openminds-openeyes said: I don't have a question, just a very humble thank you. I just saw your post explaining Obama's recent executive order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the workplace, and immediately teared up. Hi, I'm Janessa. I'm 17, and I'm lesbian. Sometimes the way our society orients around the topic of homosexuality is a bit frightening. It feels like something a high schooler shouldn't have to deal with. But this order gives me strength. So thank you, for this huge leap.
Thank you for having the courage to share your story! The President and everyone in his Administration is fighting for you every day. Stay strong!
totallyalero said: How did you turn a short story into a novel? To me, it seems like an impossible thing to do. To pick up a pen and write a short story is one thing--but to pick up a pen and turn a short story into a full-length piece of work? How did you do it? How do you find the bravery to do that?
Consider that a short story typically shows one event. You might be able to extrapolate the preceding and seceding events from the original story. Or the story can eventually act as a flashback within a longer piece. Or, check out the original story version of “Story of My Life” published in Esquire. Then, read the novel and you’ll see how extra details were added to build the story into the novel.