And I put an abstract together and I am feeling all enthused...
In my professional life as a reviewer and critic, and most especially in my published books on popular culture, I have increasingly constructed a vocabulary for myself that reflects my engagement with texts that vary from novels and comics to films and television shows. Among these are a fascination with models of liminality as a driver of story; an interest in the Assumed Ideal Reader/Viewer of popular culture and the extent to which geek culture has become universalized; and the extent to which all texts are Thick, which is to say most usefully read in terms of their situation as contingent, compromised and collaborative. I have come to realize that these preoccupations are very directly linked to my attempts to write memoir and fiction and most especially to the way that I turn actual incidents into stories with plot structure and the way in which my characters, including the I of memoir, are totems through which I am negotiating the ongoing construction of my narrative self.
My paper will examine the interplay between theory, practice, work and lived experience and, I hope, illuminate the particular recursive quality of much trans creativity.
And now I have to write the damn thing, because I have told you about it. Along with the novel, the next couple of books, some more of the memoir, 'Dawn in New York' (which I have not forgotten) and a couple of other giant fics.