Interview: Kai Collart

Today we’re joined by Kai Collart. Kai is a phenomenal fanfiction writer who writes fics in the One Piece fandom. He particularly enjoys writing Zosan fics. While he mostly writes short stories, Kai also has a few multi-chapter fics too. It’s clear he loves to write, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I mostly write fanfics for the One Piece fandom, specifically Zosan. They’re mostly just short stories but I have a few multi-chapter fics in mind that I may create someday. I do also make my own short stories and what not but I keep those for myself and my close friends. I’m not as active as I used to be, as I’m spending more time editing other people’s work rather than making my own.

What inspires you?

The thing that inspires me most is music. I can’t write unless I have music in the background, usually set in the mood of what I’m writing. Going outside on walks also inspires me and helps me create new ideas, as well as brainstorming with my fiancée also helps.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve always been interested in writing and storytelling since I can remember really. My grandpa used to make up these elaborate stories for us and get us to add onto it with him and since then I’ve been hooked. I can’t go a day without creating my own little world and making little stories along the way.

Reading fanfics is what got me into writing them as I wasn’t always satisfied with the content, or the lack thereof that I had access to. I wanted to provide my own ideas for others to enjoy in their own time without having to pay for it.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I don’t really have anything that I can think of that’s unique to my work.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

No matter what anyone says to you, good or bad, just keep creating. There will always be at least one person that will love and be inspired by your work and that in itself is worth it. But even then, create your art for you. Be your own inspiration when you can.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m a sex repulsed asexual, panromantic. I also happen to be a transgender male and also polyamorous.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I have indeed encountered plenty of ace prejudice in my time, mostly by my ex-boyfriend. At first I tried to educate him on it but when he seemed uninterested I just distanced myself from it. If a person isn’t willing to learn about or accept who I am, there is only so much I can do before I just have to walk away and take care of myself.

More often than not, people will accept it and move on for me.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Mostly I have encountered people saying that asexuality isn’t a thing and I just need to find the right person, that I’m picky, or even that I’m just afraid of sex because I’ve been hurt. Most people who have said these things tell me that it’s impossible not to be attracted to a gender and that I just need to choose something.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Just be yourself. Find people that will accept you, reach out to other aces if you can and talk to them. Share your story if you feel comfortable doing so. Don’t let people pressure you into doing something you don’t want to do, if you’re in a relationship with a person who is guilt tripping you over not having sex or not being sexually attracted to them, maybe it’s time to get out of that relationship if you can’t work it out. You’re not alone, we stand with you.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

https://archiveofourown.org/users/Torchi_chan is where I post the work that I’m comfortable sharing. Some may be NSFW and most are pretty sad.

Thank you, Kai, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: PJ

Today we’re joined by PJ. PJ is a phenomenal actress and a singer/songwriter. She’s also a YouTuber and a former state title-holder for talent. PJ has recently finished filming her first film role, which is super exciting. When she’s not working on her art, PJ is also an asexual and autism self-advocate. She’s clearly a passionate and talented artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I do a variety of things. My strength is definitely music (singing and songwriting), but I also have a passion for acting, YouTube, and modeling. I just recently finished filming my first movie (sorry, no details can be shared yet)!

In music, my strength is opera (even though ironically, I don’t like singing it that often). I’ve also written a song about asexuality/aromanticism, but since I’m not with a record label yet, I can’t really share my music with the world. I have this huge vision that can’t be done without a little help. I hope to be signed one day!

What inspires you?

Coldplay. As an autistic person, they’re my obsessive interest. If it weren’t for me being exposed to Coldplay at such a young age, I wouldn’t be involved in music at all. At 5 years old, I was already mimicking Chris Martin’s recognizable vocals. It’s honestly how I learned to sing. Coldplay inspires me on a daily basis. They’re all I really listen to. Then again, I also really love Owl City. My music is kind of like a mix between the two.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve wanted to be a singer-songwriter and actress for as long as I can remember. My interest in YouTube started a couple years after YouTube launched. My dad was also a professional drummer, so I suppose I got some of my musicality from him. I just always knew in my heart that I was meant to enter the entertainment field; even though it’s still a bit of a struggle for me.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I wish I did!

