There is a whole bunch going on.
First: The Pleasure Town Live show. I don't want to tell you how to live your life, but you want to go to this. Well-loved storytellers and live lit writers of Chicago will be there, either performing or having contributed a story for the evening. I'm one of the latter, so I'll be there biting all my nails off as I hear my story performed by a skilled actress for the first time right along with the audience. It will be thrilling and a little scary, but that makes it worth it. Please come join us!
Second: my minisode for Pleasure Town went live earlier this month, you can listen to that episode, and here's a brief interview I did; but if you want to start from the beginning, Pleasure Town is a strange and beautiful ride. Also, in my last post I mentioned wanting to talk more about authors writing outside of their own race. Initially I put together a separate blog entry about this, but the last thing the internet needs is another white person blogging about writing other races. So I have posted the links below that proved the greatest resources for me. These posts are written by the people whose voices matter most in the issue of diversifying fiction, and I'm grateful that they took the time to share their advice.
-Should White People Write About People of Color
-3 Types of Racism Against Black People That Many White People Do Not See as Racism
-Writing People of Color
-How to Write Women of Colour and Men of Colour if you are White
And for some feminist perspective, this was a great post:
-10 Things Agent Carter Did Right
Third: I competed once again at WRITE CLUB this past Tuesday, this makes me a 4th or 5th-time combatant, I have to check. For those unfamiliar with WC: The show features three bouts of two writers each, who are tasked with writing a piece that wins the audience over to their favor. The bouts are pre-determined and assigned ahead of time. The victor's money goes to their charity of choice (I didn't win this time around, but my chosen charity was PACPI). For the record, I have only won this event once. It is a mighty competition and it draws incredible talent from the surrounding area. WRITE CLUB is in several cities, so if there's a chapter near you, I cannot recommend it enough, please go check it out!
The bout I had was LOVE vs. MARRIAGE, and I was assigned to write in favor of love--which meant I get to rail against marriage. Now, I'm not a hater of marriage, but I sure do love making fun of how over-romanticized it is. WC Overlord Ian Belknap handed me just that chance, and girl was it an excellent good time. Once I've rendered the final draft read-friendly, I'll post it over on the Live Lit page.
Fourth: What are you doing Friday, March 13th? Cool, cool, that sounds like fun, but maybe you should ditch that and come over to Uncharted Books so you can catch the Loose Chicks show? I will be debuting an essay there and I promise the whole show will be a little bit serious and a little bit funny and all-around worth it!
Lastly, way back in October there was a really great event called the Live Lit Showdown, and it was a metric ton of fun to be a part of. The piece I wrote for it is proving a bit tricky to post in a format to be read, as it involved a good deal of improvised storytelling. But for an idea, here's a review of the event that Chicagoist posted.
Stay warm, buds!
Red Mars (from the Mars Trilogy) by K. S. Robinson
The Immoralist by Andre Gide
Saga by Vaughan & Staples