I don't really have plans for the day. A.C. asked me if I wanted to go see the giant mushroom drop in Kennett Square, but I don't think so. There wouldn't be parking anywhere nearby, and it's supposed to be more like seasonably cold today.
Dad said that the daffodils are coming up. Some have leaves up about six inches high. I'll have to see if the little irises are blooming.
I chatted with Riah for a while. I called A.J. and wished her and her family Happy New Year.
Slightly later: Mom and I went out. We went to the Entenmann's outlet and got a couple of things. We tried going to the library, but it had closed at noon. We tried Wal-Mart, but the parking lot was super-busy, and we decided to try again another day and see if it was less busy.
After that: I called A.C. and told her that I didn't really feel up to going out tonight to Kennett Square to see the mushroom drop. But I told her to take pictures for me. I am curious and would like to see it. I just don't want to stand in the cold that long.
I chatted with WhiteSheepCBD for a while. She said that Interlude Press was going to have open submissions in 2016. I looked at the page that had that announcement on it and the submissions page. They said there could be a three-month wait after you submitted a book or novella or short story, until you hear back. WhiteSheepCBD thought that one of the words on the original page of the announcement was done in the colors of the asexual flag.
In general, I've found that romance e-publishers that use LGBT as a category generally have mostly m/m romance in that category. That's what many women and some men are interested in reading. Lesbians have their own presses. There are publishing houses and imprints that specifically publish lesbian books. I've read some lesbian romance, but it tends to be too political in a lesbian-feminist way for me. I've read a little f/f (which I'm defining as something different and not political), but often at least one of the women in the relationship has been abused, and that's not what I want to read for escapism. I've read the occasional m/m romance in which one of the characters is a trans man, but they're still not common.
Some LGBT e-book bestseller lists have m/m romances as the best sellers. Some gay men get indignant about this, and I can understand why that is. But romance sells. Certainly the straight genre romance market is a huge one, and that's where some of the m/m romance readers come from. I don't define m/m romance as gay literature, though Uly would argue that some of the books are literature. But I don't read "literature." As above, I want my escapism. I don't mind some angst, but with the romance genre, I know that I'll get a happy ending, or the book doesn't belong in that genre.
Later: I read a couple of romances in which one of the protagonists was a transsexual woman. They were good. One of the reviewers on Dear Author who usually reviews m/m had branched out to review the second one in the series. Part of the reason she gave it a lower rating was because it was the second in the series and she hadn't read the first. I thought that was unfair. The cis male protagonist was a jerk sometimes, but some of that was out of fear that his girlfriend would get hurt. But it was good to see that there were some nice romances with a transgender woman as a heroine.
I texted for a while with J.-PA. I gave her links to a bunch of Steve/Bucky fics, mostly "AU - Modern Setting" and "AU - No Powers."