Hello there everyone,
It is with a great deal of consideration that I have decided to unpublish The Fallout. I simply came to realize that it wasn’t being received in the way I’d intended, and it was causing me a great deal of distress. I never, ever want to cause any harm with the writing I put out into the world, and I think there were narrative aspects of the story that were being perceived as hurtful, though that naturally wasn’t my intent.
I think it is important for people to have space to create, but part of inhabiting those spaces means being considerate and responsible about what we make; it means listening to criticisms and learning from them, too. It was pointed out to me and emphasized repeatedly that my choice to make the main character, Noah Smith, a flawed, controversial character while also being LGBTQ+ wasn’t sitting right with some folks. Though I stand by the overall message of forgiveness I intended, I am willing to admit I might’ve stumbled in my attempts at delivering that message.
I know that there is a demand for LGBTQ+ characters that represent all aspects of personality, flaws, moral views and other realistic dimensions; however I’ve reflected and decided that perhaps this particular story, in its particular time in place in history, is not the best venue for those dynamics to be explored.
I apologize for the mistake. I will do my best to write things better in the future.
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