October is Diversity Month!

Welcome to Diversity Month at the Dirty Birdies Blog! What does diversity mean to the Birdies, you ask?

Well, there’s cultural, sexual, political, gender… but there’s more than just that. We are, after all, a group of authors. So for us, there’s also genre diversity, character diversity, style… you name it. Take a look at what we write here. M/F, M/M, F/F, menage, vanilla, kink, contemporary, spec-fic. We’re a very diverse bunch, and I’m so very proud to share this little corner of the Inter-tubes with these lovely ladies.

So this month, we’ll be celebrating our differences and our similarities, and talking about some of the ways diversity can work for you, too. Well, maybe. We never really know what we’re going to talk about until it’s time to start pounding away at the old “ADD NEW POST” box, so, yeah (heh. I said pound. And box. [/13 year old]).

But stay tuned for all of the shiny ways we’ll be here to entertain you!

Speaking of diversification, I’ve been branching out a bit lately. I’ve got two short erotica stories out on submission, and they’ve got girl cooties in them. Fear not, they aren’t exact vanilla het; I like to explore sexuality as an expression of my characters, deeply complex and not as clear-cut as it probably should be if I were ever going to take the easy route. I’m proud of these stories, but they’re going to be a tough sell, for being so… well, so very much my style. But they needed to be told this way, and I’m tired of reading about cookie-cutter sex. Diversify!

I’ve also, if you saw my note at the top of yesterday’s post, started editing. It’s a whole new ball game, people. And, man, do I ever love it. When I went back to school, it was with the vague notion that I’d like to be an editor one day, but never really thought it would come about; I didn’t get my act together until late in my 20s, didn’t have time to join the college paper or do any extra curricular activities that would give me an “edge.” But I still kept my eye on it, still thought about it, and when the opportunity arose, I proved myself capable. I feel all kinds of awesome, in case you haven’t picked up on that.

Of course, that means I’m crazy busy now, editing and writing. I’m working with some great people on their books, and in my spare time (what’s that? I use Twitter because it takes seconds) I have projects of my own staring me down. I’m also on the look out for a new Birdie, since our own Tiffany has left us to pursue other aspects of her fabulous career (don’t worry, though — she’s promised to come back for guest posts!). We’re going to miss her like whoa around here, but we’re so happy that she’s doing so well. But that means I’m checking out Twitter accounts and web sites, too. Ain’t nothing like having a thing or two on your plate, right?

And, to round out my ramble on diversity, I’m also stretching my genre legs. While I’ve been focusing on contemporary up until now, I’ve got scifi, cyberpunk, and fantasy all on my near horizon. It’s exciting to just think about, but I can’t wait to make up all of my own rules!

And now, to thank you for sticking with me, some totty (Damn it, Scarlett! Stop giving me vocabulary lessons!):

Mmm… video.

Elizabeth Silver can be found in a deep, dark literary cave, buried under the looming peaks of Mount Deadline. Once in a while, she has been known to surface at her website, Lake UrbanSilver, but is more likely to send up smoke signals through the ventilation shafts of Twitter as @LizSilverWrites.

2 Responses to October is Diversity Month!

  1. Scarlett Parrish

    Blah, blah, blah, words, whatever, boring, yawn, SUIT PR0N!

    PS: Is it just me or does Fass look like Toby Stephens in that photo?