1. The Cuilverse History:
I first happened upon cuil theory when a friend posted a link to a video by Roy Kelly that made me laugh harder than anything I’ve ever experienced. If you appreciate cuil theory you might enjoy my stories employing it.
And now a beautiful quote that sums up why I write about painful and weird subjects:
Cass: I think the message is Self Acceptance. In everything we’ve done together, and I think a lot of what we did before we met, it was about letting your freak flag fly and finding a space where other people like you can also be unique, original, honest, real. You know, there’s a rebellious streak in that, I don’t think that life is as it seems in the Gap commercial. I think the Gap commercial people have french kissed each other and stuck their fingers up their butts when no ones looking and they are real, real people with real feelings, and I feel like the world is increasingly fake and airbrushed and filtered. I think the more that we can do as individuals to create space for people to be authentic- and so often that equates to weird even though I personally think EVERYBODY’s weird, on the inside- I think that creating space for that and creating examples of that automatically liberates others, like in that wonderful Marianne WIlliamson quote:
“As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.”
I began writing to save myself, to explore the world, and to deconstruct everything I could think of. My stories incorporate elements from many different genres. This introduces some difficulty in pinning down which is the most relevant. However I believe the term cuil fiction (I made that I’ll myself) describes it perfectly. Each different book series is a different level of cuil. Each level of cuil is one step further removed from reality. Imagine the experiments and play this opens up in writing! I will write about each series and its cuil level much like I’m picking a song for each of my characters. I will explain how far removed from reality it is and then write an overview of each series.
What makes cuil theory a perfect tool for my writing is that it is integral to the story line itself. The Black Tree series is the trunk of a tree of interconnected works. This also means it has a higher cuil level because it is at the nexus of the event that split the universe. The further away a series is on the tree the lower its cuil level. It’s farther away from the crack in the universe. The closer a series is to the cuil event the higher the level of weirdness. This is why there isn’t much out there like my writing. Though it may seem like many random events occur in each book there is a method to this madness. If all this sounds interesting to you please feel free to check out my books. I currently have over 50 left to publish and a number of others to write so wish me luck. This writing project is one that may take my entire life to finish. In so many ways it is my life. I do have books and plans for books that are not included in The Cuil Effect project but those will come later.
What Exactly is Cuil Fiction?
The name of integrated works that stem from The Black Tree series is called The Cuil Effect. Why? Because cuil theory is fantastic and absurdand yet still ties together just like life.
Just as intersectional feminism acknowledges and branches out from the reality that systems of oppression, privilege, and power dynamics are integrated, so does cuil fiction acknowledge this facet about life, the universe, and everything within literature.
A cuil level is assigned to each work. These range from level one to level seven. Each level is progressively further removed from reality as we know it. Cuil Levels are from 1-6 and in ascending order for the amount of craziness/presence of surreality/ratio of queer/disabled/POC to straight/cis/able-bodied people. And Level 0 is downright bizarre and uncomfortable for everyone, including me.
Then there is level zero, which is so far removed it actually circles around and reflects reality and cuil reality. In general, the higher the cuil level the more absurd, impossible, and insane the events. Basically, it’s like the books are ranked from realistic fiction to anime-level creativity and insanity.
What the hell does that mean?
Basically, cuil fiction is intersectional fiction. That means stories about intersex, POC, pansexual, women, gender variant, ace, aromantic, autistic, disabled, kinky people and all others normally marginalized, ignored, or misrepresented in media are centered without explanation or angst.
2. Introducing Cuil Press:
If you’re interested in learning how to write Cuil, you can book me here.
Michon is putting out their Chthulu-like feelers for content that they deem worthy of the title cuil.
What Michon, Gentleman Goddess of Cuil Content, wants:
Give Michon your baudiest, your queerest, your sexiest, your smartest, your marginalized, your destruction of the status quo. They want to see romance based on communication and compatibility. They want to see Black and indigenous main characters.
Show the Gentleman Goddess real BDSM, biologically-accurate erotica, and truly ethical polyamory and not that abusive shit they keep trying to shove down our throats. Show relationships based on trust and friendships that matter more than romance.
