Writing Towards Authenticity

The level of introspection needed in writing affords for occasions to forge new perspectives, by crystalizing events into formative moments to develop authenticity.  Celebrating humanity as foundation analyzes to create an increased quality of life.

Authenticity comes from an ability to empathize, and to begin developing empathy – start with themselves.  For everyone that route looks and will be different it won’t necessarily be the activity that translates into a career; unless you’re lucky.  What it should do is bring life into focus and help navigate the day-to-day big and small interactions.  It should deepen those back-and-forths, providing enriched social capital.

Writing arranges the experienced world in an analyzable narrative, exhuming and dissecting until authenticity becomes evident.  A writer digs deeper into the scene or memory, imagination is invoked to develop details – evidence – into a stranger’s profile.  As those around us become three-dimensional character’s in a narrative, the more appealing and relatable they become.  Since people create social networks based upon shared interests, backgrounds, and experiences, recognizing shared personal moments.  Recognizing shared details between people leads to connecting through mistakes and daily troubles that deep relationships with friends and family.

When the same shared details are identified in others outside the homogenous group empathy is extended, enlarging humanity.


Wonder Woman – The Amazon Princess: Queer Diplomat of DC Comics

Wonder Woman by Christopher Moeller
Wonder Woman by Christopher Moeller

Wonder Woman, Diana Prince, with her powerful abilities, centuries of training and experienced at handling threats that range from petty crime to threats that are of a magical or supernatural nature, Diana is capable of competing with nearly any hero or villain.  She’s concurrently the fiercest and most nurturing member of the Justice League, capable of making the hard decisions.  Wonder Woman’s hard-decision making is derived from her backstory and characterization.  In comic books and the DC Universe Wonder Woman’s nickname, The Amazon Princess, makes obvious the dichotomy inherent in the premiere super-heroine.  As an Amazonian she is a trained warrior, powerful, strong-willed, and does not back-down from a battle.  The princess aspect of the character places her in the political and diplomatic spheres, pursing peace without escalating conflicts.  In both worlds Wonder Woman is a leader, who, unlike Superman and Batman, understands the ramifications globally and locally of her actions.

In the DC Trinity Superman is the admiral inspiring heroes to be their best; Batman is the general making the plans other heroes follow; Wonder Woman is the soldier shoulder to shoulder with the other heroes in the battle.  Soldiers are the decisive faction in an army, and in an army of superheroes Wonder Woman is the hard-decision maker.   Where Superman and Batman hold tightly to the superhero code, do not kill, Wonder Woman comes at solutions with more ambiguity.  She is the decision maker who makes the difficult decisions, where killing is never completely off the table, such as when she kills Ares God of War by cleaving an axe through his skull (vol3, #33).  There is also the infamous neck snap of telepathic villain Maxwell Lord to save Superman and by extension the planet.  Maxwell Lord had taken control of Superman and used him to nearly kill Batman.  A brutal battle ensues, Wonder Woman defends herself by slicing Superman’s throat with her tiara, and uses the Lasso of Truth on Lord to demand to know how to end his mental control over Superman, which he revealed was to kill him; if put in jail he’d just escape, regain mental dominance of Superman, and begin again.  Seeing no other way to end the carnage an amoral Superman would cause, Wonder Woman snapped Maxwell Lord’s neck.  While Wonder Woman’s actions are defendable, saving her friends and the planet, her decisiveness put her at odds with other heroes who ardently stand-by the superhero code.

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Queerly Geek

Enigma            Peter Milligan’s The Enigma confronts society’s expectations about identity.  The Enigma, narrated in the first person, tells the story of 20-something Michael Smith. Smith meets Titus Bird, the writer of the superhero comic book The Enigma, the story of a man with omnipotent powers who adopts the identity of a superhero. Smith runs into the Enigma, who reveals that he is an emotionless being, unfamiliar with concepts of right and wrong.  Enigma take Smith on life changing adventure where Smith is challenged by how consciously he is aware of himself.  His experience with Enigma reveal a deeper understanding of his, and the reader’s, place in the world.

