Pitando Una Tonada De Orgullo (Whistling A Tune Of Pride)

Come to think of it, a lot happened my freshman year of college.

Not only did I write the first draft of what was to become The Gene Pull, I grew more socially (oddly enough with all the writing I had been doing) and became ten times, no, one hundred times, more comfortable in my own skin as an openly gay student — which is something I never felt I could do in high school (although, looking back I realize that I had nothing to be afraid about).

Most importantly, it was as a college freshman during  finals week — during a heightened period of emotional stress (X-Men reference!) — that I developed the ability to whistle. Loudly. Constantly.

It’s a big deal because I never could growing up. It sucked, not being able to do what most other kids could do. Especially when mi Mami was a pro whistler. Using her two fingers and tongue (and lungs), she could emit a sound so earsplitting, so powerful, that I’d be able to hear her call from miles away. That was also how she cheered me on during soccer games.Smiley-whistling

I miss that.

At least maybe now that I have my own whistling ability, I too can cheer on my future kids during soccer games or whatever other types of extracurricular they decide to engage in. I’ll be supportive of whatever. That’ll be awhile from now, though. So what do I do with my whistling powers now? I communicate with birds! Or at least try to. Sometimes I’m successful, sometimes I’m not. My powers are “unpredictable,” as they say.

That brings me to the main reason I started writing this post in the first place — to feature a handful of videos I made on my free time shortly after developing the “gift.” Yes, I was that excited. So much so that most, if not all, of my videos came out a little ridiculous. I’m a little reluctant to show them, but what the hell? Secrets are no fun unless you share them with everyone. No more hiding. Words that I live by every single day since coming out, to the point where I’m often “TMIed.” If that can be used as a verb.

But I digress! As I was saying, it’s a series. Kind of. Called “The Bird Whispering Chronicles.” Again, I must stress that I was very excited about suddenly learning how to whistle. Excitement makes people do crazy things. Like love does. Kind of. Why do I keep saying kind of?

I actually made a new video yesterday, the ninth episode of the series (titled The Revival since it has been a whole year!), for a friend who recently watched the previous eight episodes and demanded more! I made sure to mention The Gene Pull at the end. ^^

Check them out here! But at your own risk. The fact I only have one subscriber on YouTube should tell you something… 😛


Presentando Mi Bebe: The Gene Pull

The Gene Pull

I wrote THE GENE PULL during my freshman year of college originally for National Novel Writing Month, and although my Chemistry and Calculus grade suffered I was able to make one of my childhood dreams come true — to be a published author.


For this check (which means more to me than you’ll ever know!), I would like to thank everyone who supported me up until now and those who continue to support me! From my family to my friends to my publisher and now to True Colorz!

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Within just days of being published, this well-established LGBT YA novel-promoting website found me and just today put my book on their front page! I’m in line to get interviewed by them. Can’t wait to share that with you!

Now a little bit about my first novel ever…

Written by Benjamin Shepherd Quiñones (that’s me!) and published by G and J Publishing as of April 14, 2013 (the day before my birthday!), “The Gene Pull (as stated in my first review on Goodreads!) is an honest exploration of the pros and cons of coming out, with a sci-fi twist. Geared toward young adults, this short (180 pages) novel follows 16-year-old Noah Fletcher through a small window of his coming of age, including his coming out process. Noah is met with varying levels of acceptance from family, friends, and school peers when they learn that he is gay. LGBT teens will especially appreciate the recognition of the challenges that many face when they come out, especially bullying from peers. On top of handling the stress of coming out, Noah is also plagued with a superhuman power that pits an alien race against him. As Noah learns to handle both situations, the novel expresses an obvious “It Gets Better” theme that all young teens can relate to and gain hope from.” –Gina

For anyone who’s interested in reading my baby, there’s plenty of ways to get your hands on it! In both paperback and e-book form (see here!). Also please try to leave me some feedback if you can (on here, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or what have you). It’s a tad nerve-wrecking for me, as a debut author, to have my book read by the world without knowing what it thinks! I’m sure my fellow authors would agree?

Anyway, I hope you like it!