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Classic Blog Post: Bang Your Head (Mental…Not Metal…Health)

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Original Myspace Publication Date: 1/02/09
There’s been quite a bit of holiday banter going on and I thought I’d share a few things that happened to me during Christmas and New Years for no other reason than because I can!

Where to start… My Pookie has a friend who has really, for the most part, only ever looked down his nose at me. I’ve never been good enough. Now, this guy makes a lot of money, travels the world and thinks very highly of himself. You know the type, right? Prim, proper, generally annoying. And he has hair plugs. Darling! So, he sends out his Christmas letter to the masses (and once again spells my name incorrectly as he has for a decade now) and relates how he traveled this past year to a church that once housed the “Shout” of Turin. This guy expressed genuine surprise that I ever got published, yet he heard…saw…whatever the “Shout” of Turin. Yeah, he can bite it.

Naughty, But Nice & My Token African American Card!

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

You’ve heard the horror stories about family gatherings and seen the dysfunctional Christmas comedies, but have you ever lived through one yourself? Probably. You’ve just never lived through one with my family. I’ve avoided the phenomena known as the “extended family gathering” on my mom’s side for the past seventeen years. They didn’t invite me because grandma and I weren’t on speaking terms. Truth be told, I can’t say I missed them. The food? Yes. The guests? Not so much. Well, now that grandma and I are well on the way to patching things up, I’m suddenly on the guest list. I’m just not sure I want to be. Dad’s side of the family is so much quieter. Sure, they’re deceased, but I swear my aunt could learn something from their example of only speaking when there’s something worth saying.

Classic Blog Post: Red Profit Margin, White Christmas, Blu-Ray!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Original Publication Date: 12/24/08

Season’s Greetings!

Yes, nothing like waiting until the last minute to send out a Christmas blog/letter. So what can be said about 2008 that hasn’t been already? It would be easy to concentrate on the negative things because so many people have been in the muck of it all, especially with the economy. Heck, my own dayjob is in the automotive industry and no matter who you work for or supply (Larry, Curly or Moe), it’s been downhill. Well, I’m not going to concentrate on that. We’ve all had enough negativity. Instead, I’m going to share some of the highlights from the year.

Seasons Greetings & The Future of the Face of Gay: 2013

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Did you ever have that dream? You know, the one where you see yourself standing in sun-god robes on a pyramid, with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you? Me either. Seriously, I think Patricia Logan may be the only person who has that one…or the only one who ripped it off–sorry, liberated it–from Real Genius. Still, it’s entertaining and so is she in her own little twisted unique way. But you see, I had a dream of my own earlier this year that’s only continued to grow. Maybe the best way for you to understand my inspiration is to do a little name dropping. What do Josh Pacheco, Brandon Elizares, Jack Reese, Eric James Borges, Kameron Jacobsen, Asher Brown, Jamie Hubley, Billy Lucas, Phillip Parker, Jacob Rogers, Brandon Bitner, Jamie Rodemeyer, Justin Aaberg, Seth Walsh and Rafael Morelos have in common?

They’re gay kids who committed suicide.

December Wars: The Third Week Strikes Back

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The month of December apparently didn’t appreciate me speaking ill of it this past Monday, so it decided to give me a Round 2 rematch because it’s sadistic and could. It’s not enough there have already been fatalities in the last couple of weeks or that we’re expecting another passing in the next couple of days. Oh, no. It decides it’s high time to send my father to Urgent Care for a stomach issue and my father-in-law who doesn’t know he’s my father-in-law to the ER, both in the same night. Because that’s fun for both families.

A December of Sorrow, A Year of Remembering

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Is it me or does December 2012 seem like a morose one for the record books? I mean, here we wait all year long for this one month when we can create a little colorful, non-Halloween chocolate, non-Easter chocolate magic for the children in the family and buy up a few Blu-Rays at ridiculously low prices to add to our collection, then…this happens. Between the school shootings, the shootings at malls, the death of a close friend’s father three days ago and (as of this morning) another friend’s mother coming home today where she isn’t expected to last more than a few days, it’s just depressing. December isn’t supposed to be like this. Where’s the ‘feel good’? Where’s the festive? Where’s the ‘things will turn out alright’ that we’ve come to expect during holiday films? So I thought maybe I’d take a brief look back at 2012 and see what good, if anything, happened.

The Face of Gay 22 (J.P. Barnaby)

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

If all goes well, the next Face of Gay post on December 29th will be the last one for 2012 and I have something rather fun, festive and musically inclined planned for it. You see, we’ve attracted some readers who don’t always comment, but who pour over what you write each week. Some of them are names you might recognize and it’s become my mission to see if I can get them involved, one at a time.

All in all, this has truly been a year of meeting people both online and in person. One who I met for the first time many months ago is a fellow author, the indomitable J.P. Barnaby. She’s not only a breath of fresh air, but she makes me laugh and that’s something I appreciate a great deal. And like so many authors in this genre, she either reached out, caressed and touched lives around her or they’ve reached out and goosed her. We authors like that sort of thing…if the person doing it is appropriately gorgeous and well-endowed. But it’s not all about groping. It should be, but it’s not. Sometimes those whose lives we touch and are touched by have very dark beginnings. Welcome to J.P. Barnaby’s Face of Gay.


Nightmares of a Writer’s Mind

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

I joke about having nightmares regarding a certain unnamed author named Patricia Logan, but, really, can one have nightmares about a living nightmare? No. I do, however and in all honesty, continue to have nightmares about my university years. And I don’t mean for you to think that anything bad happened back then. Nothing did. It’s just prior to beginning a new semester or prior to finals, I would start having nightmares about suddenly realizing I’d never attended one of my classes, so how could I possibly pass the final exam? Or I’d need to find a building that was no longer there. Or I’d forget what classes were on what days and be in a panic to find a schedule. I had one of these dreams last night and received a friendly e-mail this morning from a friend who still teaches at GVSU who mentioned this week is finals week. Coincidence?

A Grand, Exciting, Phenomenal and Borderline Orgasmic Writing Experiment!

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The Following Blog Post Trailer Has Been Approved For All Audiences: (cue dramatic announcer’s voice) In a world full of deceit, empty spaces on the shelf where Twinkies used to be sold, juvenile sex jokes, and Publisher’s Weekly nauseating authors the world over with their naming of E.L. James as Person of the Year for Fifty Shades of Grey, two men dare defy the odds! One straight and one really, really, really super not, they reunite over a snowy and somewhat dismally overcast rainy weekend to test the strength of the bond they forged twent…a couple of years ago during college. They’re authors and while writing flows through their blood like batshit crazy does Ann Coulter’s, the universe has recently been unkind to them…for the last year, really. And they’ve had enough! The time to change the course of…the temporal length of their existence in relation to their writer’s block has come! Join the adventure as two friends sit on their asses and type away on laptops (not each others) and do what they do best; Amuse…The…World…!

The Face of Gay 21 (Thom)

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

I can honestly say I knew Thom before he became a publisher author! Granted, I still haven’t met him in person yet, but we’re working on that. Maybe one year at DragonCon. What I thought I knew about him recently went right out the window when I read his post for this series. It’s one thing to ‘know’ somebody via social media and a few phone calls discussing publishing pointers, but to really dig into the nitty-gritty?

Someone complained two weeks ago that they felt these posts were too sugarcoated and never delved into the ugly side of life. I disagree, but that’s my own humble opinion. I’d also challenge that person to read this week’s post and call this sugarcoated. And with that, welcome to Thom’s Face of Gay.