Collins Hill High School's Gay-Straight Alliance
I know I’ve contacted a number of you individually so if you’ve received an e-mail from me directly, or if I’ve already contacted you through Myspace I apologize in advance.
I’m trying to get the word out about my new gay-themed, teen novel “Playing the Field” that just came out this week.
I’m reaching out to Gay-Straight Alliances, young adult reading clubs, teen pride groups and other such organizations because I think the novel will be of interest to you. “Playing the Field” is an over the top look at high school life, and the main storylines are focused around the school’s GSA.
Without question, the novel is already rubbing some people the wrong way. Because of the subject matter, some reviewers have refused to review it and some schools have refused to include it in their collections. Whatever.
To be quite honest, the language and sexual content is rather tame (comparatively speaking), but what adult readers are not quite able to grasp is how frank and evolved the characters are.
My intent was never to create the next great piece of teen literature. I wanted to create a fun read with a cool message of tolerance, and I think I did.
“Playing the Field” is available in stores (Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, etc.) and on-line (Amazon and Barnes & Noble). I’ve also included a synopsis of the book below, lifted from the inside flap copy. If you know of anyone who might be interested in the book, please spread the word. In the world of teen novels and young adult literature, nothing beats word of mouth and Myspace!
I’d love to hear from you, and if you hear of others who have read the book, please encourage them to contact me as well. I enjoy the feedback...even negative feedback because that’s when you really know you’ve struck a chord!
Increase the Peace,
www.philbildner.com (we’re rebuilding the site right now so some of the links may be a little off)
Playing the Field:
"Insightful, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny…An inside-out look at high school sports."
--Pete Hautman, National Book Award winner for Godless
"Phil Bildner's screwball comedy sings with wit and originality and a refreshingly frank and funny exploration of bias and discrimination against gays. Like Darcy Miller's magical pitching arm, it sinks a fastball straight into your heart."
-- Tracy Mack, author of Birdland
All Darcy wants is to play on the baseball team, to hear her name announced, "Now batting, Darcy Miller," to play the field. Is that so much to ask?
Unfortunately, it might be. In a few short months, Darcy Miller goes from typical senior in high school to candidate for Jerry Springer. Her mom has started dating Darcy's principal, the very principal whose son Darcy happened to have started a huge flirt-fest with, now brought to a screeching halt. When she decides to let her mom go to bat (so to speak) for her to play on the baseball team, Darcy thinks things are starting to look up. After all, Principal Basset caves and decides to let her play. But he has two conditions that shake up her entire game: She must pretend to be a lesbian (WHAT?) and she must join the GSA, the Gay-Straight Alliance (WHAT? WHAT?), the president of which happens to be her best friend -- make that her ex-best friend, Josh. Okay, Darcy's senior year might seem complicated at first. It's not. It's insurmountably, unforgettably, and -- most of the time -- hilariously complicated.
But if anyone can handle it, it's Darcy. She'll do anything just to play the field.
...Will Be This Thursday, November 17, at 2:30 in Mrs. Wise's room.
Don't forget to bring your $10 dues, and ideas for shirts.
See you then,
I hope you all had fun at the AIDS walk. I wish I could have gone. Did anyone happen to take any pictures at it that they would be willing to submit to newspaper? Also, any quotes that anyone has as to what they liked about the walk, why they wanted to do it, that sort of thing, that would be really helpful. You can comment on here or email me at email@example.com
Also, if anyone happens to know how much money the GSA raised for AIDS, I would really appreciate that number. Thanks!
Just a few reminders as promised.
1. I encourage everyone to ask a sponsor for atleast 15 dollars. Write back to tell me how much you've collected. Bring it tomorrow. The AIDs Walk account is under my name.
2. If anyone was able to get their parents or older siblings to drive people to the walk, write back with how many kids you'll be able to take.
3. Write back with who you plan on riding with, so I can make sure there's room for everyone.
4. The three people riding with Mrs. Nguyen MUST bring letters or permission from their parents.
5. Meet in the Bus Lanes tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. We'll be leaving no later than 11.
7. Bring a little cash for food or drinks.
8. If you have any questions, write me, and I'll answer as quickly as possible.
9. Can anyone find out what Ronnie is doing, as I do not have his e-mail?
See you tomorrow,
Just a reminder that we have a meeting this Thursday in Mrs. Wise's room. We'll be talking about t-shirts and AIDs walk. If you signed up, begin asking your family, friends, co-workers, etc., to donate to our team.
Also, the dues, which are $10, are due this Thursday.
IM HOME!!! I am home for monday and tuesday! CALL ME!!! I WOULD LOVE TO SEE SOME PEOPLE!
ANd REMINDER....AIDS walk is a week from today, I will be my CHHS on tuesday so if you have money...I would love to get some donations! Remember guys...ITs a great cause!
I love you all!
Well, Sunday October 16th, me and some fellow people from Shorter and Berry are participating in the Atlanta Aids Walk/Run, and I am walking. SO I am asking, if anyone would like to make a donation to me and I will turn in that money at the walk. I would greatly appreciate, and it is for a good humanitarian act!
I am coming home MOnday and Tuesday, and if you want, I am coming to the school, and you can give me your donations! OR you could also do it over the internet from the website (www.aidswalkatlanta.org) and do it under my name. I am under the Berry Team if you search for me!
Again, I would be so grateful if you donated money. It is for such a good cause and I would love you more than ever!
Have a great one everyone!!!
Call me if you have any questions...404-617-8219!!!!<33333
Just a reminder to everyone that our yearbook picture will be taken tomorrow, Thursday the 6th, at 3:15 on the Grand Staircase. Try to come a few minutes early.
See you then,
AIDs Walk is Sunday, October 16. Mrs. Ngyen/Nygun/However has agreed to accompany us. The volunteer office has been signing up people for sometime, but they could still use more students. AIDs Walk requires 15 people to make a "team," and the last time I checked a few days ago, they were drastically short. I'm not sure who will be sponsoring us or what our duties will be at the walk, however I will likely be getting more information tomorrow and I will post as soon as I know anything else. Until then, I encourage you all to consider volunteering; besides it being a good cause, it will go toward your points and cord. If you do sign up, comment on this post so that we can keep a record of everyone going and sort out transportation.
Until Next Time,
Okay, here's the deal. I'm on the newspaper staff, and we have a story deadline on Friday. Perdue set us back a few days with his stupid "let's conserve gas" idea, so now I have less than two days to write a story about GSA. Normally I would try to interview people in person, but I don't speak to most of you on a regular basis, so I figured I'd do it on here.
Anyone who wants to submit a statement that MIGHT appear in the newspaper, please just comment. Make sure you leave your whole name and grade. Some questions to consider:
Why did you join GSA?
Why do you think GSA is beneficial to have at CHHS?
What do you hope to accomplish this year.
If any of the officers would like to comment (PLEASE COMMENT! I NEED AT LEAST 1 OFFICER IF NOT MORE!!!), please also leave your position in the club. Some extra questions for you would be why did you decide to become an officer? Were you one last year? Do you think the club will be more organized this year? etc.
Please everyone leave a comment! I'm going to have to write the story tomorrow (Thursday) evening, so you have about 24 hours to comment. Please help me out here. This is a great way to try to spread the word about GSA, and hopefully get some more kids involved. Thanks!!