A brief cat interlude: Benny takes a nap dangerously near his camera-crazy owner and thus has only himself to blame for ending up on YouTube.
In which I venture to the Japanese supermarket and experience Great Sadness, then discover a wealth of vegan items closer to home + try the Beyond Burger. Also, miso ramen and vegan tonkatsu! Kind of.
It’s a freezing cold day in Chicago, and I’m heading out in search of groceries and T-shirts. Also, let’s talk some more about religion, because I see fire and immediately put my hand into it, apparently.
Testing out my Japanese camera again, I show you the ins and outs of making blurry, under-popped popcorn with a liberal application of vegan seasonings, none of which are expired. Hooray!
Long-time visitors will recall that I’ve been working on an LGBTQ+ fantasy novel called Chosen for approximately the last 17,000 years. Its main character, Kaine Ikarra, is a fifteen-year-old transgender boy who is struggling with magic, identity, and the fact that most of the people around town want very much to kill him. It’s tough being fifteen, man.
As I’ve mentioned before, this story started out during my teen years as a cookie-cutter White Dudes Doing Cool Stuff In A Fantasy Setting book, but it’s since evolved into a series that features mostly LGBT people of color doing even cooler stuff in a fantasy setting. Since this is a fantasy world entirely of my imagining, I can do what I want with it, such as making the dominant religion a pantheon of gods and goddesses, many of whom are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, etc., and this thus makes LGBT folks entirely normal and unstigmatized in this world. Likewise, the inclusion of a female chief goddess (and various other awesome females in the pantheon) encourages more gender equality, which means that gender roles in this society are far more equal, and that gives me the opportunity to have kickass ladies all over the place and not have that be at all weird.
The latest I Can Do What I Want aspect of the story has involved my going through the book and subtly altering what everyone is eating so they subscribe to a more plant-based diet. It’s not something you see often in fantasy books, I’m willing to bet, but given my own commitment to avoiding meat and animal products, I figured…why not? WHY NOT HAVE THEM ALL BE VEGAN. MUWAHAHAHAHA I’m drunk with godly writing power.
So. Chosen now features a transgender, pansexual, vegan person-of-color as its main character, and I am quite pleased about that. :D
Instead of sitting around growing cobwebs while waiting for UPS, I thought I’d make another vlog. This one concerns a strange brightness in the sky over Chicago and my recent vegan cooking experiments.
Hey, let’s talk about religion, being vegan, and evangelizing, because what else can you do at five AM on a Monday morning? Also, I shall clear my throat approximately 7,000 times because **morning phlegm**.