I’m in an Anthology!

Hello all,

I’m still on my extended break (though I will soon have news about Asexual Artists reopening and posting again. I will actually have someone helping me so I don’t completely burn out again). However, I did want to pop in to make an exciting announcement.

I’m in an Anthology!


AHHHHHH!!!! I’m super excited to have my name listed among such amazing and accomplished writers. Also, even more exciting: this was the very first time that I was able to write as a queer woman AND an adoptee. I wish I could put into words just how much that means to me.

My essay is entitled “My Trickster Hero” and it’s about how both Loki and WisCon helped me to bridge two important parts of my identity.

If you’re interested in reading the anthology (oh, I hope many of you pick it up! I can’t wait to read the reaction to it), it’s now available through Aqueduct Press: http://www.aqueductpress.com/books/978-1-61976-191-9.php

To celebrate this achievement, I commissioned one of my favorite artists, Laya Rose (LayaHimalayawebsite) to draw an illustration related to my essay. She drew the most beautiful image that I’m going to treasure always:

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Thank you, Laya! And thank you followers, for your patience and sticking with me!

Exciting Announcement

Hello everybody!

Interviews shall resume next week (and I still need more, so please keep sending those interview requests!).

Today I have an exciting announcement about an upcoming appearance.


Yours truly is going to be in Artist Alley at Ace Comic Con with my series The Shape Shifter Chronicles! I’m super excited about this show because it’s freaking massive. I love meeting readers and fellow aces at these shows. And I’m also going to be table neighbors with a fellow ace artist, who was actually featured on this site a while back (Hallopino: Tumblr & WordPress).

Here’s the message that was sent with this shiny social media badge: “I am thrilled to announce I will be appearing at @acecomiccon Midwest at Chicago’s Navy Pier October 12-14th alongside Tom Hiddleston, Josh Brolin, & many more for an amazing weekend! Want to join us? Get your tix here: http://ow.ly/uqjO30l7DOf #acecomiccon”

It’s going to be a great show.

If you’re planning on attending, please drop by Artist Alley and say hi!

Thanks, everybody!

ADDENDUM: Ace Comic Con has nothing to do with asexuality. Rather that’s more a hilarious coincidence :-p

Just a Small Reminder

Hi everybody!

We’ve surpassed 800 interviews (less than 200 before we reach a thousand! AH! That’s so exciting! Seriously, people, keep those interview requests coming)

So I’m terrible at asking for any sort of help or support, but I’m trying to get better at it (being a starving artist, that’s a skill I need to hone). I run this blog entirely by myself and receive no reimbursement. It’s very time consuming and requires a lot of energy: replying to emails, uploading and scheduling interviews (including writing introductions), organizing the links pages, and setting up the occasional signal boost.

This is all on top of my usual job: being an author (an indie author, which requires a ton of marketing).

A while ago, I set up a page about how you can support the Asexual Artists blog (Support Asexual Artists: Tumblr & WordPress). It has a link to my Square store, I believe where you can pick up a copy of my books if you’re in the US. If you’re not in the US, there’s a link to the Snowy Wings online store. And they’re also available as eBooks through Amazon.

I have a Ko-Fi page set up. I know money’s super tight, but even a few bucks is helpful and so very appreciated.

Thank you, everybody! Keep being your awesome selves 🙂

Signal Boost: Another Book Trailer

Hello all!

April was an incredibly rough month for me and it just seemed to drag on. It was one of those months where almost everything went wrong and I was just miserable (I’m still having difficulty wrapping my head around my late friend’s passing). There was a bright spot though: I was able to collaborate with Britty Lea again to make another book trailer, this one for the 2nd book in my series.

The trailer for Through Storm and Night debuted yesterday:

I love the spookiness and I’m just super happy with how it came out (and one of my dear, dear friends, Robyn Byrd, did some of the voice over).

Britty and I have already scheduled a brainstorming session to plan the trailer for From the Ashes. I’m looking forward to that.

I know some authors follow this site. If you’re looking for a badass ace filmmaker to make a super cool trailer for your book, I really recommend Britty. She’s fantastic. If you’re interested in commissioning Britty, check out her personal site (https://www.brittylea.com/) or her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/brittyleafilm/).

And, of course, if you’re interested in helping out an indie ace author, you can always pick up a copy of my books. More information can be found at my personal website (https://laurenjankowski.com/) or my publisher’s, Snowy Wings Publishing, site (https://www.snowywingspublishing.com/).

I just wanted to share this because I’m super proud of it and I really appreciate the kindness of the artists and followers this site has. You all are amazing 🙂

Thank you, everybody!

The Passing of a Good Friend

(Cross-posted from Tumblr)

Hello all.

I am so sorry to do this (I try not to post anything personal or signal boosts on days when an interview is scheduled). I just found out that a friend of mine, who I knew since childhood, recently passed away. To say that I am devastated doesn’t really even begin to describe it. I feel like I’ve been punched in the chest. It feels like a bright light in my world has just been extinguished.

His name was Billy and he always had a smile on his face. He was the first (and for a time, the only) person I told when I was assaulted in 8th grade. Billy was angry on my behalf, saying that I should bring charges and writing down possible ones I could file for. It never came to pass, obviously, but the fact that someone was so outraged on my behalf, it was one of the most moving experiences in my life. It made me feel like I actually mattered. And … it is what made me decide to always be kind. If I could, I must always treat people with kindness.

That personal motto is eventually what became the driving principle of Asexual Artists: always treat people with kindness. The principle that I observe to this day (and one of the many reasons this site continues).

Over the years, Billy and I fell out of touch. It’s an unfortunate fact of life, when you go away to college or wherever, you lose touch with people. The last time I saw him, he surprised me at the very first reading I ever gave. I was nervous, shaking like a leaf, and here comes Billy with the brightest smile you could imagine. And we chatted and laughed and suddenly, the prospect of reading aloud wasn’t so terrifying anymore.

Had I known that would be the last time we would see each other, I would have spoken to him longer. I would have told him how much his friendship meant to me. I would have done … something different.

Today, I’m wearing mostly black. Except with splashes of color. I’m wearing my “Feminist as Fuck” shirt in honor of Billy being the one who showed me it was okay to be angry, to demand my rights, to be brave even when completely fucking terrified. And my socks are rainbow dogs, because my friend was queer and a fellow dog lover.

Followers and artists, I am asking a favor: if you enjoy (or have ever enjoyed this site), if it means anything to you or has made you feel less alone, or moved you or taught you anything at any time, I ask that you raise a glass and spare a kind thought for my friend, Billy. May he rest in peace in a garden that always blooms.