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  • design_for_mankind 2010-09-27 at 12.52.40 PM

    design_for_mankind 2010-09-27 at 12.52.40 PM

  • autohairography: chapter one.

    09.28.2010 / myKind

    Below is a snippet of my hope-to-be-published memoir, Autohairography. If you know of a publisher that’s nice and likes quirky girls, please email me!


    [image credit: jackie luo]

    chapter one.
    1983-1987. the good, the bald and the ugly.

    I was supposed to be a boy. In fact, my parents were ecstatic with the realization that they wouldn’t be raising three girls, just two. And a boy. A lovely little boy.

    Until I emerged from the womb with one less rather prominent attachment than previously expected. I believe my mother wept, because what else does one do in such situations? Indeed, they would raise three girls. Three lovely little girls.

    I was carried from the hospital in a baby blue velour sleeper. It was all my parents had packed, thinking they’d be toting a miniature Michael in the car seat. Instead, I was named Erin, but I sort of felt that ‘Erin’ was always a half-boy name anyway, so. You know. Total cop-out.

    It just so happened that under that blue velour sleeper that quite resembled Missy Eliot’s daily attire was indeed, the head of a boy. In that it was bald. No hair. Nada. Not even some peach fuzz. Strictly and utterly bald.

    My parents were not sympathetic. In fact, my baldness fit perfectly into their tiny baby box, complete with two footprints and an embroidered ‘Michael’ on the top.

    It was a clear omen. My hair [or lack thereof] would continue to define me for the next twenty-six years.

    • so, I too, was incorrectly proclaimed to be a boy. Lucas Jeremiah.
      Instead, my darling mother had a c-section and I was convinced for years that she was still on medication when she spelled my middle name. Rae. Now, I realize this is a much more common name than I though, I should probably apologize to my mother for thinking the worst. We should start a club.

    • omg you guys — thanks for the prominent attachment copy editing. see? this community is VITAL.

      and thank you for your sweet words. chapter 2 snippet will be on its way tomorrow!

      THANK YOU! you’re all so kind! :)

    • I wish I had some kind of pull at my publishing co, because this is EXACTLY the kind of book I would LOVE to work on. I would totally buy this book in a second, too.

      My personal dream book is a coffee table collection of photos of goth teens in the ’80s/early ’90s hanging out in cemeteries.

    • i love it already. if i knew a publisher i’d totally hook you up but alas i don’t know anyone. Though if you want you can just send me the whole file via email ;) haha

    • I reckon that there are millions of us girlies out there that could relate to the constant hair woes! TRULY my daughter just exclaimed to me last night..OMG mum…you looked like a boy ( referring to a pic of me at the age of 13 with a shocking short back and sides cut which I thought was cool and suited the sporty me UGHHHHH). looking forward to the next update! cheers kari

    • thank you guys for your sweet encouragement. this project was such fun to write, and even more fun to share! :)

    • Nina

      Oh, you are too funny!
      I never actually asked what I was thought to be, but I do know that there were so many names my parents liked, so I was given…three!
      And Marcia, my mom is nurse Marica! She was named after the snoopy comic!

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