My lungs deflated. But suddenly, I could see. Issues that we could never resolve, distance that felt impenetrable, and sadness that seemed bottomless. For about 36 hours, I was lost. No matter how important and valuable the discovery, her words had basically ended my life.
Our life. And it took time to reconcile that. I know I called in sick. I know I cried. Though we were operating in the utmost secrecy, Emily knew I needed someone to talk to and immediately looped in one of our closest friends, who was invaluable both then and now. Because while I was unsurprised by the grief, the anger, the sadness, what struck me most in the first days after the revelation was how isolated I felt.
As a writer, that narrative sometimes feels like all I have. Emily being a woman, instead of the man the world presumed her to be, felt as though my editor had just sent back the last 20 years of my life for a hard rewrite. If you graft a lightly fictionalized narrative onto your life, it allows you to feel like you have control in a situation in which you feel powerless. These were the things I thought about as I stared at the ceiling, sleepless. I wondered if my life was now a lie. I wondered if our love was a lie. I realized that if we were going to make it through this, we would need a full reckoning of our past, with consideration for the new information that had been entered into evidence in the contentious and imaginary court proceedings that was our marriage.
But what I thought about more than anything was how scared I was. No matter what I decided to do, be it move forward with Emily or leave, I would lose. It could be family or friends or opportunities, just to name a few, and more likely than not, any combination of the above. That said, if I stayed, I would keep the love of my life. And there was a relatively painless cure. All we needed to do was treat her like the woman she always was. And it is! It feels extremely strange to frame it in this fashion, but all things considered, our relationship was strangely primed to be able to take the transition in stride.
There are plenty of significant challenges that can break relationships when a partner transitions, simply because it creates such fundamental incompatibilities that to stay together is impossible. For instance, issues of attraction. A million years ago when we married, I was pretty sure I was straight.
By the time I realized I was, in fact, bisexual, it felt like it was too late to declare it to the world. Another reality of life married to a trans woman is that the aforementioned HRT effectively sterilizes her remaining sperm. Eleanor Druse is a key character in Kingdom Hospital , much as Dr.
King and his son Owen King wrote the novel Sleeping Beauties , released in , that is set in a women's prison. The single released for radio play featured a narrative intro spoken by King. King collaborated with Michael Jackson to create Ghosts , a minute musical video. King's formula for learning to write well is: "Read and write four to six hours a day. If you cannot find the time for that, you can't expect to become a good writer. He also has a simple definition for talent in writing: "If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn't bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.
When asked why he writes, King responds: "The answer to that is fairly simple—there was nothing else I was made to do. I was made to write stories and I love to write stories. That's why I do it. I really can't imagine doing anything else and I can't imagine not doing what I do.
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King often uses authors as characters, or includes mention of fictional books in his stories, novellas and novels, such as Paul Sheldon who is the main character in Misery , adult Bill Denbrough in It , Ben Mears in 'Salem's Lot , and Jack Torrance in The Shining. He has extended this to breaking the fourth wall by including himself as a character in the Dark Tower series from Wolves of the Calla onwards.
See also List of fictional books in the works of Stephen King for a complete list. In September it was announced he would serve as a writer for Fangoria. King has called Richard Matheson "the author who influenced me most as a writer. MacDonald , and Don Robertson. Science fiction editors John Clute and Peter Nichols  offer a largely favorable appraisal of King, noting his "pungent prose, sharp ear for dialogue, disarmingly laid-back, frank style, along with his passionately fierce denunciation of human stupidity and cruelty especially to children [all of which rank] him among the more distinguished 'popular' writers.
Analyzing both the narrative structure of King's fiction and King's non-fiction ruminations on the art and craft of writing, Carroll writes that for King, "the horror story is always a contest between the normal and the abnormal such that the normal is reinstated and, therefore, affirmed. Joshi  devotes a chapter to King's work. Joshi argues that King's best-known works his supernatural novels are his worst, describing them as mostly bloated, illogical, maudlin and prone to deus ex machina endings.
Despite these criticisms, Joshi argues that since Gerald's Game , King has been tempering the worst of his writing faults, producing books that are leaner, more believable and generally better written. In , King won an O. In his short story collection A Century of Great Suspense Stories , editor Jeffery Deaver noted that King "singlehandedly made popular fiction grow up. While there were many good best-selling writers before him, King, more than anybody since John D. MacDonald, brought reality to genre novels. And so it was. The rich characterization, the careful and caring social eye, the interplay of story line and character development announced that writers could take worn themes such as vampirism and make them fresh again.
Before King, many popular writers found their efforts to make their books serious blue-penciled by their editors. Well, it's stuff like that that has made King so popular, and helped free the popular name from the shackles of simple genre writing. He is a master of masters. Some in the literary community expressed disapproval of the award: Richard E. The decision to give the National Book Foundation's annual award for "distinguished contribution" to Stephen King is extraordinary, another low in the shocking process of dumbing down our cultural life.
