Before we understood the nature of sleep, and how our brain and body interact while we're sleeping, it was believed that this paralysis was caused by a literal demon, or night hag, sitting on the sleeper's chest. These night hags, or night mares, would ride the sleeper, leaving them terrified and exhausted come morning.
Representation matters. People want to be able to see themselves in books. They just do. And to completely ignore the queer community of Portland is purposeful. You can't write 9 books set mainly in one city and just forget to include queer people. It's not possible, unless you just really truly live a life where you never interact with anyone queer and so don't believe they're that visible and vital.
The Steampunk Dollhouse hasn't been updated in almost 2 years. At this point, it may never be updated again. It just became too difficult to juggle it with my work, school, and home responsibilities. Having said that, the pandemic has done wonders for my desire to hide inside of fantastical fiction lately, and some of the things I've been reading have given me feelings. I want to write about them.