Anyone notice it’s gotten a little serious around here lately? Sorry about that. Between a friend passing away and my thoughts on President Obama’s announcement on gay marriage, things have been acting stereotypically drama drama drama. Let’s step away from that for a moment. Uh…so many things I could start with here…so maybe I should pick a juicy one. Anybody up for some chat about butt pirates? Er…maybe I should qualify that question. Really, it’s not what you think. Or is it?
I was part of a panel recently at OutlantaCon and someone made a joke at something that was said and quipped “butt pirates”. It was mentioned several times in jest throughout the rest of the panel and when we introduced sci-fi into the conversation, it followed that someone mentioned “butt pirates in space”. One of the authors finally voiced what all of us at the table were thinking and now six of us are contributing a story to an anthology titled Butt Pirates In Space! It’ll be launched next year at OutlantaCon if things go like we’re hoping.
What’s my story going to be? I don’t have a title for it yet, but I do have two different ideas I’m mulling over. There’s a science fiction trilogy I’ve wanted to write for the last couple of years and the characters are in my head, so this might be a nice way of introducing a pre-story to the actual novel I’ve not yet written. We’ll see. Rest assured considering the title of the anthology, I’ll be writing a comedic piece. Surprised? I thought not.
Moving along here, I have something I’d like to throw out to all of you. I mentioned last week that I’d intended on writing a post titled The Face of Gay. In retrospect, I’m glad I sat on the idea for another week because it really opened up in my mind. Here’s what I want to do.
The odds of the GLBT community being dragged through the mud more so than usual in the coming year are pretty darn good. There remains a number of misconceptions about us as a whole and about those who open-mindedly and willingly support us. I want to put a face on us and I think I can help with that using this blog. So, I’d like to start featuring one person a week who’s willing to open up and talk about their lives in a way that makes readers realize that we’re not all that different. We all have jobs, we all watch movies, we all listen to music, we all laugh, we all hurt and we all love. In the end, who we love consists of the same feelings everyone else has. We all have a story. What would you tell those who know very little about us except what our opposition says?
I open this up to everybody in the GLBT community and the many straight friends and supporters we have. If you’re not comfortable using your actual name, then I’d be fine with that, too. It may even be part of the story you tell as to why. I’d love it if I could post a photo of you, too.
So, if you’re interested, please give me a shout using my contact page. I’d really like to see where this goes.
Kage Alan is Grand Canyon watching, Bonnie Tyler listening author of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation,” “Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins” and the first book in a separate series, “Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell.” He doesn’t think he’d make a very convincing pirate. He’ll, he not thrilled with going out in the ocean because of the film JAWS. Somewhere out there is a shark with his name on it and being a pirate only increases the odds that they’d one day meet. And while we’re at it, international flights don’t thrill him either. If a plane ever went down, it’d make a noise and the shark might hear it.