you like cheesy but well done Disney stories – this is a great one) I also really enjoyed “Hot Dog Taste Test” which surprised me because I was afraid it would be too…. foodie? literary? idk and I really liked “Art Thinking”   which was an author with a full time day job really resonated with me. My least favorite thing I read this month was probably “Animals” and “We Should All Be Feminists” both of whom were big disappointments.
In September I finalized reviewing and approving print [proofs of “A Little Queermas Carol” my novella which will be releasing this autumn, just in time to add to your Christmas lists!!!!!!! I have the final proof in hand and it looks BEAUTIFUL.KD Diamond did a great job on bringing my vision for the cover art to life, I can’t wait to share it with all of you! Pre-order information will be posted here in the next few weeks, and mark your calendars now if you’re in NYC. I’ll be having a release event at Bluestockings Bookstore on Friday, December 2nd with special guest readings from Laura Antiniou and Ashley Young!!!
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It’s a little unbelievable that this little novella project was able to come toghter into a real little book in time for Christmas this year – i’m so excited to share it with allof you, especially thequeer/leather/littles amongst you!!! 13900096_10209063222273879_5856216484147681029_n
October is going to be a fun month – it’s pumpkins and halloween (i’m busily working on crafting my halloween costume) and i *think * i know what both my dogs will be dressing up as! I also have some exciting articles that I have been working hard on that will be going to press this month! I’ll be sure to link to on my facebook/twitter !!!
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Sep 012016
 

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Summer is over! I mean it’s still a sauna here in NYC but I’m convinced that the end of August means the end of summer! This past month has been hot, and good, and super busy! I saw these pumpkins being unloaded in Chinatown earlier this week, so autumn better hurry up and get here!

In August  I finished editing my novella A Little Queermas Carol and got print proofs in the mail! They look awesome other than that I sent the WRONG version of the manuscript to be laid out! I feel like a total idiot, but it did give me a chance to do one more deep edit on the project. Thankfully the person doing my layout still has time to work on it and the novella will be relaid out in time to not have any impact on the release date!!! Woot!

I’m really excited about getting to share this project with all of you – it’s quirky, queer and fun! I’m especially excited that it centers ageplay/littles within the queer/little story without being erotic!  Keep checking back for pre-order information – I expect to open that up in early October!

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SAVE THE DATE

I’m thrilled to announce that the NYC lease of A Little Queermas Carol will happen at Bluestockings Bookstore: Friday, December 2nd 7pm

Info about fantastic guest readers coming very soon!!!

The election is on all of our minds, so this month my pet column at Curve Magazine was all about how to get your cats & dogs ready and decked out in Hillary gear check it out! I also had the chance to write an article for The Center For Fiction’s “Author Picks” series – mine was a roundup of Top Queer Fiction!  I have a few more articles I’ve been working on this month that should be releasing this autumn that I’ll be sure to post on my facebook/twitter when they get published! 

I’m going to be facilitating a LGBTQ FICTION reading group at The Center For Fiction starting mid-September.  I believe there are still a couple of open slots! If you’re interested, all the registration information can be found here

I’m still keeping up with my book a week reading goal for the year and tracking my progress over on Good Reads! I met my initial goal of reading 50 books this year and read a pretty solid mix of things this month. Definitely on the bottom of the  list would’ve  the new Harry Potter. Such a disappointment. Favorite things read this month were pretty eclectic. “Princess Celestia and the Summer of Royal Waves” was excellent (as has the second half of my little pony season 6), I also really enjoyed “Another Brooklyn” by Jacqueline Woodson and “Here Comes The Sun” by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn. This week I’ve been stretching a little out of my comfort zone and giving suicide squad graphic novels a chance even though they are way too violent for me, because all my little leather buddies are obsessed.

I went and saw Ghostbusters in the theater and am pretty obsessed! WHO YA GONNA CALL?!??  the characters of Holtzman and Abby in particular really spoke to me. I think Abby is totally under appreciated in the way that fatnes and femmeness gets devalued. She’s totally rad – and I really can sympathize with her takeout issues! Give that ghostbuster a reasonable ratio of soup to wonton!

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Besides sending the novella off to layout the big news from August was that my little dog Mercury celebrated his 14th birthday in August! He’s been my sidekick since he was 6 weeks old so this birthday felt like a big milestone! He celebrated with a meat cake!

I’m getting ready to log off the internet for a few days (well except for uploading cute pictures of my dogs to Instagram) to hang out in the mountains of upstate New York. I’ve been pushing myself hard this month to get a lot of different writing done, and I’m very much looking forward to a break with my family!

