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Interview Published

So I interviewed a local musician for an indipendent queer newspaper (actually an online thing). Definitely no pay, but still. My name is Out There in one more way.
 
Glad it went up in time to let their readers know about the musician’s album launch before it actually happens (it’s tomorrow night).
 
In other news, I have written a few new poems since my Dusty Owl Feature on the 20th, so I’m feeling a little better about my writing. I’m on the eve of Nanowrimo, though, so it’s just about time to dive back into the novel. None the less, I’ve been enjoying writing poetry – about brushes with The Numinous, among other things – these past few days. Here’s hoping I can keep it up. πŸ™‚
 
 
TTFN,
A.

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Reading Out Loud – Follow-Up Post

So, as-you-know-bob, I read at Reading Out Loud yesterday. The pieces I chose went over really well, and I had a lot of people come up to me afterwards to thank me for reading.
 
It’s a weird thing to be thanked for performing someone else’s words.
Not because I’ve never done that. As a singer (who, granted, hasn’t done much singing in the past decade or so), I’ve had a lot of experience performing other people’s work. Part of me is very aware that the performer has as much to do with how the work is received as the writer/libretist/composer does.
And yet… It’s still weird for me, as a writer, to perform someone else’s work and recieve the same kind of praise as I would if I’d written it myself. “When you said you felt [X], it really resonated for me.”
 
And the thing is, I did feel X. It’s why I chose to read the pieces I did. Because what they expressed was something I had felt, too. Maybe that’s part of why this feels weird. That I’m using someone else’s words to express something I, myself, have felt – like I’m plagerising or something, even though everyone at the event knew I, and the other readers, were performing work by authors who inspired us.
 
Anyway. Regardless of feeling weird about reading someone else’s work, I’m still glad that it found a home in people’s minds and hearts. The number of femmes (and fems) who talked to me afterwards and said “That bit you read about XYZ? That’s true for me, too.” was significant. I think a lot of us – and there are sooooooooooooo many of us – who don’t get to see our full selves (or even part selves) reflected all around us[1] tend to go looking for things that show us who we are, that say “you’re real” and “it’s not just you” on some level or another.
 
I think maybe that’s part of the point of Reading Out Loud.
Gods know I lent out all the books I read from, inside of ten minutes after the show ended, and had a few other people ask me for titles and author names so that they could go and look them up for themselves. πŸ™‚
 
If you want to look them up, I have links to each of the books available here, as well as a bit of an explanaition about why I chose to read works by the authors I did. πŸ™‚
 
 
Cheers,
A.
 
 
[1] Straight, white, cis people get to see their desires reflected and approved of far, far more frequently. Even when they’re kinky or poly. Even when they’re not conventionally/officially “attractive”.

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Reading Out Loud

So Venus Envy is hosting their annual Reading Out Loud show tonight. It’s a show where influential-in-some-way members of the local QUILTBAG community perform readings from books that influenced them.
 
In my case, I suspect I’ve been tapped to perform due to my work with Voices of Venus. I’ll be reading a few sellections from the writings of Kathryn Payne and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.
Both authors appear in Brazen Femme, but I’ll also be reading from another of Leah’s essays plus a poem by Kathryn.
 
I’ll be reading with:
Kandace Price
Rukiya Mohamed
Jess Freedman
Eddie Ndopu
and
Margo MacDonald
 
I’m hoping it all goes well.
 
I’m also hoping that there will be refreshments available, but I put that down to my needing to eat lunch. πŸ˜‰
If you’re local, I hope you’ll swing by VE tonight and take in the show. πŸ™‚
 
 
TTFN,
A.

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Paid Work! :-D (Landing Pages)

Okay, this is a microscopic bit of news, and it’s about copy-writing, so not exactly Amazing Creative Gold going on here, BUT: I got hired to write a bunch of landing pages for an Australian moving company, and I did the work and I just got paid.
I’m still so very, very much at the point where actually getting paid (in money, no less, rather than Contributor Copies or store credit or whatever) for my written work is Kind Of Amazing. Even if it works out to hovering around minimum wage.
Explanation: Given the number of pages I wrote and how long it took me and how much I was getting paid per page… I was making somewhere between $10 and $13 per hour. Which, seriously? Is pretty much what I make doing temp work, so it’s nothing unusual, and is a good economic shot-in-the-arm as far as I’m concerned.
PLUS
Writing! πŸ˜€
 
Seriously. Even though I was gritting my teeth through most of it, and even though I was honestly worried about whether or not this company was hiring people literally half a world away from where they were located (their dollar is worth less than mine on a global scale, fyi) and offering an acceptable wage for the work, because they had no intention of actually paying up (… I don’t know. There are so many scams on Kijiji and Craigslist, but this one looked legit enough because they weren’t offering a huge amount of money. I’m glad this turned out to be the case). Despite all of that, and despite my having been willing to put it down to “a learning experience”[1] if it turned out to be a Big Scam, I’m still really glad to have found the ad, applied for the job, and got the job because it meant I was professionally doing what I do anyway, which is write all the goddamn time. πŸ™‚
 
So that’s my joyful elation for the morning. I now have an extra $130 in the bank (YAY!) and am feeling that much better about the world. πŸ™‚
They have asked if I’d be interested in doing more work along similar lines, which: Yeah. I would. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to it, even. πŸ™‚
 
Anyway. For the moment, I’m going to hie myself to the Byward Market where I will sort out more Novel-Related stuff (Moral Decisions and similar), hit up the Sassy Bead for some bits and bobs for a proto-comission (I’m iffy as to whether or not that one’s even going to happen, honestly), and then meet a friend for coffee.
But mostly: Writing.
YAY! πŸ˜€
 
 
TTFN,
A.
 
 
[1] For example: Always send an invoice. I’m so used to modeling, where you get paid in cash and there is no paperwork involved (most of the time) or where, when there is paperwork involved, it involved me filing out a form that’s provided by my employer. Either way. This thing where I create a bill and send it off (and it doesn’t get ignored!) is still – weirdly – a new thing for me. πŸ™‚

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