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Here are my 10 rules for success:

1. Go for it and don’t hold anything back. Give it your all. Be confident in your work.
2. Listen to your heart/audience. I’m only here in this position because people kept telling me, “Hey, you’re really good. Have you ever thought about putting yourself out there?” If people believe in me, I’m not going to let them down. It was people encouraging me to be my best that got me this far.
3. As for the haters, just ignore them (which I know, can be difficult). Haters come and go. Followers stick around as long as you do.
4. Be your awesome self! If people don’t like that, too bad. They’re probably missing out on how wonderful you really are.
5. Reach out. Some connections are pretty important.
6. Keep perfecting your craft. Your work can ALWAYS use improvement; even if you think it doesn’t. I’ve surprised myself a lot. I always thought I was done, but then switched a few things up and-BAM! It was even better than before!
7. Keep persisting and working. If you’re having a writer’s/roadblock, don’t let that stop you from working on something else… and then coming back to that block when you’re ready!
8. Stay positive. I know this part is difficult as well, but trust me. It’s important.
9. Learn from your mistakes. Let’s be honest, you’re going to screw up at one point or another. The good news, however, is that the next time you come back, you’re going to be even stronger than you were before.
10. Strive to be YOUR best. I don’t aim for the #1 spot; I aim for the best I know I can be. The only thing I’m good at is being me. Don’t pay attention to what someone else is doing.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am heteroromantic asexual, and extremely sex-repulsed (apothisexual, if you want to get technical). Yet, I LOVE kissing, cuddling, etc. Just everything except sex (which makes me physically sick for some reason).

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Luckily, no. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Some people praise me for figuring myself out at such a young age. I actually receive more prejudice and ignorance for my autism than my sexuality (and I’ve been openly asexual for years). I’ve been dealing with the autism stigma and stereotypes my whole life, so at this point, I’m pretty much immune to any hate. It doesn’t bother me at all. I actually think it’s quite hilarious.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

“It’s just a phase.”

I first suspected I was asexual when I was 14, found the term at 17, and still identify this way at almost 21 years old. I don’t think it’s a phase if it lasts for several years.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Ask yourself, “Has this always been me?” I’ve had many things happen to me that further confirm that I’m asexual. Most of the time, I’ve just felt out of place. What was this “sexual attraction” that people kept talking about? Why do I only feel the need to hug, kiss, and cuddle someone? Instead of being “turned on”, why do I experience nausea? There were just too many things that lead to me finding asexuality.

If you’re struggling about coming out, I feel you. I was once there. If someone doesn’t like you because of your orientation, again, that’s too bad. Your orientation does not define you; you define it.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I highly encourage anyone who may have questions about asexuality to message me on my ace blog: at theapothisexualace. Other than that, my Instagram is at peytonjustine, my personal Tumblr is at peyton-justine, my YouTube channel is Clodplaye; named after my original Coldplay-themed Tumblr: at clodplaye and my Coldplay-themed Instagram: at clodplaye. Lastly, my Twitter is at Clodplaye as well. I have other social media accounts, but I don’t really post to them that often.

Thank you, PJ, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Domonick

Today we’re joined by Domonick. Domonick is a wonderful self-taught visual artist. They started out drawing characters from Transformers: Animated and have since begun drawing their own comics and webcomics. Their work shows an incredible amount of detail and is brimming with bright vivid colors. It’s clear they’re a passionate and dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I’ve been drawing for eleven years, and almost all I’ve drawn since I started has been robots. I started to watch Transformers: Animated and that’s what inspired me to draw in the first place. Since then, I’ve been trying all sorts of tutorials to improve for the past few years, but for the most part I am self-taught.

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What inspires you?

I want to tell stories that make people happy through my art! Because that’s almost all I know how to do. All I want is to make it so that at least one person’s day is made when they look at what I make.

I also take much inspiration from the songs I find, and I listen to them all the time.

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What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I drew my first piece that made me feel like I could draw forever in 2007, when I drew a picture of Prowl from Transformers: Animated, and since then I’ve filled sketchbooks, notebooks meant for schoolwork, and dozens of sheets of printer paper with sketches and doodles. I always draw whenever I can, on whatever I can, and nine times out of ten I’m storyboarding for my comic.

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Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I usually jot down a lower-case “d” and the date on all of my art, but I also sometimes use the “B” heart from the title of The Bar Bots, my webcomic.