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Aug 102016
 

COMING CHRISTMAS 2016!

Please check back for pre-order info coming soon!

13900096_10209063222273879_5856216484147681029_nMarley was dead. Unable to cope, Ebe wields their politics as a excuse to deny  their desire for a Leather family. Trauma and imagination come to life through visions of drag queens and dolls, while Leather Daddies bake holiday cookies in this tender queer reimagined Christmas tale.

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Like the best Christmas gifts, Sassafras Lowrey’s fantasia of a story is delightful, heartfelt, and exactly what you were hoping for, even if you didn’t know it. Ze has created the perfect queer holiday stocking stuffer for everyone on your list, whether they’re naughty, nice, or something in between.”

—Michael Thomas Ford, author of Suicide Notes and Lily

#AWP17

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Aug 102016
 

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This week AWP announced what panels have been accepted for the 2017 conference, and the panel I am included on “Bringing LGBTQ Folk Forms into Our Literature” (so honored to have been asked to be part of this!!!) was accepted!

I’ve never been to AWP before – for whatever reason (probably a whole lot of internalized imposter syndrome) I’ve always considered it to be a space that’s out of my league, or kinda just in a different stadium than the one I play (write?) in! So here I am humming “playing with the big boys now” from the prince of Egypt movie (because that’s how I manage my self doubt!)  and planning my trip down to the conference in February!

I had thought about just going down for the day of my panel, but the conference registration costs the same regardless of if I go for one day, or the whole conference soooooo I’m going to go for the whole experience. Daddy booked my hotel last night (because that kind of thing totally overwhelms me) since shockingly to me hotels close to the conference were already booking up! Daddy also reminded me there are pandas at the DC zoo, so I definitely am going to need to take a little field trip from AWP to visit some pandas!!!!

Have you ever been to AWP? I would love to hear from other queer writers about what your experience has been like, and any suggestions you have for making the most out of the conference would be very welcome! All of the accepted workshops look AMAZING- it definitely seems like the challenge will be deciding what to attend!!!

Aug 022016
 

Is it already August?! I don’t know how this happened, but it means we’re closer to the autumn (and getting closer to our trip to Disney World) so i’m not complaining!

What was I up to in July???

  • Last week a reader sent me this AWESOME picture from Powell’s Bookstore in Portland, Oregon!  If you see my books out in the world please send/tweet/instragram pictures @ me!!! One of my favorite things is seeing my books out in the world!

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*  My July started with reading as part of The Hustle reading series at WORD bookstore. The event is focused on the real working styles of writers, how we pay our bills, and how we organize our work. Definitely a fun event to be part of!
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* In July Daddy and went on  gaycation up to Provincetown with our dogs. I went offline (other than to post cute dog beach photos) and it was EXACTLY what i needed. I spent every day playing in the water, having fun with my family, reading lots of books, and not checking my email! Definitely the break I needed.  I kayaked for the first time – we went out in the ocean all the way from town out to a lighthouse, and were surrounded by seals! Unfortunately the photos of seals didn’t turn out so you’ll just have to take my word for it. I did upload approximately three million pictures of my dogs on Facebook and Instagram so definitely check those out!

