Jan. 24th, 2011

My pronoun preference

In answer to the courteous "Which pronoun do you prefer?" question, my answer is: None. Just my name is fine. If you find it necessary to use a pronoun, and you don't wish to use some gender-neutral pronoun ("they," etc.), then feel free to pick whichever pronoun you like. Whatever your choice, I won't be offended. The only thing that really disconcerts me is when people abruptly change pronouns in reference to me, once they learn what my biological sex is. I find that very confusing.

If you wish to address me formally, my only suggestion is that you take a cue from Dr. Seuss and add an honorary Dr. to my last name. (I hasten to add that I have not earned an actual doctorate - but neither had Dr. Seuss when he coined that pen name.)

I don't have any strong sense of gender identity. Because of that, I prefer not to think about whether I belong in the pink or blue categories. People I meet online who try to guess whether I'm male or female tend to guess both ways, so I sometimes describe myself as androgynous, though the label non-gendered is more accurate. I'm still in the same body I was born with, and I don't have any reason to change.

Where to find my Daily Life entries

Transferring this information from my Profile, because it was cluttering up space )

Background to my health

The details )

Apr. 24th, 2009

Background to my retro daily life entries

These are entries from my old journals, beginning in 1974, when I was eleven years old. The main reason I kept journals so assiduously throughout my pre-teens and teens is that Jacqueline Jackson had recommended them in her book Turn Not Pale, Beloved Snail: A Book About Writing Among Other Things as a good tool for writers. Turn Not Pale, Beloved Snail was my writers' bible for many years (and remains my favorite book on authorship).

Read more... )

Jul. 26th, 2008

Background to my home life

I live in the New Deal planned community of Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., in the split-level house I've lived in since age eleven. I share the top half of the house with my apprentice; the bottom half of the house is the dwelling place of Doug, a family member with whom I co-own the house, as well as our tenants.

Background to my writing life

I've written for my own entertainment since age nine, started writing for student publications at the same age, and have worked professionally as a writer since 1988. My fiction writing ranges from friendship fiction to erotica (and sometimes is both). My nonfiction writing has ranged from children's history articles to Web directories on gay history.

You can read a description of the genres I've written in, as well as a list of the subgenres I've written in.

Background to my life of simplicity

Since December 2007 (after five years of considering taking this path), I've been endeavoring to living a life centered on simplicity. My primary model is the lives of Christian hermits, monks, and nuns (particularly the Desert Fathers and Mothers), but I also take inspiration from other people who have lived in simplicity.

Mar. 13th, 2008

Background to my mentoring life

I mentor Jo/e Noakes. I began by mentoring him in writing, but after a few months, it became clear to both of us that, although he is about the same age as I am, he could also benefit from having me pass on to him some life skills.

Our model is apprenticeship: Noakes learns by helping me do tasks. We also use protocol to help keep our mentor/apprentice roles in mind. In January 2011, Noakes moved in with me, since chronic illness has made it difficult for me to do some daily tasks.

August 2017

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