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What I'm working on at present:

I've fallen in love with a story I started as a dare under the pen name Lillian Malloy, a straight traditional romance set in parallel worlds, working title Blood Royal. I hope to have it finished by Winter Solstice.

I've got sketches for a multi-incarnational love story set in contemporary Los Angeles about a sophisticated sex worker tortured by memories of a previous life, working title The Companion, that just won't leave me alone. It's still gestating, but it's already taken on a mysterious life of its own.

And of course, I have plans for a sequel to Traveling Light which begins within months of the end of that story. I'm confident it will be a compelling continuation of Ian's adventure, with a powerful challenge for Ang to face, as well as Ian. The title is so incredibly wonderful that I must use only an acronym to identify it - SFD.

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MANIFESTO

There is a beautiful and profound spiritual reason why some people are be wired up to be queer.

This double-edged gift brings a challenging mission -

to reveal the fearsome power, wisdom and beauty of the Other.

Above everything else it is a spiritual mission, requiring stamina, courage and ingenuity:

to be both a portal of unique creation and a mirror.

 

Through the portal of creation come the gifts of one who sees, feels and lives as the Other.

In the mirror of the Other,

those that bless our mission are blessed; those that curse it are cursed -

not by us, but by the content of their own hearts.

We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.” Marcel Proust

Lloyd A. Meeker

For the last several years I have been honored to serve as one of the judges in the Queer Foundation's annual National High School Seniors Essay Contest. Finalists are selected from schools across the United States by members of the National Council of Teachers of English. The goal of this contest is to promote effective writing by, about, and/or for queer youth, and to award scholarships to the winners.

I have found it deeply fulfilling to participate in this event. It's inspiring to read the entries - all of them essays I would never have been able to write when I was in high school. If you are seeking a worthy project to support via donation, please consider QF.

Other published work:

An essay, “Gate-Keepers” appeared in the anthology Second Person Queer, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009, Labonte and Schimel, eds.

Out of print are two volumes of poetry and an erotic swords-and-sorcery adventure novel, The Darkness of Castle Tiralur.

Soon to be published:

My short story "Salvation" was recently accepted for inclusion in Erotica Exotica: Tales of Sex, Magic and the Supernatural, a Bold Strokes Books anthology, Richard Labonte, ed.

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