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Cover Reveal for Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica!

The front cover of a book entitled "Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous erotica." It shows three figures in grayscale lying embraced atop a bed of stylized, flat-looking pink and orange flowers. The skin tones of these people vary and their genders aren't clear. The central figure lies splayed out, arms and legs spread, chest exposed, and looks at the viewer. Behind them, a darker-skinned person with a goatee embraces and supports him, and wraps a leg around to hide the butt of a third figure, chubbier, shown from the back. Their head, with shoulder-length hair, covers the crotch of the central figure.

Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica is Duck Prints Press’s seventh anthology, and our first collection of erotica stories, and we are beyond thrilled to finally be able to share it with y’all! The cover art is by the amazing Aaron Kotze, and the book has a full, wrap-around cover featuring six figures, in keeping with our poly erotica theme! Here’s our full, spectacular wrap-around digest-sized book cover:

Artwork, wrap-around-cover sized, of a group of people in sexually suggestive positions, over a bed of orange and pink stylized flowers. There are six people shown in total, with a seventh whose hands are only visible. The people have a variety of skin tones, apparent genders, and body shapes/weights. On the left, a short-haired person with very large breasts lays on their back, with a long-haired person curled up by their belly, their elbow covering the lying-down person's crotch. The lying down person gazes at a mustached person who is mostly not shown, and their gazes meet. This third person is joining the curled-up person in fondling the nipple of the person lying down. The lying-down person stretches out a hand and a leg, and these are both linked to the main figure on the front over, who is smaller breasted, lying on their back, and looking at the art viewer. Behind them lies a person with a goatee who embraces them and has a hand on the thigh of the mustached-mostly-off-camera person. The last figure lies with their back to the viewer, their face over the crotch of the central figure on the right, and the leg of the bearded person who supports the main right-side figure is curled around to cover the butt of this last person. On the right side, which is the "book cover" portion of this wrap-around cover, are the words "Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica."

What is this book? For those who love their short stories spicy, we’re delighted to share Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica, celebrating many flavors of polyamorous relationships. Orgy? Yes please! Ménage à trois? C’est magnifique! Foursomes and moresomes? Delighted to attend! We asked our 15 contributes to blow our minds with their fun combinations, unusual settings, favorite trope usage, and (of course) super sexy smut – and they didn’t disappoint! From a vampire free-for-all to a heartfelt reunion, from surprise soulmates to enemies-to-lovers, this collection has polyamory in lots of scrumptious varieties that lovers of erotica won’t want to miss!

The crowdfunding campaign for Many Hands will be launching on June 25th, 2024! Follow our Kickstarter pre-launch page to make sure you’re among the first to hear when the campaign goes live!

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Fandom Lexicon: R

We’re in the home stretch on updates to our main fandom lexicon! Today, check out the entries starting with “R”!

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Lexicon Entries Starting with R:

RACK: Abbreviation for “risk-aware consensual kink.” A term used by members of the BDSM community who engage in more dangerous power-exchange activities to emphasize the importance of being educated about the risks associated with that activity before engaging in it. See also: PRICK. Read more about RACK.

Ravatar: On Ravelry chat boards, a person’s avatar is often called their “ravatar” as a joke on the name of the platform. See avatar.

RB: Abbreviation for “reverse bang” or “reblog.”

Re: [Thing]: Shortened way of saying “In reply to [Thing]/As regards [Thing].” On social media, Re: precedes discussion of [thing], usually as a means of circling back to [thing] after talking about something else or to make it clear that a point being made is directly related to a specific previous thing that has been mentioned.

Reader Insert: Stories written so the reader might imagine themselves as the protagonist. Often use Y/N or YN (both short for “your name”) to refer to the protagonist. Reader inserts are tagged as “Reader” on AO3, for example: Reader/(Character). May also be referred to as “x reader” fics. Read more about read inserts.

Reblog: Tumblr lingo that refers to sharing a post written by another blog using the “reblog” function, which ensures the content remains connected to the original blog. Not to be confused with a repost.

Rec List: Shortened form of “recommendation list.” Like a mixtape of the creator’s favorites in a given category. Could be fanfic, movies, books, TV shows, blogs to follow, etc. There is no upper or lower limit on how many things can be in a reclist. Can be very specific (e.g. only works featuring a precise trope of a specific ship in a specific fandom) or very broad (e.g. “my favorites”).

Redacted: A term that means the previous text has been removed for Reasons (specified or unspecified). Within fandom, this is typically used facetiously to refer to information that fans are not supposed to know (or not supposed to share), assumptions that may or may not be correct, unpopular or controversial opinions, or simply for the laughs. Read more about redaction.

Reddit: A forum-esque social media platform. Visit reddit.

Remix: Mixing up the elements of a source material. Fandom usage can refer to art, writing, video edits, music, or pretty much any other media imaginable.

Repost: Copying an original post (most often artwork – including photographs – or animated gifs) and posting it to one’s own blog, rather than using the reblog function. When done without permission, this is a form of content theft. When done with permission and credit, it’s fine. Don’t take other people’s hard work without asking! Not to be confused with a reblog, retweet, or other platform-based forms of post-sharing.

Reverse Bang: A collaborative creation event in which artists create an art piece and write a small amount about it to offer guidance, then writers sign up to write a story for that piece, usually with a minimum length of at least 5,000 words. See also: big bang, creation challenge.

