How to Get Away With Murder. And Sex.

“He did this thing to my ass that made my eyes water.” It was the post-coital line heard ’round the world. Or at least reverberated off of the walls of every household tuned in to watch this Fall’s buzziest new late night primetime obsession How to Get Away With Murder. Connor Walsh, played by Jack Falahee, is…

Instant Gratification, Insta-lebrities, Instigation: Why Nash Grier Shouldn’t Have a Platform

Not everybody deserves — or should have — a platform. Eight years ago,  internet-based celebrities were non-existent; the thought of achieving fame solely through the internet was a concept that I don’t think anyone anticipated, let alone expected to ever come to fruition. At the start of the 2000s, social networking was a relatively “new” concept, with…

Leave Ellen Alone: A Lesson in Misplaced Transphobia

Originally Published: March 5th, 2014; Updated: June 25th, 2014 Comedienne, actress, host extraordinaire, and overall amazing human Ellen DeGeneres recently came under fire for a comment during her opening monologue at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, which aired Sunday, March 2nd. During her witty opening, which employed her signature wry-delivery and the pop culture-laden humor…

Beware the Frozen Heart: Is Disney’s ‘Frozen’ An Allegory for Coming Out?

Originally Published: December 2nd, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 Is Disney’s Frozen An Allegory for Coming Out? **WARNING: Mild Spoilers Ahead** Walt Disney Animation Studios, the brilliant tour de force behind animations greatest cinematic achievements like the use of a multiplane camera to help create the illusion of depth in animation, among others — ahem, Snow White and the…

Sex in YA: Everybody Does “It,” Nobody Talks About It

Originally Published: December 9th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 In Young Adult Literature, How Should Sex Exist? Sex is a basic human need. When we’re young, we’re curious about it; as we mature, we want it and once we have it, we crave it. If we aren’t having it, we’re daydreaming about it, reflecting on past experiences, looking ahead…

“Maybe”

Originally Published: August 26th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 “Maybe” I probably shouldn’t have told Nina not to wear her skintight plaid pants with zippers all over the legs. It wasn’t my finest hour. But I guess that’s the beauty of hindsight; it’s only good after the fact. Now I’m left alone, with only my…

How Adam Lambert Saved My Life

Originally Published: August 12th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 When querying a novel, the best rejections come from agents who take their time to write constructive criticism, and the worst, aside from stock letters, are when it’s painfully obvious that the agent just simply doesn’t relate. Me: From one [female] agent, I got a response that…

“White Noise”

This is the beginning of a YA Paranormal novel about twin brothers Dash and Rocco (Rock) who move into their grandmother’s old house with their father, only to find the house is haunted by some fucked up shit.  I was working on this a few years ago. I wrote a few more chapters, but could…

The Lambert Effect

One of the most important aspects of being writer is not only having a great support team behind you, encouraging you ever step of the way, but also having outside support of your writing from people who don’t know and love you on a personal level. Any writer will tell you that if they can…

I Am.

I am hurt. But I will heal. I am flawlessly flawed. I am not perfect. Nobody is perfect. Nothing is perfect. I’m beginning to realize that, as I get older, who I expected to become when I was younger is not who I’m becoming; I’m OK with that. In fact, I like who the person…

The Power of Fear

What is it like to live in constant fear and self-doubt? It’s probably not a concept many understand. I don’t quite understand it myself. It’s a feeling that’s indescribable,  in all the worst possible ways. It’s a knot-in-the-stomach, tears-on-deck, total-confusion-and-borderline-depression, all-consuming sort of feeling. When I was in undergrad, the professor I had for Autobiography…

A Life Unexpected

You took my breath away. No, you stole my breath, my heart, my everything, when you stepped out of that car and into my life. I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into. Who knows, before a life-changing event, that a single event could end up changing their life? It was unexpected, in…