Happy Labor Day, y’all!
What is UP?
Or maybe for this post I should say what is “down”? You know, like Anastasia Steele in 50 Shades of Grey? ”Down there”…?
Yeah, evidently she doesn’t really “GET” that it’s okay to say the official name of her own body parts, or any complement of dirty words that might make her feel sexier as an adult woman fully within her own rights to express her life, love, and emotions. (But then, I guess if she could, there wouldn’t be a book, right? Because she’s not a grown up, is she?)
Okay, I digress already. This isn’t about 50 Shades. This is about the one shade of grey and one orange. I want to blog for you today about the Vagine Regime, these ladies unafraid to be themselves no matter what biological features God blessed them with—a concept that would flip Ms. Steele’s world!
So what’re they all about? It’s not a sex thing, don’t be scared. It’s an identity thing. It’s about the freedom to be yourself, as a woman, and be proud of yourself as a minority within the roller derby community. The VR is about queer derby. The VR is for gay women, lesbian women, queer women, bi women, trans women…and if you don’t understand what the distinctions are between those labels, that’s okay! Because there are plenty of women skating and playing some of the BEST roller derby in the country who would be happy to explain the distinctions after they hip check you out of bounds and go on to call off the jam.
I met some of the VR at derby bouts and then at RollerCon 2008, and they were so full of life, love, and joy it is nearly impossible to express in mere words. Dancing with Smarty Pants at the Black and Blue ball was a highlight for me, personally, as she is a charismatic superstar of a girl. She is also an amazing derby player!
Something I try not to touch on too much (no pun intended) in Troll Or Derby is that Deb is growing up as one of only a few only young women in her high school who is obviously not into the hetero gender-play that typical teenagers usually embrace. Unlike her athletic-but-overweight homecoming princess sister, Deb isn’t into mascara or boys. Even though she got a lot of pain in her life, she’s strong enough not to experiment with drugs or the more-than-willing boy next door who creeps her out.
Deb knows deep within her that she is different. At the start of the book, she doesn’t know she’s going to fledge wings and turn into a butt-kicking fairy menace on wheels—she only knows she’s tough, she’s not into boys, she’s hardcore enough to skate across the entire town—sidewalks or no sidewalks—and she’s got to get the heck out of her isolated country burg once she’s of age if she ever wants to have a life beyond looking after her mom and sister.
Deb is a mere fifteen years of age and she has no mentor other than the under-committed skating rink owner “Coach” to guide her along her journey. He’s not much of a help. Making matters worse, those who do know something about her just from looking at her aren’t in any position to help her through the changes about to take place. Does this or does this not sound a little like something real life members of the VR went through before they found friendship, validation, and camaraderie in roller derby?
I can’t say for sure, but that is my hunch. And I trust my hunches, because they are usually pretty good.
The VR is doing a Kickstarter campaign to fund a REAL, LIVE movie and I’d personally love to see it. It’s witty and just a tiny bit dirty-funny, so a lot of my teen readers are probably not going to be allowed or encouraged by their parents to watch the preview, but my adult readers are going to get it, I’m sure. There are fairy and troll members of the VR, I am SURE OF IT. Let’s help them make a movie, shall we?
Donate to the VR documentary! Only 13 days left to donate! (Do this first, then keep reading.)
Troll Or Derby is going back to regular price ($4.99 for an ebook) tomorrow. It is still priced at $10.99 for paperbacks. If you buy a copy of an ebook between 9/4 & NOON EST on 9/14, email me a copy of your receipt via whatever site you bought it through, and I will pledge $1 from each of those full-price sales to the VR on Sept 14. That’s 1/3 of my take, and I’m still not in the black with this book, so it counts against my profits—but I’ll do it because I think the film’s important and I know you do, too. If you buy a paperback from this link, I’ll give $2. Again, I’ll need you to email me your receipt, because the book’s available all over the web and I won’t be able to track who bought what/where if you don’t tell me it’s for VR.
Is my book going to change the world? I don’t know. It might help. So might this movie. My book’s a reality. Let’s make this movie a reality, too, what do you say?
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