It’s hideous that there’s a laundry list of verifiable shit that I’ve had to endure as a female—from saccharinely delivered condescension and objectification to sexual harassment in the workplace and rape—and what’s worse is that the shame of admitting it is almost greater than the need to name it and brand it for what it is: UNACCEPTABLE. Feminism is absolutely necessary, and while I hope that equality awaits us in the future, we cannot delude ourselves into thinking that there’s any rest until we get there. Keep on keeping on, ladies! (And men and transgenders who want an actually level playing field.) 

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Do your soul a favor and read this, the definitive manifesto for handling haters: Anne Lamott on perfectionism, priorities, and how we keep ourselves small with people-pleasing

(I’m blogging out of Tumblr while I  s l o o o o o o w l y  sort out the mess with my webhost after this hacking nightmare. Thanks for hanging like a stalactite! Mwah!)

While walking my pooch this morning, I had a shoulder-tapping hankering for writing some poetry. I haven’t jotted down any in a while—definitely not since I made the decision to release Virtues & Occultations in serial form—and I remembered that while in redrafting/editing mode, I need regular doses of stimulus to keep the creative wheels greased. Therefore, I challenged myself to knock out a seven-by-seven in seventeen minutes about seventeen minutes ago. Here’s what I got:

Stippling

Distances are defined by
monochromatic shades: white
space, where light is not absorbed,
is where disconnects occur.
So I propose that we live
inside the darkest spots, where
all the colors congregate.

I feel much better now! Thanks!

Book 2 of Ministers of Grace goes on here. Book 1 is still 99¢ on Amazon. And I will continue to blather here.

♥ EAB

I know it’s still only April 30th, but how megaexcited am I for May?

1. I’m going to continue releasing Book 2 of Minister of Grace in weekly installments—huzzah!;

2. My most excellent man’s band Pillow Theory will be playing at BAM on Fri 5/16 at 9:00 pm;

3. The incredible and super talented Bill DeMeritt will be appearing in The Normal Heart starring Julia Roberts and Mike Ruffalo on HBO on Sun 5/25;

4. Nicer weather (hopefully…? please…?);

5. Doesn’t matter what comes down the pike, but I’m gonna hunker down and celebrate every minute of existence the best way I can.

♥ EAB

Serially - #MoG Book 2!

Book 2 of Ministers of Grace is coming! It’ll be released in weekly serialized format starting 4/22!

A few weeks ago, I came across a link for James Altucher’s The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Reinventing Yourself. It’s a useful guide that I found rather motivating, esp. as I’ve had to reinvent myself a few times over the last eight years. I’ve come to refer to specific episodes as named chapters that hyperbolize the conflicts and events that transpired and, more importantly, have led me to the…

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Spanish in the U.S.

  • White people to Latinxs: OMG, why are you speaking Spanish??? This is UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. If you want to live here you need to speak English! Stop trying to shove your culture onto us REAL Americans! Why don't you just go back to where you came from?
  • White people to Latinxs: OMG, you don't speak Spanish??? That's a travesty! I LOVE Spanish, I speak it whenever I can! Hola! Buenos Días! Gato! Spanish is such a benefit in today's job market! I can't believe your parents would do this to you, it's so selfish of them!