I really feel your story! I’ve experienced a lot of the same reaction since my own writing has become darker.

Before the Trump era really got rolling, my passionate pieces about LGBTQ equality and the value of diversity were a lot more upbeat than they are now.

The longer Trump has been in office, the more my stories have focused on outrages that need to be fixed. And on how lots of people seem apathetic.

When I see white supremacists take center stage in national discourse, I feel sick to my stomach.

That HAS to change how I write.

There’s a time for positivity, and there’s a time for realistic acknowledgement that some seriously bad shit is going down.

I get it that not everyone wants to face the reality of the current national madness all the time, but I don’t have it in me to write upbeat, cheery pieces very often. Things just aren’t cheery right now.

Working together, telling out stories, sharing are truths… these are the things we can do.

And often that means writing shit that isn’t fun. I don’t see a way around that.

Thanks for your story!

Jim

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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