I began discussing with my friends recently about procuring the pieces to my battle suit–the one I’ve been planning for years now. Since a great deal of my friends are comic book geeks like myself, they saw pretty quickly what I was up to. After all, I’ve been in the martial arts since I was nine; after two years of powerlifting, I placed top ten nationally and took four state records and a host of titles; I spent years studying the science of training so that at every moment I could keep getting better. The idea of blogging the rest of this journey came up and I was all for it. Then I thought this might be better served if it wasn’t exactly a blog. Gender issues are very important to me. I’ve done a lot of suffering in my life for being a sensitive man and I no longer want men to be ashamed of their feelings. I wanted to use this project to also address issues of manhood and I’m incredibly lucky and grateful for the Good Men Project running my article today.
I owe a deep thanks to Matthew Salesses for putting me in touch with Good Men Project Editor-in-Chief Noah Brand; to Brand, I owe a deep thanks for working with me enthusiastically on the concept and politely turning down my first article attempt for one far better. I’m excited for this opportunity, not only to show the world this insane little hobby of mine but to also simply because I’m being given the opportunity to be much more forthright saying what I want to say, what I think is important to say.
I was a little worried about not being very productive this year, but I feel a lot better now. Thanks to everyone!
I am happy to announce that my short story “Asylum” will be published in Connotation Press in mid-November! I’m honoured to sit beside some great and prolific writers like Sara Lippmann and Kristine Ong Muslim. And there is a deep gratitude for Meg Tuite for working with me on this story and for agreeing to publish it. “Asylum” has been a long favourite of mine and the version that will run at Connotation Press is the best yet.
I’ll also be participating at 826DC’s monthly reading series — the lowercase — at Big Bear Cafe in DC on September 5th. Pretty exciting, as this will be my first reading!
The end of September brings Fall for the Book at GMU (and some other locations around the DC Metro area). I’m really excited to see and hear from Karen Russell, who kicks the event off. I have been a fan for some time now and she is certainly masterful at what she does. And I’m a pretty big Neil Gaiman fan, so that will be an amazing experience!
I am working through the edits to a new story and have the shells of others in the works. I’m also continuing work on my novel-in-progress (over 40,000 words now!) and just hoping to have a thick portfolio ready for when the residency and semester at Queens starts up.
On the athletic front, I’m preparing for the USAPL Virginia State Championships in October.
Overall, I’m really excited for the autumn to start. I have a few months of devoted work and some pretty exciting stuff ahead of me. Every day, I feel a little bit more like I deserve the lofty self-proclaimed identity of “writer.”