I'm a YA writer who spends too much time on the internet. My first novel, FAIR COIN, is available now from Pyr.
It’s a long story, actually! I was thinking of making a comic about it at some point… Basically, when we were 18, my wife and I got accepted into a two-week long YA fantasy/horror/scifi/specfic writer’s workshop, where successful YA authors would give lectures and basically live on campus with you for a few days each, helping you write a short story that you would then send out to publishers at the end of the workshop if you wanted. Enrollment was pretty competitive.
My wife and I hit it off pretty much immediately. It turns out that we both loved Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner, and we bonded over our penchant for Riverside-esque stories. In fact, she’d applied to the workshop BECAUSE Ellen Kushner had urged her to.
By the end of the second week, we had the beginnings of a strong friendship—but we lived at least six states away from each other! Chances were we’d never see each other again.
A few months later, we went to college within thirty minutes of each other.
Over the course of the next few years, we visited, wrote and dropped a few stories together, got lost while reading aloud in the car—-she discovered she liked women, and I set up my copy of But I’m A Cheerleader and raided the snack bar of the cafeteria for an emergency Guess What, You’re Bi, Everything Will Be Okay party. I started to realize that I had a crush on her, but I tried to keep it quiet—she had enough to deal with, and I didn’t want to disrupt our friendship.
When I graduated college, we sat in her car in the dark, listening to the soundtrack of Tangled. I almost told her.
Then I went to Florida, she started the process of signing up for the military, and we admitted our feelings for each other a few months before she’d have to go to boot camp. I wrote her at least once a week—But who knew where she’d be stationed, how long it would take for us to see each other again?
Well, turns out she was stationed in Florida. I proposed to her last January, in the main plaza of downtown St. Augustine, where the oak trees were draped with little white lights.
She was stationed elsewhere for a time and we worried that it would take upwards of one to two years before we could live together—since Queer couples weren’t given the same rights as straight ones. But then DOMA was repealed, and the military said that hey, if you get married, you can live together. Well, we were getting married anyways, and as of that year the state she was stationed in had legalized gay marriage. So we did it!
We’re planning the big family and friends wedding now, and it’s going to have a Riverside theme—because that is, after all, what brought us together in the first place.
As the song says, “We are each others’ angels.”
Or, in this case, Fairy Godmothers.
I’d like my wand and star, now. Oh, and some really nice slippers.
And I’m waiting to see that comic, please!
Some things do seem like they were meant to be :)