A masterful story is a lot of things. It carries plot, characterisation, tension, meaning, and absolutely, unequivocally does not make its audience go, “What? Where the fuck did that come from?”

The Sixth Sense
Not to be confused with, “What? Where the- oh. Ohhhhhhh!”

The WTF reaction from your audience is one of the fastest ways to get people to hate your story. There’s a reason people froth at the mouth when discussing the Deus ex Machina trope. People hate feeling left out of the loop.

The loop, in this case, being the Setup/Payoff cycle.

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Soz, No Gay Werewolves

Well, it’s that time again, folks! Time to miss a deadline and explain what asshole body part we have to blame for it!

Yes, I’ve had to put Hug Your Local Werewolf—my story of a queer boy who’s lycanthropically challenged—on pause for a little while. Fittingly, my Patrons got first-access to this explainer, but I figured all you faceless beauties on my analytics feed deserved a rundown as well.

Buckle up, kids, this gets hairy.

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Happy belated May the fourth, my good nerds!

I had an excellent Star Wars day myself, drinking good beer with good friends while wearing the physical proof that we’re not in the dark timeline after all.

Poe Dameron's Entire Face on a shirt
This is the most beautifully unnecessary shirt. I’ve never loved an item of clothing more.

But while some of us yelled about the stars aligning perfectly to give us Donald Glover’s casting as a young Lando Calrissian over Star Wars themed beverages, others chose to highlight their distaste for certain aspects of the franchise.

Now. As someone who’s spent a few thousand words detailing her own distaste for certain Star Wars storytelling choices, I’m not one to throw stones in this, the most fragile of houses.

Except people are coming for my very favourite trash sand lesbian and I will not have it.

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I want to talk about Love, Simon. But first I need to talk about another queer coming-of-age movie.

But I'm a Cheerleader
This one.

When I was 16 my best friend and I stayed with my dad for the school holidays.  On that trip, we went to Video Ezy and rented some of the trashiest movies we could find, determined to turn the entire two weeks into some sort of extended sleepover. One of those movies was But I’m a Cheerleader.

It was everything 16-year-old me wanted in a movie – awkward humour, flipping the bird to gender roles, and cheezy declarations of love.

It was also HELLA gay.

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Eli Swann is a loner by choice, thank you very much. All that changes on Halloween night when he’s bitten by a rogue werewolf.

Suddenly he’s got a raging case of pack instincts, a shaky accord with two humans from a neighbouring pack, and no idea how he’s going to make it through the next full moon.

Oh, and the captain of the baseball team might be trying to kill him. This would sting less if Eli hadn’t had a crush on the guy since grade school.


Do you like characters who are queer? Do you also like characters who are werewolves? Have I got a serialised story for you!

Hug Your Local Werewolf by Stacey Lehane

Coming Soon is my first foray into serialised fiction: Hug Your Local Werewolf.

The first season is clocked in at 10 episodes, 11,000 words each, making this THE project I’ll be tackling this year. Each episode will be released for free on this here website.

“But how are you going to afford to eat, Stacey?” I hear you yelling worriedly from the nosebleeds.

That’s where you come in. I’m going to be monetizing this baby through Patreon. For those not aware of the wonder that is Patreon, it’s a platform where you can pledge cash money to creators on a monthly or per-creation basis. You then get fun behind-the-scenes access and other rewards for helping us artists, y’know, pay our rent and stuff.

My Patrons will be getting behind-the-scenes updates, first access to content when it’s published, sit-ins on some live-writing sessions, and other cool rewards. I’d love to have you with me too :)

Thanks go out to RosieDraconiaroseBookGeekGrrl, and Watsonimholmes who’re already pledging to this crazy train. Y’all are the best.

If you’re not in a position to pledge (#SAME) then consider following me on social media so you don’t miss me launching this bab. I’m on Instagram here, Facebook here, and Twitter here.

I’m both terrified and excited to be bringing this project to life!

Thanks, all x

PS: This one was originally slated for release in May of 2018 but that ah… didn’t work out.