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How to take charge of your education?
I wouldn’t have a clue… Your M/M education however, now that’s a different matter! Just follow my advice on this: if you haven’t read Domashita Romero, you aren’t there yet.
But wait! Don’t feel like a failure! It started inconspicuously enough for me as well: with a recommendation from a friend who had mentioned having read an oddly wonderful short story, simply because the title intrigued her (Five Times Roland Mars Didn’t Hook Up With His Partner (and One Time He Did)). She liked it and prompted me to give it a go. So I typed a few words in my browser and suddenly hit the jackpot: a collection of incredibly creative and quirky free LGBT stories by an unfamiliar author with a funky name. I almost accidentally downloaded El Presidio Rides North… gobbled the precious little thing up right there and then and went on to express my excitement by shouting in my review:
“I’m in love and I want the world to know it. What a nerdtastic, awesomely crazy, fucking delight of a story this is! Who would’ve thought that only 35 pages of post-apocalypse cruising in an armed to the teeth car through a zombie-infested world could be this much fun? I don’t even like gory zom nom nom nom stories!”
There’s no point in denying it, I gushed and screamed. My friends gushed and screamed. Other friends got curious too and *WHOOSJJ* the Goodreads boomerang effect happened. Even my anti-M/M friend picked El Presidio up to see what the zombie fuss was all about and…ended up 4 starring it. Despite the hot manloving!
And, oh my, don’t remind me of the manloving in that one..mmm..I can’t even…
Right! So! My big question remained:
“Who the hell is this Domashita Romero anyway? Who is this author who hurls these short and free, unique snowflakes onto the world wide web for us to enjoy? Who introduces us to these perfectly quirky characters and writes dialogue so naturally sparkly and humorous, that you’re afraid you may not be able to wipe that grin off your face ever again?”
And suddenly she was there, on Goodreads: Domashita Romero AKA Whitney Reynolds from Brooklyn, New York. And with her came a bunch more stories. Or actually, hundreds of free stories! Because this is what she had to say: “I co-edit and contribute to every issue of Shousetsu Bang*Bang (http://bb-shousetsu.livejournal.com), an online webzine of original gay romance short stories. We have an archive of somewhere between 600-700 stories, all absolutely free forever, so if you like me, check that out!”
Dizzying I know, so let me give you a glimpse into her work that you can find on Goodreads: there’s a smutty, but touching story about two gay boys who wonder if they’ll ever escape Redneck Country (East). There’s one about a guy named Omar, who works with “people” and is about to examine a handsome male specimen. A DEAD specimen, because Omar works as a pathologist..(Complicated Creation). But Romero also published a few F/F stories, including the amusing and cute Big Name Fan, which is about slash writing gray mouse Marcella, who has long given up on real life smut herself. And what to think of a gorgeous little adventure in which a trans man and a trans woman star (Now It Can Be Told)?
If that’s not enough to satisfy readers’ greediness, Romero made my poor fangirl heart stutter and bounce when last summer she announced the following: “Because you all have been so kind and enthusiastic, I am considering/researching collecting my stories in an ebook anthology. I wouldn’t feel proper selling something full of things you can already get online for free, so it would absolutely include new content. Which, yes indeed, would mean more El Presidio. No promises or even suggestions of when this might be done, as I am just a schlub with a day job and other deadlines to meet figuring this out, but I will keep you updated.”
Believe me, you want to have read El Presidio Rides North and join the small army of fans who anticipate Gaga and Mercury’s return. And it’s all there guys, up for grabs. Free and fabulous. I can’t recommend this kick-ass writer enough!
Title: “Five Times Roland Mars Didn’t Hook Up With His Partner (and One Time He Did)”
Release Date: April 23, 2012
Title: “El Presidio Rides North”
Release Date: June 18, 2011
Title: “Complicated Creation”
Release Date: May 12, 2012
Title: “Big Name Fan”
Release Date: May 13, 2013
Title: “Now it Can be Told”
Release Date: July 29, 2013