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* For those of you who follow my dog writing – I’ve  been taking on online summer intensive training course from Absolute Dogs (based in the UK) with Charlotte. The class is specifically for reactive dogs and is game focused.It’s been fun to stretch my dog training brain muscles this summer and have an excuse to spend lots of time everyday training.  We’ve been seeing a LOT of success from the class, and I’ll be writing all about our experience later this summer on Dogster!
* Surprisingly I came home from gaycation to several invitations to write focused on all kinds of things from being a teenage runaway, being a little and my D/s dynamic with Daddy, to queer literature (clearly i should go on gaycation more often)! So I’ve hit the ground running with writing since being back in the city. It’s fun to be writing so much again — several of these pieces should be releasing in the next few months – i’ll update here, and as always on facebook/twitter when different things go to press.
* In July my PETS column at Curve Magazine was an emotional one talking about the pets of Orlando victims, and how as queer pet-parents we need to think about the safety of our own pets always, but especially in the aftermath of Orlando should something happen to us.
* The big news from July was finishing my leather/queer Christmas novella A Little Queermas Carol that will be coming out this holiday season! This has been a fun little project that grabbed my imagination and I”m so looking forward to being able to share it with all of you! I have been working with the fabulous artist KD Diamond (who did the cover art for my novel Roving Pack) to come up with something extra special for this novella (which I hope to be able to show you soon!)! Just this weekend I locked in the final version of the text and sent it off to be laid out! I feel so lucky to have readers that get as excited as I do about projects like this – and I can’t wait to hear what y’all think! especially the ageplayers!
* I’ve been reading lots of books – and keeping with my book a week goal. I’ve now surpassed my Goodreads 2016 goal of reading 50 books (currently at 56!). Follow me on Goodreads to checkout what I’m reading! Definitely my favorite books I read in July were  “Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon” and “Like a Woman” both of which were stellar in (obviously) different ways.
* Popculture babble: I tried to get into playing pokemon go because everyone here in Brooklyn was playing but I got a little bit board faster than I did with nekoatsume (since I don’t know the characters well). I did however (i don’t know how I’ve never seen it!) discover the movie Wreck It Ralph- which I’m pretty obsessed with now. Also so glad that season 6 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has turned itself around after a fairly disappointing start. I’m refusing to see Finding Dory because the reviews tell me it’s all a bio family reunification plot (eww) and also avoiding secret life of pets – because I hate stories of lost pets, I just want an hour and a half of them playing in their apartments (essentially an extended trailer would have made me happy)
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* This fall i’ll be facilitating a LGBT Fiction reading group at The Center For Fiction here in NYC! It’s going to be really fun! Click here for more info about the class here as well as information about how to register!I know space is filling up quickly so please spread the word and register soon! We’re going to be reading: 1) Under the Udala Tree, Chinelo Okparanta 2) God In Pink, Hasan Namir 3) Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson 4) Like Son, Felicia Luna Lemus 5) Life is Wonderful, People Are Terrific, Meliza Bañales
*  I’ll have a story in the print issue of Dogster Magazine this August – which should be hitting newsstands any day! This article is similar to some of mine that went viral last spring encouraging dog parents to obey leash laws to keep the world safe for reactive and other special needs dogs.
* Stay tuned for information about pre-ordering A Little Queermas Carol this fall!!!!

UPCOMING STUFF!

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Jul 012016
 

I took intentional time off from writing big projects  after the release of Lost Boi to let myself have the opportunity to enjoy the process of releasing that book. I’ve played around with different book-length projects but what really stuck was a project that took me a little bit by surprise! I ended up creatively falling in love with a novella (i’ve never written one of these before!) titled  “A little Queermas Carol.” It’s a queer/leather/christmas story- and I’m so excited to be able to share it with readers THIS CHRISTMAS season! I got the manuscript back from my copyeditor and am working on final edits of the novella now. I’m also working with the amazing KD Diamond (who did the cover art for Roving Pack) to design the cover for the novella. I got to see the preliminary sketch this week and thrilled with it! Stay tuned for more novella news in the upcoming months!

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I’m going to be reading as part of The Hustle event at WORD Bookstore on June 10th! THE HUSTLE is a free every-other-month series that invites writers to discuss the hours they keep, the habits that support their work, how they pay the bills, how they read & write, the importance of community and much more. I’ve also been told there are donuts!

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This fall i’ll be facilitating a LGBT Fiction reading group at The Center For Fiction here in NYC! It’s going to be really fun! Click here for more info about the class here as well as information about how to register!

Jun 112016
 

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In just one week, RADCLYFFE will open as part of the Trans Theater Festival at The Brick!!!  The piece has grown and changed since its last production in NYC at the Fresh Fruit Festival, and I’m delighted for the opportunity to present it in a festival with so many other talented trans theater artists! I hope to see you there!

Radclyffe Hall, notorious author of the censored “Well of Loneliness,” swaggered their way through the early 20th century. This pseudo-historical solo performance/seance weaves together stories from Radclyffe Hall’s life and times with what England’s second most notorious invert would have to say about trans/queer life today, such as: “what ever happened to ‘romantic friendships’? What the hell is a ‘genderqueer?! And where can an invert get a good haircut in this town?!?”

3 NIGHTS ONLY!
Saturday, June 18 @ 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 22 @ 7pm
Saturday, June 25 @ 4:15pm (PSST this is my BIRTHDAY and I would love to sell out!!!)
Click here for tickets

 

Jun 072016
 

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Sure, I’m sad/disappointed to have lost last night, but YOU: the queer freaks, genderf*cks, perverts, littles, punks, and runaways and your love for, and commitment to my books means more than any award ever could! so really, I kinda feel like the biggest winner after all even w/o the plexiglass trophy <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

 

+ my publisher is the sweetest

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also my partner Kestryl and I looked fabulous on the red carpet, and I had an amazing night hanging out with some of my favorite queer authors!

