I write personal essays about a life that often triggers even me. Published material will come with content warnings. Blog posts will likely contain references to chronic pain, mental illness, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-harm, abuse, dysfunctional families, bullying, rape culture, therapy, transphobia, homophobia, binary-centrism, gender essentialism, misogyny and life as an oppressed minority. Sometimes all at once.
Blog posts and other non-fiction articles will not (often) come with specific content warnings; please assume that this entire blog is a multitude of references to and reflections on the above. I do tag my posts (queer, genderlessness, depression, anxiety) so please consider this as much as an individual warning as you are likely to get (exceptions being discussions on suicide or abuse, which I generally add extra warnings for).
As a writer and a reader who has triggers, I want to further the practice of content advisories in published fiction. I certainly believe in giving readers the ability to make the best possible choices about the media they consume, and as a producer of media I need to be part of that dialogue.
This blog features stories written by a swear-happy Australian who writes swear-happy characters who tend to lay loving shit on their friends and family. Said stories may or may not contain reclaimed or gently-mocking slurs and Australian slang. They will contain gratuitous uses of the word ‘fucking’ among many other non-misogynistic curse words. I will not, at any point in time, post story-specific content warnings for swearing: as a working-class Australian living in a country where swearing is far more acceptable, it feels far too close to warning for my dialect. (Seriously, fuck that. And fuck the bullshit idea that my language is as a result of a lack of eloquence or education. Fuck attitudes that slurs like ‘lame’ or ‘bitch’ are acceptable but ‘fuck’ isn’t.) I will post content warnings for use of slurs, of course!
I write about diverse queer characters with mental illness who have, as much as I can depict it, the full experience of being a queer person with mental illness in the world. Stories may or may not contain depictions of or references to fantastical racism (lifeism), racism, misogyny, homophobia (internalised and otherwise), transphobia, magic-as-sexual-assault, sexual assault, violence, mental illness, oppression. I will warn for this in the posts accompanying individual stories (if not the book itself).
I’m not an erotica writer and don’t anticipate writing explicit sex scenes, but my characters will engage in open and explicit discussions of sex, sexuality, safe sex, sexual desires and sexual practice/experience. (This is why.) I won’t post story-specific warnings for this because I am thoroughly against Western society’s habit of blanketing sexual discussion in a notion of inappropriateness.
Crooked Words contains references to or depictions of homophobia, depression, suicidal ideation/suicide, self-harm, transphobia, gender essentialism, familial abuse.
Death is Only a Theoretical Concept (and my other Port Carmila stories) contain references to or depictions of homophobia, transphobia, fantastic racism (lifeism), actual racism, violence, use of slurs, an utter and flagrant disregard for Australia’s current gun laws (and, at times, basic gun safety).
The Stillwater Files might as well be called ‘In How Many Ways Can K. A. Potentially Trigger Their Audience’: a non-complete list includes references to or depictions of sexual assault/rape, imprisonment, drug and alcohol use or abuse (depending on where one stands on the limited treatments for chronic pain in the setting), mental illness, suicidal ideation/suicide, self-harm, depression, anxiety, abuse, violence, abortion, familial abuse.
I hope this little detour helps you engage in my writing as safely as you can.