After delighting in “Aiming High”, a reader told me that she was “confused because [she] couldn’t tell what was going on with [Luminous]. Is Lum a man or a woman? Does the character’s gender even matter to the story, or [was she] driving [her]self crazy for no reason?”
My full answer might spoil some surprises for those who haven’t read the tales of Lum and Darlene, so I’ll just share the first sentence of my reply to her: “Gender matters a whole lot.”
Gender and sexuality have been at the center of Luminous’ tale from the beginning. When the character first burst out of my head, shoe at the ready, I believed his story was going to be pure humor, “sex and warring.” Then Lum ran into Darlene, and the way they acted towards each other made me look deeper into his background…
You see, my Wicked Luvs, I already knew about Darlene and her ways, so as you might be imagining, I was a tad worried about Lum’s safety. After some time looking into the full-blown mythology that is our Luminous’ backstory, I’m no longer concerned about his wellbeing around Darlene. Nope; not even one bit. And yes, I’m planning to share the mythology in question with you… most likely in the shape of a short story, right before publishing a novella (or full-length novel) set in the world of Lum and Darlene.
Haven’t read their story yet? Fly up to my link bar, click on the Fiction tab, and scrawl down to the Lum and Darlene heading.
Oh, to him, who screamed “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH. Yet another cliff-hanger”, this part of the adventure will conclude soon, with “G.G.’s Rekindling Spark”.
Read on, my Wicked Luvs. I’ll write… always.
“Duality is polarity, or the alternating cycles of rhythm and harmony which is all good.” ~ Heline