Thanks for being here for my second bimonthly (ish) newsletter. Well, it’s been an eventful few months for, most importantly, our nation, but also for me.
Feeling grateful that we are still healthy (also knocking on wood). Here in Los Angeles, the reality of Covid is ever present, I am looking forward to the day (not any time soon) when I receive my vaccine.
#1 I created and wrote a comic!
REBURN Issue #1 - Kickstarter Launch this Wednesday, January 27th. Yes, this Wednesday. Yes, if you’re keeping count, the day before my birthday. Yes, there’s nothing I’d like more for my birthday than for you to back this campaign. We have tiers staring at $5, and we appreciate your support, in any amount.
Click here to navigate to our pre-launch page and to create a Kickstarter account if you don’t already have one.
*Joyful reminder, if you're interested in backing the campaign it would be absolutely terrific if you did it on January 27th, don't worry, I'll send you a brief reminder on Wednesday.
#2 Here are a few essays I wrote for you to enjoy, one light, one heavy and one in between, just to keep it fresh.
Here they are, from fluffiest to weightiest:
My First Talent Crush in Hobart Pulp
The Exact Right Place in 3Elements Review
(Fun fact: Every writer must use 3 selected words, in this issue the words were: Trapeze, Pinprick and Calico).
Not Fine, Never Fine in Inlandia Journal (audio included)
#3 What I’m reading and watching
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. I tore through this book. It’s a page-turner, yes, but it's more, incredibly real characters navigating the seemingly straight-forward complexities of life. I thought she made all of it look quite effortless but I know better.
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang. I’m a fan of Yang and love all of his books, this one is no exception. If you have a basketball fan in your house, read it!
Promising Young Woman, a Dark Comedy written and directed by Emerald Fennell (Yes! Camilla from The Crown) and starring Carey Mulligan. It cuts deep, doesn’t apologize and makes you think.
#4 Sincere Closing
Thanks for reading this and walking this road with me. I’ve shared on social media that 2020 was the year I owned the word writer. Like, "Hey, I’m a writer.” I appreciate each and everyone of you that has played a part in this journey. Sincerely.
All the virtual hugs,
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This is the very first installment of my bimonthly (ish) newsletter. You are receiving it because you’ve subscribed (thank you!) or expressed interest in my writing or opinions (I’m blushing).
I’ve been busy. We all have been, right? Busy voting. Surviving. Trying not to doomscroll or envision ourselves in Handmaid’s Tale outfits going by names like Ofcody. Heavy sigh. Shake it off, onto the news!
#1 I wrote a play! What Brought Me Here (November 5th to 23rd) One to One Virtual Experience at Open Book Theatre Company. Yes, you read that right, One to One. Don’t get nervous, all you have to do is watch, hmmmm, be an audience member. No talking necessary is my point.
Learn more and buy tickets here: TICKETS
#2 Essays. So proud. Some are funny. Some are not.(Let's be clear, they get jealous if I praise one more than the others).
1. Lucky Little Girl at Bending Genres
2. My Mean Girl: Or Being Told Your Forehead is Too Big for Anyone For Anyone to Ever Love You at LOL Comedy
3. My First Talent Crush at Hobart Pulp
4. Trying on New Names: My Childhood Adventures Visiting Hertha, the Numerologist at LOL Comedy
Get a Tissue:
1. The Repercussions of Trauma as a Former Patient of Dr. George Tyndall at Ms. Magazine
2. Stop is a Complete Sentence at Survivor Lit
#3 Reburn, Issue #1 - A Comic Book Kickstarter launching in January These characters have lived with me for a long time. I love them, if you love them just a fraction of how much we do, we have a hit on our hands. The digital version of the first issue will be complete in December, ready to email to you the minute our Kickstarter ends. Print versions will come not long after.
It’s gorgeous, thanks to artist Elise McCall, colorist Ruth Ilano and letterer Joamette Gil. If you have ever fantasized about finding love and acting out vengeance upon those who have wronged you, this book is for you. Bonus points if you imagined doing this while summoning fire balls with your hands.
#4 What I’m reading:
Caste by Isabel Wilkerson - If you have ever caught yourself wondering why people believe in QAnon or think Amy Coney Barrett is a qualified judge, let alone Supreme Court Justice, read this book. Wilkerson posits and proves IMPO (In My Passionate Opinion) that America operates under a caste system and that the dominant caste (White folx and whoever they let in from time to time to make sure they stay in charge) will create any kind of nonsense to hold onto their dominance. Sounds right to me. Let’s get to work.
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh - If you are a nihilist with a sense of humor and enjoy childlike drawings, this book is for you!
You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat - A powerful and beautifully written exploration of trauma, identity and recovery through the lens of Arafat’s Palestenian-American Queer love addicted protagonist. Superb!
#5 Sincere Closing
Thanks for taking a moment to read my words. The pandemic has kicked my ass, certainly, but it's also pushed me out into the world and instructed me. Use your words. Sure, it's uncomfortable, vaguely terrifying and 100% necessary. May we all use our words to make this world a better place. One day at time. We can do this.
All the hugs (virtual for now), Alyson
P.S. Tell me what you're reading and loving. Or really anything (positive) at all, I love correspondence.
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