In a twist at the end the narrator is revealed to be a lizard, that had been gifted human consciousness by Enigma, and the lizard is attempting to explain its new awareness to other lizards.  The other lizards though are unable to comprehend the story they are being told because their own knowledge of self and the world is limited.  The lizard’s interaction with Enigma mirrors Smith’s, who too has been changed and grown from experiences with Enigma, and finds it difficult to explain to friends.

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Identity in Separate Baubles

Identity In Separate Baubles            My gay identity has never been known.  I have no formed queer identity, rooted in beliefs, attitudes, and values.  My identity has been separated into different baubles, adjectives that carry their own connotations.  Through critical analysis of my formative years, the books, celebrities, television, and movies, I will involve myself in crafting my gay identity.  Finding my cultural identity will provide a relationship to queerness; homosexuality is same-sex attraction, while queer is cultural practice.  By creating a tether to queer I will develop a critical lens, a tool that will aid in how I navigate and perceive the world and my relationship to it.

Gay culture is not similar appreciation for a single genre of music, literature, or way of dressing.  Queer culture is a set of shared perceptions that take heteronormative practices, beliefs, and arts, to repurpose for identification.  Self-classification as any one sexual category, such as heterosexual, does not eliminate one from participating in queer culture.  Rather, participation requires the ability to empathize with and perceive the world through the experiences of fringe and minority groups.

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Through Exposure I Can Live my Ordinary Life as an Artistic Statement.

I Swear, I’m Easy to Care for Like a Cactus, is the collection of 2017’s essays that exhume my everyday personal experiences, seeing the inherent patterns, cultivating new opposing habits, to develop my authentic critical lens. Creating my critical lens will put a spotlight on the dried and cracking leather hid of my baggage.  By illuminating the shadows within myself, through taking apart and reassembling my life, will reveal the humanity that links us all.

I Swear collection is broken into three sections.  The first section will be “Identity in Separate Bubbles,” my gay story.  In looking at the formative years I will examine pillars of my identity and what they mean to me.  “My Gay Pantheon” is the section that will discuss 6 celebrities I take imaginary counsel because they have characteristics I wish to develop in myself.  The shared traits amongst cabinet members demonstrate core values have the benefit of illustrating solutions to navigate society.  In the final section, “Untitled/Dear Unsent,” the growth that has been undertaken is critically analyzed.  This will be done by reexamining the pillars of my identity within society as I have learned to reframed it.

The Narcissist Boy

the-light-eater-by-koren-shadmiIn relationships I was a chaos creator.  The behavior was me saying, I will not let you act as if I was something you accidentally stepped into.  Then came Jonathan Griffiths, and I was the most authentic I could’ve been – and it was not good enough.  Of my contributions nothing was good enough, because I just infuriated Jonathan; this included the shows I watched and music I enjoyed, which were met with insult and derision.  I asked how to be a better boyfriend and he’d assigned me with making the world a gentler place for him, comforting him with nothing less than 100% support and grilled cheese, and if it didn’t happen then I was the enemy with no value to me.  I would implement and improve, so Jonathan could break-up with me to see if I would continue.  His experiments happened twice before I wised up.  By the third I got off the carousel.

In late November 2015 Jonathan Griffiths, an unemployed community theatre actor, asked to go for coffee at a local café; he ordered wine and I purchased a coffee.  Before our drinks were served Jonathan said he was an unemployed community actor, who preferred his stage name: James Lockhart.  The conversation was easy with cards placed quickly on the table.  I don’t understand the current culture we are in, James said.  I belong to another era, the 1920s or the 1940s.  James said he had OCD, bipolar with severe anxiety, and haphephobic.  It was because of being haphephobic, James said, if we progressed to a relationship that sex would not factor heavily.

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