Friday, July 17, 2009

There, I Said It

Okay, so it's been ages since I wrote a post. Apparently, summer courses aren't the laid-back, relaxed atmosphere I was imagining. I'm actually doing work -- a lot more work, I might add, than my usual courses during the year. I'm also doing a fair bit of work for my job as a resident assistant. To review, right now I have a 12-page paper on film noir to finish (and only two pages completed), a group project to start (and to subsequently finish), and loads of summer residents in my building to supervise as they box up, move out, and move into other buildings on campus for the fall. Bureaucracy and paperwork abounds.

Because of this, my extracurricular writing has taken a backseat. I haven't gotten to blog nearly as much as I'd like (though I do still tend to find time to get into lengthy discussions on various other blogs). I've had numerous ideas, everything as eclectic as writing about Marvel Comics' recent first on-panel kiss between two gay male superheroes (in which I would have revealed my true levels of "nerditute") to discussing my aesthetic credo when it comes to art -- specifically the human form as used in art (in other words, is it wrong for an SSA guy to see Michelangelo's David as astonishingly beautiful?) But alas, life gets in the way, and I keep on putting off my side projects.

And before you roll your eyes and click away from the screen, dear reader, I must say that do not fear. This is not one of those "this is why I haven't been blogging much recently" blog posts. I mean, okay, it started out that way, but my main intention here is to direct you to a guy who seems to actually have been able to write something of substance in the past two weeks. His name is Steve, he's a recent graduate from Wheaton College, and he has started a blog called I Like Guys (There, I Said It). That, might I add, is a pretty witty title, if only for the fact that it's exactly what every SSA person feels when he or she "comes out." Steve's first post is called "Gay at Wheaton," which pretty much tells the highlights of his story. If you're the kind of person who gets squeamish when a Christian who struggles with SSA refers to himself with the g-word (and I'll admit, I can get that way sometimes), please read the whole thing anyway. I promise it's worth it.

Plus, he gave me a shoutout. :)

Well, right now I am packing up my bags and getting ready for a four-hour drive to Charlotte for what will likely be an altogether meaningless conference for my teaching scholarship. I mean, it's meaningless in that I will likely learn nothing of substance there. However, attending is a requirement if I want to keep the $30,000 they've given me for my undergrad tuition, so I suppose there is some meaning there. Take care, guys!


naturgesetz said...

Thanks for the recommendation. That's a great first post, and I'm looking forward to more. The model of SSA and straight living as friends in a conservative Christian community is a very hopeful thing.

freelancer said...

You're like the Oprah of SSA blogs! Hahahaha. Lots of your readership is over there commenting.

The Vegas Art Guy said...

I'm straight and my jaw drops when I see that statue. He was an incredible talent. Hope you survived the summer. It's odd not worrying about school anymore. If I did it you can too.

donsands said...

" I suppose there is some meaning there."

Yep, 30,000 meanings. Nothing wrong with that my friend.

You have a gift for writing. I wonder if the Lord doesn't have you write a book one day.

Have an alert and joyful trip in His grace, love, and peace.

Jay said...

Naturgesetz: I agree!

Freelancer: Oh, that's funny. I'm going to remember that.

Vegas Art Guy: I really am planning on doing a full post about that soon. Hope to see you around then!

Don Sands: I certainly do want to be a writer, though I think my talents lay more in fiction. I had an excellent trip and I think you for your prayers. I hope you check out the blog I linked to. I think you'd have a lot to add, and you'd probably bless him as much as you've blessed me with your encouragement.

TRiG said...

Lay? Lie, you mean.

Transitive and intransitive verbs, ye ken what I mean?

I have no free time at the moment, but when I do have free time, I do nothing productive with it. Annoying.

I have had some writing published on h2g2 (including one article yesterday), but not a lot.