Prompt Short Story: Perspective – Jase & Danson

Jase & Danson

(WIP, “Perspective”)

by

Lee Hulme

[All stories in this series:
1: Drew     2: Vicky     3: Egs     4: Danson     5: Egs & Danson     6: Nelle     7: Elliot     8: Emmeline    9: Josie     10: Nelson     11: Jase     12: Hilda     13: Jase & Danson     14: Drew & Vicky     15: Donna & Elliot     16: Creature]

Jase returned home, exhausted, but not able to drop just yet. He deposited his clothes in the washing machine, adding heavy duty cleaner to remove the acrid stench of smoke and petrol. Removing it from himself required a hot shower, and he headed there next, wetting his curly brown locks under a stream just a fraction too hot for comfort and scrubbing himself down, watching his tan skin turn red and blotchy.

If only scrubbing away the act, the memory, the knowledge, was so easy, he thought, and not for the first time.

He understood that some revelled in destruction, that they would relish this work he so hated, but it had only ever been about the money for him, the desperation, the need to escape and be a person instead of the pile of dirt people telegraphed their disgust in when they saw him, homeless and starving, and daring to get in the way of their comfortable ignorance.

Head down, Jason let the shower run over him until he realised he was swaying on his feet, drifting towards sleep. He jerked his head up, turned off the shower and dried himself with one of Danson’s huge, fluffy, person-sized towels. He scrunched his hair to remove the worst of the water, tied it into a loose ponytail, and left it for now – his only real vanity, those long curls, and he would have to wet them again after waking, but he was far too tired to dry them properly right now. Continue reading

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Book Review: Gail Carriger – Reticence (Custard Protocol)

Reticence: Custard ProtocolReticence: Custard Protocol by Gail Carriger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always look forward to a new book in the Parasolverse, and Carriger never fails to deliver something great.

This time on the romance block it’s Percy, who, I admit, I had been digging as ace or aro (and whom I continue to dig as aspec), so it was gonna take someone special to capture his heart, and mine on his behalf.

Well, Arsenic (just take a beat to love that name) did the trick from page one. She’s a perfect fit for the family of misfits aboard the Custard: quick, smart, an oddity to society, unwilling to judge others, and a big heart coupled with a laid back acceptance of whatever is happening around her.

She’s a great match for Percy, if he could only move past his lack of experience and actually get with the kissing!

The rest of the book is, as expected, ridiculous and fun. Floating cities, more new shapeshifters, tassles, fainting vampire queens, Akeldama being…well, Akeldama.

Carriger shows, as always, that she can write books set in the past (albeit a steampunk version of it) whilst refusing to cis-, het- and whitewash everything in it. Each oddball is written with love, care and respect, and I look forward to this in any new works as much as I look forward to the stories themselves.

All in all, another favourite for the reread list! And I can’t wait for the next.

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Trans Inclusivity in a Professional Environment

I’ve assisted a few people now with questions around how to ensure a professional environment, or a project, is trans inclusive, and with the latest it became clear that setting some things down for easy reference would be helpful.

Before we start:
This isn’t an exhaustive list, much of it can also be incorporated into social environments, and I will likely give it occasional updates.
There are some specific instances to which the below don’t apply, but for most professional circumstances, they will. If you’re not sure if they apply, then they most likely do and you should act accordingly.
There are some offsite links at the bottom, which are worth following to expand on this piece.
I’m happy to discuss things further with anyone who has questions – but I don’t respond to bad faith actors.
Some of the things below may not apply to every trans person, so always remember to check with individuals what makes them most comfortable, and be sure to err on the side of caution. Continue reading

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