Weekly Wrap-Up: Week of June 29, 2020

Another month has come and gone, dear readers, but our blog keeps chugging along! Here's all the good stuff we posted for you this week:

On Monday, Tracy Townsend recounted her daughter's unexpected reaction to watching Star Wars for the first time;
On Tuesday, Dianne M. Williams shared wisdom and words about her Issue 042 story "Accidental Kaiju";
On Wednesday


Review: You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson

In recent years, I’ve seen a completely amazing trend take root in YA literature: what I like to call “zany high school hijinks but make them gay.” For somebody who grew up at a time when a lot of LGBT books for teens were either a.) all about the pain of being gay, or b.) all


Issue 042 Author Interview: Dianne M. Williams and “Accidental Kaiju”

Welcome to Tuesday, when we interview authors from our latest issue about their stories, writing processes, and inspirations! Today we're talking with Dianna M. Williams about her story "Accidental Kaiju."

LSQ: What were the challenges in writing from the perspective of a lava monst


The Circus is in Town!

Happy Thursday, everyone! In case you haven't heard, LSQ is now open for submissions! Our theme this year is the circus, so we put together a little reading list to help get those creative juices flowing. Get them from a Black-owned bookstore, find an independent bookstore in your neighborhood, or see if your local library has them available in digital format!

Nights at the Cir


That’s Not Horror!: Elements of the Genre

When I decided to write, I knew exactly the genre I would delve into. I wanted to create realities suspended in darkness. Atmospheric and beautifully eerie. Something to make folks shriek and shiver with delight. Unfortunately for me, horror is decidedly a tricky genre to master.

Beside the already daunting task of pulling new ideas out of th


Weekly Wrap-Up: Week of June 15, 2020

We hope this weekend is sees you well, dear readers. Here's what happened on the LSQ blog this week:

On Monday, Christina "DZA" Marie celebrated Pride by highlighting books with LGBT+ characters of color;
On Tuesday, Issue 042 author Jennifer Lee Rossman talked with us about creativity, mental health, and her story "Depth and Meaning";
On Wednesday, Joanna West


Kishōtenketsu: We don’t need your conflict

“So the Hero has decreed through his mouthpieces the Lawgivers, first, that the proper shape of the narrative is that of the arrow or spear, starting here and going straight there and THOK! hitting its mark (which drops dead); second, that the central concern of narrative, in


-lessstorytelling .LeGuin

The Madhouse Keeper: Reading Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Welcome back to our re-read of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. For the month of June, we’re looking at chapters 41-48, wherein more than one wife is separated from her husband.


With the patronage of the we



Issue 042 Author Interview: Jennifer Lee Rossman and “Depth and Meaning”

Strap in, dear readers, for another Issue 042 author interview. Today we chat with Jennifer Lee Rossman with her relatable story, "Depth and Meaning."

LSQ: This story hit me hard because it's just so darn relatable. How did you feel while writing it? What called you to write


Big Gay Books: Characters of Color Edition

It’s Pride Month! Earlier this month I did a podcast listing my top ten books that feature LGBTQ+ characters. But with everything that’s happened since, I wanted to take another look at that list. Specifically, highlighting the LGBTQ+ characters of color, who tend to be erased even within the queer communities.

So f



May we all soon go about as our real selves and take joy in it, saying, yes, yes, to whatever we are.' — Carol Emshwiller

Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? – Annie Dillard

How can we use each other's differences in our common battles for a livable future? - Audre Lorde

Stories are like children. They grow in their own way. - Madeleine L'Engle

Weekly Wrap-Up: Week of June 8, 2020

Dear readers, you're all perfect just the way you are. To show how much we love you, we've compiled all of this week's blog posts for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

On Monday, we went over all the June LSQ happenings in our monthly news flash;
On Tuesday, author Carol Scheina gave us insightful answers to our questions about her Issue 042 story "The Midwife";
On W


There have been great societies that didn't use the wheel, but there've been no societies that did not tell stories. - Ursula K. Le Guin

Everybody should be quiet near a little stream and listen. - Ruth Krauss

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. - Anna Quindlen

The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time. - Mary Oliver

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