1. Twitter: Follow me (@nick_krieger). Yes, I did it, finally. My adventure to arrive here felt epic, really, at least internally. As my life (or just my to-do list) shifts toward self-promotion, I’ve found that I have to both hear and block out the “shoulds” of agents, publicists, writers, and friends. I try to absorb not what these people are doing, but why and how they do it, so that I may engage with my own integrity, discover my own sustainable why and how, and most importantly, keep my sanity. It took a long time for me to let go of my luddite anger and desire for simplicity, and to accept this tool that an excellent journalist friend (and super early adopter–his handle is @mat) claimed “improved his writing tremendously.” As the last bits of my resistance faded, I signed up for some free “Zen Peacekeeper Guide to Twitter” emails by the writer, human rights advocate, and yoga teacher Marianne Elliott. Finding a like-minded person to ease me into the chatter and noise was invaluable. And now, I’m ready to “Join the conversation,” as they say in Tweetland.
2. Nina Here Nor There (NHNT) received a super awesome review in Booklist. It’s the April 15th issue, so it’s not technically out yet. My book is referred to as a “humorous, moving, and engagingly authentic journey.” The reviewer calls it “liberating.” I know that relying on book reviews to feel good about my writing is dangerous territory. But this is my first overwhelming positive review ever, and I want to take a second to celebrate the joy of a stranger understanding and connecting with my story.
3. I’ll be the guest blogger on Mondays for Original Plumbing starting April 11. I’m stoked. OP is a trans male quarterly print mag, the print part a huge accomplishment in and of itself. It focuses on the sexuality and culture of trans guys, and “documents diversity with trans male lifestyles through photographic portraits and essays, personal narratives and interviews.” Amos Mac shoots the photos–his work is downright brilliant. Rocco Kayiatos (aka Katastrophe), rapper, producer, and writer is the other creator. Anyways, blogging should be fun. I’ll have a lot of creative freedom. And I really enjoy writing to and for my people, because it means I get to crack insider trans jokes.
- May 17, 7:30pm: San Francisco Book Release Party, Castro Books Inc (2275 Market St)
- June 1, 7:30pm: Bookshop Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
- June 4, 6 – 8pm: Philadelphia Trans Health Conference Book Expo (Philadelphia, PA)
- June 7, 7pm: Bluestockings (New York, NY)
- June 14, 7pm: Eureka Valley Library/Harvey Milk Branch (San Francisco, CA)
- June 18, 6pm: Laurel Bookstore (Oakland, CA)
- Up-to-date event info is here.