RN: Abbreviation for “right now.”

RPF: Abbreviation for “real person fic.” Fanworks about people who actually currently are alive or have been alive in the past, rather than about fictional/made-up characters. A lot of RPF involves shipping real people together. Sports fandoms and bandoms are big, popular examples of RPF communities, and it’s also common for lead actors who play popular fictional ship characters to get shipped together (for example, the actors Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins from Supernatural who play Dean Winchester and Castiel, the very popular ship Destiel, are also often shipped together as the popular RPF ship Cockles). Read more about RPF.

RPG: Abbreviation for “roleplaying game.” A game in which individuals create characters or play a game-assigned character and play the role of that character throughout. RPGs can be played via any venue/channel/platform that allows individuals to interact with each other or with a gaming system. See also: JRPG, MMORPG, TTRPG (pending).

RPS: Abbreviation for “real person shipping.” See RPF.

RT: Abbreviation for “retweet” on Twitter or “retoot” on Mastodon.

Rubberduck Debugging: Explaining a problem to an unresponsive target in order to identify and fix the origin of that problem. Originates from The Pragmatic Programmer. Read more about rubberducking.

The Rules of the Internet: The Rules of the Internet is a loose, unofficial list originally spawned from 4chan. The list is memetic and subject to change, and a few specific rules have been widely adopted in fandom. Read more about the Rules of the Internet. Rules most often mentioned in fandom spaces:

  • Rule 34: If it (whatever “it” is) exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions.
  • Rule 35: If there is no porn of it, porn will be made of it.
  • Rule 36: No matter how fucked up “it” is, there is always worse than what you just saw.
  • Rule 63: For every male character, there is a female version of that character, and for every female character, there is a male version of that character, and there will always be porn about both versions of that character. This is by far the most widely spread Rule in most fandom spaces, and “rule 63” is a common tag used on content of this type. See also: genderbend, genderswap.
  • Rule 64: There is lore for everything that exists.
  • Rule 65: If there isn’t lore yet, there will be imminently.
  • Rule 66: The longer a piece of lore is, the weirder it will get.
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Pride Story Bundles to Benefit Charity

A banner with a faded-out background of rainbow pride-flag-esque stripes. Text reads, "Read Queer Stories, Support Queer Causes with Duck Prints Press." It includes the Duck Prints Press logo, with the name of the business, rainbow duck prints on the left and bottom sides, and a white duck standing beside the name, looking at the viewer. Beneath that is the Press slogan, "we print diversity."

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH, EVERYONE! We are thrilled to announce our second-annual Pride Bundles for Charity with two all-new short story bundles – 30 stories total! – that we are selling at a discount to raise money for our chosen queer charity!

Last year, our debut Pride bundles raised almost $350 for queer charities. This year, we’re back with a new General Imprint Bundle and a new Explicit Imprint Bundle, each discounted 20% from their list prices (and each including multiple stories that aren’t for sale and are usually only available to our backers on Patreon) and with 20% of the net profit going to Rainbow Railroad.

How This Works

  • you buy one or both bundles between now and July 8th, 2024.
  • we tally up all the proceeds earned and do some math-e-magic to figure out how much we’re donating!
  • before the end of July, we donate the raised money to Rainbow Railroad, we post the proof we’ve done so.
  • you get fantastic stories!
  • we all get that happy, glowy feeling of knowing that money has been well-spent on fantastic causes!

About the Press

Duck Prints Press is a queer-owned indie press, founded to publish original works by fancreators. We’ve been in operation for over 3 years, and in that time we’ve worked with well over 150 creators to publish six anthologies and almost 100 other stories, from shorts to novels, and we’ve got more on the works (our next anthology, our first erotica collection, will be crowdfunding within the next month!). The vast majority of our creators and their creations are queer/LGTBQIA+ (maybe even all, but we don’t out anyone and we don’t ask demography because, frankly, it’s none of our business).

25 of our authors have chosen to include their short stories in one or both of these short story bundles, and all our short story authors nominated potential charities and voted to select Rainbow Railroad as the beneficiary for our 2024 Pride Bundles.

About Rainbow Railroad

In countries around the world, LGBTQI+ people face violence and oppression simply because of who they love or who they are. Rainbow Railroad helps them get to safety! Rainbow Railroad is a global not-for-profit organization that helps at-risk LGBTQI+ people get to safety worldwide. Based in the United States and Canada, they’re an organization that helps LGBTQI+ people facing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. In a time when there are more displaced people than ever, LGBTQI+ people are uniquely vulnerable due to systemic, state-enabled homophobia and transphobia. These factors either displace them in their own country or prevent them from escaping harm. 

Note: This charity isnot affiliated with the Press, do not know we’re doing this fundraiser, have not endorsed this in anyway and are, as such, utterly uninvolved in this beyond being the beneficiaries of our efforts! Text is from the Rainbow Railroad website.

About the Bundles

We are offering two bundles, one with 18 short stories published under our General Imprint, the other containing 12 stories published under our Explicit Imprint. The shop listings include details about and excerpts from all the stories. Here’s the gist…

A graphic with a semi-opaque background of vertical rainbow stripes. Text on the graphic reads "Buy 18 General Imprint Stories, Support Rainbow Railroad! with Duck Prints Press." Beside the Press name are duck prints each a different rainbow color (on the left and bottom) and on the right is a white duck with orange beak and feet. This is the Duck Prints Press logo, and beneath it is the slogan "We Print Diversity."

