Ashlynn of the No Life Skills podcast asked me beautiful questions and held incredible space.
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Some of my fav moments:
“The prostitute archetype is ancient and empowering. It has the potential to revivify but also threatens to dismantle a lot.”
“I understand people’s motivations for stereotyping and oversimplification, but even so, that’s not a place we can remain if we want to evolve as a species.”
“Real life people are complicated and silly and contradictory and interesting and that isn’t all automatically negated because someone’s a sex worker.”
“No simple answers, no simple questions, no simple anything.”
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“What I hope my writing reflects is a sense of the connections between all human beings.”
Typesetters has honoured Sluts and Whores with its inaugural review!
I cannot thank this reviewer enough! They were attentive, communicative, and truly care about writers.
Their words were so sincere, I cried happy tears. 💕
A review like this reminds me why I write.
By sharing my soul, I want to help others connect with theirs.
By revealing my hurts, I hope people will be inspired to face their own.
Success is about connections. And I am so grateful to have made a connection with Typesetters.
That’s easy to say- even easier to type.
Harder to live.
I loathe limits, fear my flaws, resist humanity’s core.
It takes ample courage to embrace imperfection.
And even more to laugh it off.
When making silly vids like the one above, I fret insincerity. Am I being my whole, true Self keeping things light when things have been so hard?
Pain is prominent. I can’t avoid that truth, nor do I wish to enhance it.
I don’t care about “disturbing the comfortable”, though I long to comfort the disturbed.
I want my work to be a haven for those who grew up feeling like they didn’t belong, as I did.
I woke up crying recently. (This happens more than I’d care to admit.)
I picked up my book, read some stories, and found comfort therein.
Perhaps, if my writing can help me, it can help others, too.
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Feast your eyes on my first Youtube #writerslift!
On Twitter, #writerslifts are wonderful opportunities to meet folks and gain follows.
On my Youtube channel, I want to create a platform to lift up one particular writer/creative at a time- esp one who has influenced or otherwise aided me on my creative journey.
In this vid, I lift up Martin Millar, a writer and friend who has inspired and supported me for years.
He provided a testimonial for my new book, Sluts and Whores, which I read in the vid above. 💕
Success is best when shared.
If you keep success to yourself, it will only dissolve into greed.
I am DELIGHTED!
This is my first ever podcast appearance! I was honoured- and nervous.
The result: extreme vulnerability, and, I hope, valuable content. 💕
“Sex workers are the frontline workers of the soul.”
“Art should be an antidote to bullshit.”
“When I think of the sex workers I’ve had the honour of knowing… they’re some of the most brave, beautiful, passionate, intelligent, quirky, weird-ass people I’ve ever met. And I am so grateful, and so indebted to all of them, to have been reminded it doesn’t matter what society says about you. You are f*cking beautiful, and you are worthwhile, and you’re complicated, and you’re hurting and you’re healing and you’re human. And I really hope that anyone… who reads this book feels a little bit more in contact with their humanity afterwards.” )
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My beloved publisher, Thurston Howl Publications, released a story reading from the upcoming audiobook!
I, meanwhile, have been ill.
Mentally, physically, emotionally.
Mid-pandemic, I’m blessed to be without Covid. My illness manifests as adrenal fatigue, lingering colds, and mood swings. Yet these ailments take their toll.
Suffering is ample. So much that we feel there’s no room for our own.
The only way we can heal others is if we first heal ourselves.
My mental struggles may never be “curable.” Healing, for me, and for many, is arduous, life-long.
There is no insurance for the soul.
Regardless, I persist.
And I hope you will too.
“You get to make your life.”-Cheryl Strayed
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed inspired me to write (and live) fiercely.
In the Intro, she mentions the surprised flattery of having her quotes sold on pillows.
I wrote in my diary,
“Oh, to have a pillow made with one of my quotes!!!”
Now that I have Teespring store, I made that come true for myself.
Don’t wait for someone to decide you’re worthy.
Validate your worth first.
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