As Wonder Woman might say: Holy Hera!
Your favorite butch blogger is going to be a published author. It’s true. I swear on all that is flannel.
My book will be a part of Weasel Press’ 2015 lineup. You can check out this small, independent publisher here. If you look hard enough, you just might learn my true identity.
The book’s working title is Leaving Normal: Living in the Middle of Boy/Girl. The editing process has already begun. Hard copies are expected by early summer.
I am excited and thrilled and still in that I-can’t-believe-this-is-really-happening phase. Ok, pinch me one more time.
I’ll keep y’all posted.
A big thanks to everyone who reads this blog and at one time or another let me know that my voice is important.
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That was one of the prompts at my writing group today. We were celebrating the one-year birthday of the group, so we did a lot of reflecting about the past and projecting about the future. Birthdays are good for that kind of thing.
Here’s what I wrote:
In the next year, I want to keep at this writing thing. I want to work toward developing a regular writing practice. I say work “toward” a disciplined writing practice, because I don’t know that I will ever write every single day for an hour or between the hours of 8 and 10 Monday through Friday. For me, part of the magic of writing is allowing myself to be enchanted by my muse, who is unpredictable and spontaneous with a touch of crazy and fantastic cleavage that always wins my attention.
I will finish my memoir and sell it to a small LGBT publisher. I don’t plan on getting rich. I will help sell my book by organizing book signings and participating in conferences. I will travel to cool, gay-friendly places like Rehoboth, Del., and Provincetown, Mass., and attend Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival where I will dance in the moonlight with the Indigo Girls.
W says that I will be too busy for her when all of this happens. I tell her that she can come with me. This will be a grand adventure for both of us.
I tell a friend that my book will be so wildly popular and successful that I will be asked to attend the Butch Voices conference in California in two years and speak on a panel.
I inform W that she can go to this, too. She smiles real big at the thought of being in a room packed with butch women.
My public speaking experience is limited. As a college freshman, I gave an instructional speech on flossing. And there was the dramatic reading class that I took, reciting lines from Neil Simon plays.
“Have you ever spoken on a panel?” my friend asks.
“No,” I reply. “But I will.”
Posted in Being Butch, Gay & Lesbian, Writing
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