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."

Photo from internetmonk.com.

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