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wheels148's picture

would you all be interested in reading my coming out journal should I publish it one day...why do i want to publish you may ask? how many queer disabled ppl do you know...?

milee13's picture

I know more than one and

I know more than one and less than ten.
I, personally, would be all over reading something like that because I'm of the opinion that the more queer lit that's out there the better.

My coming out story is boring.

Leisa's picture

hey wheels, I suggest

hey wheels, I suggest reading Eli Clare's piece entitled, eeks, I can't remember the title of the article and I just spent about 15 minutes trying to find it in my pile of articles from last quarter, anyway, long story short it's a good piece to read. I believe I still have the ability to retrieve it from the class website if you'd like me to send it to you. :)

Leisa's picture

Ok, the book is entitled

Ok, the book is entitled Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation, and the parts that we read were the first two chapters. Highly recommended :)

milee13's picture

Yes, excellent piece.

Yes, excellent piece.

duct tape godess's picture

you should post it!

you should post it!

Leisa's picture

I don't think thats legal.

I don't think thats legal. But I'm happy to send it to anyone who's interested, just send me a message with your email address.

jeff's picture

Err...

After 12 years of running this site, I can't imagine buying anyone's coming out journal. Too many people giving it up for free anymore.

The overall publishing market for them is sort of drying up, too. You have to have been closeted in the NBA or in a band or something to rank a coming out book anymore. Even then, I'm not sure if they sell a lot. You can sell 5,000 books and top the gay bestseller lists.

To publish such a thing, you would have had to come out and published this in the 80s, or had a website in the early 90s. But now? There are queer disability conferences held, probably newsgroups, blogs and everything else.

I'm not sure there is enough uniqueness to being disabled and gay. In fact, I don't see them being related all that much. You're closeted for whatever reasons, you have to come out, etc., wouldn't it just be the same story albeit including a wheelchair? Can't see how the emotions and issues would change all that much.

That said, I think you can write about anything and sell a book. David Sedaris can write ten pages about being alone in his sister's house and it's fascinating and hilarious. But it needs to be more than just a queer disabled journal to get traction, I would think. So, I'd stop describing it like that if there's a lot more to it.

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Lol-taire's picture

question for you

are you a good writer?

wheels148's picture

in the eyes of the beholder I guess...

but yes I do believe some are of the opinion that I am...(got 99% on a memoir I wrote in high school) I am a poet, fiction writer, college student, writing is a hobby business writing will be my career...i am in office admin, so read my journal poetry that I have posted here (and by the way two sides of the coin was especially dark not usually my style)

Lol-taire's picture

Well then, you should write

Well then, you should write it and if you're serious about the result you can start looking for a literary agent.

I recommend writing here as a practise for your writing generally; write your journal with the same attention you'd use writing your coming out memoir. Admittedly, I rarely follow this advice, but despite my often ridiculously self indulgent journals but on the rare occasion I do manage to pull it together I find my writing has improved over the year I've been here.
And I'm sure you do already, but read as much as you can. Read, read, read.

I'd like to write for publication one day too, but right now I'm still building up my technique.

wheels148's picture

published

I have already been published written a few articles -nothing noted seriously though
what kind of things would you be interested in reading about in my journal on here?