Hawaii Women’s Journal, Bamboo Ridge, and my Cassette Tape Guts

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

I’m back from a much needed vacation and I’m ready to work. I forgot how much I love Seattle.  I love how nature juxtaposes itself with its city life and how winter feels like a real season, not some watered down version of it like here in Los Angeles. I used to daydream of making early morning runs to Pike’s Place for coffee and fresh picked flowers for someone I really loved. I imagined writing in an apartment with a big picture window overlooking the city. After all these years, I still think there’s a story waiting for me to write in Seattle.  One day.

My Creative Non-Fiction piece for the Hawaii Women’s Journal has been sent off, ready for the big guns editing of Jennifer Hee (and also Mayumi Shimose Poe if I’m lucky to have her as well).  Sometimes my writing is like a cassette tape with its guts pulled out in a tangled pile. Hee takes the time to carefully unravel my mess, wind it back up, and make it playable. Trust me, it’s no easy feat. She’ll turn my rambly, disjointed writing into something coherent. In college, my Creative Writing Professor changed my work around so much that it no longer sounded like me and instead sounded much like her. But Hee, she gets me, and that is why I call her BOSS.

Anyway, the latest issue of the Hawaii Women’s Journal (issue #4, I believe) is now live and  you can read it online here. I just spent the last hour going through it–it’s good stuff. Lots of very talented contributers. My CNF will be featured in issue #5, their anniversary issue, so I will keep you all posted.

In other news, I was one of eight winners for Bamboo Ridge’s November Short-Short Story contest. I consider myself to be in great company–my former English teacher and mentor Bill Teter was also a winner, as well as my other former English teacher and fellow UH Lab faculty, Jim Harstad. Both of their pieces are nothing short of amazing, so please check  them out if you get a chance.

Here is my piece, Ghost. Please read, comment, and share.

My Interview with Pacific Citizen

Friday, November 26th, 2010

My interview with Pacific Citizen is now up! Reporter Nalea J. Ko wrote an interesting article discussing  LGBT bullying in high schools, I recommend checking it out if you have a minute. You can view the full article here. I kind of wish that I had rehearsed my answers a bit more, but it’s okay, most of you know I’m not very eloquent to begin with.

With the unexpected attention I’ve received from my “It Gets Better” video, I want to use it as an opportunity to reach out to other LGBT people in need. I applied to volunteer at the Trevor Project here in Los Angeles as a Trevor Space coordinator (cross your fingers) and I’ll continue to respond to emails/IMs sent to me via youtube and my website.

I think we often underestimate our own ability to make a difference. We feel small or inconsequential, so some of us don’t even try. Let me tell you, though, if a slacker nobody like me can make a difference in someone’s life–just imagine what wonderfully talented, intelligent, and driven people like you can do to change the world.