Ze doesn’t want the facets of a person to be larger than the story itself. Ze want it to be part of the story but not the main focus. The characters should all primarily be dynamic. Ze wants to see them interact with the world and exercise agency, rather than being slaves to “destiny” or plot.
Important note: Michon is a minority of minorities and as such is a stickler for accuracy, research, and authenticity. If you do not belong to the marginalized group you are writing about – or even if you are – and if you are writing about subject matter that requires some accuracy (history, biology, mental disorders, disability, any of the sciences, etc.), know your shit. Michon will judge how realistic and logical the story and decisions are, even if the background is fantastical. Ze is sick of characters doing things for no reason).
Ze will accept most genres but prefers sci fi/fantasy, horror, speculative, bizarro, erotica, and absurdist fiction. Ze is partial to unique takes on classics like vampires, werewolves, fairy tales, shitty goddes, aliens, and alternate history.
What Michon abhors:
The Gentleman Goddess doesn’t want to see normal, contrived crap. If you’ve got some typical love story, some sci fi/fantasy that focuses more on world-building than on the realistic portrayal of the inhabitants responses to their world, send it elsewhere.
3. Want a Cuil Reading?
Not sure if your diverse characters are cutouts or dynamic? Hire me to do a cuil sensitivity reading. As a minority of minorities, I can certainly provide some insight into whether your story/ies will fall flat or resonate with the populations you’re writing about.
Why Choose Me?
There’s a very good chance I’m one of the oddest people you’ll ever come across. I’ve had a highly unusual life and tend to fall into the most marginalized categories of both identities and experiences.
Who Am I?
Since I appreciate full disclosure, I’m letting it all out in the open: I’m Black (with Irish and Cherokee thrown in to fuck things up further), autistic, aromantic, noetisexual (a new term coined by yours truly), demisexual/asexual (though not a celibate one), polyamorous, Relationship Anarchist, autodidact, relationship fluid (an invention of Louisa’s), disabled, single parent, in poverty, kinky switch/Dom/me, assigned female at birth, synesthetic (most notably visual/touch), intersex, genderqueer, Army brat, survivor of several forms of abuse, left-handed, singleish, and pansexual.
What Have I Experienced?
My disabilities and health conditions consist of endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, fibromyalgia, eczema, secondary anxiety and depression. I’ve lived in severe poverty for my entire life, including prior, some recent and likely impending homelessness. I’ve had several major surgeries, survived more rapes than I can count, and narrowly escaped stalkers, domestic violence, and murderers. I’ve been writing cuil fiction, my invented intersectional queer and poly genre, for over 16 years. I raise my children non-traditionally with my sister. I’m also a not-quite widow; within months of one another I lost both a former female partner and a current male partner.
What Do I Know?
I attended many schools, majoring in areas as diverse as Drama, Instrumental Music, Choir, Dance, Aviation Maintenance, Teaching and Technology, Brain and Mind Studies (which includes an in-depth integrated approach to the different disciplines dealing with, well, the mind), Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, Objectivism.
Of course, that’s only my education on paper; since the age of 12 or so I’ve also been a voracious self-taught student of history, sexuality, religions, cosmology, philosophy, math, technology; anything that caught my fancy.
I spend the majority of my time presently engaging in fleshing out the many corners of the cuilverse (the fictional, intersectional world of my queer, poly characters), serving as Editor and Speaker for Postmodern Woman, and providing content for groups such as Intersectional Non-Monogamy (another invention of mine) and a few others of intersectional focus. I’m also a Sensitivity Editor and Accountability Counselor; offering a number of courses of varying topics I both have personal and educational experience with.
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5. Want to Meet Me?
Hire me to speak or lead a workshop at your university, convention, or business.
Please do note that, considering my disabilities, my parenthood, and as these times have become even more dangerous for people like me, I have access needs that will have to be discussed prior to my attendance.
List of courses (including but not limited to):
*The Metanoia Package:
-Unraveling Abuse Culture
-Riel’s Sensuality and Trauma Education
-Beyond Empathy: Developing Emotional Intelligence
*The Media Package:
-How to Write Cuil
*The Unveiling Pacakage:
-The Forgotten Queers
-Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Black People
-The Invisibility of Disability
*The Relationship Package:
-Aro Eros Arrows
-The Expanded Sexual Spectrum
*The Privilege Pacakage:
-Ally In Action