Publication: “This is an Essay About a Fat Woman Being Loved and Getting Laid” on The Butter

I am super, super happy to tell you guys that my essay, “This is an Essay About a Fat Woman Being Loved and Getting Laid” just went live on The Butter! Now I have to just go roll around and squeal forever thank you

Write Fat Kids

To the person who found my blog by searching “should you use the word fat when writing children’s books”: Yes. Use the word “fat”. Use it as a descriptor. Use it positively. Say that a kid in the book is fat, along with everything else they are. I grew up reading books with skinny, heroicContinue reading “Write Fat Kids”

On Beauty and Body Diversity in YA

Yesterday, writer Taylor Breslin made a great post on Tumblr about some of her big frustrations in young adult fiction. The big topic? Stupid beauty standards and female confidence. It’s a great post, and you should go read it. It got me thinking and I want to expand on this a little and also connectContinue reading “On Beauty and Body Diversity in YA”

Roller Derby and Body Positivity

For a long time, I felt like I wasn’t allowed to really live because I’m fat. I kept thinking, “Oh, when I’m skinny, I’ll…” It was all in the future with this mythical tiny body. I believed that being fat meant that there was very little I could do. I thought it held me back.Continue reading “Roller Derby and Body Positivity”

Writing Fat Characters

I’ve been reading and writing for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been significantly overweight for just as long. I have always been the fat kid, and you can bet that caused some baggage. I had trouble fitting in desks. The idea of going on an airplane terrified me simply because of theContinue reading “Writing Fat Characters”