True Colors Open House

I should probably be in bed right now – okay I DEFINITELY should be in bed right now – but I can’t. I’m too excited! Tonight (as in yesterday) I went to an Open House for True Colors in Hartford, a group that works with LGBT youth. It was for those interested in volunteering, mentoring, and fostering.

I’ve been wanting to get involved for years now, but I never could manage to get around to it. I even filled out the application – twice – but never sent it in. Life got the best of me.

But last week at the retreat (post on that later) I thought about it again and was like yeah, YEAH I’m going to do it.

And then I got the email about the open house. Before I could chicken out, I sent Amber an email saying I’d be there.


Everyone I met was amazing. I was nervous at first going in, but that faded so fast. I love the space. It’s so positive and welcoming I was completely at ease. What an amazing place for youth to go to! I donated copies of each of my books to their library. And then I saw the library. It’s nice, but they had it arranged by color. And it needs to be fixed. I volunteered.

Okay, more like literally FLAILED at the opportunity to fix it.

What can I say? I love books. And I love organizing them. And they have BOXES to be sorted and omg I want to go tomorrow and start! D:

Focus, Jen.

So I also might be doing something with a writer’s workshop and Paul mentioned a book club and I may have flailed a little at that, too. Also putting together something for the conference in March which I was supposed to do last year…but again life got in the way of that.

Really I can’t wait to get my volunteer application in. I’m so freaking excited to start. Why did I wait this long to do it? I’m so energized I can hardly sit still! And I should be in bed!

Sleep is for the weak.

For more information about True Colors, you can visit their website here. 

And because it’s important, if you’d like to volunteer or donate to True Colors, follow this link directly for more information! Every little bit helps!


So it’s been quite some time since I updated here, and that’s totally my fault. I’ve been busy! Busy reading, that is. I am just one book away from reaching my goal of one HUNDRED books read this year. And it’s still November! I think I’ll definitely beat my goal and my actual count from last year at this rate. Very pleased about that.

A few Fridays ago on November 9, I had the AMAZING opportunity to be a part of a panel of authors at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT. One of the other authors was James Lecesne, the author of Trevor, the book and the movie! The other was none other than Frank Anthony Polito, author of Band Fags and Drama Queers. I remember his books coming out when I still worked at Borders, and loved them! I was so excited to meet them and the other authors. The panel was interesting, too, because I got to sit on a really tall chair and use a microphone to speak. I also found out that the author and poet Bessy Reyna loves Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar just as much as I do, and she loves the story of Hadrian and his young lover, Antinous, just like I do!

Having this event at the Mark Twain House was incredible. I love that place. I feel like I’ve really made it now!

All proceeds when to the True Colors organization, which serves teens who are sexual and gender minoirities.