to celebrate national novel writing month (or the unfortunately nicknamed "NaNoWriMo") this year i will spare myself the white-hair-inducing effects of writing 50,000 words in the month of November by writing a story a day.
these stories will be of any length and veer into any territory i wish. the idea is for me to write one a day for every day of november. these will be first drafts with minimal editing.
if you are into any of it. please comment below! perhaps you can help me figure out if there's ANYthing in these stories worth adapting or polishing into something awesome.
story 10. girlie drag (by jenny yang. sunday, november 10, 2013)
wearing skirts was such a drag. like, wearing a skirt felt like i was slipping into a costume of weakness. i knew i was a “girl” but for some reason there was this expectation that as a “girl” i needed to wear this circles of cloth that made me feel exposed and vulnerable. i hated wearing skirts so much i would cry over it when there was some kind of important Chinese family banquet that required me to ‘dress up’.
“but older brother and second brother get to wear pants!” i would argue.
“they are boys. you are a girl. you need to wear a skirt.” my mom wouldn’t budge.
skirts became a very emotional issue for me ever since i was six years old. that was the first time that i was thoroughly traumatized simply because i was a girl wearing a skirt....