I don’t have a lot of really insightful things to say this week (do I ever?); instead, I’m just going to give you some updates on things I’ve been working on in the last little while.
Facts and Arguments
The Globe and Mail has a section called Facts and Arguments in the Life section, where they publish personal essays that people have submitted. An essay I wrote, entitled A Father’s Journey, will be published in this section on Monday, March 7. It’s kind of a coming out story, except that it’s about my dad’s journey through the process of me coming out, and how far he’s come. I’m really happy to be able to share this story in such a widely read medium, because I’m so proud of my father. But shhh, he doesn’t know about it yet.
I’m also extremely happy to say that a short story I wrote this past month will be appearing in an anthology called Speaking Out, to be released later this year. The anthology, edited by Steve Berman, contains stories about LGBT teens dealing with homo- and transphobia, and will hopefully be a resource for LGBT teens who need inspiration and need fiction that tells their stories. It’s the kind of anthology I wish I’d had as a teenager. And you can already preorder it here!
Finally, I’ve been working for the last month on an ongoing writing project called Azrael’s Stop. It takes the form of daily Twitter fiction, 140-character snippets of story that all take place around the same characters and setting, developing a cohesive story arc over time. You can follow the story on Twitter, or check out the project’s home page for more information and other ways that you can follow along. At the end of February, I also released a short story fairytale about Biggles the Chicken, who has had an appearance on this blog previously as well. I encourage you to check it out (it’s all completely free!), follow along, and let me know what you think.