Boy, do I have some news for you! I’ve been busy! Let’s rewind, shall we?
Halloween is my second favorite holiday, second only to Christmas, which is my favorite solely based on the food and decorations. Halloween will always be my most anticipated holiday, however. I usually begin planning months in advance. And this year was no exception!
As Y'all know, I host a monthly Drag Queen Story Hour for Kids at a fabulous non-profit bookstore in Indianapolis called Indy Reads Books. I love this bookstore so much. There’s a certain magic within those walls. You can feel it when you enter. They offer literacy classes to adults, have books marked at incredible prices, and the folks who run the place have hearts brimming with love for their city. A place for book nerds that’s LGBTQ+ friendly? Naturally, I felt right at home there!
Well, I decided that for October we needed to have a Story Hour, not just for the kiddos, but also for the adults!! So, I hosted, with the help of some creative and devoted friends, Drag Queen Story Hour for Adults!! It was amazing, and I was living my Hollywood Diva Glamour Witch fantasy! At first, I was worried it would be boring. We aren’t used to sitting still and listening to a story. We want 5000 options on Netflix while we scroll through Instagram. But, when the guests arrived, the beer was poured, and the intro music started, everyone locked in and found themselves lost in our stories! Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and many more authors provided our “offerings” to the spirits of the bookstore. Goes to show, you should never underestimate the power a good book!
My family has had some exciting news recently, too! Lord Baxter the Goldendoodle got FLEAS. Lord have mercy, I about lost my mind. Could you imagine a flea infestation in all my WIGS?! Thankfully, we avoided the plague and now Bax has an adorable haircut and NO fleas, thank you. The Professor has gotten into sign language! He’s already fluent in Korean, and he knows enough French and Spanish to get by, but now he’s practicing ASL and I gotta say, it’s quite sexy to behold! I love a sexy brain.
My job teaching Kindergarten through 7th grade never really gets easier; each day presents a new challenge and each student provides his or her own unique needs and matters to be addressed. Thus, I could write an entire novel over the inspiring, frustrating, and sometimes sad truths of my job! Maybe one day I will, but for now, I have something else to publish…
While I’ve been busy teaching and moving and being a dog dad, I’ve also been working behind the scenes to take my Literary World to the next level! In May of this year, I attended DragCon LA. I had been invited by Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 10 contestant Blair St. Clair to help at her booth when it was crazy. I got to hand out flyers promoting my brand and the story I had been writing about Blair. (More on that to come) It was incomparable to anything I’ve done with my drag career to date. There were so many creative humans, so many talented people, and I just wanted to drift in their orbit forever!!
It was on Saturday afternoon, during the time when the security is running everyone out so that the vendors can go home/sleep/get food/restock/find a party to attend when I met two such incredible humans that would change the trajectory of my dreams.
There I was, walking around in my big white Anne of Avonlea-inspired gown, holding onto my vendor pass instead of wearing it of course (the colors clashed with my gown!) when I saw the big VH1 + World of Wonder infinity wall. I just HAD to get a pink carpet photo! So, I whirled myself around and saw two unsuspecting gays headed my way. I stopped them, knowing no boundaries or strangers, and asked them to take my photo.
Now, allow me to state, for the record, that my lovely blonde finger-waved wig (styled by me!) was looking gorgeous, but had decided to retreat backward on my head. It wasn’t quite a wig snatch. It was more like a wig impersonating a sloth. It was slowly falling backward. But, did I notice? Nope. Did I care? Maybe more than I would like to admit, but not really. And did anyone else tell me? Nope! So, my meet-cute with RJ and his partner Kevin will forever be remembered in memory only, because the pictures betrayed my hairline worse than my wig did! #lordjesus
So, there I was, looking great, feeling excited, wig running away, and I found myself talking to these gentlemen about who Mossy is and what my dreams are for my drag. I told them that I wanted to truly be The Literate Drag Queen. I wanted to publish stories, both fiction and non-fiction, that would tell the stories of drag queens in a way that hadn’t been done before. They liked my idea, took one of my postcards, and we parted ways.
The next day, I was at Blair’s booth again, when RJ and Kevin approached me and invited me to dinner. Now, I’m a big Korean food fan, so when they proposed having dinner in Korea Town, I was IN. Because, we all know that food is the only way to my heart. We had a marvelous time and began a genuine friendship that night. When I left dinner, I realized that I had been given an opportunity that I hadn’t expected, and that doesn’t happen very often.
Over the last five months, RJ, Kevin, and I have worked diligently to bring my stories to the masses! They’ve provided me with the ability to share my books with a worldwide audience! I had originally planned to self-publish on a small scale. They’ve taken that ambition and helped me elevate it to a much bigger dream.
Thus, because you’re still reading this, and because I love you, I’m telling you here, first, that tomorrow, November 8th, my first book Saint Clair Street will be published!
Blair has worked closely with me on this project, providing not just her blessing, but true uninhibited access to her life and story so that I could portray the tale in the truest light possible! It is fiction, but its foundation is truth. And it is a sure-fire way for Blair’s fans to get to know her on a deeper level than ever before!
Additionally, we are donating 50% of the profits to Blair’s chosen charity, National Eating Disorder Association! NEDA is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care, and we are honored to support their mission! When you buy Saint Clair Street,you are not just supporting literacy; you’re supporting NEDA and everyone in our LGBTQ+ family who struggles with what they see in the mirror. I’ve always believed that our most important job in life is to help each other love ourselves better. I believe this organization does that, and more.
I hope that you will take the time to read Saint Clair Street and that it will speak to your heart. There’s a piece of Drew in all of us… we are all seeking truth. We all have secrets. We are all looking for a place to belong. We are each in the process of self-discovery. And this story takes us along for Drew’s adventure, and into his secrets. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I’ve lived with this story for almost a year. And now, I’m inviting you to experience the story that I’ve come to love. That’s the art of taking leaps… finding a way to be fearless while you’re afraid… Letting in the light to our dark places… putting our art into a vulnerable position of judgement. Yet, I am thrilled to jump.. to share.. and to bring us all closer together.
I’m so thankful to my family and friends who have helped keep me focused and motivated over the last five months. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity, and I cannot wait to see where this journey leads me! Tomorrow is just the beginning.
Love yourselves, have hope, and be brave! And of course, keep reading, Darlings! It’s good for the soul!