Process (but not the kind you might expect)

So Sassafras Lowrey tagged me in this writing process promo blog tour. Is that what it’s called? Anyway, it was a consensual tag.

It’s a self interview thing, so I am interviewing myself.

Kelli: What are you working on?

Kelli: Seriously, what am I working on? Don’t you know?

Kelli: Yes, of course I know. It’s for the sake of the interview.

Kelli: Really? You’re not just pretending you know?

Kelli: Yes.

Kelli. Well….okay. Right now I am working on about seventeen billion things, but one of the things I am most excited about is I’m working on a nonfiction graphic novel about health and health self advocacy for LGBT people, especially LGBT youth. I’m thrilled because I have an illustrator now to collaborate with (not sure if she’s good with me going public with that, so it’ll be a surprise in a few months).  A lot of my work dovetails with health: for example, this weekend one of the workshops I am doing at the Transcending Boundaries Conference, which by the way, I’m doing in at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center on April 9th as well, is called When A Casserole Is Not Enough: Building Teams of Caregivers in Non-Traditional Communities. I’m also trying to promote my book Freak of Nurture, at least as much as you can do without leaving home.

Kelli: Because of Kneepacalypse.

Kelli: So now you remember?

Kelli: Ha ha ha. So how does your work differ from others of its genre?

Kelli: From other graphic novels about LGBT health?

Kelli: Good point. Okay, so why do you write what you do?

Kelli: I write about health because I’m a nurse, and a queer person, and I’d like very much for queer people (myself included) to be healthier; to have more access to healthcare, to know when we’re ill and injured (trickier than you might think), to feel more entitled to enjoying our bodies as much as we can. And I write funny stuff because I’m funny.

Kelli: How does your writing process work?

Kelli: I don’t know that I exactly have a process unless “sit down and write” is a process. I usually brainstorm long-hand before I write a piece, but not always. With comedy that’s headed for my stand up act, that’s inevitably something that starts in my notebook as somewhat undecipherable notes, and when I fill a small notebook I type them into my “comprehensive stand up comedy’ document. Next time I go to complete a set list, I check for new material to try out.

I’m tagging:

Sarah Sawyers-Lovett at Sarah writes books and blogs, and loves her wife, and their hedgehog, Philadelphia, punks, and pickles. (In that order.)

Sinclair Sexsmith, at SugarButch. Sinclair Sexsmith ( is a feminist dominant, identity puzzler, poet, sacred intimate, and strap-on expert. They produce Sugarbutch Chronicles: The Sex, Gender, and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky Queer Butch Top at, and have contributed to more than twenty anthologies, and edited Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica.


One More Singing Nun

Eight Things This Ex-Nun Has to Say About Sister Cristina on the Italian Voice

1. Seriously mainstream media, how many habit puns are you going to make? Nuns have been around a really long time. There are no new nun habit puns.

2. Yeah it made me cry a little. On the other hand, I’m in the midst of the personal/medical crisis so everything makes me cry a little. The cold weather. My cat making a cute sound. My cat making a horrible sound. Warm weather. Friends calling. Friends not calling. Etc.

3. Hey Atlantic, it’s a CRUCIFIX around her neck not a cross. A CRUCIFIX.  A crucifix is a cross that has a dead Jesus on it. They are not the same thing.

4. I am the world’s worst ex-nun, because I just had to spell check crucifix.

5. On the other hand, the Daily News called Sister Cristina’s sisters “colleagues” so they’re not doing much better than the The Atlantic.

6. How exactly do the  Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family have a 25 year professed sister, when the average age of an American nun is like 89.5 years or something? Causing a care crisis by the way: lots of old nuns and no new nuns to take care of them.

7. If you ever can’t find me, I’ve probably run away somewhere to take care of old nuns. Seriously, start the search there.

8. Maybe if the Missionaries of Charity had let me be on Last Comic Standing, you’d still be calling me Sister Mercy today.