NAME (and Twitter if you have one)
Hiiii, my name is Jayne Renault and on Twitter, I am also @Jayne_Renault
Tell us 3 things you are most looking forward to at Eroticon 2020
- Reuniting with friends I don’t get to see often enough on account of to that pesky Atlantic ocean being so big.
- My oral performance. (heh.) This year, I’m making my debut as a speaker. Every year, Eroticon has proven a scary, exciting platform for me to deliberately wedge myself into uncomfortable scenarios, which always yield exceedingly positive results. This first year, just showing up was the great feat. This year, I’m getting right up on stage. This next level of growth is as exciting as it is nerve-racking.
- I have a little photoshoot idea that has been stewing in my imagination for some time now… I’m fairly certain I’ll be able to get some trusty photographically inclined pals to help me make it happen. The prospect alone makes me very happy.
What is a song that always makes you want to dance?
There are… so many on this list because it doesn’t take much to make me want to groove.
But if I had to choose one right now, it would be Jealous (I Ain’t With It) by Chromeo is a personal classic. Merely listening to it feels like I’m on a dance floor, tearing it up with all my best people.
Plus the music video is lit up with queer representation.
What is the best book you have read in the last 12 months?
The prose is as beautiful as it is raw; the subject matter is heavy and so important. From the perspective of an indigenous, queer two-spirit sex worker living in the middle of Canada, the eponymous narrator tells us harrowing stories of what life is like for indigenous people in Canada, both on and off the reservation, and the added complexity of growing up queer in that world, all while he scrounges up enough cash to try and make the trip back to the rez for the first time in years in order to attend a funeral.
I’m not sure how it would hit you if you were to pick it up, but it’s one of the most powerful things I’ve read ever, never mind just in the last 12 months. I didn’t know what it was like to be punched in the face and left sobbing by words on a page before I experienced this book.
As you sit writing this post what are three things you are grateful for?
1. My health. At the time of writing, the coronavirus has infected over 100k people and the western world is freaking out far more than necessary. I’m not concerned about the virus itself, but I am grateful that my meatsuit is happy and healthy today.
2. The sunshine. At the tie of writing this, I’m sitting in a corner cafe at the end of my block and the sun is bright and warm today. For early March in Montreal, it’s extra nice especially since it was dastardly cold a mere few days ago.
3. My community. My collection of relationships has grown in both quality and quantity in the past couple of years and I’m awestruck and humbled by the volume of fierce, intelligent, loving, supportive, powerful forces that have not only willingly walked into my web, but have stayed. I’ve never felt so love-rich as I do now.
What is your mobile (cellphone) wallpaper or home screen image?
The lock screen is a picture of the cover of a weird little artsy chapbook I found my local vegan brunch cafe one day. It says: “Tha-nks, I hate it.” The home page background is an image of a cartoon humanoid bean drawn by Instagram-popular artist Ketnipz. Bean is sitting on the edge of a cliff with a pink and purple twilit sky in the background. Seeing that little cartoon bean always makes my day a little brighter.
If someone gave you £5000 today which you were not allowed to save but had to spend within 24 hours what would you do with it?
I’d not stress about paying for the garbargely expensive repairs my car needs right now, replace/update my entire wardrobe, and then take all my dearest friends out for a nice meal (including the ones who live farther away, because I’d pay for their travels as well).
Complete the sentence:
some clarity, so I hope that this upcoming Eroticon adventure helps lifts the fog.