Category: Personal

  • Ramblings on a snow day

    Ramblings on a snow day

    Maybe its the weather. Maybe I didn’t get enough sleep. Maybe its the fact that we just lived through an attempted coup. Who can say?

  • Calendars and racist tchotchkes

    Calendars and racist tchotchkes

    That’s the thing about writing professionally no one tells you about: you spend a lot of time not actually writing but rather doing office work.

  • Looking back on 2020, looking ahead to 2021

    Looking back on 2020, looking ahead to 2021

    If you can’t tell, that picture is fake. My teeth aren’t that white, or that straight. My skin is not that flawless. Oh, and as if anyone is celebrating New Year’s Eve in a massive crowd this year. Yeah, that isn’t happening. At least IT BETTER NOT BE HAPPENING. (Looking at you. Yes you. You […]

  • On writing, and going forward into 2021

    On writing, and going forward into 2021

    This is the first in what will hopefully be a series of personal blogs, reflecting on, well, whatever the hell I want to reflect on. A lot will no doubt be on politics, though I plan to migrate most of that writing to Medium where it can pick up more traffic and make a little […]

  • Skylar’s Favourite Self-Isolation Entertainment

    Skylar’s Favourite Self-Isolation Entertainment

      It has now been more than three weeks since I left the house, and like many people around the world, I’m starting to go a little stir crazy. Rather than climb the walls, I thought I would share with you all some of the ways I’ve been entertaining myself since self-isolation began (and before). […]

  • Reading my teenage blog: Part I – “Heartbreak, You Got The Best Of Me……….”

    Reading my teenage blog: Part I – “Heartbreak, You Got The Best Of Me……….”

    If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen that I recently discovered my online blog from high school. Earlier this month I answered the same questions at 34 I answered at 17. That got such a fun response from people (mostly those who know me personally, but some who follow my professional writing) that […]

  • On Phillip Schofield and remembering my own coming out

    On Phillip Schofield and remembering my own coming out

      In a very moving statement released on Twitter this morning, and in an equally moving segment on This Morning, Phillip Schofield came out as gay. Married for 27 years to his wife Stephanie, they have two daughters. By Schofield’s own account his wife and children have been nothing but supportive. This can’t have been […]

  • Answering the same questions at 34 I answered at 17

    Answering the same questions at 34 I answered at 17

    If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I recently rediscovered the online diary I kept as a teen. While I don’t have access to all the entries I wrote (the Internet Archive didn’t archive most of them), some of them I do. One of those old diary entries – this was before the term […]

  • Skylar reads… Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

    Skylar reads… Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

    “Skylar reads…” is a new series of book reviews by writer Skylar Baker-Jordan. By now, most people will be at least passingly familiar with André Aciman’s Call Me By Your Name. The story of two young men who fall in love on the Italian Riviera, it was turned into an Oscar-winning film in 2017. The […]

  • Pete Buttigieg, Hillary Clinton, and who gets to show emotion in American politics

    Pete Buttigieg, Hillary Clinton, and who gets to show emotion in American politics

    I suspect the similar double standard experienced by Hillary Clinton and—it must be said, to a lesser degree—Pete Buttigieg is rooted in the same patriarchal, misogynist notions about how women and gay men behave. It’s why when a straight man gets angry, he’s “passionate,” when a gay man gets angry, he’s “dramatic,” and when a woman gets angry, she’s “hysterical.”