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Guest Blog: Age of Aquarius

January 29, 2011

We welcome fellow Sapphic Planet member Sofia Antonia Milone to our pages today. She and we are celebrating the launch this month of an exciting year long project, and her new book, Age of Aquarius, is the premier offering.

 

Let me start this by stating I am not a blogger, I’m barely even a writer. This is all new to me. It’s still fresh, and fun. I’m still reeling from the fact anyone thinks something I have written is worth reading, never mind publishing.

 

As with most things I end up doing I was standing in the wings watching, learning, and knowing that one day someone might say ‘can you do that?’ and I’ll find myself saying ‘Let’s find out.’

 

So here I am, with a small, unassuming book out: A novella, the first in a series named Sapphic Signs written exclusively by the authors of Sapphic Planet for Torquere Press. Why? Because everything is an opportunity, if you look at it from the right angle. Because it was time to see if I could.

                                              

Now I come to write this guest blog, a very kind offer from fellow Planeteer Adriana Kraft and once again I realise I have no idea what I’m doing. I ask myself why I deign to think I can do this. And then I remember why I started writing in the first place.

 

I started writing, as many do, out of frustration. The fiction that interests me, with gay women as central figures, is not to be found in abundance (yes, there are some great books out there, but not enough say I). And much of that which is readily available is riddled with cliché in both character depiction and plot.

 

I write because I am both an unsatisfied and dissatisfied reader. Even some of the great writers of lesbian fiction have fallen short for me and I find myself clinging desperately to the few stories I have loved, over and over again.

 

I write the type of fiction I want to read, and I want to read depictions of gay characters, central to a storyline, who are not embroiled in some coming out journey, but rather are just living their lives, during which something interesting enough happens that deserves to be written about. Be that murder, love, or alien abduction.

 

I’ve had my fill of sexual discovery, and I’m not even that interested in happy ever after. I hope to write about people who are real, with the struggles we all have. Characters who can be described beyond their sexuality. People who are identifiable, but not boring; Exciting, but not ridiculous; Gritty, yet sexy.

 

I am a romantic at heart, but I also don’t do soppy. I enjoy tales of rejection, or redemption. I like it when things are not smooth, not obvious, not easy; when life throws a spanner, when people’s intentions are unclear, or misinterpreted. I enjoy reading that people make mistakes, and screw up, and struggle to regain themselves. And I love when these things are never truly resolved, because I’m too old for fairy tales, and far too cynical.

 

If I’ve managed to achieve some of the above in such a short story remains to be seen. This story, Age of Aquarius, is a taster, a learning curve in how to craft a readable story with likeable, or at least believable characters. I wanted to learn about them as I wrote, and did a ridiculous amount of historical research in hopes of achieving a real sense of their lives in such a short space of time.

 

In the very least I’m very proud to be counted amongst the illustrious list of contributing writers at Sapphic Planet. If people like what I do I am confident they will let me know.

 

You can read a sample of Age of Aquarius HERE 

 

You can find author Sofia Antonia Milone at the following links:

 

Facebook Sofia Antonia Milone

Author Group Sapphic Planet 

Yahoo Group Sapphic Readers

Twitter @FiaMilone

 

Artist, Composer, Author, Musician. Fia is also known for being lead singer in UK punk/rock band GeEkgiRL. “Ladies, we can do it all.”

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2011 8:58 am

    I love that cover and your blurb interests me. Congratulations on the release. I know you will have many more.

  2. adrianakraft permalink*
    January 29, 2011 9:34 am

    Thanks so much for stopping by to guest with us today, Fia. I’m a huge Sixties fan, so I loved your story and the setting, which you nailed. When you write from the heart it really shows, in your blog and in your story. I’m thrilled you’re the debut author for our Sapphic Signs series.

  3. January 29, 2011 9:48 am

    I am so proud to have met you, Fia, through the Sapphic Planet group, and now through your writing. I know you will contribute to more group projects, in both long and short form. Your writing is the truest form — from the heart. Congratulations on your achievements, past, present, and assuredly in the future!

  4. Sheila permalink
    January 29, 2011 10:29 am

    Congratulations on Age of Aquarius. That was an interesting excerpt-makes me want to read more. I find the 60’s fascinating. I was a kid during them and can remember watching the news with the anti-war demonstrations and hearing body counts from the war. It was an amazing time.

    • adrianakraft permalink*
      January 29, 2011 11:17 am

      Okay, now you’ve emboldened me to add something – Fia’s characters listen to Jefferson Airplane in her story, which of course triggered memories for me, and I went googling. Here’s a link to a 1969 concert in Chicago’s Grant Park – I was there!!!!

      http://www.oriscus.com/kiss/airplane/index.htm

  5. Teresa Kleeman permalink
    January 29, 2011 3:12 pm

    Congratulations on the release of Age of Aquarius. It sounds good. Love the Jefferson Airship (Starship) mentioned.

  6. Susan permalink
    January 29, 2011 5:49 pm

    Can’t wait!! Ntrigued right away!!

  7. January 30, 2011 6:05 pm

    Thanks again to Adriana for the opportunity to guest blog. And ditto your words Lara. I cannot be more complimentary regarding everyone at Sapphic Planet, and am eagerly anticipating the future releases in this Sapphic Signs series.

    Am so pleased you shared that link to the concert Adriana, I was smiling all day when you told me about that! And I am infinitely jealous, as you know. I loved everything about this experience of writing Age of Aquarius, in particular the opportunity to immerse myself in researching the story, and the era in which I choose to set it.

    It was a little like the methods I was taught as an actor. I knew what songs were in the top ten of every month I wrote about; what demonstrations were taking place; the artists, the shows, even the weather reports. Complete immersion in a time that really appeals to me for all it’s amazing history altering happenings both good and bad.

    Seriously, I knew the sixties was jam packed with history, but I was nonetheless astounded the more I delved. It was quite humbling.

    I have learned so much about my own writing process through this story, as well as the process of publication. Without Sapphic Planet I would never have had this opportunity.

    Thanks to all that are helping us spread the word about this and other books, and all who’ve taken the time to comment 🙂

  8. January 31, 2011 11:12 pm

    Congrats on your new book! I am excited to get my hands on it!

    ~Happy

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