Titles in the General Imprint Charity Bundle:

18 stories. 254 pages. 82,462 words of fiction!

Price: $22.50

Approximately 20% of the list price of this bundle will go to Rainbow Railroad.


Titles in the Explicit Imprint Charity Bundle:

12 stories. 198 pages. 69,550 words.

Price: $21.50

Approximately 20% of the list price of this bundle will go to Rainbow Railroad.

A graphic with a semi-opaque background of vertical rainbow stripes. Text on the graphic reads "Buy 12 Explicit Imprint Stories, Support Rainbow Railroad! with Duck Prints Press." Beside the Press name are duck prints each a different rainbow color (on the left and bottom) and on the right is a white duck with orange beak and feet. This is the Duck Prints Press logo, and beneath it is the slogan "We Print Diversity."

Come get some great stories, support a queer-owned business this Pride, and benefit two fantastic causes. Win-win-win situations don’t get much better than this!

These bundles will only be available for one month, so don’t miss out. Visit our webstore between now and July 8th and get yours!

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Fandom Lexicon: P and Q

Tomorrow’s a busy day, so here: have the next two Fandom Lexicon letters a day early!

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Lexicon Entries Beginning with P:

P4P: Abbreviation for “pay for production.” A term for a campaign to make merchandise, a zine, or other fandom merch where the original creator(s) will not be making a profit – the amount they are charging is purely enough to cover the cost of producing the thing they are selling. Read more about p4p.

Pedo: Shortened form of “pedophile” or “pedophilia.” Especially among antis, accusing people of being pedos is common if they do not oppose the creation of fiction related to underage characters in sexual circumstances. This runs the risk of diluting the actual meaning of the word and the real danger that child abusers represent.

PF: Abbreviation for “Pillowfort.”

PFP: Abbreviation for “profile picture.” An image chosen by an individual that typically appears next to their posts/at the top of their profile on social media sites, chat platforms, and/or message boards. See also: avatar.

Pillowfort: A blogging/social media website created in response to Tumblr’s porn ban. Visit Pillowfort.

Pinned: Term used to refer to the pinned post on a blog, which – on platforms that including pinning functionality such as Tumblr – is a post that the blog’s owner has chosen to have always appear as the first post on their personal blog feed.

Playthrough: Playing a game from beginning to end.

Plinko Horse: See Horse Plinko.

Plot Bunny: A plot idea that pops into existence but hasn’t been given substantial form yet. Have a tendency to reproduce unchecked. Read more about plot bunnies.

PM: Abbreviation for “private message.” See DM.

Podfic: An audiobook of a fanwork, recorded and published for free by fannish voice talent. Read more about podfic.

Polyshipper: Someone who enjoys polyamorous ships. Not to be confused with multishipper.

Poor Little Meow Meow: An evil (or at best morally gray) character who is also deemed pathetic for one reason or another. Read more about the term “poor little meow meow.”

Prev: Shortened form of “previous.” Generally refers to the previous post or person who posted in a thread or reblog string. On Tumblr, it’s often used to reference the previous poster’s tags on a post without copying them over. Repeating use indicates muliple steps back, so “prev prev” would be the tags on the post before last.

PRICK: Abbreviation for “personal responsibility informed consensual kink.” A term used by the BDSM community, particularly those engaged in more dangerous sexual activities, to emphasize the importance of taking personal responsibility and being educated about the risks involved in that activity.

Pro-ana: Shortened form of “pro-anorexia.” Typically used in profile taglines to indicate the user has an eating disorder or encourages unhealthy eating in an effort to lose weight. Tends to focus on anorexia but is not restricted to it.

Pro-shipper: Original definition: Someone who believes in YKINMKATO and Ship and Let Ship; someone who is pro (supportive) of shipping. Essentially, someone who is anti-censorship. Historically, in fandom, this was considered the default position and didn’t need a specific name; it came to be called “pro” shipping specifically in contrast to “anti” shipping, as pro and anti are opposite positions. Recently, antis have propagated alternate definitions, for example insisting that the term “pro” is short for “problematic,” and that anyone who uses the term pro-shipper is by definition someone who ships “problematic” shipping such as incest, underage, noncon/dubcon, or other objectionable themes. As is the way of cyclical conflicts, as a result some people who ship “problematic” things have embraced this definition. See also: anti-anti. Read more about pro-shipping.

PSA: Abbreviation for “Public Service Announcement.”

Pspspspsps: Referring to the noise made when calling a cat. Used humorously to summon people who might be interested in the topic under discussion.

Purge: 1. A general term for when someone decides they no longer wish to share their works and so they delete everything they’ve made and/or delete their account. 2. Any time a platform either changes their terms of service to exclude previously allowed material (and then deletes that material) or when a platform decides to begin enforcing a previously non-enforced aspect of their terms of service (and therefore deletes material). The best-known example of this is the LJ event called Strikethrough. Read about some examples of purges.

Puriteen: Term coined to reflect the extreme Christian purity views that are most often espoused by young people new to fandom who have not yet unpacked their upbringing. Puriteens are most often anti-porn, anti-kink, anti-sex-work, and otherwise against discussion or “normalization” of sexual matters. A major example of puriteen rhetoric is “no kink at Pride” discourse. See also: anti. Read more about the term “puriteen.”

