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I am writing you because I have been asked by Microcosm Publishing to compile a book titled Alive With Vigor!: How To Be Healthy. The book will contain vibrant information on how people can be healthy, and specifically for youth, queer, and transgender. It's a lot, but I really like the idea of attempting to mix this all together. Thinking about all the amazing people I know, and the amazing people that those people know, we are surrounded by knowledge!
I am sending a short list of interview questions in the hope that you want to be included in Alive With Vigor!, and if you feel so inspired, to forward this to a friend who might have something to share. Also looking for your best short non-fiction writing on the subject of being healthy, comics, art, illustrations, photographs, diagrams, etc. My intention is to make Alive With Vigor! fun to read and visually stimulating.
Keep in mind: Much of our knowledge about how to be healthy may not come from things we have done that made us healthy, but things we have done that made us unhealthy. By sharing experiences of what went wrong, maybe we can spare our friends the same experience of having to learn something the hard way. You gotta learn a few things the hard way, it builds character! Also looking for positive experiences, because not everything has to be learned the hard way, that's why we are making this book.
Please send a portrait of yourself (photo, drawing, collage, etc.) for us to use next to your interview questions.
We are looking for a diversity of responses to round out the book. My experience as a queer, cis gendered male of white European ancestry will have an effect on my editing. With constant consideration and vigilance I hope to edit a work that is inclusive, within the 160 page limit that I've been given!
Deadline for submissions and responses to the interview questions is February 1st, 2013.
All questions are optional!
Share what you will:
Talk about a time when you had to overcome a major or minor health problem.
If a friend was dealing with the same health problem you dealt with, what advice would you give them?
What do you think is the most important thing you do to stay healthy?
What do you think is not good for your health?
What do you think is the most unhealthy thing that your culture (or counter culture) finds acceptable?
What about your culture (or counter culture) seems to be encouraging your health?
Were you raised in a way that you think was healthy or unhealthy? How so?
What makes you feel healthy & happy?
Thank you for participating!
Editors: Robnoxious, Claire, & Rachel.