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An American Virgin in Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands (Part 1)

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Most folks tend to take pictures when they take a trip, right?  I used to do that.  We took a ton of pics during my first trip to Hong Kong, then it tapered off very quickly.  Maybe a few here and there, like London and Japan, but that’s it.  I just got out of the habit and so did my guy.  After all, we had shopping to do and that’s serious business!  That’s why when I ordered the Sony Bloggie, I was bound determined to make a point to take pictures and some video footage.  And what better place to start than my weekend in St. Thomas with my Pookie?

Classic Blog Post: The Big, Big, Big, Big Announcement Has Arrived!

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Original Publication Date: 12/03/07

Breaking News Breaking News Breaking News

(NOTE: This was breaking news for me in 2007. I’d been contacted during my trip to DragonCon in September by my current publisher and they were curious to read several chapters of my latest novel.  It was those chapters that convinced them to give my material a shot and I’m very grateful to them for doing so.  I continue to get this excited whenever a new release is announced.)

Finally, after months of being patient, dealing with lawyers, negotiating and all that other business stuff…  Right, enough of the blah blah blah.  Let’s get to the big, big, big announcement!

It’s What I Do (and a Week of Oddities)

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

A couple of very odd things happened this week.  First, I had two absolutely peaceful and wonderful nights of sleep.  It’s such a rarity these days because I’ll overheat, freeze, overheat, toss, turn and repeat multiple times throughout the night.  I blame previous co-workers for this who were hot flashing at work.  I think I ended up on the same cycle.  Anyway, I’ve had so many lousy nights of sleep that it became the expectation, so when I slept like a baby Monday and Tuesday nights, it felt like an absolute blessing.  Trust me.  It’s not that I was being rewarded for doing something right.  I think I just received a short reprieve, which leads in to the other oddities.

Eternal Life Could Only Be Screwed Up By Your Kid

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

My freshman English professor at Grand Valley State University once told us that we always think we’ll live forever.  Yet, if you look at history, it makes for a pretty strong argument that we’re not going to live forever on this earth.  Logic was never my strong point, but even I got the gist of that one.  What bothers me is this whole damn aging thing.  I don’t have kids.  I don’t have brothers or sisters, so no actual nieces or nephews I could bribe.  I’m it.  And it scares the hell out of me to wonder what might happen if by some odd chance I should develop Alzheimer’s like my father.  Who’s going to help me?  Better yet, who’s going to put up with me if I become what he’s like?  Or worse.  He hasn’t hit the mean stage yet and he may not.  Something tells me that with my temperament, I’ll probably end up starting that way or developing into it pretty quickly.

Classic Blog Post: Preamble To The Big, Big, Big Announcement

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Original Publication Date: 11/09/07

How does one tell when a gay man is going through mid-life crisis?  We all know that straight men start looking at girls between the ages of 18 and 24, but gay men?  My partner is only 4 1/2 years younger than I am…so would that mean I’d be looking at someone 27?  Or, for that matter, since my partner likes them a little older than he is, would that mean he’d be looking at someone in their 40s?  As a joke, he rented one of those…ahem…videos where the guys are in their 60s.  I thought I was watching “Flubber” until I realized they were two overweight men trying to find the plumbing…which was pretty bad until they actually did find the plumbing and start to, well, plumb.  Disney would roll over in his grave.  I hope whoever filmed the video had a doctor on the set because when these guys finished, it looked like they were experiencing congestive heart failure…because that’s so attractive.

Telling Stories Out Of School About the West Hollywood Signing

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

I’d planned on dishing a bit more than I did in Monday’s blog post about the weekend in West Hollywood.  After all, it wasn’t all work.  Mostly, but not all.  Just, you know…mostly…because that’s what authors do when they aren’t at home.  They…uh…we work.  Sometimes we even have to forage for our own food.  True, it’s when the staff is away on holiday or when they call in sick or they’re on strike, but we still do have to do it.  Anyway, there were some things that happened before and after the signing at Book Soup that were quite amusing.

Big Trouble In Little LA (With A Funloving, Psychotic Redhead)

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Book signings are a funny animal.  They really are.  I’ve done a number of them since the first version of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation came out and each one continues to be a unique experience.  This time around, though, the lovely GA Hauser arranged the event–at Book Soup in West Hollywood–which meant she dealt with the majority of the headaches and stress involved in such a venture.  I merely stepped in once or twice with what we’ll call “bookstore relations”.  Oh, and dealing a with psychotic redhead, but more on nutty little diva authorette Patricia Logan in a bit.

Classic Blog Post: Do You Have A Beaumont Doctor?

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Original Publication Date: 10/29/07

It inevitably happens whenever I’m driving home from work, only this time it was when I was driving to the airport to pick up my Pookie.  Now, those of you who aren’t from the Detroit area may have something similar in your hometown to what I’m about to describe.  If not, be thankful.

Together: A Little Piece of Heaven in a Blu-Ray World

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

My co-workers and I stepped out to lunch on Tuesday and caught part of an episode of Family Feud.  The question was “Name something you’d see when you pass away.” Five of the answers made sense, but the last one?  Not so much.  We all thought it would be relatives.  It was clouds.  Clouds?  Hell, you can go outside and see that for free now.  Why would you think of those when you pass?  So I wondered what would I think of in a similar situation.  Probably my guy.  He is and always has been a shining star in my life.  To this day, I look at him, memorize every bit of his face, his eyes, his smile…and then he opens his mouth.  That’s usually when Heaven ends and the little devil comes out to play.  Yes, he’s his Grandmonster’s grandson alright.

Andy Stevenson Vs. Kage Alan & the Lord of the Loins

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Did you know there were actually people with the name Andy Stevenson?  I didn’t, not until the last year when my Google Alerts were actually producing a number of results, especially in social media, by guys with that name who weren’t related to my book.  I imagine it must be a little strange for them to see a book title with their name on it and even more so when they realize it’s a gay comedy.  At least I’ve never received a nasty e-mail because of it.  And, truth be told, I almost didn’t bother revising it or submit it for publication.  Almost.