PWP: Abbreviation for “plot? what plot?” or “porn without plot.” A tag used to indicate a fanwork contains gratuitous smut/porn, often without any plot to structure it or explanation for how the characters ended up in the sexual situation. Read more about PWP.

Lexicon Entries Beginning with Q:

QRT: Abbreviation of “quote retweet.” A feature on Twitter that allows people to share another person’s post while adding content of their own. QRS (“quote reskeet”) is a variation that has arisen on Bluesky, where shared posts are called skeets instead of tweets.

Queerbaiting: An intentional marketing tactic in which the producers of a piece of media suggest, via advertisements, interviews, or other channels that a relationship or character may be queer in order to pull in queer consumers, when the producers do not intend to follow through on that promise. Read more about queerbaiting.

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Created Works Round-Up: May 2024

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Duck Prints Press’s monthly “created works round-ups” are our opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing work that people working with us have done that ISN’T linked to their work with Duck Prints Press. We include fanworks, outside publications, and anything else that creators feel like sharing with y’all. Inclusion is voluntary and includes anything that they decided “hey, I want to put this on the created work’s round-up!”

Check out what they’ve shared with us this month…


Painting for The First Duty of All Magicians Is to Save Their Friends, Chapter 5: The Conversation by EliotQueliot

art || the magicians (tv) || platonic or familial, m/m || quentin coldwater/eliot waugh || general audiences || creator choses not to use warnings || complete

summary: The painting shows best friends Margo and Eliot in the kitchen at the Physical Kids Cottage at Brakebills University, discussing Eliot’s relationship with Quentin. A message from future-Eliot, passed on by Margo, included Quentin and Eliot’s wedding rings from another life. According to future-Eliot’s warning, the stakes are high: if Eliot doesn’t make things right with Quentin, Q will die.

other tags: Character Death Fix, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Grief/Mourning, Fix-It

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Secrets of the Heart by unforth/Nina Waters

fiction || the untamed || f/m || jiang cheng/wen qing || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 1,970 || complete

summary: Wen Qing isn’t sure why Jiang Cheng’s heart is racing during a perfectly ordinary physical.

other tags: Modern medical setting, heart beat kink

AO3


To Get Home by unforth/Nina Waters

fiction || scum villain’s self-saving system || m/m, poly (one gender: male) || liu qingge/original liu qingge, background bingliushen || explicit || rape/non-con || 4,944 || complete

summary: Liu Qingge is stuck in a time loop where every day, he wakes up in Lingxi Cave to find past-him qi deviating. He’s tried everything he can think of to get home, from complete non-interference through murdering past-him, but still he hasn’t been able to return.

And then he realizes there’s one thing he hasn’t tried.

He hasn’t let past-him catch him.

other tags: time loop, selfcest, rough sex, fuck or die

AO3

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Fandom Lexicon: O

A lil quick-and-dirty on this mornings new batch of Fandom Lexicon entries, because I have to leave to vend at Schenectady Pride in under an hour! Check out allllll the many abbreviations that start with O!

See the full Fandom Lexicon posted to-date here!

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Lexicon Entries Starting with O:

O Rly?: Cutesy shortened form of “oh, really?” often used to express incredulity, originally from a meme featuring a surprised-looking owl. The most common responses to this are are “ya rly” or “no wai!” Read more about the “O Rly?” meme.

OC: Abbreviation for “original character,” except when it refers to the fandom The O.C. Refers to an individual’s original characters, versus the original characters that appear in published media. As in, a fanfiction that includes OCs will include the characters in the source fandom material AND new characters that the author has invented. Some people do use OC to refer to the characters in their original (as in, non-fan) works. See also: OFC, OMC. Read more about OCs.

OFC: Abbreviation for “original female character.” Refers to an individual’s original female character, versus original female characters that appear in published media. See also: OC.

OFC: Abbreviation for “of (fucking) course.” While this technically stands for “of fucking course,” it is widely used to just mean “of course,” and extra emphasis should not necessarily be interpreted just because of the presence of the “fucking” in the middle.

OG: Abbreviation for “original gangster.” The original, powerful version of a thing that may have inspired less exemplary (but currently better known) copycats. Read more about the term OG.

Okimochi Yakuza: Translates to “feelings yakuza,” a Japanese term for the “purity police” kind of anti. This, and the English translated version, entered Western vernacular after its inclusion in this post by Maromi, originally written in Japanese as a guide to Eastern fans to help them understand pro/anti discourse in Western fandom. See also: anti.

OMC: Abbreviation for “original male character.” Refers to an individual’s original male character, versus original male characters that appear in published media. See also: OC.

Omega: A secondary gender term used in works with alpha/beta/omega dynamics. While the specifics are up to the writer, some common characteristics of omegas include: smaller, effeminate bodies; social submission/oppression; a strong sense of smell; eyes that turn golden when happy or aroused; a strong desire to nest; hormone-driven sexual ‘heats’; butts that serve as their primary sexual and reproductive organ; and the ability to get pregnant regardless of primary gender. See also: alpha/beta/omega dynamics, alpha, beta.

OMG They Were Roommates: A fanworks trope in which two characters are put in a roommate situation and subsequent romantic/sexual hijinks ensue. Often paired with the “idiots to lovers” trope.

