Queer Without Gender is the online home of indie and DIY author K. A. Cook.

Ze is a polyaffectionate, nebularomantic/idemromantic, abrosexual, genderless, feminist-ish, really-fucking-queer autistic who endures chronic hand pain, migraines and mental illnesses. (Ze’s recently been diagnosed with coeliac disease and is now trying to figure out life without gluten.) Ze writes creative non-fiction, personal essays, short stories and novels about the above on the philosophy that if the universe is going to make life interesting, ze may as well make interesting art. Frustration about the lack of diverse representation is surprisingly motivating, at least when ze is on the right combination of meds to manage the keyboard.

(By “feminist-ish” ze means “feminist in theory while expressing distaste towards feminism as a movement’s rampant gender reductionism and gender essentialism”. It’s a messy tangle of feeling like ze has to be a feminist while knowing damn well that feminism doesn’t support hir unless ze pretends alignment to womanhood. Increasingly, ze considers hirself feminist in how ze writes non-female, non-binary, genderless and male characters, not in hir centering of women and femininity.)

Ze is the author of several fantasy stories and novelettes combining ridiculous magic, cats, dragons, disability, bacon, mental illness, microscopic gnomes, aromanticism, the undead, verbose eldritch entities and as many transgender autistics as any one story can hold. Don’t ask hir to explain the bacon, because ze can’t. Cats, on the other hand, are warm and stimmy, so this hardly needs explaining.

Ze writes about anything and everything, including but not limited to autism, representation, abrosexuality and fluid orientations, aromanticism, disability, chronic pain, mental illness, being transgender, not having a gender, writing and tangents about hir personal life. Sometimes ze talks about books, Tamora Pierce, Magic the Gathering, fashion dolls, miniatures, stim toys, crafting, sewing, cross stitch and European melodic metal.

If you’re interested in stim toys and stimming, you may like to investigate hir Tumblr blog @stimtoybox and its accompanying WordPress site.

If you’re aromantic and interested in more aromantic spectrum media and creativity, you may like the @aroworlds Tumblr, the Aro Worlds WordPress site and the Aromantic Artist Profile series. If you prefer content centred on the allosexual aromantic experience, check out the @alloaroworlds Tumblr and the Allo-Aro Information Hub. If you’re in want of aromantic pride stock images, you may be interested in the Aro Arrows image archive. If you want to know how to turn aro flags into hand-embroidered pride patches, try hir collection of Pride Patch Tutorials. If you want to know more about aromantic flags, head over to the @aroflagarchive Tumblr!

If you’d like to support hir in hir creating of independent, diverse fiction, please consider buying hir a ko-fi, becoming a patron or buying hir books with the pay-what-you-want option from Gumroad.

If you want to know how to pronounce hir pronouns, please read this mypronouns.org article.

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