I’m kinda new to this whole blogging thing. When I was a teenager, I started to keep a diary until my mother found and read it and realized I was gay. That pretty much ended my enthusiasm for writing about my life on a daily basis. In retrospect, I wish I’d at least picked up the habit after I started Gauntlet. It would be interesting to relive those years of my life, and I wouldn’t have had to rely so heavily on memory in order to write my book.
So why start now? Running the Gauntlet was always intended to be both a memoir and a history of the modern body piercing movement with a primary focus on the latter. Consequently, when I was doing the final edit of the book, I felt it advantageous to tighten up the story by eliminating some of the more personal details.
This blog requires no such constraints. With it, I can now share some of the deleted portions of the book as well as add memories that didn’t occur to me as I was writing it. And I feel less constrained to always keep the focus strictly on body piercing. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it anyway.
Welcome to my blog!