Number 8 on my 30 Before 30 list: Publish a short story.
This is one of the most important goals for me on my 30 Before 30 list. I LOVE to write, almost as much as I love to read. A few years ago, I was inspired by my friend Cassandra Love to really get serious about my writing. So I applied for and got accepted to the VONA writers workshop in 2008, which was a literally life- and writing-changing experience. I’ve been working (more or less) steadily ever since, and I’m very happy to have published my first short story this month in Specter magazine, an online literary magazine that publishes really cool work.
You are a skinny black girl.
You are belong to that rare breed of women whom rappers claim don’t exist: you wear a size zero, sometimes a three, and do not fit anyone’s definition of “thick.” That skirt you wore to your high school graduation? Still fits. You have never owned a girdle.
Other people might be accused of having
a ghetto booty,
a donkey butt,
Not you. You do not have the whole world in your pants. You hate Beyonce’–not because she’s beautiful, but because of that stupid Uh-Oh dance. You tried it once, and it looked like you were having a seizure. | Tatiana Richards, For Skinny Girls Who Have Considered Cornbread When Their Thickness Isn’t Enough
Check it out, and let me know what you think! And keep in mind that I’m an artist, and I’m sensitive about my ish.