Time to get back to writing and complete the Sexual Liberation series for my blog, What “They Said. Life gets busy. writers block rears its ugly head and excuses excuses. I got a really creative nudge from Shelly Taylor, writer of Pass The Herpes blog, by asking me to take part in a Blog Hop. A Blog Hop is, as Shelly describes it, sort of a chain letter. You answer several questions about your book/blog, and post it along with the names of other bloggers you love. The creators of the blogs you mention answer the same questions, post their answers and blogs they love. So now its’ my turn. Let the Blog Hop continue!!!
What is the working title of your next book?
In my dreams I actually have time to write at least one of the books I’ve been threatening to write for years. In this fantasy world my 1st books’ working title would be This Ain’t the Love boat: Navigating Relationships, Love and Sex. I’m hoping to actually begin this endeavor in the next year. Wish me luck!
In the meantime, I’m working hard on putting out new blog posts for What “They” Said. I post past and current essays, erotica, poetry, political thought and opinion pieces on SEX(UALITY) that focus on a combination of relationships, sex, kink, gender, race and class issues. My blog is housed on my website http://polypataoproductions.com/ where I also post product reviews called Check it out!
So there! I put it out there. Now I really have to write this book and keep up with my blog posts. Jeez!!!
Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea for the book came about from my own journey around sex and relationships especially as a queer/ trans/ poly/ person of color. I hope to express my experiences from tons of discussions, workshop facilitation and lectures I’ve engaged in throughout the years.
The blog What “They Said, has been a place for me to share personal, political, poetic thought and opinion. As my tagline boasts, I’m “Fisting sex(uality), gender, race and class.” Think of the book as safer sex and the blog as (consensual) raw-dog fucking! I’m keepn’ it real!
What genre does your book fall under?
My imaginary book would fall under a variety of genres. It would be fluid like me. It’d probably fall under non-fiction, political, sexual health and relationship.
My blog would be poetry collections, memoir, short stories/ essays and advice.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This answer will be in two parts:
- I recently saw a wonderful Argentinean movie at this years MIX festival. In it, several actors interchangeably played the main characters. Gender or resemblance was not the focus here. I’m not sure what was but I love it. It was new and refreshing.
- Ok, so I cheated. I hadn’t a clue as to who would play me and so I asked the wonderful folks on Facebook this question. I told them they could choose a male or female and the ones that I thought made sense (and made me happy) were Michelle Rodriquez and Terrance Howard….but then at the last minute there were two other entries to the pool that got me thinking; Kisha Batista and Gary Dourdan.
So in trying to continue a wonderfully smart, funny and innovative tradition of shifting characters on a film. I am requesting that all of these people play me. Just cycle them in and out. I’d love that!
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Re-examining “love at first sight”, “monogamy” and” happily ever after.”
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’ve been leaning more towards self-publishing but when reality finally hits and I’m on the journey to actually writing this book, that might change. I’ll let you know.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Sheesh!! I’m not there yet. What I do have is the title, my table of contents and lots of notes and chicken scratch under each section. Don’t judge me! It’s a start!
What other books would you compare this to within your genre?
Not sure. I’ve seen relationship “how to” books which this one would not be. I could see myself writing that in the future. This one would be more of an examination of what we know, what we’ve been taught, how that’s manifested in our successes and or failures within different kinds of relationships. I hope it looks like a sexy political analysis with personal stories.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The book and the blog are inspired by years of work, stories and experiences. What also inspires me is the idea that I could write a book that speaks to understanding the systems that maintain unrealistic relationship formations, hetero-normative and cookie-cutter models of relationships, so as to change them.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Hopefully that I’m writing it… LOL!
Here are the writers whose work you can check out next:
K.Ulanday Barrett is one of my brothers. K. is a poet, performer, educator, and martial artist navigating life as a pin@y-amerikan trans/queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. Currently based in NY/NJ, with roots in Chicago. Their blog is called Recipes For the People. In K’s words, “…food brings so many of us together, allows us to share across the table, allows us to celebrate during times of war, ache, pain, silence. when world events and stories of survival strike us, i find myself at the stove ready to feed my family and friends. if you understand this, let’s seek vision and joy through our bellies together, yes?”
Perverts of Color is a blog for people of color involved in alternative sexual lifestyles to discuss and celebrate the diversity of our various identities and communities. I’ve been so happy to experience the sex positive images of people of color on this blog. PLEASE GO SEE FOR YOURSELVES!!!
experiences over the last 5 years in the field. They are also the upcoming editor of the anthology: “How to Come Out Like a Pornstar: Adult Industry Essays on Family Matters.”
Bethany Stevens‘s blog is called Crip Confessions. I met Bethany several years ago at a sexuality conference where she was speaking. Here activism, writing and presence has moved me and taught me so much. In Bethany’s words, “I’m an uppity crip scholar-activist and sexologist. I use the word ‘crip’ in a way to signal reclamation and promotion of disability pride and disability politics. This blog is a repository of my rants concerning disability, body politics, social movement capacity building, media representation, body modification, sexuality, love, etc. Some of these rants will be on topics I feel that many of us shy away from – but I would love to see these posts generate conversations”.
JAC Stringer’s blog called Midwest GenderQueer is the queery musings of a genderfucking femme boy. He is a trans-genderqueer femme, (dis)abled-kid radical activist and performance artist. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, JAC strives to create visibility, community, and resources for trans*and queer communities. JAC has lectured and performed across the USA and Canada with his work focusing trans* and queer education, social justice, femme identities, (dis)ability, and trans*/queer artistry. He uses radical activism, hot pants, poofy skirts, and gender theory to create an intriguing space centered on bodies, ability, androgyny, and beyond. JAC and I have known each other for years. We have done workshops together and been on tour with The Gender Queeries. We are also twins.
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