Does anyone recall how this blog became heavily involved in the subject of gay boys/men participating in the skateboarding subculture? Probably not, but I do.
While I lived in Berlin, last summer, an editor I’d worked with before, Neil Plakcy, e-mailed me and said he planned to put together a short story anthology about gay skateboarders. Would I care to contribute?
While in Berlin I wrote a story involving two skaters, Carter and Douglas. I submitted the story to Neil, and today he notified me that he’s including the story in his book, Skater Boys. It’ll be published by Cleis Press in late spring, it seems. My story’s titled Carter DuBose. I really like the way it turned out and I’m delighted Neil accepted it. He’s a super editor, with an eye for good fiction, and I always learn something new from Neil when he edits my writing.
I first posted something about gay skateboarders when I began work on Carter DuBose in my Berlin apartment. The date of the post was July 29, 2009. That particular post is still the most popular post I have ever placed on this blog. It is viewed dozens — sometimes hundreds — of times every day. And it spawned the still-continuing controversy over gay grinders and how many there actually are. (It seems like a lot.)
Okay, the temperature’s dipping into the thirties tonight. (B-r-r-r-r …) I’m staying inside and working on edits for the Cassadaga story. Stay warm everybody, and enjoy your Sunday night.