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Asexual Awareness Week 2017

Hello everyone!! GUESS WHAT THIS WEEK IS?? Asexual awareness week! Yeah, you totally didn’t read the title.

I’ve been looking forward to this for months, honestly. Every since I labeled myself as aromantic asexual I’ve been excited to have a month. I. Have. A. Week! I HAVE A WEEK TO CALL MY OWN!

To celebrate my first ace week, I’ve put together some YA books w/ ace rep, share some of my aro and/or ace characters from my various WIPs, and how to support your favorite ace bloggers ❤

If you want to read more info on asexuality by me, click here. (It’s a great post, highly recommend.)

Let’s ace this thing!

Heh. Gotta love ace jokes.

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YA Books w/ Ace-Spec rep

Look, it’s not easy finding a YA novel with decent ace rep. This isn’t going to be a lengthy list. (Maybe in time that’ll change, hopefully.) For now, I have a favorite rec + some other novels with rep.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee 

If you follow me on social media, I never shut up about this book. It’s fantastic, to say the least. The ace rep is there, it’s on the page, it’s mentioned, it’s valid. Tash is a relatable character, social media plays a large impact in the story, and even challenges aphobia. AH SO GOOD! Highly recommend, especially for the in depth look into asexuality. (Note: the author is demisexual.)

See my review for it here.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

If you’re in the YA community, this book is constantly recommended for ace rep. It deserves it, too, since the MC is openly asexual. Personally, the asexuality isn’t mentioned more than twice, so I think it’s definitely overhyped, but I generally enjoyed the book, and it’s #ownvoices too.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

This book in general has a few queer characters, but a major supporting character is revealed as demisexual. It was a really awesome twist I didn’t expect, since demisexuals get even less rep than asexuals. (Quite a statement, I say.) I read RS during pride month, and I just loved it.

Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver 

Truth is, I haven’t read this book. I follow RoAnna on Twitter and love what she does. However, the MC is confirmed asexual and I’d love to pick it up in the future. I see this recommended a lot in regards to ace rep. It’s #ownvoices.

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

I like Riley but I need to discuss this book. There is an MC (there’s 7, in fact) who is off-page asexual (the author confirmed it in an interview) and the MC is very stereotypical. He is standoffish, cold, and scoffs anytime someone mentions romance. I read this novel to critique the rep, so while the rep was appreciated, the MC was a bit caricature-asexual and why I bumped my GR rating down. Either way, I appreciate whatever representation I can get.

Upcoming 2018 Ace-Spec Novels:

  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  • Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

YA is very important in my life, so as I develop as an aro/ace blogger, I hope I’ll find more books in the future to represent me ❤


My WIPs + Aro/Ace MCs

If you didn’t know, writing is my passion. And lately, I’ve been implementing more diversity into my books, especially my own identities. Which means. . .more story ideas and more aro/ace MCs!

I’m so excited to finally share my WIPs (some of them, at least) with you lovely readers! I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year, so I’ll definitely be writing some weekly updates (wink wink.)

The Anatomy of a Liar 

A little background info, I wrote this in 2015 for Camp NaNo, and this year, decided to rewrite it. One of those changes was that I made my MC aro/ace. I liked the original love interest for this book, but removing him honestly didn’t change much to the general plot. That shows how much I put friends and family and life above romantic love. In fact, I will be picking up this WIP in November 2017 for NaNoWriMo, so you’ll definitely be seeing updates 🙂 This is my first novel about an aro/ace MC in a contemporary setting.

The Midnight Train 

I never intended to make my MC (heteromantic) ace, but when I finally added it, I felt. . . right. I never liked the romance I wrote in my own novel. It felt forced, unnecessary. So when I removed it, everything that meant to happen just somehow fell in line. I doubted myself at first, since the novel is set in 1929 and couldn’t use modern slang to describe my MC and her sexuality, but once the idea set to make my MC ace, I couldn’t move past it. Tip: queer characters in historical fiction / fantasy can and should be represented, they were definitely there.

Untitled Story Idea

I came up with this ideas MONTHS AGO, but I still think about it!

Here’s what I have so far:

  1. It will be a YA contemporary, probably set in 2019
  2. The MC will be 17 or 18 y/o female, and aromantic asexual
  3. The WIP will be #ownvoices
  4. My MC (unnamed) runs a matchmaking service
  5. The title will be Hopeless Aromantic love me some puns
  6. It might be an Emma by Jane Austen retelling (In that case, my MC might be named along the lines of Emma, Emily, Emmy, etc.) But nothing is certain
  7. Possibly set in Florida, specifically Fort Myers, I want to set my WIP in a place I know well enough that isn’t Ohio, since this state is hella boring

That’s it. Oh well.

I have minor details, like Fort Myers, and not major plot details and all, but hey, it’s just an idea. One that’s definitely going to happen, though.

Masked (Tentative title)

Finally, I have a fantasy novel set in Venice which features up to 6 different POVs, one of which is an asexual MC. Her perspective won’t be as covered as a few others, but it’s still important to have the rep in the story. I haven’t developed her character too much either, but her name is Naomi and she is Japanese.

I love writing. I love my identity. There aren’t very many aro/ace novels, so I might as well write them. Hopefully you feel motivated to write as a marginalized writer, whether it’s about your identity or not. . .just write, write, write ❤


How to support your ace-spec bloggers

So, if you’re here, chances are you know me from Twitter and Instagram. I do my part to boost marginalized voices that deserve to speak. But when it comes to asexuality, I want to not draw attention to me, but to the other wonderful members of this community I adore with all of my heart.

Here are some ways you can support us:

If you see a fellow aro/ace-spec blogger, you can start by following them! That is a great start. If on Twitter, retweet + boost their discourse, whatever the topic may be. If on Instagram, comment on their posts! Simple things.

For some bloggers, however, they have Ko-Fis/Patreon/GoFundMe! You can personally donate + contribute to the work they do to educate other people on discourse. This is not a requirement, of course, but if you have a dollar to spare, it’s a great way to put money where your mouth is 🙂

At the moment, I don’t have a Ko-Fi/Patreon/etc. but you can check out my accounts to see what I’m up to + support my endeavors!

Instagram  |  Twitter  |  Tumblr  | Pinterest

Thanks so much!

There are other spoken ways to help us, too.

Such as knowing that ace-spec people, if they choose to identify as queer, are valid whatever their romantic orientation may be. All of them should be allowed and supported by the LBGTQIA+ community. If not, reconsider your idea of what “support” really is.

Finally, I’m going to share some ace-spec bloggers that I adore, and think deserve to be recognized 🙂

Kav | Twitter | Instagram

Fadwa | Twitter | WordPress

Romie | Twitter | Instagram | WordPress

Liv | Twitter | WordPress

Elin | Twitter | Instagram | WordPress

Yeldah | Twitter | Instagram |

Olivia | Twitter | Instagram | WordPress

Katie | Twitter | WordPress

Brooke | Twitter | Blog

Check out Brooke’s blog series for asexual awareness wek (p.s. I’m featured!) click here.

Thanks for joining me! I’ve hoped you learned something about asexuality! Let’s bask in a week of awareness and celebration, while remembering that awareness lasts all year long, and we should always be boosting + supporting ownvoices bloggers ❤


Happy #AceAwarenessWeek! Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Jill

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5 thoughts on “Asexual Awareness Week 2017

  1. Loved this Jill! I really need you to write this Hopeless Aromantic book right now cause I NEED IT IN MY HANDS PLEASE! I already know if I ever write a book, my MC is going to asexual and I can’t wait!

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