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HUGE congratulations to all the authors whose books were finalists and to the winners!

May 092016
 

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Is it already May?! I completely failed at writing and posting my April blog oops!!!!! Well, better late than never I suppose. April was amazing and super busy. 

The month started with an AMAZING trip to New Orleans to attend and present at the Saints & Sinners Queer Literary Conference where I was on a panel about the future of queerness WITH Dorothy Allison who is basically my femme hero, moderated a panel on writing as activism and read from Lost Boi.  I also got to attend a bunch of interesting workshops – including a master class with Dorothy Allison.

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I don’t really enjoy conferences in general – I think I’m too much of an introvert for them, but Saints & Sinners is one that I make an exception for! This was my second time going and while I would love to see the conference be able to continue to grow and diversity the conference attendees it is really the only place where you can sit in a room full of LGBTQ authors and talk craft and identity. I live tweeted most of the conference and you can check out my experiences of panels and workshop on Twitter under the hashtag #SAS16

I feel like I left this years conference really inspired to keep thinking about what kinds of stories I’m most interested in telling and how I can make that happen.

Check out this cute picture of us together!!!

I also got some fun vacation time in New Orleans after the conference with my partner. We stayed In12472462_10208093861560467_4486906060727132742_n a super cute hotel with a tiny balcony in a grapefruit tree! During the conference I tried to write out there just because it felt so Romantic – alas I just write my best on the subway here in NYC but it was beautiful. We did a lot of tourist sight seeing kinds of things-cemetery tour, ghost tour (yes I really saw a ghost)  on a swamp tour where we got to see the bayou  which is an ecosystem unlike anything I’ve ever seem! For sure a highlight of that for me was getting to see a real live g12932849_10208109132782238_3261197921258635831_nator!  Did you know they eat marshmallows?! It was like seeing a living dinosaur! It wasn’t until I looked back at my photos that I realized just how big that gator was too! New Orleans was Definitely the 10422319_10208109133142247_4022938896028925336_nkind of vacation fun I was in need of to rejuvenate a little from the stress of my muggle job. Also, we went to this SUPER creepy park13062364_10208248263940430_8261810606439241340_n called “Storybook Land” that was recommended by a fellow queer leather person and OMG SO CREEPY!!! Totally the kind of place that nightmares are born aka i LOVED it!

I ended April with a long-weekend self imposed staycation writing retreat. It was really productive and I was able to finish writing the first draft of the queer, leather christmas novella that I’ve been playing around with for the past few months. I got the first draft finished and now getting to do my favorite thing – edit/revise! This first edit I’m working on now is really about insuring consistency. I made a little table for myself to track names/pronouns/pets/flagging – y’know the literary priorities, at least for me. This was a fun little project – not sure where it will live yet, stay tuned!

Alas I kinda gave up on my Neko Atsume cats  but I have  been  keeping up with my Goodreads reading challenge of finishing a book a week! My favorite book I read in April  actually kept me company on the flights to/from New Orleans and is Meliza Banales’ “Life Is Wonderful People Are Terrific” this book is a finalist for the Lammys this year and is super rad on so many levels – definitely suggest everyone check it out!   In random pop culture news – Did I already mention how good Zootopia was? Seriously, if you haven’t seen that movie you should!!! I also really enjoyed The Jungle Book – it was visually stunning, and also REALLY scary! I actually jumped and shrieked at one point in the movie! I’m of course a sucker for all things Disney but these two are definitely stand out films that I recommend.

I’m getting SOOOOOOOOOO excited about the Lambda Literary Awards. I’ve got my fancy dress all picked out! The awards are the highlight of my literary year – the chance to be in the same room with so many incredible queer authors is pretty dreamy, and it’s overwhelming and thrilling to have Lost Boi as a finalist this year alongside so many super fabulous queer books! Last week I get to join some of the awesome local to NYC Lammy  finalists for a reading at the Leslie Lohan Museum
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Besides working on my novella, I’ve been keeping busy writing pieces for Curve Magazine and Dogster! I will have more articles in both of those publications coming in May including fun dog13055449_10208197229944612_4060127616261139176_nproduct reviews, and my take on trending topics in canine news! Want to stay updated on What I’m writing ? Follow me on Twitter /Facebook – I try to always share things out there plus a whole lot of pictures of my furry kiddos, and photos from  little adventures I go on which this spring has involved lots of trips to see cherry blossoms and my local zoo!

xoxo

Sassafras