Morgan's Musings


You probably thought I forgot all of you, but I didn't. I'm just trying out a new quarterly newsletter, instead of monthly. I'm hoping I'll get more opens and interactions with a more spread out schedule.

I hope you all had an excellent holiday and fantastic start to the new year. I know things are still intense and dodgy. Covid isn't over yet, there's war in Ukraine. I know we all want to help, and here are some ways you can help LGBTQ+ people in Ukraine, who are at risk:
  • Call on congress to stand with vulnerable Ukrainians and uphold protections for displaced and at-risk populations.
  • Ukraine Pride is raising money for LGBTQ+ military personnel and queer refugees and their families.  You can donate here:
  • Fill out this form from QUA, a non-government organization in the United States that assists LGBTQ+ Ukrainians and their allies.  Let them know how you are able to aid Ukrainian LGBTQ+ refugees arriving in the states.  QUA Aid Network: Offering Aid (
  • Donate to QUA/Fulcrum Ukraine here:
  •  Prague Pride, in cooperation with other LGBTQ+ organizations in the area, has created a help system for Ukrainian LGBTQ+ people and their families. They are assisting refugees with accommodation issues, financial advice, and language translation. You can make a donation to Prague Pride through Alturi. Alturi gives concerned Americans the chance to make a difference at the local level for LGBTQ+ people around the world.

But I hope you take some time for self-care, too.

One of the things I like to do when I get stressed out is color. I have a whole bunch of colored pencils and several different coloring books. I find it very relaxing and it calms my mind when I'm otherwise antsy. What's your favorite thing to do for self-care? Do you color? If so, what's your favorite thing to color? I enjoy  fairy tale and fantasy pictures, like the ones by Selina Fenech.

If you color, feel free to share your recs and works with me!

Writing is going well. I'm 35,000 words into the novel and working on several short stories as well. In fact, one of my short stories, "Wild" will be coming out in an anthology in May! Save the date! I will be sending out a special announcement when it's available. I think you'll really enjoy this story. It's a dark fantasy that is, in many ways, an homage to David Bowie. Here's a little excerpt to whet your appetite!

by Morgan Elektra
I don’t make wishes anymore, but if I did I would only need one. I would wish us anywhere but there that night.

The summer of 1997 was a dream. The weather in upstate New York was hot and perfect. Phoebe, Billy and I snuck out of our respective windows and spent all the hours from midnight to dawn cruising back roads in the dented, green Dodge Dart Phoebe inherited from her grandfather. We puffed cigarettes like Victorian chimneys and sang loudly to Live and Concrete Blonde. Sometimes we would pull off the road into an empty field, lie back on the still-warm hood and watch the stars.

That’s where all the really important moments happened; the conversations about the teachers we hated and the classmates we loved, our hopes and fears and plans for the future, what we’d do when we finally got through this one, final year of high school.

It’s where Billy confessed the things that happened at home when he acted ‘too gay’, and Phoebs and I held him while he cried. Hot metal burned the backs of our thighs while Phoebe railed against the limits of her small body and our small town and the small minds of the people who lived there. I poured out every doubt about myself that huddled in the dark corners of my mind to those two while contemplating Orion’s Belt.

It was our ritual. Better and more powerful than any of the sweat lodges and harvest dances Grandfather had dragged me to every summer since I’d begun to bleed.

Any other night…

Though I guess the whys don’t matter to anyone but me anymore. It’s what happened after that everyone always wants to know about. It’s what you want to know. And I suppose I’m finally ready to tell it all.

Not that you’ll believe me.
That's it! I hope you enjoyed that little taste enough to mark your calendars for May!



Now, without further ado, I'll announce the winner of last newsletter's raffle:


Congratulations! Check your email for your gift card!

Didn't win? Don't worry, there's another chance every quarter!

How to enter: Respond to this email and tell me your favorite way to take care of yourself! A winner will be chosen at random and sent a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

What's new this month: My short story "Ghost in the Machine" has made it through the first round of selections for a horror anthology called Found. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

What I'm reading: I've just finished reading Final Girl Support Girl by Grady Hendrix. It was amazing! Action packed, twists and turns, a love letter to the genre without shying away from its darker corners. I really enjoyed it.

Next, I'm starting Zero Saints by Gabino Iglesias. I'll let you know how it is next time!
I've decided to end this newsletter with a picture of my adorable cat. You're welcome. (If you want to send me pictures of YOUR adorable cat... or dog or whatever, feel free!) I love pet pics!
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