I decided that something positive had to come of today besides that gorgeous Seattle weather. Therefore, it’s official. I’m selling a poetry book. And it now has an official launch date.
You might see a few different images floating around for the upcoming poetry collection L’Identité Politique (first pictured above, the rest to follow):
I disagreed with someone on which phrasing made more sense and so we agreed that both should exist. So they do.
And of course I also made a larger notice – this one is more Instagram sized, though I haven’t used it there yet.
I can’t believe it’s real.
Jacob and Bee have mentioned interest in a Zoom launch party. If anyone would be interested in joining, I would absolutely love to host giveaways and other extra-special celebration games, if anyone can think of any. I have additional proof copies (meaning they contain errors and are not the actual final cover version) that are available for anyone interested in supporting me 🙂
I can’t begin to express how much work this has been, but it’s absolutely rewarding. This is one of at least four works I will see in a physical printed form from at least in some part of my creation during 2021. I couldn’t have done it without so many people. I don’t know where to begin, so I guess I’ll stop here for now.
Have a wonderful night, and as of four minutes from now, Happy Valentines Day.
It’s just the poem – it’s now live on Coffee House Writers. A limited release hardback with fancy photography, less fancy paperback, and hardback versions of a poetry collection called “l’Identité Politique” will be made available for pre-order starting on Black Friday. These three projects may have a soft release earlier with some super secret links, so keep an eye out on Twitter and Instagram as the proofs come in.
For those that are curious about the title:
If you are struggling with your holiday shopping list, remember that Indie Books and Art are great gifts. I’m going to start dedicating space to featured artists and authors more. Previously I didn’t have a grasp of how interviews could be misconstrued as more than just conveying information.
If you would like to have your book or art featured with a snippet about it, you, and a link to your website, please send me a DM on Twitter, Instagram, and/or email.
That’s it 🙂 That’s the whole thing.
Here’s a current draft cover for the softcover:
More details to come (and an explanation as to why A Hundred Different Skies is being released *very differently*)
Oh, and we’re going to be moving, but I think I may have mentioned that at one point? Anyways.
A year ago I started this website on the same day my nephew was born. Since then a few things have happened.
A global pandemic hit.
My nephew survived the first year of his life.
I left a job. Earned two healthcare/public health certifications while continuing to gain many new skills. I made decisions regarding the future direction for my career in healthcare.
I grew as a person and became brave enough to share my artistic expression all thanks to an incredible community of writers and artists online. This website began with book reviews to focus on talking about a community I admired, but I honestly was not brave enough to see myself as a part of.
I became a twice published short story author and a published poet. (not including self publishing here)
From 9 October 2019 through 31 December 2019 I had a total of:
I never could have dreamed that this could possibly mean that in 1 year I would have (these totals taken from adding up totals from 9 October 2019 – 9 October 2020):
None of this would have been possible without the 3,144 visitors that came to this website. The 50 comments people left. The 301 likes.
Most of all I want to thank every single author that I reviewed and every single person I plan to review in the future. I want to thank the people that have been patient with my social awkwardness as I try to navigate a creative community. Thank you for helping me create social connections when this is something I have struggled with my whole life. Thank you for understanding that everything I do is with good intent.
There are some people that have been extraordinary to me that I want to recognize and thank in no particular order:
If I left anyone out of this list that feels they should be on it, please do not hesitate to reach out and let me know. My intent is to offer gratitude and not to exclude anyone. Thank you again. You have all taught me so much.
And thank you to the readers that have joined me over the past year and watched as this website transformed. Without you, these words would be lost into the void of the internet. You make these words mean something beyond their creation.
My first serial fiction reached its conclusion today with Part 8: Into The Light. This story pushed me to write my first happy ending with a triumphant heroine story arc.
My next step with this story is to assemble the parts, then expand and rewrite it for adaptation into a novella. This will let me expand on the tender flashbacks Deidre experiences as her memories of Madison return to her.
When I started writing this story, after reviewing the premise with a friend I love, I intended to target cis audiences to help them understand trans experiences. As the parts of this story came out, JK Rowling demonstrated her complete lack of understanding, making this story more valuable. There is an archetype of narcissism in some parts of our society that refuses to accept the identity of a child beyond how they are named and the assumption based on traits observed at birth.
I purposefully left many details ambiguous and do not plan to clarify these in the adaptation. This is to emphasize the unimportance of these details in regards to the characters’ identities.
The details I chose to emphasize are those that are most important when listening to the life stories of trans women, such as battles with body image, the complex relationships with cosmetics and clothing, and the difficult impacts coming out has had on their relationships with their parents. Additionally, what I hope to have conveyed is that Deidre, and all trans women, are not inherently victims. They are the heroines of their own stories by defying a world where almost all systems are set up against them.
Of the women I spoke with, all mentioned that the relationships with their mothers were among the most helpful and harmful depending on the responses. Thus, Katherine emerged as the antagonist, going so far as to physically act out the emotional and verbal abuses described by some of the women I am lucky enough to call my friends.
I do not pretend to tell my friends’ stories – this is a work of fiction and is intended to communicate realities to a reader through the eyes of a fictional character. Though heavily researched, this story has room for improvements I look forward to adding in the adaptation as I work with more resources and sensitivity readers to make sure I hit all the important details I may have missed this first time through.
In the meantime, I want to mention that “Waking Up” is dedicated to all transgender persons struggling for acceptance in a narcissistic world, denying them of the most basic human right: the autonomy to live and express your own identity in whatever way you see fit for yourself and your happiness.
Thank you for taking the time to read about “Waking Up” – each part is linked below:
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this today. I hope you enjoy “Waking Up” – please like, comment, and share this story. This will help me gain feedback as I move forward into its expansion and improvement into a novella.