Writing From Factor X

March 26, 2011

A Carnival of Aces: Call For Participation

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sciatrix @ 1:41 pm

Welcome to the first edition of A Carnival of Aces!

First, everyone, thanks for the feedback and interest on the original two posts that sparked this discussion! I’m really excited to see what this project produces!

For those who are unfamiliar with them, a blog carnival is an event in which many people write blog posts around a single theme. These posts are then collected at the end of the carnival and linked together by the carnival’s host. Carnivals can be self-contained single events, as Spectral Amoebas was, or they can be recurring events that happen on a regular schedule. This carnival will hopefully be one of the latter sort, and should update roughly monthly. If that deadline is too short, it might be shifted to once every two months.

This particular blog carnival is an effort to encourage a variety of different voices to speak about asexuality from their own perspectives. Anyone can participate, but the responses should deal with asexuality or the asexual spectrum (grey-As, demisexuals) in some way. They should also relate in some way to the theme of each round of the carnival, which will change from month to month and will be chosen by the person hosting the carnival for that month.

The scope of this project is general–any post dealing with both asexuality and the theme of the carnival is welcome. Alternate forms of media are also welcome as long as they deal with the prompt! If you’re not sure whether your piece is okay, submit it anyway and we’ll figure it out. Submissions should be posted as comments here or emailed to me at sciatrix@gmail.com. If you don’t have a blog but you want to submit a post, I’m willing to host guest posts here; again, please either email me or comment in this post about that.

Posts may be submitted for this first round of the carnival until May 1st, at which point the carnival will travel to a new blog and I will create a round-up post full of all the submissions for this month.

The theme for this month’s post is coming out. Since this is often one of the first things asexuals do after identifying as asexual, I thought it would be a good theme to kick the carnival off.

If you’re not sure what to write about, here are some suggestions. These are not meant to be all-encompassing, only to provide possible ideas.

  • Who do you come out to? Who gets to know you’re asexual, who doesn’t, and why?
  • When do you come out to new people? Do you wait a while or do it early on?
  • How do you usually come out? Is there a method you use to try to avoid bad responses?
  • Why is coming out important?
  • What are some of the best or worst or memorable coming-out experiences you’ve had?

Thank you all so much, and I can’t wait to see what comes out of this!


  1. Hi, thanks for hosting this carnival. I have a post that may or may not be appropriate at my other blog. It deals with coming out asexual for one of my multiple personalities. It is at http://astridetal.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/on-carol-coming-out-asexual/. I couldn’t figure out whehter you use the blogcarnival.com site, so sorry if you do, but it has an inaccessible CAPTCHA that I cannot work, so I had to submit it through this venue anyway.

    Comment by Astrid — March 27, 2011 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

    • We are not using the blogcarnival.com site specifically because of inaccessibility issues, so you did exactly right to put it here.

      That post would definitely be appropriate. Thanks for submitting!

      Comment by Sciatrix — March 27, 2011 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

      • You might try BloggersUnite to see if its accessibility is better:
        That service lets people set events for people to post about, and then you can submit links to your posts, which are collected in a scrolling list.

        Comment by Elizabeth Barrette — April 9, 2011 @ 1:08 am | Reply

        • Thanks for the heads up, I’ll look into it for future carnivals!

          Comment by Sciatrix — April 9, 2011 @ 11:35 pm | Reply

  2. Hi, I’m not sure if any of my previously written columns work, but I just submitted a “coming out” short to my editor and it should be up soonish.


    Comment by Gretchen — March 28, 2011 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

  3. My short story.

    Comment by Lindsey — March 28, 2011 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  4. Yay for ace blogs. I was so avoiding writing about this subject, because there’s so much to write about, but now that there’s a deadline you’ve left me no choice. To the text editor!

    Comment by maddox — March 29, 2011 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

  5. http://pipisafoat.dreamwidth.org/271516.html

    Comment by pip — April 1, 2011 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  6. http://teafeather.dreamwidth.org/1580.html “Coming Out, and a need for related vocabulary”

    Comment by teafeather — April 6, 2011 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

  7. http://pippin.dreamwidth.org/91446.html

    Thank you for organising this!

    Comment by Pen — April 10, 2011 @ 1:26 am | Reply

  8. the invisible asexual: prove you exist

    Comment by Li — April 12, 2011 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  9. http://thecupcakeace.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/my-ace-realization-and-coming-out-to-the-world/

    Here’s mine, I hope it’s coming-out focused enough.

    Comment by Lasciel — April 15, 2011 @ 4:07 am | Reply

  10. I have posted a new poem about one of my asexual characters. You can read “Hope of the Future” here:

    Comment by Elizabeth Barrette — April 28, 2011 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

  11. Here’s mine: http://asexualspace.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/coming-out/

    Comment by ace eccentric — April 29, 2011 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

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