Thursday, July 28, 2016

History was made today.

History was made today: the first out* transgender person spoke at a national political convention: Sarah McBride, a Delawarean, president of the student body while at American University, and former White House staffer who now works for the Human Rights Campaign. Her speech was eloquent and moving. (I can't wait to donate to her first political campaign.)
I also found out today that Hillary Clinton, in her role as Secretary of State, was the one to approve that a transgender person can get a passport that matches their gender identity. You might not know how important this is. In so many states in this country, it's impossible for the transgender community to get a simple driver's license that supports who they really are -- and doesn't dangerously out them. The passport is sometimes the only identification that supports their actual identity and allows them to travel the world without enormous fear.
*Note: I wrote out because trans people have always existed and so it's likely a transgender person has spoken at one of the conventions before. This is historic because Sarah McBride is being treated with dignity and respect -- she doesn't have to hide. As Attorney General Loretta Lynch put it, "we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward. Please know that history is on your side." Today was that history in action. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

New Segment: Survival Tips for the Election Season

Woke up to my neighbor yelling at the countless greyhounds she's rehabilitating (literally, greyhounds are hard to count). She yelled two warnings, "Don't pee on anybody! And, Mary, you better not go looking for poop." Presumably, she means poop to eat. Mary is your tragic -- but you'd be surprised how common it is -- poop eater. 
Right now, you're thinking, "What does this have to do with the election, Baggott?"
Rules to live by.
1. When arguing politics, don't pee on others. You might be thinking that it makes you superior to them, dominant, but actually it's just rude. It makes them not want to listen to you.
2. The world (in particular the internet) offers a lot poop. You don't go looking for it. Don't eat it. Be kind to yourself.
And thus ends the first (and maybe only) segment of Survival Tips for the Election Season.
You're welcome.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

motivation?

Text message from a former grad student a couple weeks ago, "Hi! Very strange favor to ask. N-- and I set ourselves a mutual deadline for our respective writing projects, and it’s fast approaching... He and I joked the other day that we’re pretty sure it was just the prospect of your angry face that kept us hitting deadlines when we were at FSU. (Okay, we weren’t joking...it really is terrifying.) So! if it’s not too weird/if you have a second, would you mind taking a quick picture of yourself, the most disapproving look you can muster, and send it to me? I’m 100% positive that if I send that picture to N-- on an hourly basis, he’ll hit his deadline with time to spare. (I might also frame the picture to use for future motivation.)"
I indulged her with a very disapproving selfie.
For any of you writers -- including my former students -- who might need some motivation, here I am, disapproving of you for even being ON Facebook.
This picture is titled, "Are you serious with that excuse?" -- or the alternate title, the classic, "I'm not mad; I'm just disappointed."
PS For you process nerds out there, this is actually data-driven -- check out Thinking Fast and Slow, the mention of the British lab with the snack bar, paid with an honesty box.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Coming sooooon!

We interrupt this blogging to give you a little sneak peek at what's coming up! 

Baggott’s latest novel, The Infinity of You & Me, will hit bookshelves this November! It will be published under J.Q. Coyle, the joint pen name of Baggott and author Quinn Dalton.

“A fantastically fun mind-bender from start to finish, The Infinity of You Me will thrill its readers and leave them hungry for more!” – Karen Akins, author of Loop and Twist


Almost sixteen, Alicia is smart and funny with a deep connection to the poet Sylvia Plath, but she’s ultimately failing at life. With a laundry list of diagnoses, she hallucinates different worlds―strange, decaying, otherworldly yet undeniably real worlds that are completely unlike her own with her single mom and one true friend. In one particularly vivid hallucination, Alicia is drawn to a boy her own age named Jax who’s trapped in a dying universe. Days later, her long-lost father shows up at her birthday party, telling her that the hallucinations aren’t hallucinations, but real worlds; she and Jax are bound by a strange past and intertwining present. This leads her on a journey to find out who she is while trying to save the people and worlds she loves. J.Q. Coyle’s The Infinity of You & Me is a wild ride through unruly hearts and vivid worlds guaranteed to captivate.