OOC: Abbreviation for “out of character.” 1. A term adopted in roleplaying circles to indicate when a comment is from the player’s perspective, not from the perspective of the character they are playing. 2. A subjective assessment of a fanwork, in which someone may feel that a character is being portrayed as behaving out of character as compared to how they behave in canon. Read more about the term OOC.

OP: Abbreviation for “original poster,” except when it refers to the fandom One Piece. Refers to the person who created a post, or to the original post itself. Read more about the term OP.

Orange: See Citrus Scale.

Orphan: A fanwork that the author has not only abandoned, but has cut all identifiable ties with. Orphaning is a feature on AO3 that allows an author to give up all access to a work without requiring that the work be deleted. People orphan their works for many reasons. Read more about orphaning fanworks.

OT3: Abbreviation for “one true 3.” A variation on  the term OTP, this refers to a favorite ship that includes 3 people, and therefore isn’t a “pairing” so can’t fall under OTP. Higher numbers are possible but less commonly used, as in OT4, OT5, etc. Often used when a fan believes a love triangle should resolve by the three people involved agreeing to be in a consensual polyamorous relationship, but there’s no requirement that it involve a love triangle in the source material. See also: BroTP, NoTP, OTP. Read more about OT3s.

Otaku: A Japanese term for a fan, especially an obsessive fan. Read more about otaku.

OTP: Abbreviation for “one true pairing.” An individual’s primary ship, often to the point of obsession. While originally, this term was used to refer solely to the one and only pairing that a person was a fan of, to the exclusion of all other pairings within the same fandom and/or pairings in other fandoms, usage has loosened over the years, and people will often now refer to having an OTP while still multi-shipping the characters and others in the fandom and/or having an OTP for every fandom they are in. Not all fans have an OTP. See also: BroTP, NoTP, OT3. Read more about OTPs.

OTW: Abbreviation for the Organization for Transformational Works. The parent organization that runs AO3, Fanlore, and other fan-run resources. See also: AO3, Fanlore. Visit the OTW website.

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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with 22 Great Queer Reads!

Graphic 1/2. A graphic showing book covers over a paled-out rainbow-striped background. This graphic is entitled "Our Favorite Queer AAPI Books" and includes 10 book covers. The books are: Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee; The Mermaid the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall; Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee; Babel by R. F. Kuang; She Wears the Midnight Crown; The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez; The Water Outlaws by S. L. Huang; Black Water Sister by Zen Cho; If You'll Have Me by Eunnie; Roadqueen: and Eternal Roadtrip to Love by Mina Ong Chua.
Graphic 2/2. A graphic showing book covers over a paled-out rainbow-striped background. The 12 book covers are: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei; The Prince and the Dressmkaer by Jen Wong; Away with the Fairies by Annabeth Lynch; Meal by Blue Delliquanti and Soleil Ho; Firebird by Sunmi; After the Dragons by Cynthia Zhang; Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao; The Problem with Wishes by Annabeth Lynch; Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki; Hold Me by Courney Milan; Sea Change by Gina Chung, and A Clash of Steel by C. B. Lee.

May is wrapping up, and with the end of May comes the end of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. There are so so so many great books coming out by AAPI authors starring AAPI characters, and so – here’s a list of some of our favorites! All of these are either BY AAPI authors, have AAPI main characters, or – in most cases – both! The contributors to this list are: Shadaras, Tris Lawrence, Nina Waters, D.V. Morse, Terra P. Waters, theirprofoundbond, Annabeth Lynch and an anonymous contributor.

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Fandom Lexicon: M and N

Apologies that I missed last week’s Lexicon post, I was dealing with an unexpected family thing. On the plus side, as a result of my lack of screen time last Saturday, this Saturday you get a two-for-one, M and N! This post is extra long as a result, but there’s a lot of good stuff in these letters, including a few of my personal favorite abbreviations.

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Lexicon Entries Starting with M:

Malewife: A man who takes on a traditionally female/domestic role in a relationship. Often used in tandem with girlboss. Read more about the malewife meme.

Manga: Comics from Japan. Read more about manga.

Manhua: Comics from China. Read more about manhua.

Manip: A shortened term referring to a photo manipulation – a fancreation in which a photograph, screen capture, or other image from the source material is used as the base for a transformative work. Basically a synonym for a photoshopped image. Read more about manips.

Manwha: Comics from Korea. Read more about manhwa.

MAP: Abbreviation for “minor-attracted person.” A pedophilic dogwhistle. People who use this acronym are trying to equate pedophilia with kink or sexuality. Don’t be fooled: MAPs are pedophiles.

Mary Sue: An ideal woman/girl as perceived by the creator and/or consumer of a media. Pretty, talented, and intelligent, their flaws serve to highlight their perfection rather than as actual flaws. Mary Sues have the extraordinary ability to either kick ass or become the perfect damsel in distress as suits the narrative need. If a female character is considered “too perfect” by the audience, she may be considered a self-insert Mary Sue by critical viewers/readers/fans/etc. See also: Gary Stu. Read more about Mary Sues.

MC: Abbreviation for “main character.” In East Asian fandoms, an abbreviation that refers to the main or point-of-view character of a story. They are usually in a CP (couple) with the ML (main love interest).

MCD: Abbreviation for “major character death.” An abbreviation indicating that a main or major character dies in the media being referred to, though what counts as “main” or “major” can be open to interpretation. Also an archive warning on AO3.

