Read my Published Work!

Today is the day! My first short story published outside of my own alma mater is in the winter issue of The Write Place at the Write Time and available for readers all over the world!

Pyramid

Pyramid is a fiction short story about a woman struggling through an abusive relationship. After waking up in the hospital, without so much as flowers from the boyfriend who put her there, she finally sees that she deserves more. With the help of a friend, a therapist, memories of what it means to truly live, and a song whose lyrics reach her at the very moment she is ready to listen, she begins her life again on her own.

In order to recognize the thousands of women in this situation, none of the characters in this story have names, and only the main character and her boyfriend have genders. What individualizes the main character is who she was before the abuse, and who she becomes afterward.

 

You can read Pyramid online, on page 23.

 

In case you want to listen while you read the full story, here’s Pearl, Katy Perry’s song that inspired Pyramid:

I am so excited! As always, I love to hear from my readers. So if my story makes you think or feel anything, anything at all, comment on this post to tell me about it!

Equality

This morning, President Barack Obama made history by being the first president to discus gay rights in his inauguration speech. “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

EqualLoveAs I said before, I feel that marriage equality is coming. Obama had to appease the masses in order to get re-elected, but now is the time to move forward. “[P]reserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action… We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few… We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.”

 

Today we celebrate the great works of Martin Luther King Jr., and Obama recognized this by paraphrasing Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech: “we cannot walk alone… our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.”

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., August 28, 1963: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”

President Barack Obama, this morning: “[H]istory tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth… That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American.”

God Loves Gays (some churches just don’t know that yet)

All right, I think I’ve taken a long enough break for the holidays! Now I’m back to write about Cinnamin and all things pertaining to her. Today, I’m goin’ for religion and homosexuality, two things that have always created conflict in Cinnamin’s life, for obvious reasons.

My boyfriend and I recently experienced one of those inevitabilities of life, right up there with death and taxes. That’s right, you guessed it, we were visited by Mormon missionaries.

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Naturally, we invited them in to talk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we actually had a lot of fun, trying not to sound offensive as we asked them questions about their religion. We talked for about an hour and a  half to two hours, and we learned some pretty interesting things about the Mormon church.

The whole time we were asking about Heaven-planets and golden plates and baptisms for the dead, I had one burning question which, I am ashamed to say, I was apprehensive about bringing up at all: where exactly does the Mormon church stand with homosexuality?

Now, I have discussed sex with religious officials before. I was in a Human Sexuality course in college and had an assignment for which I interviewed religious leaders from three different sects of Christianity about many of the sexual “deviations” there are out there. (I’ll probably blog about this at a later time, so keep an eye out!) But it was not awkward because it was clear I was doing it from an academic standpoint and all my questions were not considered “personal.”

These missionaries had come to our house around seven o’clock and, being the old fuddy-duddy that I am, I was already in my PJs. And I thought that bringing up homosexuality and religion might be a little too personal for such a situation.

Well, I did it anyway. And here’s how I did it…

 

Me: So, in the 1970s, the Mormon church changed their stance on people of African descent being dark-skinned as a punishment for sin. Was that one of the “revelations?”

"I believe that in 1978 God changed His mind about black people!"

“I believe that in 1978 God changed His mind about black people!”

Missionary: Yes. Heavenly Father never changes his mind. So, before then, the church had their facts wrong. God corrected them by giving a Revelation to the President of the Church. Heavenly Father reveals things to us when we are ready to hear them.

Me: So God decided in the seventies that the United States was ready to hear that being black was not because of sin, and that was right around the Civil Rights movements. So, a few years down the line, when gay marriage is legal in the U.S., God could decide that we’re ready to hear that homosexuality is not a sin?

 

Neither missionary really wanted to answer that. They said that they doubted it, and that there was nothing now to suggest that God would give such a “revelation,” but they admitted that it is possible.

From this, I came to the conclusion that gay rights marches are not only affecting politics, but God too! Because if we march for gay rights and gay marriage becomes legal, we are that much closer to churches accepting it too!

So march! March for gay rights! March for gay marriage! But, most of all, march for God to change policies on homosexuality!

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