The Best Love Story


Verve – Life Goals

Growing up I wanted to be a published short story writer.  My stories would be published in genre collections and magazines.  The stories are collected in anthologies, where a shared cosmology – Pentapolis of the Valley – links the shorts, cycles, and novellas.  My fiction career allows me to publish articles and essays in literary journals.  Favorite topics of mine include: Emily Bronte, graphic novels, social equity, and the works of Caitlin R. Kiernan.  I write cultural think pieces for mainstream magazine and newspapers.  Eventually, my non-fiction works are collected.

The success of writing career gives me the ability to move to New York City, in its West Village.  I get to rub shoulders with artists at weekend parties while spending weekdays in discussion with critics.

My bibliography allows me opportunities to be guest editor, playwright, and historian.  I spend 1 year as a guest editor-in-chief at Heavy Metal magazine, selecting critically acclaimed European &Asian translations and indie creators.  I lead the magazine in an open submission that publishes two unpublished creative teams.  Working at Heavy Metal allows me to work with the premier graphic, fine, and sequential artists in illustrating my NEON/ECN short stories.  The decisions acquisitions and discoveries that I make have me become a curator of graphic fiction.

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (1991)

beauty-and-the-beast-disney            Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991) has been a fixture since I was 8 years old and (like everyone else) captivated by the music and animation.  Each time I watch the movie it represents my queer and homosexual experiences.

Belle’s reading, bravery, and compassion made her my Disney princess; Ursula and Maleficent had been my favorites up until then; Oliver and Company was my Disney film up until then.  Belle was the outsider as princess – the villagers thought she was odd, while Jasmine or Snow White were born princesses with privilege.  Belle’s desire to escape from her village to experience the bigger world mirrored my own queer desire to escape suburbia.  Unlike Ariel and Eric, or Aurora and Phillip, Belle and Prince Adam’s love formed organically.  Yes, I do find prisoner falling in love with their jailer romantic.

The Beast is Heathcliff-type romantic.  He is downtrodden and angry, insecure about the future because there had been so much rejection.  His fear and pain reflected my own, entering the dating realm with baggage of rejection and pain before having even begun dating.  The Beast also became the model for my ideal partner: rough with an awoke interior.  As well as a certain minotaur fantasy.