MDNI: Abbreviation for “minors do not interact.” A specific type of DNI statement.

Mecha: Typically used to refer to large battle robots/war machines that human beings control. A popular genre in East Asian media that has also grown increasingly common in the rest of the world. Can refer to the robots themselves or to the genre of works that include mecha. Read more about mecha.

Meta: Overarching analysis of a piece of media including information external to the plot. For TV shows that might include discussing why specific props were chosen, or what an actor said about their performance in a scene; for books, it may mean discussing why the author chose to make the curtains blue. Read more about meta.

MFL: Abbreviation for “marked for late.” Users of Archive of Our Own can hit the “Marked for Later” button to place fics they want to read on list to browse later.

Microfic: A very short fic, usually not more than a sentence or two long. See also: drabble, ficlet, flash fiction.

Miette: A cat referenced in a tweet that went viral, now used as a common meme imitating the phrasing of the original tweet. Or: a cat who sent her mother to jail for one thousand years. Refers to a Twitter post by Patricia Lockwood. Read more about the Miette meme.

Mini-Bang: A collaborative creation fandom event in which authors write fanfictions  to fit a specified theme, typically no more than 10,000 words in length; artists then choose the work they want to collaborate on through an anonymized claiming process, and produce at least one art piece for. The fic and art are then published and shared out by the event runners on a pre-scheduled day. See also: big bang, creation challenge. Read more about mini-bangs.

Minotaur’s Sex Tips for Slash Writers: The title of a famous webpage by user Minotaur, a gay man, who offered tips from his point of view for people who weren’t gay men and/or didn’t have sex experience on how they could write m/m sex scenes more realistically. Read more about this famous (now deleted) post.

ML: Abbreviation for “main love interest.” In East Asian fandoms, an abbreviation that refers to the love interest in a story, as opposed to the main/point-of-view character, who is the MC. The MC and ML together are the CP, or couple, in a work.

MLM: Abbreviation for “men loving men.” 1. A term for romantic/sexual attraction between men. 2. Much less commonly in fandom spaces, it can mean “multilevel marketing.” Yet another example of the importance of context for understanding and interpreting abbreviations!

MMORPG: Abbreviation for “Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game.” Sometimes shortened to MMO. Refers to games like World of Warcraft and Everquest where players create characters and play through the game on servers that can host thousands of players at once. See also: MOO, MUCK, MUD, MUSH. Read more about MMORPGs.

Moe: A term used in Japanese fandoms that refers to having a crush, and/or to cute characters, in anime, manga, and other media. Read more about the term moe.

Monoshipper: Someone who has only one ship in a fandom. Not actually the opposite of polyshipping. A monoshipper usually has an OTP for a fandom, and will ship nothing else within that fandom, but may have different OTPs for each fandom they participate in.

MOO: Abbreviation for “MUD, object-oriented.” An old style of text-based online game. See also: MMORPG, MUCK, MUD, MUSH.  Read more about MOOs.

MST: Abbreviation for “Mystery Science Theater.” Inspired by the show MST3K – “Mystery Science Theater 3000” – wherein a man and two robots trapped on a space station watched bad movies and mocked them, “to MST” became a verb for the practice of getting together in a group to roast a piece of bad media. Read more about MSTing.

MTF: Abbreviation for “male to female.” A way of referring to a transgender woman. Some people find this term offensive; others do not.

MUCK: Abbreviation for “Multi-User (C) Kingdom.” C variously can stand for: Chat, Created, Computer, Character, Carnal; CK can stand for “Construction Kit” instead – they’re all the same thing, it wasn’t originally an acronym so all the possibilities are retrofit onto the original term. An old style of text-based online game. See also: MMORPG, MOO, MUD, MUSH. Read more about MUCKs.

MUD: Abbreviation for “Multi-User Dungeon.” An old style of text-based online game, predecessor of MMORPGs. See also: MMORPG, MOO, MUCK, MUSH.  Read more about MUDs.

Multishipper: Someone who enjoys shipping a character with multiple different partners rather than sticking to just one pairing. Multishippers usually have multiple ships within the same fandom, as opposed to a monoshipper, who usually only has one OTP per fandom. Read more about multishipping.

MUSH: Abbreviation for “Multi-User Shared Hack.” An old style of text-based online game. See also: MMORPG, MOO, MUCK, MUD. Read more about MUSHs.

Lexicon Entries Starting with N:

NaNo: Shortened version of NaNoWriMo, which stands for “National Novel Writing Month.”

NaNoWriMo: Abbreviation for “National Novel Writing Month.” This is both a time frame (November) and a hosted event in which writers are challenged to write at least 50,000 words on a single story concept in the month of November. The NaNoWriMo website has forums, tracking systems, and other resources for writers. Visit NaNoWriMo.

NB: Abbreviation for “non-binary,” sometimes written as enby. Someone whose gender identity does not fit within the socially constructed gender binary. Read more about non-binary gender identities.

NC-17: A US film rating indicating that no one under 18 will be admitted to a viewing. Although the rating was not originally intended for pornography, in fandom it is sometimes used to indicate that a fanwork contains explicit sexual content.

ND: Abbreviation for “neurodivergent.” A term used to describe someone whose mental or neurological function differs from normative standards. Read more about neurodiversity.

