Thursday, March 16, 2017

Craving Sci-fi?

 
I’ve always loved sci-fi. Watching Star Trek: The Next Generation was a welcoming ritual I enjoyed for years. I’ve adored the Star Trek TV shows and movies so much I’ve gone to conventions (*cough* dressed as a captain *cough*).



One of my favorite shows was Lexx: Tales From A Parallel Universe. I remember the exact moment I discovered this TV show. I was in Singapore in my apartment’s communal laundry room and someone had left on the TV. I remember hearing the chant of Brunnen-G Fight Song and chills overtook me. Then the fighter pods zipped across the screen and then I got to see Kai… I stumbled into a chair and sat transfixed forgetting about my laundry until the show was over. I was hooked.

I enjoy following Star Wars, Galaxy Quest, and now Guardians of The Galaxy. There’s magic in Sci-fi. It’s an entirely new world and anything can happen.

But I never expected to write a sci-fi story. Ally Blue (a wonderful writer, friend, and a giver of plot bunnies) and I were chatting about home improvement shows as one does instead of writing or doing edits. She enticed me with the idea of sexy builders and I combined the concept into my space opera.

The builders morphed into artists who were decorating the ruler of the Xantha star system’s vessel as it headed to the capital planet, Viking Haven. The artist and the star chaser who was piloting the vessel had a history… oh I had to know their history. The details unfolded about a biological urge called the craving and what killed me was they couldn’t follow their hearts because their destinies lay in different directions. The Craving was born.

The Craving is first and foremost a romance. I wrote the story to ensure a happily ever after. Love and the romantic pairings (yeah there are more than one) take center stage. Originally, I thought to write two separate books, but the two couples’ destinies were tangled and I was unable to tease them apart.

The book’s focus isn’t on propulsion systems and vessel schematics, but the love between the couples. Of course we get to explore societies on different planets. How is sex viewed? Does standardized skin tone enforcement eliminate prejudice? What role does religion play in the characters’ life? How does privilege affect the characters? What’s life like in a harem?

I hope you enjoy my voyage into sci-fi.

Many Hugs,
Z. Allora




The Craving Blurb:
The craving is an undeniable urge that drives K’Dane citizens to find their life mates—if only to sate their uncontrollable physical longings.

Thrilled at being named a Chosen, Phoenix Dotir leaves K’Dane to become an artist-monk who will create dimensional art capable of changing worlds. Living by the monastery’s Principles of Purity will surely help him overcome the craving. But he never accounted for star chaser Zadra Solav.

Zadra doesn’t believe in rules and makes his own future. Fate separates him from the man he loves, but one touch renders him helpless to his own desires. Bonding with a monk is forbidden, and Zadra’s family sends him to deep space to avoid disgrace. Unable to give up, Zadra must find a way reunite with his Chosen.

Tormented by enforced separation, Initiate Riva Quinton struggles with his vow of chastity and risks all to rescue his lover. Together with his Eros, he stows away on board a star craft to follow his heart.

Four men defy destiny and tradition for love… but their love is a crime punishable by death.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Evolution of Yaoi

Kaze to Ki no Uta by Keiko Takemiya was published in the 1970's and true to the time ends horribly (in death).

Junjo Romantic by Shungiku Nakamura was written in 2002. (The English versions which came out in 2008-2010 made it to the New York Times Best Seller lists)



Episode 1 you can see some of the criticisms people have against Yaoi.

But now compare that to Yuri on Ice where the same sex love is simply in the background. There's no denial of homosexuality, no abject horror of same sex relationships only a concentration on Yuri succeeding. It's about him accepting who he is and he does this by finding the joy of skating and love.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Autochorissexual & Yaoi



fujoshi 
Means "rotten women". Fujoshi ship male characters (put them in sexual relationships with each other). 

Lauren Orsini wrote "So why are fujoshi so interested in homoerotic relationships between male characters? You'd imagine that fujoshi would be more likely to appreciate a fictional relationship between a male and female character in order to self-insert as the woman, but that's where you'd be wrong. According to fujoshi, the idea of viewing a relationship between two attractive men from afar is the whole point. “When it's just boys, the reader engages in the story from the third person,” Hana, a Tokyo fujoshi, told the Daily Beast about her hobby."  (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2016-12-21/what-is-a-fujoshi/.109594)

I'm think some folks who adored Yaoi might be on the autochorissexual spectrum. This isn't meant to say absolutely everyone who enjoys Yaoi is autochorissexual. And you probably know me well enough to know I do not pathogenize with any label >>> It's just something interesting for those who may want to understand themselves better or are looking for community. 