Other than that, I usually add a thick outline to all the characters I draw, and I digitalize my inked drawings through Medibang.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

You are good at art. Everyone is good at art in their own way and we’re all still learning. I’m still learning. And if someone says your art is bad, then they have a lot to learn themselves.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m fairly sure I’m sex-repulsed, because the idea of it has always scared me and made me very anxious, but I’m still discovering new things day-to-day.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Not necessarily prejudice, but I’ve had a bunch of ignorance around me. A few of my friends still don’t understand the concept of asexuality, and they don’t get that romance and intimacy doesn’t have to be inherently sexual, but I’m trying to explain it to them eventually.

Besides them, I haven’t really encountered a whole lot of confusion.

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What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That I don’t love anybody enough or that I won’t be committed to a relationship. I’ve loved before, and I didn’t need sex for that.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

You’re you, and you’re the one and only person who can interpret how you feel. And if you feel asexual, then you can be asexual. However you discover you is the best way to do it.

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Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I’m glad you asked! I have two blogs on Tumblr where you can see my work: thebarbotscomic.tumblr.com and pickle-rocket-art.tumblr.com

I’m also constantly updating my Patreon at patreon.com/picklerocket!

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Thank you, Domonick, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: FF2

Today we’re joined by FF2. FF2 is a wonderful visual artist who does a mix of original work and fanart. They’re a self-taught artist and tend to gravitate to fanart. They get inspiration from many different sources, like video games, anime, and movies. When they’re not doing fanart, they enjoy just sketching original characters. It’s very obvious they’re a dedicated artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

Um… Okay! It’s mostly fanart of things I like (video games, anime, movies, etc.), but sometimes I’ll draw and share OCs and stuff! I do a lot of sketches and doodles (school is very energy and creativity-draining, so usually I have just enough to doodle and sketch), but sometimes if I REALLY have the energy for it I’ll make full drawings! Those are usually my favorites! (Example: A screenshot re-draw of one of my favorite Attack on Titan scenes. Took a few days but it was worth it in the end because it came out really well!) But… Drawing sketches is fun too! I also really like drawing my OCs, even if I keep… NOT drawing them! (I get so many good ideas of things to draw with them but then it’s like “Wait that’s beyond my skill level-”)

What inspires you?

Well, it’s mostly anime, actually! Originally I took inspiration from like… Sailor Moon, but now – albeit it’s STILL anime – , I’m taking more references from Studio Ghibli films (specifically When Marnie Was There and Spirited Away), and the anime Attack on Titan. I’ve also been trying to make it look a bit more… realistic. Not, SUPER realistic, but like… (oh how do I explain this…?) just a bit more? Not like… in a way it would make my art style look weird or unnatural, but just enough so it makes it look BETTER? If that makes ANY sense? Plus, whatever I look at more often influences what I draw a lot. Like, say I played a lot of Pokemon recently. Then I’d probably be drawing a lot of Pokemon characters.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

Uhh… Really, I’ve kind of been drawing for as long as I can remember. Like… We have pictures from when I was three and we had this… thing – I’m not exactly sure what is was – and it has a little marker that worked with water, so when you got it wet, you could DRAW on the mat and stuff, and in the picture I’m just scribbling away. I guess I just really liked the idea of making my own pictures? And I never really dropped it…! I’ve always liked drawing, but I haven’t ALWAYS wanted to be an artist (Right now for example, I want to be an author!), but there was a phase when I did.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I don’t really have a special, unique signature, but I do have some things that I think make my art… My own and easier to recognize I guess? I think it’s the way I do eyes? Or at least, that’s what I think and what a few friends have told me…

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Joking aside, please practice, or take a class! Seriously, like… say you wanted to be a professional athlete or something. You’d practice to get better at that right? So… Why should drawing be different? Also, DO NOT ignore guidelines. They can REALLY help. And, another thing… Try tracing guidelines over pre-existing images. Don’t… Don’t POST those or anything, but do that on your own practice, because it can help you get an idea of the anatomy and stuff.  I know there’s this whole mindset of “If I EVER trace anything ever, even for practice than I’m Bad and an art thief!” but like… That’s not true! If you need to practice anatomy and want to trace something for a better idea of how it works, then try that! Again, just don’t post it.

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He is not a threat to humanity!

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

Sex-repulsed ace. (Probably panromantic too? I don’t want to say for sure, though…)

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

In… my field? I assume this means art. If so then no. Though… I have some ace OCs and I’ll probably make a lot of emphasis on that and if anyone is rude because god-forbid someone has ASEXUAL OCS, then I‘ll probably just ignore them?

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Either… “oh so you don’t have any emotions/empathy/whatever?” (which is blatant lie. And also a really stupid thing to say.), and “that’s not a thing, you’re just making a sexuality up for attention.” (more lies.)

