Saturday, April 7, 2012
It's Been Four Years
Four years ago today I made my reluctant debut on Blogger and began an experience that was to become a treasured and valuable part of my life. April 7, 2008, was an auspicious time for me to start a public chronicle of my days; I was nineteen years old then, in the twilight of adolescence, and on the verge of changes that would deliver me from boyhood to young adulthood as a different person.
In the time since I started writing here I've come out as gay, graduated from college, been offered a record deal, appeared on American Idol, lived by myself in a major city, and chosen and pursued a new career path. It's been a busy stretch.
I'm hoping that the next year is just as busy. By the end of it I hope to have started my career, moved out of my parents' house, and struck out on my own in a new place. Those are my greatest aspirations, at least for now. Whether I accomplish them or not will be told on these digital pages.
So, for those of you who need reminding or for those of you who don't know, my name is BrightenedBoy, but you can call me BB. I am twenty-three years old and a recent college graduate of a major university in the American South, where I studied political science and journalism.
In the time since graduation I've taken an internship with Sentinel of the West Literary Agency and am currently searching for a temporary job in journalism to get me by until the hoped-for position with an agency.
Until that happens I live with my parents, David and Marie (not actual names) in their new home. They also reside in Southern State, along with two of my three siblings: Thomas (aged sixteen), and Pie (my sister, aged eight). My cousin, Beautiful Cousin (aged twenty-one), attends a university close to my parents' home and stays with us so she can commute. They are all in Mountain Town, a rural and isolated community remarkably cut-off from the extremely affluent area immediately to its east (the Goldlands).
Another brother, Powell (aged twenty-two) will enter the United States Marine Corps in a few weeks' time.
And now, a year in review:
April 2011: I turn twenty-three years old and, after the police crash my birthday party, begin an arduous and months-long effort to fight fraudulent charges of obstruction of justice
May 2011: I secure an internship with a literary agency in the City of Fate
June 2011: I move to the City of Fate and take up residence in a Nubia apartment. I also meet Jo(e) in person for the first time.
July 2011: I continue my internship and begin working in a movie theater on the Island.
August 2011: I return home to Southern State and begin my final semester at Major University
September 2011: I come down with a bout of pneumonia, which prematurely derails my last track season at Major University.
October 2011: Following an idyllic early friendship, conditions with roommate Patrick badly deteriorate. Our relationship will never recover.
November 2011: I spend Thanksgiving with my parents.
December 2011: I graduate from Major University and enjoy an epic final weekend on campus.
January 2012: I dive fully into my internship with Sentinel of the West Literary Agency.
February 2012: On February 17th I move with my family to a new house in Mountain Town.
March 2012: I am actively seeking out a job following my graduation.
It's been an eventful year. Hopefully the coming one is better.