Monday, July 1, 2013

A First Time for Everything

I’ve written before about how much I enjoy George Takei’s facebook page. He posts hilarious photos, promotes his own projects, and shares his feelings about important current events. He’s the internet’s “gay Uncle George.”

Today he shared this photo, and it reminded me of the signs that hung in the bathroom and laundry room of the dormitory I lived in my first year of college. The signs that I... improved. Threatening to glue abandoned dishes to the ceiling is way more interesting than threatening to throw them out.
When you’re an adult, these are things you have to deal with. Doing the dishes, avoiding using the microwave and the copy machine at the same time, and coming up with interesting ways to remind yourself to do (or not do) these things. But when you’re a kid, you don’t really think about having to know stuff like that, and nobody actually tells you about it, because sometimes it’s harder to explain how you learned something by experiencing it than it is to just let someone live and find out about it for themselves.
There have been times in my life that I have stopped to think that maybe having a user’s manual for a certain situation would have been better than having to wing it. I’m sure you’ve felt the same way.
Now there is one.
Being a Grown Up: A User’s Manual for the Real World is “an independent anthology of essays, poetry, and advice on how to be a grown up in our changing world.” It is being compiled and edited by Alya-Monic McKay and Kathleen Healy, and features many different writers from around the world. My own piece, The Life Cycle of Dish Washing, is included.
Currently, BaGU is raising funds to print, promote, and pay the authors of the book. Many of the perks on the crowdfunding indegogo campaign include a copy of the book, whether in digital or print form.
If you have ever yearned for a user’s manual, please head over and donate a few dollars to make this book a success. You’ll be rewarded with instant karma, a sense of accomplishment, and a knowledge that you’re doing the kids of the future a favor.
Plus, you’ll be supporting those authors getting published for the first time... like me.

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