Hi there! My name is Star A. Tavares. I'm non-binary and queer. And Duck, who is the true star of this blog, is a character—and stuffed animal—who changed everything for my partner Jake (aka Other Duck) and I. You can follow Duck on Instagram, read Duck's biography here or find out how Duck came to us in this Thrive article.
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As for me, I'm a writer—both by profession and vocation. You may know me under my old name of Star Williams. I've published everything from a queer romance novel with Harper Collins under a different name, to a Tiny Love Story in the New York Times' Modern Love column, and numerous award-winning short stories and screenplays. (If you're interested in my writing, check out my New York Times piece entitled "Cold Sun" (scroll down), my latest article, which is at Huffington Post, and my other website.) I'm currently working on a book proposal for a funny, comforting non-fiction book, and I've penned a few picture books that I'm submitting to agents.
Duck's personality was developed during a screenplay that Jake and I created for a series called "Ducking Awesome!" (It's even won a few awards, I'm happy to say!) He makes life so much brighter—especially during a pandemic/pondemic. His partner, Peacock Riley, is a celebrity in their own right, and Duck used believe that they outshone him. But, like most of us who think we're less than we are, he couldn't have been more wrong.
On this fictional blog, Duck shares stories from his community of birds, including his best frenemy Sir Mallard Jones, as well as recommendations and more, that are diverse, inclusive, and have the power to make us laugh. He is committed to self-love and dealing with his anxiety and stress in positive ways, but like many of us, myself included, he understands it's important to make mistakes. Duck also has a community of plushies and their humans on Instagram—we invite you to join us there!
I learned, a long time ago, that laughter can get us through almost everything. It's important to chuckle, so let's do it with a duck!