A reader’s perspective on one more way to make a difference AND give away a free book.
A year or so ago, Kim and I received an Alexa. We’ve had great fun with her, asking her random questions and playing games. We have come to realize that it is Alexa who is all knowing (Unless of course she “doesn’t know that one”). As I started getting into a frenzy about all the things I can do to prevent climate change and to help make it possible for the next generation to grow up on this world in a semi-normal state, I of course consulted Alexa. If you have one, I dare you to ask her this question, “Alexa, what is something I can do to prevent climate change?” When I first asked her I was expecting a long list of nearly impossible things to do. Instead I received one suggestion that, when put into the large view of it-can-save-our-planet actually is quite simple. Eat less meat. Now there is a lesbian stereotype for you! But were our foremothers onto something? I believe so! And if you want to know why, simply ask Alexa, “Alexa why is eating less meat good for the health of our planet?”
So yes, the idea of eating a vegetarian/vegan diet can be intimidating. This is not a brag, but I’ve done it for over 20 years. My turning point was reading Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle in college. Wow! and Yuck! all bundled up into one impacting story. But my plan to just not eat meat while taking that history course turned into the summer. And then the next year. And before I knew it 20 years has gone by. But lets turn this into a positive instead of a negative. Instead of thinking of this as NOT eating meat, think of it as increasing your creativity with cooking. Think of it as creating a reason to buy another book- vegetarian cookbooks are awesome! (though there are plenty of free on-line recipes that I’ve found over the years). Think of it as being inspired and inspiring like these characters AND ultimately doing something positive to help slow climate change.
Shannon Fletcher in Gerri Hill’s At Seventeen, is the owner of several natural food stores with her brother. However, as she is graduating college and moving on with her career she actually informs her mother that she is becoming a vegetarian as it helps the environment. Yay Shannon! There are some fantastic scenes throughout the story where Shannon and her family are preparing meals and they are having to think outside the box wondering what Shannon is going to make them and how good could it be without a hunk of meat on the plate (my words not the authors). It’s actually not as hard is it may seem and starting with maybe one night a week as a meatless meal can be an excellent way to transition. Regardless, check out At Seventeen because in addition to having an awesome vegetarian character it has a super sweet childhood/second chance romance in it!
Now I mentioned that I am vegetarian but I married an omnivore. At this point in our marriage, Kim has turned mostly to a vegetarian diet due to our joint cooking needs and me liking to cook more than she does. When I was discussing this topic of how to convince readers to become a vegetarian and what she finds most difficult, her response is being limited when she goes out to eat. True. That, at times, can be a frustrating aspect. It was also one of the best things about traveling to the UK two summers ago. I can honestly say I am really nervous about being able to find restaurant food that was vegetarian when I travel. The UK seemed to have a vegetarian restaurant or vegetarian friendly menued restaurant on every street! It was great and not an issue at all. Sort of like how Jae presented Anja Lamm going out to eat with Susanne Wolff in Paper Love. Anja is a vegetarian (plus just an all around amazing character) and the dishes she orders sound so delicious! She is so down to Earth and true to her beliefs that I fell in love with her immediately. Full disclosure, Paper Love is one of my all time favorite Jae stories. Not only because she has an amazing vegetarian (many of her stories have a character or characters who are vegetarian) but because she set it in Germany and everything about the setting, the story and the characters was captivating.
Breaking down the stereotype of being a lesbian and being a vegetarian can be a great start to moving into a positive frame of mind as well. The same way you can’t tell by looking at someone if they are a lesbian, you can’t look at someone and say if they are a vegetarian. You can only hope they are (lesbian and vegetarian). It’s the same as not judging a book by it’s cover, or in the case of Cheyenne Blue’s Party Wall judging the owner of the sex toy shop that just moved in next to your new-age store. Just reading the blurb again makes me chuckle, but how cool is it that both Freya and Lily share the commonality of being vegans? Very cool! You just never know another person until you take the time to get to know them. As all of Cheyenne Blue’s stories are, this one is incredibly well written and captures the reader with amazing characters (and not just because they are lesbian AND vegetarian!). Plus you get to experience small town Australian life!
The best news of this little blog, is that I have the opportunity to give away a FREE e-book copy of Party Wall to a reader who comments below and tells me who their favorite vegetarian LesFic character is. Second entry if you mention whether you would consider a vegetarian meal at least once a week to help positively impact the environment! So what do you say? Can you take the vegetarian challenge? I am really looking forward to meeting more vegetarian characters!