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Can't Talk | May 26, 2020

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About Amelia June, Executive Editor



I am writer, knitter, gamer, geek, queer, sex positive, fat positive, all around no-bullshit artist. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I bring expertise and ten years of real world experience to our writings on mental health and wellness. As an opinionated person, I bring a lifetime of geekdom and outrage to the rest of our content, anything from pop culture to tabletop gaming to that book I’m reading right now. On fiction writing, I’m published now through eXtasy Books and Cleis Press. You can find a full listing of my published works at my website

Posts By Amelia

Beyond 101: On Self Harm

July 8, 2016 |

This article is part of a series on going deeper into mental health and wellness.

I’ve had a few requests on Twitter to talk about self harm from a professional’s perspective here on the site. The fact is, self harm is … Read More

My First Fandom: “Elfquest”

June 24, 2016 | | One Comment

I was 9 or maybe 10. My best friend had a massive backyard that was half pool, half cactus garden full of little nooks and crannies to play in. So, play we did. We pretended we were on the bridge … Read More

Look Around

June 17, 2016 |

“Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.”

This beautiful lyric, one of my favorites, floats through the entire “Hamilton” soundtrack. It’s all I can think of right now. Fifty people, many of them … Read More

Ten Second Reviews: Too Hot For This Edition

June 10, 2016 |

It’s more than 110 degrees out this week. Send help and also frozen beverages. Here is my media consumption report:

“Alice Through the Looking Glass”

I don’t know. It was all right. Much of the acting wasn’t terrible. The movie … Read More

“The Girl With All The Gifts” and “The Fireman”

May 27, 2016 |

It’s Apocalypse Week here at Can’t Talk Media, which is convenient for me because I love apocalypse stories. Here are two mini-reviews of recent end-of-everything-thanks-to-a-fungus books I’ve enjoyed. It’s a strange duo but a delightful one.

I’ve tried not to … Read More

Pancake Sex Book Club: “Shadowshaper”

May 23, 2016 |

This month, we read “Shadowshaper” by Daniel José Older. In other exciting news, we all liked it! Thanks, as usual, to our friends at BlankShowCast for hosting the book club.



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Shame Is The Worst Motivator

May 13, 2016 |

This article is part of a series going deeper into mental health and wellness. 

I tend to go on about shame, because I know that shame is responsible for a lot of what we struggle with, both individually and as … Read More

The Basics: Makeup

April 29, 2016 |

I cannot be the only one who got to adulthood not knowing how to do makeup, can I? I felt shame that I didn’t know how to makeup (or hair) for years. I felt like I had just missed something, … Read More

Neverending Story

April 22, 2016 |

It’s Anxiety Awareness Month, which is a hilarious concept to me—as if I am ever unaware of anything. Trust me, I’m aware. I’m the king of awareness. I’m aware of every dang thing.

I wrote back in 2014 about what it’s like for me … Read More

Inside Illness

April 8, 2016 | | 2 Comments

I don’t know exactly what this piece is about. Something about having illnesses, living with illnesses, loving people with illnesses. Something like that.

It’s like you’re climbing up a gravel-covered mountain. You may make some progress, but one false move and … Read More