How are we already halfway through 2018? It’s wild to me how fast this year has been moving, although every time I think about that, I think about the time an elderly customer told me that the older you get, the less time you have. It was such an ominous thing to say. I was in my early 20s at the time and this seemed, more than anything, like a death knell. “The older you get, the less time you have.” Cool, thanks, dude! Just what I needed to hear during an existential crisis about whether or not I’d ever accomplish any of my goals.
I haven’t been blogging much this year, which is primarily because I’ve been concentrating all of my time and energy on Projects. That gets a capital ‘P’ because these are Big Projects, and Big Projects need capitalization. (At least one of my philosophy professors is rolling their eyes right now.) I’m going to share a couple updates on those, because I’m so excited about what’s to come! First up:
Did y’all see that I signed with an agent?
That LSP gif isn’t quite accurate, but I couldn’t resist. I’m writing a book! A REAL BOOK! The details are staying under wraps for now, but I’m so honored and excited to be working with Maria Vicente and P.S. Literary Agency. Working with her has already taught me a ton about book writing and publishing, and we’ve been working together for just one week! Maria really understands the work I’m doing and has the experience and the tools to push me as a writer, which is fantastic. I feel totally comfortable talking to her about the content of my work and what I want to accomplish with it, which I think is really important for an author-agent relationship. I’m also a little star-struck by her other clients, as well as the ones represented by other agents at P.S. It’s hard to believe I’m now part of the team.
In high school, I won “Most Likely to Write a Best-Selling Book” in our “Senior Edition,” which was basically a packet of joke superlatives handed out with yearbooks to seniors. Last year, when I decided that I’d put off writing a book for too long and started researching how to go about finding an agent and getting published, I spoke those goals into the universe. So this is me, doing that again: I want to write a best-selling book! That’s The Dream, right?
Here’s what’s new with Fatventure Mag!
After a successful Kickstarter (!!!), we are currently putting together the first print issue of Fatventure Mag. Last week, we relaunched our website with a brand new look and we put out a call for pitches for our second print issue! We’re also looking for monthly columnists to start in September.
If you identify as fat and have an idea for a monthly column, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay per piece is $40 – we are still working out our funding model and don’t want to overpromise $$$.
— Samantha 🌻🐝 Puc (@theverbalthing) July 2, 2018
I had no intention of launching a magazine at this time last year, but since Alice Lesperance and I started working on Fatventure in January, I’ve felt completely in my element. I love this magazine and I’m so eager to see it in print. Putting this together has been such a steep learning curve and while I can’t say I’ve loved every minute of it, I’ve at least felt like this work is important enough to persevere even when I’m super stressed out.
Sunday fun day! 💅 We hope your weekend has been a m a z i n g! Today, we’re introducing you to yet another of our awesome followers: Tiegan (@earthshakingadventures)! Tiegan is an adventurer and student nurse based in beautiful New Hampshire. 🏞 . . In Tiegan’s own words: “To think I almost didn't get into the water because I didn't have my high waisted bathing suit bottoms with me. Adventures aren't always planned well but they are always worth stepping out of your comfort zone for.” . . Want to be featured? Tag us in your photos or use #fatventurers so we can share your story! 📸 . . . . . #fat #fatlife #fatisenough #fatisadescriptiveword #fatbabe #fatpositivity #fatpositive #bodypositive #bodyposi #repost #activeliving #activelife #fatgirlstraveling #fatgirlscan #fatinthewild #alwaysoutthere #optoutside #activezine #zine #haes #amwriting #indiemedia #indie
And of course, I’ve been doing plenty of other writing.
Here’s a quick link round-up of my recently published writing, including a new Patreon-exclusive newsletter I launched this week!
- THE VERBAL THING | JULY 2018 | Disaster Human, Reporting for Duty (Patreon)
- Veganism As Resistance (Or Not) (Chickpea Mag, Issue 27: Identity)
- REVIEW: OroborO Infuses ‘Laughing Death’ with Deranged Clarity (Banshee)
- Why ‘Dietland’ Is Actually The Fat-Positive TV Show I’ve Been Waiting For (Bustle)