NaNoWriMo Day 6: Staying Ahead of the Curve

It is Day 6 and I’m at almost 10,800 words total.  That puts me a little ahead of the average needed to arrive at 50,000 on November 30th.

I’ve been gathering information from people who would have been contemporaries of the characters in my novel.  Thank you to all who’ve contributed, and if you haven’t but want to, refer to my Day Two NaNoWriMo update for the questions.

So far, no one’s mentioned Stone Butch Blues, which came out in 1993.  I may need to dig in and see how likely it would be that my character had a copy, I do have him browsing through bookstores in San Francisco around 1996-97, so it’s not impossible.  Another book, one that had a huge impact on me when I was in high school exploring my butch lesbian identity was Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown (pub. 1973).  In 1981-82, I became introduced to this novel by a butch friend.  She and the rest of our small gang of lesbians had been passing it around and I was the next in line.  It was the first time I’d seen anything in print about the kind of sex I fantasized about, or read about a character who I had so much in common with.  But I don’t see that featuring on anyone’s lists of influential books, which is curious.  Most people responding didn’t have access to much of anything in print until they left home and got out on their own.  The only way a lot of people, me included, would even know such books existed is if someone else told us.  That word-of-mouth, underground network was pretty important, both when I was in high school and a decade and a half later.

My character is a bit of an outsider, through circumstances and inclination.  The answers I’ve gotten so far are helping me come up with realistic situations where JD would have found information about being butch.  Thank you and keep it coming!

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