Kintsugi – Powerful Stories of Healing Trauma releases January 1, 2019! Today’s featured author is Rhiannon Rhys-Jones. Presale links below!
Rhiannon Rhys-Jones has been editing role playing games (such as “Neverwhen”), books (“A Nose for Trouble”) and anthologies (“Owning it”) for 17 years. She also speaks regularly at conventions about alternative lifestyles (including poly, BDSM, LGBT, and furry), feminism in the gaming community, and more. She writes a blog that focuses on several things, including body acceptance and positivity (she claims her size is just barely big enough for her personality). She writes contemporary humor, alternative pre-history, fantasy, and poetry. Rhiannon was a Vice President of Cascade Writers (and is still involved), and has delighted in introducing people to “the person they need to talk to” for years. She also runs various science fiction conventions and writers’ conferences.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of using gold (and other precious metals) to repair broken pottery. The ritual is complex, intentional, and contemplative. Upon completion, the once-broken vessels are made whole. They are stronger and possess a different type of beauty than before.
Kintsugi is the perfect metaphor for healing trauma.
Healing is multifarious. Not only does it require effort on the part of the survivor, but also those around them. The most effective healing takes place when there is a network of support. One where others can listen, witness pain, and hold space for the survivor.
This collection is designed to highlight the varying approaches to healing and to honor our individual needs along the way. Some authors are taking their first steps in these pages, while others share their successes in reclaiming their bodies, confidence, sexuality, and joy. Each story is unique – sometimes straightforward, but often counterintuitive (because if healing were simple or straightforward it would surely be easier).
Kintsugi is not for the faint of heart.