Asexual Wikia says, "Autochorissexuals are known to:
  • Get aroused by sexual content but not actually want to engage in any sexual activities
  • Masturbate, but are neutral or repulsed by the idea of having sex with another person.
  • Fantasize about sex, but envision people other than themselves, and/or view it in third person, as though they're watching it on TV, rather than imagining it in first person, through their own eyes.
  • Predominantly or entirely fantasize about fictional characters or celebrities, rather than people in real life they know.
  • Identify as asexual and feel no sexual attraction to people, but enjoy masturbating, are aroused by sexually explicit content, and/or have sexual fantasies." ((http://asexuals.wikia.com/wiki/Autochorissexual))

Kiss Him Not Me 's main character demonstrates this sexuality plus it's an adorable show. 12 episodes and super cute characters... Here's episode 1. (Find the rest of the series on Crunchy Roll)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Yuri On Ice: WHY?

Unless you've been under a rock... Yuri on Ice has been on your social media feed for a while now. But what the hell is it and why is it so flipping popular?

((By the way there is no yuri (girl on girl loving) Yuri is part of the name of two of the characters in this anime.)) 

It's about ice skating but SO MUCH MORE.

Watch this video for one perspective:



I love the characters, the story, the puppy, Japan and the beauty of the skating. Here's the opening trailer.



Season 1 is on Crunchy Roll for free:  Yuri On Ice
((But if you want more support the actual creators!!!)) 

Much love and I know you were born to make history!!!!!

Hugs, Z. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

5 Interesting Sex Practices From Around The World

I changed the judgy name of the video from SHOCKING to interesting. Sometimes it makes me tired how society judges others on how they express themselves sexually. What we find "weird" or "shocking" that's what someone else considers typical.

I've summarized the video:

Indonesia: During the festival, you go to a mountaintop and have sex with someone other than your spouse 7x for good luck.
India: Engage in ceremonial orgies
Niger: Wodabbe men get dressed in costumes and makeup for women to pick a husband if they couple leaves without the current husband knowing they are socially recognized.
Papau New Guinea: Boys at age 7 are removed from women for a decade, drink semen from their elders and ingest large amounts of sugarcane to produce nosebleeds to echo their wives menstrual cycle
Australia: Aboriginal boys have a front tooth knocked out, septum pierced, circumcised & he must eat the foreskin without swallowing then the penis is sliced lengthwise.  

Before you watch it keep in mind the two people reporting it aren't always professional but I wanted to share these different practices with you.



Connecting this to my work: The Craving  

The craving is an undeniable urge that drives K’Dane citizens to find their life mates—if only to sate their uncontrollable physical longings.

Thrilled at being named a Chosen, Phoenix Dotir leaves K’Dane to become an artist-monk who will create dimensional art capable of changing worlds. Living by the monastery’s Principles of Purity will surely help him overcome the craving. But he never accounted for star chaser Zadra Solav.

Zadra doesn’t believe in rules and makes his own future. Fate separates him from the man he loves, but one touch renders him helpless to his own desires. Bonding with a monk is forbidden, and Zadra’s family sends him to deep space to avoid disgrace. Unable to give up, Zadra must find a way reunite with his Chosen.

Tormented by enforced separation, Initiate Riva Quinton struggles with his vow of chastity and risks all to rescue his lover. Together with his Eros, he stows away on board a star craft to follow his heart.

Four men defy destiny and tradition for love… but their love is a crime punishable by death.


Sex in the Xantha star system: 
Song Di Wangan II:  monogamy is seen as dangerous. 
K'Dane: The craving forces them to search for their mates. Most people are bisexual and polyamorous.
Feri: believes if you are healthy enough and have the time go for it.  
Viking Haven: System of lords and slaves enforced and the genders are segregated encouraging homosexual relationships.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Queerness in Sci-Fi

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I wrote The Craving because I wanted to add my voice sci-fi. I wanted to share my vision of what sexuality is like in another star system... hoping the distance helps to shift the filters we view the world through to a more open, and accepting lens.

Lifemates? Soulmates? Denying who we are? Responsibilities over our hearts? The essence of BDSM slavery? Racism? Sexism? Ableism? I didn't dive deep The Craving is a romance after all but for readers who are looking they'll find some of these things explored (but none solved).

I thought this video was an interesting review of how Star Trek tackles social issues or not.





Hugs, Z.