I've described King in the past as a writer of penny dreadfuls , but perhaps even that is too kind. He shares nothing with Edgar Allan Poe. What he is is an immensely inadequate writer on a sentence-by-sentence, paragraph-by-paragraph, book-by-book basis. Let me assure you that King's work most definitely is literature, because it was written to be published and is read with admiration. What Snyder really means is that it is not the literature preferred by the academic-literary elite.
King tried his hand at directing with Maximum Overdrive , in which he also made a cameo appearance as a man using a malfunctioning ATM. King produced and acted in a television series, Kingdom Hospital , which is based on the Danish miniseries Riget by Lars von Trier. In , King appeared in a cameo role as a thrift store owner in It Chapter Two.
In April , King spoke out against HB , a bill pending in the Massachusetts state legislature that would restrict or ban the sale of violent video games to anyone under the age of King argued that such laws allow legislators to ignore the economic divide between the rich and poor and the easy availability of guns, which he believed were the actual causes of violence.
King, talking to high-school students, had said: "If you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don't, then you've got the Army, Iraq, I don't know, something like that. I live in a national guard town, and I support our troops, but I don't support either the war or educational policies that limit the options of young men and women to any one career—military or otherwise.
King added that during the Vietnam War, serving in the military was a great career for some. During the presidential election, King voiced his support for Democratic candidate Barack Obama. On April 30, , King published an article in The Daily Beast calling for rich Americans, including himself, to pay more taxes, citing it as "a practical necessity and moral imperative that those who have received much should be obligated to pay On January 25, , King published an essay titled "Guns" via Amazon.
King called for gun owners to support a ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons, writing, "Autos and semi-autos are weapons of mass destruction When lunatics want to make war on the unarmed and unprepared, these are the weapons they use. King has criticized Donald Trump and Rep. Steve King , deeming them racists. King endorsed Shenna Bellows in the U. Senate election for the seat held by Republican Susan Collins.
The statement was later corrected by the Governor's office, but no apology was issued. King said LePage was "full of the stuff that makes the grass grow green"  and demanded that LePage "man up and apologize". What I said was, Stephen King's not in Maine right now. That's what I said. The attention garnered by the LePage criticism led to efforts to encourage King to run for Governor of Maine in If he won't govern, he should resign.
King married Tabitha Spruce on January 2, The couple own and divide their time between three houses: one in Bangor, Maine , one in Lovell, Maine , and for the winter a waterfront mansion located off the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota, Florida. The Kings have three children, a daughter and two sons, and four grandchildren.
Joseph Hillstrom King , who writes as Joe Hill, published a collection of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts , in In the early s, King developed a drinking problem which would plague him for more than a decade. As King related in his memoir, he then sought help, quit all drugs including alcohol in the late s, and has remained sober since. Driver Bryan Edwin Smith, distracted by an unrestrained dog moving in the back of his minivan, struck King, who landed in a depression in the ground about 14 feet four meters from the pavement of Route 5.
Shortly before the accident took place, a woman in a car, also northbound, passed King first and then the light-blue Dodge van. The van was looping from one side of the road to the other, and the woman told her passenger she hoped "that guy in the van doesn't hit him. King was conscious enough to give the deputy phone numbers to contact his family, but was in considerable pain.
His injuries—a collapsed right lung, multiple fractures of his right leg, scalp laceration and a broken hip—kept him at CMMC until July 9. His leg bones were so shattered that doctors initially considered amputating his leg, but stabilized the bones in the leg with an external fixator.
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Lucky for us, I suppose, is that our marriage had already been grappling with infertility for years. We were so far along in the IVF process, actually, that mere weeks after my wife told me she was a woman, we had our first embryo transfer.click
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We are privileged — even beyond fundamental advantages, including insurance and steady employment — in ways that not all our LGBTQ sisters and brothers are, and grateful every day that our previous paths gave us challenges that prepared us for this very unique road. I feel intense shame at how casually the Pfeffermans storm through the world, leaving the less fortunate in their wake, rarely taking the time or effort to clean up after themselves, literally or figuratively.
And practically, it feels like no one cries enough and that Maura is looked at askance too often. As a whole, the episode is slightly cracked, garish and extreme and above all else, indulgent. But caught around the edges are hints of the subtle series that used to exist. One such moment has Shelly imagining herself and Maura as young girls taking dance together, remolding their bond into something truer to themselves and so profoundly moving that I had to pause the episode.
It was comfortable. It was a conduit that brought us to where we are now. We live in this beautiful, fucked-up world. Where we sit and wait to see if the U. Supreme Court will strip protections from LGBTQ individuals, even as television is helping to guide people about the nebulous nature of gender and love. But using it now to try to bolster your understanding of the world around you in is like reading a safe-sex pamphlet from It may have been the best we had available at the time, but the world has moved on.
We can do better. And we will. Best of IndieWire. Sign up for Indiewire's Newsletter. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram. Entertainment Home. Follow Us. Libby Hill.