Dear treasured reader,
Thank you for deciding to give this story a read! This is my first time publishing an original written work and I thank you for going on this ride with me.
This story came from the idea of subtle acts of love and how queer Indonesians navigate the often repressive nature of our society. It always gives me strength to see fellow queer Indonesians (either on the islands or in the diaspora) find ways to proudly be who we are and I invite you to celebrate the ways that you are here.
Terima kasih, engkau sudah memberi ruang untuk dirimu sendiri.
With all the love and warmth in the world,
An extremely huge shoutout to the team of talented Indonesians:
Beta Readers: Ayu, Gusapat, Jes and Cin, Matahari, RoraDye
Thumbnail Artist & Graphic Designer: Rei
Creative & Sensitivity Consultant: Flo
Special thank you to Flo and Rei for opening your stories to me about Chinese-Indonesian (Tionghoa/Chindo) identity to strengthen the characters that hold these experiences. Thank you for helping me bring these characters to life!
Cover art by mautaraa on IG & Twitter