I released my first book nine years ago. I’ve been learning messed-up things about us white dudes ever since.
This piece here. Yes. This is some good stuff.
Josephine Livingstone: telling it like it is.
The dudes who need to read it won’t read it. But you should give it a look.
I came across the essay in 2015, about two years after I self-published my first book.
Her thoughts flooded my mind with insight about this still-unfamiliar world.
Yup, Ms. Livingstone’s essay set me straight.
After I was done reading, it occurred to me that 99% of the people who hadn’t read my work but still felt entitled to give me static about it were white dudes.
And it all made sense.
Before, the way that some people got triggered upon hearing that I wrote a book struck me as bizarre. Even though they didn’t know anything about my story, they seemed to think I owed them some type of explanation, like I was seeking their approval. I could not figure out where the disconnect was.
But after reading her piece, I thought, Oh yeah…those white dudes aren’t budding fascists. They’re just white dudes. They think they own everything.
Give her essay a read. Especially if you’re a dude.
I write fiction. I have two dark comedies available, Fearkiller (Volume 1) and Notes from Trillionaire Island: Fearkiller (Volume 2), as well as Revolutionizer Alpha, the first book in a sci-fi series. I also wrote a story about God. It was weird, but then I decided to make the story and its sequel free. And all of the sudden, it didn’t seem as weird. Writing about God is much less weird when you write about God without charging money for it.