I’ve been having a rough go of it lately.
I either want to stay in bed with the covers pulled up over my head, or I want to run through the streets in my flannel-lined cape punching bad guys in the face and saving the world. Biff! Pow!
Then out of the blue, two people sent me e-mails and told me they had been impacted in a positive way by things I had written.
And I felt better. Calmer. A little bit like a superhero with a magic pen making the world a better place in a different way.
So, my posse of wonderful, beautiful people, here’s your challenge for the week:
Reach out to one person and say something nice about him or her. You can do it in person or via e-mail or text, if you’re a giant introvert like me.
We can all use a boost these days. And kindness is infectious.
You’ll feel like a superhero and so will the person you’ve bestowed a nicety upon.
What are you waiting for?
Up, up and away …
To the Batmobile …
Flannel Files Powers activate …
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What did you say? How did it go? Tell us about it.
Posted in Life, Uncategorized
Tagged Batman, depression, gay, kindness, lesbian, LGBT, superhero, superheroes, Superman, writers, writing
Guys, it’s been a crazy week.
Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality AND my book was released. Coincidence? Yeah, probably, but I’m still taking credit.
I had a big gay book launch party at a local coffee shop. We raised a total of $300 for the local Gay-Straight Alliance and the public library, which can now purchase a small collection of LGBT books.
Playing off the superhero theme, we used BAM! POW! napkins and handed out caped bookmarks.
Everyone was a superhero that day.
I was dressed in my butch finery.
I rocked this bowtie and these suspenders at my book launch party.
And I wore these AWEsome Wonder Woman chucks.
Holy Hera! How awesome are these shoes?
I wasn’t walking but flying. It was like each foot was soaring in its own invisible jet.
I’m not sure if it was the sneakers or the thrill of seeing a lifetime dream come true.
Posted in Being Butch, Books, Gay & Lesbian, Writing
Tagged book, book launch, books, bow tie, bowtie, butch, charity, Chucks, Converse, dreams, fashion, gay, gender, lesbian, marriage equality, memoir, queer, sneakers, superheroes, transgender, Wonder Woman, writers, writing
Hot off the presses! Really hot like pizza cheese that burns the roof of your mouth hot. Ruby Rose hot. Ghost pepper hot.
Melissa Etheridge “Somebody Bring Me Some Water” hot.
To buy a copy on Amazon, click here. (Both print and Kindle versions are available.)
To buy a copy from Weasel Press, click here.
The Kindle version is currently sitting at #39 for both LGBT memoir and gay studies on Amazon.
Let’s show the world what a little butch power can do. Buy a copy or two. Reblog this post or share on Twitter or Facebook. Request a review copy. Help me spread the word about what it’s like to live in the gender margins. Be my superhero sidekick (spandex optional).
Posted in Books, Writing
Tagged Amazon, book, book launch, book release, books, butch, gay, gay studies, gender, Kindle, lesbian, LGBT, Melissa Etheridge, memoir, new release, Ruby Rose, superhero, superheroes, transgender, writers, writing
Thanks, guys. I needed that.
I pulled on my star-spangled underoos and tied on my super-butch cape.
Cracks me up every time.
I wore my unicorn T-shirt and reminded myself of the power of positive thinking.
I chewed a lot of Vitamin C tablets. I prayed. I came up with a new mantra: love, love, love.
I read and re-read your comments.
W and I reenacted that scene from Moonstruck. Snap out of it! Snap out of it! Snap out of it!
I am feeling better and butchier than ever.
I figure I needed to have my mini meltdown now and get it out if the way. It’s all clear sailing from here on out. Clear skin. Clear mind. Clear blue skies with fluffy white clouds.
As Alicia Keys would sing, this butch is on fire.
But I couldn’t have done it without you guys. Seriously, it’s like having my own cheering section.
Moving forward, I promise to do my best to represent the lesbians and the butches. Those of us who live somewhere in the middle of boy and girl, or maybe outside of the binary altogether. The late bloomers. The underdogs. Everyone who has just wanted to fit in. I will tell our stories with pride and dignity.
The one lesson I’ve learned this holiday weekend is that sometimes you have to be your own hero.
And that’s a whole lot easier to do when you have a team of superheroes flying by your side.
P.S. You guys look great in spandex.
Posted in Being Butch, Blogging, Books, Gay & Lesbian, Gender, Writing
Tagged books, fear, gay, lesbian, love, memoir, queer, superheroes, support, transgender, writers, writing