Net: Short for “network,” as in the word internet. In fandom, this is often used for fandom networks, as in “[nameoffandom]net.”

Nipplegate: A term jokingly used to refer to the Tumblr pornography ban of December, 2017, because of the mention of banning “female-presenting nipples” in the Terms of Service update. Has been used for other incidents in the past, such as a breastfeeding argument on Livejournal. Read more about Nipplegate.

No Beta, We Die Like [Character Name]: A common AO3 tag originally based on the bumper sticker “no air bag, we die like men.” It’s a joking way of indicating that the author didn’t use a beta, and usually integrates a character who died in canon.

No U: A cutesy way of turning a compliment back on the person who said it; may be used in other contexts too. (As in, “you’re awesome,” response: “no u”)

Non-con: Shortened term for “non-consensual.” As a general term, usually refers to non-consensual sex in all of its forms, but can be used to refer to other non-consensual acts as well, such as non-con body modification. Read more about the term non-con.

Nonnie: See Anon.

NoRomos: The opposite of a shipper. Originally coined in the X-Files fandom as a term for people who did not see Mulder and Scully as being in a relationship. Read more about the term “NoRomo.”

NoTP: Abbreviation for “no true pairing.” A ship that a person dislikes, or two people that the person believes should never, ever be together. A riff on the term OTP. See also: BroTP. Read more about NoTPs.

NSFT: Abbreviation for “not safe for Tumblr.” The tag Tumblr users created for explicit/adult content to circumvent the blocks on searching for explicit content instituted after December 2018. Unlike NSFW, the term NSFT isn’t necessarily blacklisted, so posts that use it may still show up in Tumblr tag searches.

NSFW: Abbreviation for “not safe for work.”

NTA: Abbreviation for “not the asshole.” See AITA.

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10 Books for Pansexual and Panromantic Visibility Day!

A graphic depicting ten book covers over a striped background in the colors of the pansexual pride flag (magenta, yellow, and blue). The graphic is entitled "10 Pan Reads for Pansexual and Panromantic Visibility Day." The ten books are: All Systems Red by Martha Wells; A Fisherman of the Inland Sea by Ursula K. Le Guin; Commit to the Kick by Tris Lawrence; Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur; Maneater by Emily Antoinette; There's Magic Between Us by Jillian Maria; Elfquest: Fire and Flight by the Pinis; Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler; Final Draft by Riley Redgate; and Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp.

May 24th is Pansexual and Panromantic Visibility Day, so make sure to say hi to your pan friends before they’re invisible again! We’re celebrating with (shock) book recommendations! Explicit pan rep is hard to come by, and in cases where it’s implied, the difference between interpreting a characters as bi versus pan is often down to personal perceptions of the character and the sexuality/romanticisms in questions. With that in mind, we present 10 titles we loved with either explicit or implied pan rep! The contributors to this list are: Nina Waters, Tris Lawrence, boneturtle, E. C., and two anonymous contributors

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries series) by Martha Wells

“As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.”

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid—a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.


A Fisherman of the Inland Sea by Ursula K. Le Guin

The award-winning stories in A Fisherman of the Inland Sea range from the everyday to the outer limits of experience, where the quantum uncertainties of space and time are resolved only in the depths of the human heart. Astonishing in their diversity and power, they exhibit both the artistry of a major writer at the height of her powers and the humanity of a mature artist confronting the world with her gift of wonder still intact.


Commit to the Kick by Tris Lawrence

For eighteen years, Alaric has lived under the cloying politics of family and his Clan community. His freshman year is supposed to be a chance to explore a world where Clan and his shapeshifting Talent isn’t central to his life. But when his inner bear bursts forth during his first football game, endangering those around him, Alaric realizes that it’s not so easy to ignore his past, or his own internalized anger.

In his quest for anger management, Alaric begins to train in taekwondo, and makes new friends in both sports. He finds that he is creating his own small community, where Clan, Mages, other Talents, and even humans come together and build their own found family.

When Alaric receives news that something has happened to his brother Orson, he must return and deal with his Clan and his place in their world. He discovers that old prejudices are still strong between Clan and Mage communities, but that both may be in danger from a creature long thought to be only a legend. Alaric must figure out how to move forward and prevent a war and protect both his home and newly built communities, his found family with him every step of the way. 


Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Margot Cooper doesn’t do relationships. She tried and it blew up in her face, so she’ll stick with casual hookups, thank you very much. But now her entire crew has found “the oneand she’s beginning tofeel like a fifth wheel. And then fate (the heartless bitch) intervenes. While touring a wedding venue with her engaged friends, Margot comes face-to-face with Olivia Grant—her childhood friend, her first love, her first… well, everything. It’s been ten years, but the moment they lock eyes, Margot’s cold, dead heart thumps in her chest.

Olivia must be hallucinating. In the decade since she last saw Margot, her life hasn’t gone exactly as planned. At almost thirty, she’s been married… and divorced. However, a wedding planner job in Seattle means a fresh start and a chance to follow her dreams. Never in a million years did she expect her important new client’s Best Woman would be the one that got away.

When a series of unfortunate events leaves Olivia without a place to stay, Margot offers up her spare room because she’s a Very Good Person. Obviously. It has nothing to do with the fact that Olivia is as beautiful as ever and the sparks between them still make Margot tingle. As they spend time in close quarters, Margot starts to question her no-strings stance. Olivia is everything she’s ever wanted, but Margot let her in once and it ended in disaster. Will history repeat itself or should she count her lucky stars that she gets a second chance with her first love? 


