Wednesday, September 1, 2010

#30DaysOfTruth Day 14 // Heroine

#30DaysofTruth  The prompts live here. And the tweets live here.
Day 14 → A hero who has let you down. (letter)
This prompt is difficult for me. Nothing seems quite applicable. Reaching within for lost heroes & heroines, though, my mind turned to authors. I was reminded of Anne Rice's recently leaving the Catholic Church. The impression here, then, is of a heroine who once gave me pause (by becoming such a vocal Christian) and later struck me with great admiration.

I drank her books like Merlot- or no, something more befitting a guzzle. No. Yes- I guzzle Merlot. So, I imbibed and was immersed for a long while in the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches and the Beauty erotica OMG hotness DAMN. She was a voice of velvety, dark, typeset sex. I could smell the hint of queer essence and the dark goddess power. Being a devout Wiccan at the time but having mostly gotten over the Rice binge, I gave a little shrug of bewilderment when I learned she had gone back to the church. It was merely an ideological curiosity,

but I was disappointed in my assumed-heathen.

Finding her years later being remarkably active and friendly on Twitter and Facebook, I've sort of absently followed her. When she recently announced her departure from organized religion, I was impressed with her stance. She's been a strong ally to the LGBTQ community and is advocating loudly for same-sex marriage and an array of progressive ideas. It's quite brave, in her words, "to walk away from the Roman Catholic Church... in the name of the Lord."

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