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

DO. NOT. RUSH THIS!!! You don’t HAVE to have a label if you don’t want one! You think you might be ace but then you find out you’re not? That’s fine! It doesn’t make you bad!! You think you’re something else and then find out your ace? That’s fine, too! Figuring yourself out takes a while! Also… For anyone told this because ew ace discourse, YOU AREN’T INVADING LGBT+ SPACES OR “STEALING” RESOURCES OR NOT A “REAL LGBT+ PERSON”. YOU ARE VALID. If ANYONE says otherwise, just ignore ‘em. They are NOT worth it! I know it’s hard but really, what they’re doing is kinda pathetic, you know?

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

My art Tumblr! It’s https://ff2-draws-stuff.tumblr.com/!! I post art and WIPs there, so if you’d like to see more of my art, check it out!

Thank you, FF2, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Gadriel

Today we’re joined by Gadriel. Gadriel is a phenomenal and versatile author who writes a bit of everything. While he mostly writes fanfiction, Gadriel also writes a fair amount of micro-stories and poetry. He’s clearly a dedicated and talented writer, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

Well, I write. More often than not I write fanfics, but I write original micro-stories and poetry too. In the future I’d love to publish a book with all my micro-stories and poems.

What inspires you?

What inspires me the most is Death and the mystery that surrounds it. Besides that, almost anything can inspire me: from a person or conversation to a landscape. Inspiration can come from the most unexpected thing.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve been writing since I learnt to. Family, friends, and teachers used to tell me that they liked my stories, so I kept writing.

Yes, I’ve always wanted to be an artist as it’s a creative way to express myself and my emotions (which I have a hard time expressing) without feeling judged.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I like to play with the unexpected. Plot twists everywhere!

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Practice, practice, practice! No one starts being the best at what they do. Us artists are in constant evolution and are always improving our art. However, that can only be achieved through constant practice.

If at first you don’t receive many feedback, don’t be disappointed, it’s all part of the process. The more art you create, the further it will get and the more people can enjoy it.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I identify as a homoromantic asexual. My position towards sex can vary, but most of the time I’m sex-repulsed.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Not many people know that it is possible for us asexuals to write smut/erotica because they see us as these prudish, innocent beings. I don’t write that kind of stuff because I like to concentrate on the emotional part but I know a bunch of asexuals that do write smut/erotica and enjoy it as much as any other person.

I handle this misinformation by educating myself and others on asexuality.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That we can’t fall in love. I understand where this comes from, as for many people sex and love go hand in hand. However here is where the split attraction model comes in. If an asexual is also aromantic then they won’t feel romantic love, but if that’s not the case, we fall in love like everyone else.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

Don’t rush it. Let yourself explore and experiment without prejudices. Don’t be afraid to try on different labels. Maybe some will fit and others will not, but just like gender, sexuality can be fluid. As long as you’re careful while experimenting, nothing’s wrong.

Don’t let people’s comments and opinions prevent you from being yourself.

You are loved and valid.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I have some fanfics uploaded in AO3 under the pseudonym ‘Cubi’ and also I fill prompts and write imagines, headcanons and reader inserts here in Tumblr as at acouplewords.

Thank you, Gadriel, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Skye

Today we’re joined by Skye. Sky is a fantastic visual artist who specializes in drawing heads with colored pencils. She’s starting to work on drawing landscapes and nature. Skye is also planning to branch out into digital art as well. It’s clear she’s a dedicated and talented artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I use Prismacolor Colored pencils currently, but I just got a Huion tablet so I’m hoping to begin digital art soon. I’m best at drawing people (mainly headshots) but I’m trying to do more landscapes and animals.

What inspires you?

I get inspired by aesthetics and moodboards, as well as random people I see on the street and other artists’ work.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I honestly don’t remember. I just remember always loving to draw and it’s always been a big part of my life.

