Some of you will already be aware of this, and some of you may not. This is not something I hide from the world by any stretch of the imagination, but nor is it something that I have publicly discussed on my Facebook page. I am the proud parent of a transgender child.
I recently attended the Philly Trans Health Conference, where I had the privilege of meeting many amazing people who are on similar journeys in one way or another. I saw a beautiful cross-section of humanity, all brought together to learn, to teach, and to lift one another. I saw energy and excitement. I saw social interaction unfettered by expectations of societal norms. Just people, connecting with other people openly and honestly.
In my personal life, I have been working toward the goal of being an advocate and ally for the transgender community, particularly youth. This is something that I intend to move into a professional realm in the future, as well. Specific to my work on writing.com, I am focusing on YA stories with transgender protagonists, as well as putting together writing workshops for transgender youth/teens, and their siblings and youth allies.
I invite well-intentioned questions, and will happily provide whatever resources I can to help the people in my life understand why this is so important to me personally, and to the transgender community as a whole. Please be aware that I am respectful of the beliefs of others. As such, I will not engage in religious debate on this issue.
I just got an email from the woman who's coordinating the middle school program for the Gender Spectrum conference, asking if Dr B & I were still interested/available to present our workshop for the middle school kids! So we'll be doing BOTH high school and middle school workshops.
Oh boy . . . I need to tweak and start working on my Powerpoint and handouts!
I'm having a crisis of self-doubt over my ability to craft a saleable novel, after reading a very poorly (not) edited self-published ebook this weekend. I mean . . . I think I can catch the sort of ridiculously blatant errors I spotted page after page in this story. But there were some other things. Every once I'll read something that reminds me of my own writing, and it will seem amateurish in that different context. And I realize then how much I have to learn.
Not looking for platitudes or "oh but you're a good writer" sort of responses . . . I just needed to get this out, because I spent half the night worrying about it. Now I need to make myself revisit my stories and figure out what needs to change.
I am SO excited!!! Last month I wrote and submitted a proposal to present a workshop at the Gender Spectrum conference this summer. I just got an email confirmation - my proposal was accepted! As part of the high school programming, Dr B and I will be presenting a workshop titled Everyone Has a Story: Your Unique Tale.