Maneater (Monsters of Moonvale series) by Emily Antoinette

If something ever seems too good to be true, it probably is. That’s how the “friendly” invitation to join a new coven turned into a surprise demon summoning. At least it wasn’t a virgin sacrifice. Then I really would have been screwed—and not in the way they plan for with the succubus they’ve bound. 

When I help free her from the bindings and offer her a ride back to work, things get even weirder. She tells me she wants to see me again. This captivating woman wants to see me—a nerdy witch who spends his free time playing D&D. 

There’s no way she means it. Because that’s definitely too good to be true. Still, there’s no way I can resist the opportunity to spend more time with a goddess like her. 


There’s Magic Between Us by Jillian Maria

A diehard city girl, 16-year-old Lydia Barnes is reluctant to spend a week in her grandma’s small town. But hidden beneath Fairbrooke’s exterior of shoddy diners and empty farms, there’s a forest that calls to her. In it, she meets Eden: blunt, focused, and fascinating. She claims to be hunting fae treasure, and while Lydia laughs it off at first, it quickly becomes obvious that Eden’s not joking-magic is real.

Lydia joins the treasure hunt, thrilled by all the things it offers her. Things like endless places in the forest to explore and a friendship with Eden that threatens to blossom into something more. But even as she throws herself into her new adventure, some questions linger. Why did her mom keep magic a secret? Why do most of the townspeople act like the forest is evil? It seems that, as much as Lydia would like to pretend otherwise, not everything in Fairbrooke is as bright and easy as a new crush…


Fire and Flight (ElfQuest series) by Wendy and Richard Pini

The forest-dwelling elves called the Wolfriders are burnt out of their ancestral home by vengeful humans. Betrayed by cowardly trolls, the elfin band, led by Cutter, Blood of Ten Chiefs, must cross the Burning Waste to find a haven they’ve never seen before. Can the Wolfriders survive? If they do, what surprises await them at Sorrow’s End?


Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

This is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly unhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: She is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted-and still wants-to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.


Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Laila Piedra doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, and definitely doesn’t sneak into the 21-and-over clubs on the Lower East Side. The only sort of risk Laila enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before graduation, Laila’s number one fan is replaced by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who sees nothing at all special about Laila’s writing.

A growing obsession with gaining Nazarenko’s approval–and fixing her first-ever failing grade–leads to a series of unexpected adventures. Soon Laila is discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, and the beauty of temporary flings and ambiguity. But with her sanity and happiness on the line, Laila must figure out if enduring the unendurable really is the only way to greatness.


Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their tiny snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. But as Kyra starts to struggle with her bipolar disorder, Corey’s family moves away. Worried about what might happen in her absence, Corey makes Kyra promise that she’ll stay strong during the long, dark winter.

Then, just days before Corey is to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated–and confused, because Kyra said she wouldn’t hurt herself. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones, saying Kyra’s death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

The further Corey investigates–and the more questions she asks–the greater her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets–chilling secrets. Can she piece together the truth about Kyra’s death and survive her visit?


You can also view this list on the shelf on our Goodreads, or visit Bookshop.org and check out this list in our affiliate shop! Note: due to the difficulty of differentiating a pan characters versus a bi character unless which they are is explicitly identified in canon, we have put bi and pan characters on joint lists – so these lists linked are bisexual and/or pansexual character lists.

What are your favorite books with pansexual and panromantic characters?

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12 Great Reads for Agender Pride Day

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A graphic depicting 12 book covers over a background with stripes the color of the agender pride flag. The 12 books are: All Systems Red by Martha Wells; Aether Beyond the Binary A Duck Prints Press Anthology; The Heart-Break Bakery by A. R. Capetta; Fortune Favors Felines by R. L. Houck; A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers; RG Veda by CLAMP; The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin; Add Magic to Taste; Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa; The Left Hand of Dog by Si Clarke; Love Me For Who I Am by Kata Konayama; and He Bears the Cape of Stars.

May 19th was Agender Pride day, and while we are a couple days behind on posting our rec list, we are no less proud to share these books with explicit or implied agender representation! Note that as very few books have explicit agender rep, we (as we always do) have allowed our rec list helpers to suggest books that served agender vibes as well, so if you read/have read some of these, you may feel differently about the gender representation in the books…and that’s okay! All readers bring and take away different things from their readings, and we support you, as we hope you’ll support us. These recs are from E. C. and several anonymous contributors. This list overlaps a little and adds some new titles to the eleven recs we had for Agender Pride Day last year!

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries series) by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries series) by Martha Wells

How Your Garden Grows by Nicola Kapron in the anthology Aether Beyond the Binary

The Heartbreak Bakery by A.R. Capetta

Fortune Favors Felines by R. L. Houck

A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot series) by Becky Chambers

RG Veda by Clamp

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Breaking Bread by Beth Lumen in the anthology Add Magic to Taste

Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa

The Left Hand of Dog (Starship Teapot series) by Si Clarke

Love Me for Who I Am by Kata Konayama

On Not Going to Parties by Stephen G. Krueger in the anthology He Bears the Cape of Stars

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We’d LOVE to read more books with agender representation – do you have any recommendations for us?