I’ve always wanted to draw, but I’ve only just began to have the confidence to begin sharing about a year ago.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I’m still developing my style, so I definitely do not have and special features yet, but I have a few ideas in mind.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Accept that you probably won’t like everything you make, but that doesn’t mean it’s not amazing, because it is.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I don’t know the exact label, but I am definitely on the sex-repulsed side of the asexual spectrum and somewhere on the aromantic spectrum. I’m currently doing research to find my exact place.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

Not specifically in my field, but I have with family and other people. I usually just say that they can’t change who I am and that if they have that big of a problem with it then they have a problem with me and should just leave me alone then.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That people on the asexual/aromantic spectrum are that way due to a mental illness or traumatic past experience and that we should see a therapist to be “fixed” like we’re broken.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

You are not broken. All throughout life until I learned about asexuality I would hear people talk about who they had a crush on and who they wanted to date or have sex with and I never felt that. I never had a crush or a desire for a relationship and I felt so broken and different until I learned there were more people like me and I was normal.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I post WIPs on my Snapchat (skyberson4) and completed works on my Instagram (skyberson). But I do post other stuff on both, not just my art.

Thank you, Skye for participating in  this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

Interview: Rachel S.

Today we’re joined by Rachel S.. Rachel is a wonderful up and coming writer who is currently studying for a degree in English, journalism, and creative writing. She writes quite a bit of poetry but also writes long-form pieces. Rachel is a phenomenally talented and dedicated writer, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about your art.

I’m a writer currently living in Arizona and I am in the process of gaining degrees in English, journalism, and creative writing. After almost seven years of writing everything I could, I find that original, thoughtful pieces suit me more than anything else!

Right now I’ve been working on more ethereal themes in my writing along with more detailed scenes and dialogue.

What inspires you?

As cliché as it might sound, I find inspiration everywhere. Car rides and flowers will inspire poetry just as Tumblr posts and things my friends say can inspire full stories. Personally, I find that anything can be inspiring – it’s just a matter of how you look at it.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

Oh, not at all! When I was younger I had wanted to be a singer, believe it or not. I got interested in writing in middle school because a friend of mine wanted to write our own Harry Potter fanfiction. It was absolutely horrible: our OCs were Mary Sues and I couldn’t take valid criticism. But if it wasn’t for that first and delightfully bad venture into writing, I don’t know where I’d be now.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

I don’t know if I’d call this a signature feature I do but I have been known for doubling up and my tone. I’m a very long, drawn out writer and when I give detail I love to give it two adjectives or just unneeded adjectives in general. (It drives my editor mad, let me tell you.)

As for my tone, I’m a very bittersweet writer. I don’t care for strictly happy things or continually horrible things. I’m very much “sad beginning, happy end” or “humorous beginning, sad end”.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Write whatever you want. Write what you know, write what you don’t – write with too many commas and spaces and ellipses and exclamation points. Write happy things and dark things and then write the one you like the most. Write fantasy and science fiction and mythology and about what happened last week in school. There is nothing you shouldn’t write. And don’t forget to read either! That is just as important as writing most days.

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Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I am a sex-repulsed aromantic asexual … kind of. It’s really hard to explain exactly how I feel most of the time. I’ve learned to just say that I’m gay or bi if someone asks but I’ve been lucky enough to encounter people who genuinely take the time out of their day to listen to me talk about my orientation. I’ve learned to not limit myself to, in full, I consider myself a pan-aromantic asexual.

I have no romantic or sexual inclination but I’d be ecstatic to date any person should we be compatible. Orientations are fluid so why not put a prefix on your prefix?

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I have never encountered prejudice but ignorance has definitely been a theme. I’ve been lucky enough to encounter well written asexual characters but misinformation is, sadly, a norm. Sometimes the character is hypersexualized and other times they’re a complete prude – which I understand to a degree. However, there was one non-ace writer who had called the asexuality their character portrayed as “their favorite type” of asexuality—which, you know, was a little creepy.

Other than these few instances, I don’t think people write about asexuality enough as is.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

The most common is that the asexual will still be “like everyone else” and have sex. There are real asexuals like that but this also ignores all the sex-repulsed asexuals (like me and a good friend of mine). I wouldn’t call this a misconception but it is a fact that not all facets of asexuality is being represented.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

There’s sex-repulsed asexuals, sex-positive asexuals, gray-asexuals, demisexuals – there are so many ways you can identify. Don’t feel ashamed to identify as one and then realize your something else. Take all the time in the world; only you can decide who you are.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I’m here on Tumblr at miistical as well on DeviantArt and Twitter under the same name. I’m also on Instagram as miistical but that’s purely for everyday photos! If anyone is interested in my poetry, I’m on DeviantArt as hedonophobe (and will eventually get to making a poetry Tumblr account as well).

If anyone has any questions about me or my work/commissions or requests, feel free to email me at miisticalwrites@gmail.com!

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Thank you, Rachel, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.