Because I’ve been writing elsewhere. Doing a lots of things a lot of places, actually.
- Back in January, an article for a previous gig got published in Kathleen McWhorter’s Reading and Writing about Contemporary Issues, Vol. 1, by Pearson. My very first textbook! You can flip to page 543 and see my name right there under “Ten Proven Brain Benefits of Being Bilingual.”
- Once a month, I write about comics for Dork Shelf. I’ve only had three article posted so far, one about comics for people who don’t like comics, another about Batwoman’s feminist dad and the last about why Castle Waiting should be a template for how feminism needs to work. The comics editor, Nicole, has been a wellspring of encouragement, guidance, and support. I love working under her, and I eagerly anticipate what we have planned for the future. Dork Shelf in general, though, deserves an audience. Smart, progressive pop culture commentary.
- Jason Poland publishes an online and print version of Shaqzine. It needed submissions. I sent in a terrible poem.
- Draw the Line, a Canadian sexual violence prevention campaign run by the indomitably amazing Julie Lalonde, is undergoing a revamp to make it more intersectional. Resources will cover how age, race, ability, gender identity, sexuality, class and other factors that increase risk and make it more difficult to report the incident. Isaiah Broussard and I contributed a minicomic – “How to be an Ally” – to its information packet. It’s about how to be an ally. The materials haven’t been printed yet, but Julie gave us permission to share the comic online. Feel free to share it, too!! But please – PLEASE!!! – make sure to link back to Draw the Line. They deserve everyone’s attention.
- Isaiah also invited me to write this week’s Crackers and White Whine. It needs some retooling since the main message – that white is considered the “default” in literature and authors of color are treated more as outliers than full contributors to the canon – doesn’t come across as well as I’d like.
- Issue 4 of Space City Nerd! Available for order online! I contributed an article about organizing and executing your own panel, which will hopefully prove valuable information to someone someday.
- Speaking of panels…the Comicpalooza one from my previous post went super well! About 30 people showed up, which is great for a Sunday morning. I also did a panel on the local ladies of comics at Zine Fest Houston earlier this month, featuring María-Elisa Heg (who also co-chairs ZFH and happens to do a damn fine job of it), Sarah Welch and Jessi Jordan, because of course Jessi Jordan.
- ASQ Houston also invited me to come speak about social media in oil & gas and healthcare at their August professional development meeting! It was a huge honor, and a different, unique (for me, of course, not for other people) opportunity.
- Jake and Alva at Pop and Schlock invited me onto their podcast in February. They kept having me on, and one thing led to another and now I’m the “unofficial third host.” I’ve loved this show since before I was ever on it, so you can imagine how much fun dissecting pop culture (mostly movies and comics) with them has been. It might take a bit before I completely find my voice on there – when I get hungry or tired, I tend to veer off into Cloudcuckooland territory – but right now the highest priority is enjoying myself and making their beloved little podcast grow. And grow it hopefully shall with all their ideas. Please give them a listen if you’re interested – they want feedback!
- And I was inducted as a board member of the Houston Great Books Council last week! Look for more literary events here in Houston coming in 2015!
(So it’s totally OK that I was gone for so long, right?)