So, it has been a very long time since I have blogged. A year. You’re going to see a lot of posts from me over the next couple of months. It dawned on me that basically every story I have written to be posted in the last year was because a friend’s blog was hosting a series of some sort and I was asked to write a story for it. I decided a few weeks ago that I would host one of my own. Through the magic of Twitter, I have had the privilege of getting to know some wonderful writers and people. I guess this is my way of saying thanks to them for inspiring me and writing beautifully.
My idea I’m calling Diver City. To be honest, the idea originally began as satire. Recently, there was a push from authors and readers demanding more diversity in books. I am of the belief that including a gay character in your short story or novel or whatever JUST FOR THE SAKE OF INCLUDING DIVERSITY is dumb. It cheapens that character if you say “omigosh, I don’t have a gay/pakistani/islamic/genderqueer/submissive kitten/whatever character! Ok, this kid’s now a bisexual dominatrix yay diversity!” If the character needs to be gay? Make that character gay. But just to meet the diversity quota? If it adds nothing to the story but diversity I don’t need to know every detail of a character. Less is more generally, right? This thought process started an idea churning in the back of my mind. I started imagining situations, then adding some diversity to the situation. So, instead of a woman wanting to be the next Danica Patrick and drive in NASCAR…an ASIAN WOMAN wanting to drive in NASCAR because that’s diverse!
As often happens with me, what began as something kinda silly in my head would’t go away, and I kept thinking about it. Somewhere along the way I realized that there could be some beautiful stories written if I took it seriously. I started seriously trying to come up with some characters, and threw out a few feelers to see if anybody’d be interested in reading (or writing!) such a thing. I was amazed at the response, and now he we are. An announcement of what I hope turns into some epic storytelling.
Diver City is coming. 24 total writers have agreed to write a story for this project. The first story will be posted in late July. Here’s the catch: each writer is given a character. That asian woman driver mentioned above? She’s in a story. Some of the characters are absolutely ridiculous, and that’s on purpose. Some of the characters will offend you to the very fiber of your core, and that’s on purpose, too. I hope that some of the stories will challenge a few stereotypes; I equally hope that some of them will show that love and goodness doesn’t always win — there are, after all, always going to be some just downright bad people in this world. Some of the stories don’t have a lick of diversity in them.
Everybody in Diver City has a story. This will be 24 of them. Be ready. More details will be posted as we get closer to the first story. (July 28th)