Rachael Arsenault is a Canadian author with a BA in Sociology and Native Studies. She's a hippie at heart, a D&D nerd, and a pun enthusiast.
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"My Own Nubian Princess." Blackness, Exotification, and Dehumanization in the House of Night
The House of Night series follows Zoey Redbird and her friends through their time at the titular school as they go through the process of Changing from fledglings to vampyres (the chosen spelling of the series) and confront dark forces within their own school. The series features a diverse cast of characters, particularly among the protagonist and her closest friends. Zoey is Cherokee, Damien and Jack are gay, Shaunee and Kramisha are black, etc. However, “diversity” is not synonymous with “quality”, nor is it automatically positive.
How to Name Your Characters (Without Getting Obsessed)
Character names aren’t the most important part of a story, but it’s certainly hard to write a book without them. So you need to have at least a few names picked out when you start, otherwise you’ll have a very confusing manuscript full of “___”s and “Place Holder”s. But how do you prevent yourself from getting obsessed with picking the perfect name?
How Writing Helps me Heal
I’ve loved writing since I was a kid. Even when I had no clue how to create a plot or develop characters or craft a clever phrase, I still loved taking the random ideas in my head and watching them take shape on a page.
How to Support Indie Authors - For Free
These days, more and more writers are turning to self-publishing. And who can blame them? It’s increasingly accessible with services like KDP and Ingram Spark, you’re wholly in control of your work and earn a higher percentage of the profits, and you don’t have to go through the trenches of querying.
Queer Books Everyone Should Read for Pride
June is Pride Month, a time of celebrating and commemorating the lives and loves of queer people. There are plenty of ways you can do this. Pride Parades are probably the first thing a lot of people think of, since it’s so visible, but Pride is about more than just flashy outfits and drinking yourself senseless. It’s about fighting for queer rights, fighting for justice, remembering those who came before or left too soon, and supporting queer people wherever possible.
How Many Times Can One Player Teleport in D&D?
One extremely fun thing to do during combat in 5e Dungeons and Dragons is teleport. You find yourself grappled? Teleport! The enemy came into your melee range and you’re a ranged fighter? Teleport! You’re a melee fighter and the enemy is too far for you to reach with your movement speed? TELEPORT!
She chose vengeance and anger: Sex shaming and internalized misogyny in the House of Night [Part 2]
As the title suggests, this is a continuation of a previous essay - Part honey, part whore: Slut shaming and internalized misogyny in the House of Night. I strongly advise reading that essay before this one, as it lends some important context and background information.
Part honey, part whore: Sex shaming and internalized misogyny in the House of Night
Before we start, I want to preface this by establishing some out-of-text information about the series. House of Night is credited to two authors, P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, a mother-daughter team. However, in several interviews and Q&As, they have stressed that they did not actually co-author the series. Instead, P.C. Cast wrote the books and Kristin Cast helped her first as a teen voice editor, and then later as a frontline editor. (Cast and Cast 2017:277; Cast and Cast 2018:332; Cast and Cast 2020:358, 363; Rought 2020; Fricot 2019) Thus, Kristin Cast is not an author or co-author on the series. However, for the sake of simplicity and abiding official citations for the series, I will be referring to the authorship of this series as though it were a joint effort.