Amoeba Kat Musings is where I blog about my life. Every topic from feminism to writing to fat acceptance to reviews of books to fantasy to adorkable conversations with my fiancé — and much more — can be found here. I love comments, so please don’t be shy.
“Amoeba Cat” is a nickname given to me by my oldest, bestest friend in the universe, Kana. She had a vision of a big, white cat who didn’t eat food so much as absorb it, and she drew my picture (along with cat versions of herself and some of our other friends). Being a fat, happy, delusional sea-cow, I embrace my Amoeba-Cat self.
So, that’s where the blog title comes from. (Pretty simple explanation, eh?)
I’ve been writing for most of my life. I started doing it seriously when I was 12, because that’s when I started writing Bellica. It took me 11 years to finish the first draft. After extensive rewrites, revisions, and edits, I decided it was ready to publish, and released the first edition in November 2011.
They say you’re not supposed to publish your first novel. They say it’s always going to be terrible. Perhaps that’s true. I certainly think that the things I’m writing now are streets ahead of Bellica, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t sometimes read passages of my first book and cringe. But the reaction to my book has been, on the whole, very positive — so I trust my readers that I do, indeed, have what it takes, and I continue on. I can only get better, after all, and I have absolutely no regrets about publishing Bellica when I did.
Aside from writing feminist literary fantasy fiction, I pen poetry from time to time and occasionally perform them at things like Vancouver Slam. I also act, or I did for 2 decades; I may be getting back into theatre in other aspects, eventually. Writing, however, is and always will be my first priority.
I’m a very honest, straightforward person, for all that I’m a Slytherin. I believe in calling a spade a spade, and I say things how they are. I believe in talking about things, especially those things that make us uncomfortable, especially those things that people would rather not talk about. This means you’ll often see me campaigning to raise awareness about domestic violence, especially as it’s romanticized in certain books, or blogging about rape culture, fatphobia, depression, mental illness, misogyny, and a host of other things. I will not be silenced, so don’t bother trying to tell me I shouldn’t talk about these things. I’ll only shout louder.
I’m also genderqueer, and I occasionally blog about that here. My pronouns are zie/zir. I started a hashtag on Twitter called #ziewrites. I often forget to use it. Whatever; genderqueer writers represent, no matter your pronouns.
I am feminist. If you are full of misconceptions about that word, I suggest you read Finally, a Feminism 101 Blog. It should go without saying that I am not a man-hater, I believe in equality for all people regardless of gender, and my feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit. It doesn’t, but it should.
My feminism ties into a lot of areas of my life: my fiction, my fat, my non-binary gender, my intense hate of Fifty Shades of Grey. I am no where near perfect — no one is — but of myself I expect a willingness to excel, and if you spend time at my blog I expect that same willingness of you, too.
You will probably notice, if you go back far enough into the archives, that I’ve perhaps said things in the past that I would not say now. Things that are kind of fucked up coming from a feminist. It’s because I’m human, and I was young and anti-feminist once. I’ve changed now, but in the interest of honesty I won’t remove those posts from this blog. It would be a lie to pretend I have always been this way. I spent a long time being a misogynistic, rape-apologizing, abusive asshole. We all have dark secrets. There’s mine.
On a more light-hearted note, I’m a geek and I spent a lot of my adolescent years in fandom. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and the Star Wars trilogy more times than I could count. My best friend and I bonded together over the trilogy (and The Black Cauldron, randomly). I adore science-fiction and fantasy, but my fannishness extends to many other things, and I will happily geek out about Grey’s Anatomy or any other TV show as I will about Battlestar Galactica. I love ‘shipping characters, even if I don’t read fanfiction that much any more. I’m a massive fan of m/m pairings in particular, especially when there’s a strong bromance going on. Often I will yell at the TV or movie screen NOW KISS! during tense moments between male characters. My fiancé is very patient, though after I did that during The Avengers he won’t take me to the theatre anymore.
I’m a bit of a Doctor Who fanatic as well, and I once crocheted a one-foot wide, 16-foot long Tom Baker scarf. I have plans to make another at some point. Oh, yes, I’m a knitter and crocheter. That is a thing I do, though I suffer from startitis.
My family includes my mom and our massive wolf-dog, Tyee. He’s a wolf-shepherd mix and we rescued him from being put down at the pound. My mom, Kaimana Wolff, is also a writer, and together we’re Kat & Wolff. As well, Tyee and the other wolf-dogs we’ve shared our lives with over the years blog at Lobos Locos. Mom and I both write in the True Woods universe — her books are ghost-written by Amaruq, the wolf-dog she lived with in Yukon. Mine are fantasy, but related. We may cowrite a book someday, if we can do so without driving each other nuts.
If you’re interested in reading my work, I have a blog called Katje Writes where I post poetry and short fiction. I have another blog where I posted my novel Bellica — one chapter three times a week; it’s now fully posted. I also serially posted it at Wattpad in three separate parts: Heavens, Earth, and Underworld. You can also buy it! Check out the page for it on The Pack Press for all the links.
I’m working on the sequel to Bellica currently, as well as the sequels to Stranger Skies, which is book one in a series. I expect to release The Jade Star of Athering early to mid 2014. Stranger Skies is currently out as an ebook in several places, and the print book will be out in February. You can read the ARC — advance reading copy, meaning it hasn’t gone through a final round of edits — of Stranger Skies here. Chapters are posted twice a month.
For more about my books, you can peruse the main site.