Peter Derk

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Peter Derk doesn't understand why they've never sold a Twix called "Twick" that's just one long bar made of the two bars mashed together. ...more

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Peter Derk Can I tell you a story about this?

The first time I was in a gay bar was because of an incident where a friend's car got towed. We walked a ways to mee…more
Can I tell you a story about this?

The first time I was in a gay bar was because of an incident where a friend's car got towed. We walked a ways to meet another friend, a gay guy and his partner, who were going to help us out. They were in a gay bar, and they insisted we have a drink with them first before we got down to business. By which I mean "get a ride home." By which I mean get in a vehicle and drive it...let's just keep going with the story.

I walked in, we had a drink, and I left. And you know what? Nobody hit on me. Nobody talked to me. It was almost like -gasp- pretty much a normal bar.

Now, I fully expected that guys would love me. Because ladies were kind of ho-hum about me, so I figured that meant dudes would be all about it. Because a gay guy is the opposite of a girl, right?

Nope. Turns out, nope, not at all. In fact, a gay gentleman's proclivities really don't have much to do with a woman's. It's kind of like it's own whole thing. Actually, I'll revise that. It's exactly like it's own whole thing.

This was a lesson learned when I was maybe 21. So a little old, but what can I say, I grew up podunk.

So while turning to gay men might seem like an alternative, flipping the switch from OFF to ON, it doesn't really work that way.

Here's my advice to you and really the advice I would give to any young person who is having this sort of problem: Pursue an interest that's NOT having a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Get interested in something. Get a hobby. Seriously. This is the best thing you can do for yourself, and it's going to make your future relationships much richer.

For one thing, you'll become a better, deeper, more interesting person.

For another, if your hobby is pursuing romance, then once you have romance, what then? What do you have left at that point?

Get a hobby. I would possibly suggest some sort of queer studies classes in your particular case. Or model rocketry. (less)
Peter Derk AH! A real question! Gasp. Hyperventilate.

Okay, stay calm, Pete. Don't blow it.

Ahem.

First, thanks for reading my book. And thanks for enjoying that. …more
AH! A real question! Gasp. Hyperventilate.

Okay, stay calm, Pete. Don't blow it.

Ahem.

First, thanks for reading my book. And thanks for enjoying that. Although maybe you should be thanking ME for you enjoying it (stop it, Pete. You're blowing it!).

For a very long time, the project that became this book was a blog called Pete's Unsent Love Letters. And for a long time, that was the title of the book. I did get some advice in the form of a question from another writer I really like, and she asked me if I'd considered naming it after one of the letters, "Something like Dear Runaway."

I liked the idea a lot. See, I tried to get this thing published by a publisher. Like 20+ times. Trying to get something published is the worst. It's like job interviewing except you ACTUALLY CARE A LOT. And you can't console yourself by saying, "They probably just gave the job to the boss' cousin or something." Although I bet a lot of cousins of heads of publishing houses have novels in boxes in storage lockers in NYC.

I wasn't getting any bites, so I thought maybe my friend was right, and maybe I should try a change of title.

I looked at some of the other letters, but that's the thing about titles: when someone suggests one, it rolls around in your head for long enough that nothing else really sounds right.

So, that's how it ended up the way it ended up. Good advice from a good writer and a good friend. Or, to look at it another way, collapsing under peer pressure when I was vulnerable and at an emotional low.

I do think it helped with questions about what was fiction and what wasn't. When you put your name in the title, you can't really be annoyed that people keep asking about the truths and fictions of the letters.(less)
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Want to listen to Pete's Exhaustive Review of Modelland as an Audiobook?

How convenient for you that you can!

Over the course of 4 podcasts I read the entire thing, and now you can listen to it (and then rate and review it here on Goodreads or on Amazon because that would help me out a lot).

Here are the links to the 4 episodes. It's not like a totally perfect audiobook, you'll have to take breaks for theme songs and whatnot, but for free? It's pretty solid.

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If someone wrote a manga about me, it'd be called:

Volume 1 Man

Because I like the volume 1's, but then I'm usually all set. I don't need 36 volumes of the same thing. I'm good!

Plus, I'd rather try 36 different stories than one long story.

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This is pretty good, and I don't always like embarrassing stories because they remind me of MY OWN embarrassing stories, which I do just fine reminding MYSELF of, thank you.

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These comics just make me think of the 80's and 90's, when no one gave A FUCK about comics, so they could kind of be whatever.

We could ask What If's. In fact, let's explore some of the What If? comics by title:

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First, thanks!
Well, my process works like this:
I'll have a general idea where I'm headed, like "Heist Story," then I'll start writing. I take a lot of different paths and go down some rabbit holes, and once I've got the story wrapped, I'll e See Full Answer
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“​You might have to hurt yourself if you want to really be alone for a little while.”
Peter Derk, Dear Runaway: a novel in letters

“​I try really hard not to live how people think I live.”
Peter Derk, Dear Runaway: a novel in letters

“All I did one summer was lay down on a shitty 70's couch and listen to bands I won't even talk about because they're too embarrassing. A whole summer like that. ​Okay, fine. It was Staind.”
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