Hello, friends, and welcome to another thrilling edition of Trans Book Club! Last time we talked about Peter Darling, a trans reimagining of Peter Pan, and today we’ll be looking at Peyton Thomas’ Both Sides Now, a YA novel that involves a young trans man, a national debate, and a great deal of humor and heart.Continue reading “Trans Book Club: Both Sides Now”
Greetings, friends. In the interest of posting some actual content on this blog, I thought it might be fun to start going through the multitude of trans-related books I have in my possession and saying a thing or two about them. Most of the trans books I’ve read over the last year or so have been memoir, but today we’re going to be delving into one of the few fiction offerings I’ve sampled: a wild and wonderful trans reimagining of Peter Pan called Peter Darling.Continue reading “Trans Book Club: Peter Darling”
So, I woke up this morning to this pleasant message regarding my Twitter account: Yes, friends, it’s true. You are reading the words of a Twitter criminal. So now, naturally, I’m scanning through my tweets to see what could possibly have triggered this suspension. Was it my link to Jon Stewart’s rant about how deep dish pizza isn’t really pizza? Was it when I announced … Continue reading T.J. Baer: Twitter criminal at large
A few months ago over spring break, my roommate went out of town on vacation and I found myself with the apartment to myself (and no classes to teach) for a solid week. I used this time to start work on a story I’ve been wanting to tell for a long time: Namely, a trans guy coming out and learning to live life as himself. Perhaps because this was a sort of written exorcism of my own feelings, I ended up writing the entire novel in that one week, a feat I have never before accomplished (and suspect I never will again).Continue reading “Sneak Peek: Dreamers (Trans YA Novel)”
Greetings, friends. As usual, it’s been a while, so I’ll attempt to bring you up to speed on recent developments as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Having (a) just wrapped up a 12-week 5th/6th grade after-school teaching gig, and (b) gotten myself fully vaxxed (woot), I now finally feel comfortable making good on the Secret Plans I’ve had for quite some time: namely, moving back to Chicago after two long years away. There are many things to love about Virginia, but sadly it just doesn’t seem to be a place I “vibe” with, and thus I’m returning to a locale that feels much more like home (and trying to ignore the nine-month-long freezing cold winters for the time being).Continue reading “Take me home, country…plane”
Welcome, friends, and thank you for joining me for yet another thrilling edition of Random Queer Storytime, that all-too-frequent occasion when I launch into a random tale of my past that exemplifies both my queer/trans-ness and the fact that I was impressively oblivious as a young person.
In today’s episode, we learn about a dance, an ex, and an ill-fitting suit that finally cracked the closet door open — before I slammed it shut again and shoved myself in deep enough to get a glimpse of Narnia. But that’s another story for another day.Continue reading “Random Queer Storytime: The Suit”
Greetings, friends, and a very merry Veganuary to you! After the approximately 500 years that comprised 2020, it’s nice to take a clean step into 2021 and entertain a shred of optimism that this year may be better. And while we can’t control what The World at large does, we can at the very least somewhat control the “better” in our own lives. And one way to do that is via what we eat.
When it comes to going vegan, most people exist somewhere on the spectrum between “ugh, never” and “tHiS iS tHe BeSt ThInG eVeR!1!” As with most folks, I myself started on the “ugh, never” side and am now firmly entrenched in the “best thing ever” camp.
But why? Why go vegan? Could we perhaps have the reasons in a handy list format that makes everything clear and easy to read?
So, I’d like to start off by saying that it is 100% possible to be trans without spending your childhood despising all that comes with your assigned gender, and not everyone who identifies as transgender has the same “I always knew I was *insert gender here*” narrative. There’s no such thing as being “trans enough,” and you can identify as trans without ticking a single box on the What People Usually Expect Of Trans People list.Continue reading “Transgender Diaries: Entry 1”
Greetings, friends. So, you may have noticed that a lot of people are not so pleased with J.K. Rowling as of late, and if you haven’t delved too deeply into the issue, you may be wondering why emotions are running so high. I thought I would offer some clarity on this matter, as it might be helpful for someone innocently wondering what JK possibly could’ve said to alienate and anger so many people.
So, with that said, let’s get to it.Continue reading “Why are people so mad at J.K. Rowling?”
So, yeah, somehow I ended up writing a cookbook…? Not sure how that happened, but let’s just roll with it.
Want to get started down the road to vegan cooking but don’t want to be too good at it? If your kitchen is way too clean and peaceful and you’d like to incorporate some (potentially) delicious disasters, look no further: This book is for you.Continue reading “How To Fail At Vegan Cooking”
As a long-time member of the queer community, I naturally thought that I had a pretty good handle on the many different and wonderful flavors of queerness. As it turns out, however, there is one particular orientation about which I was grossly misinformed, and maybe you are, too.
Asexuality.Continue reading “Aces Are Wild (Let’s Talk About Asexuality)”
I occasionally find myself wide awake at 3 AM because my body thinks it’s funny to be a jerk sometimes, and as I lie there pretending to be asleep so my cats won’t decide it’s breakfast time, I often end up thinking Deep Thoughts. My thoughts this morning ventured back to childhood and some of my youthful interests, and I got to thinking yet again about the bizarre gender divide we’ve set up around certain activities.