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Classic Blog Post: Episode 2: The Publishers Strike Back

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Original MySpace Publication Date: July 31, 2009
The following is a reprint from when I hosted a series of behind-the-scenes blog posts during the week of July 20-24.


NovelSpot Blog Day 2
Magandang hapon po! Or as they say in Detroit, good afternoon…or “yo” or “wassup”. We’re a bit informal around here.

Anyway, enough about you. Where were we?

Ah, yes. I’m Kage Alan and this is day 2 of my week-long blog of behind-the-scenes on how my books ever saw the light of day. (And, just for the record, I don’t believe in needing a card to get a sale price at a store. Why apply for a loyalty card when there’s no chance of my being loyal? I’m just sayin’.)

So…There’s the Whole Thing That Happened Yesterday

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

The great Abraham Lincoln once said “Four score and seven years ago…” No, wait. I meant the great Abrahama Lincoln. She’s a drag queen I know who called me yesterday, saying “Four Skor bars and seven Yogurt Malted Milk Balls ago…” (Abrahama had just gotten off a diet). So, many years back—which she was referencing—my guy and I started dating and once joked about what it would be like to get married. It was completely unthinkable. He said it would never happen. Or he may have been hoping it would never happen since I’d then be eligible for half of everything he owned. And then, gradually, the dream started to become a reality. That and I’m very, very close to being eligible for half of everything he owns.

Huh…I think I just heard him wake up in the middle of the night (he’s currently in Hong Kong with the Grandmonster) and scream. It must have just dawned on him.

The Great Cyber Melting Pot (or I Know A Vegan)

Monday, June 24th, 2013

It’s typical these days to read about how intrusive social media is, the privacy issues that come with it, the ads we’re forced to contend with, and then the sheer amount of time we spend on it. Was it always this way? What was the world like before it? When I think back to my grade school years (kindergarten through 6th Grade) and what kind of diversity I was exposed to, we had white kids at my school. We also had girls. Ew, right? And that was it. No, wait. One of them was Native American and kids made fun of her for it because she was different. We’re all assholes as kids at some point, myself included. Junior High introduced an African American into the mix and even an Asian. Were we riding high on the American melting pot or what?

The Face of Gay 35 (Will Parkinson)

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

The truth is out there. It’s a famous phrase, isn’t it? Another way to look at it in relation to the GLBT community is that We’re Out There. I’ve read many comments readers have posted on newspaper forums about any story having something to do with gays and many of them would have us go quietly back into the closet. The problem is that while they may have been happier with us there, we weren’t.

The closet can be destructive. It can be restrictive. And it can drive us to relationship and life decisions that aren’t always healthy for us. Meet Will. This is his Face of Gay.

White Ninja Vs. Half Asian Ninja: The Domination

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Nobody ever believes me when I say I’m going to sit down and watch a very cerebral, very artsy, very finely crafted film. Okay, it was Ninja III: The Domination, but it was released on Blu-Ray and it has an audio commentary on it! Somebody enjoyed it enough to finally put it out and add an extra. That says something. It’s still a bad movie, but it’s an honorary bad movie. Yes, it was a birthday gift to myself and it didn’t backfire for once. How do I know? Because honorable husband actually saw it when he was a kid and enjoyed it, too. Seriously, you need to have this film as a part of your collection. I also made out like a bandit the other night when I won a bet that allowed me to order two new Blu-Rays I was going to have to sneak into my collection if I hadn’t. I’m sorry. I’m sneaky for a white ninja.

And Now a Word About Fathers…

Monday, June 17th, 2013

My poor husband just can’t catch a break after the passing of his father. It doesn’t help that he works away from home, which essentially keeps him away from the rest of us and being able to mourn with us. It also didn’t help that his father’s birthday was the 6th of June and I’m sure it wasn’t a thrilling moment when Father’s Day crept up on him yesterday either. Fortunately, he decided to put any negative emotions in the backseat and instead spend the afternoon with me and my dad. And you know what that means, right? He STILL hasn’t caught a break.

CBP: The Good, The Bad & The Oh-Why-Did-I-Write-This-Awful-Thing?

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

The following is a reprint from when I hosted a series of behind-the-scenes blog posts during the week of July 20-24, 2009.


NovelSpot Blog Day 1

Hello! Or, as one of my writer friends says, “Hail and well met!” Or, as another writer friend blatantly rips off from a film, “Greetings and salutations!” Or, as I say when I want to annoy him, “Croutons and salad dressings!” Nobody ever said writers were a particularly sane bunch. Many of us know how to entertain people while I pretty much know how to irritate them. It’s a gift. I’m a gift. Oh, I’m Paula Abdul!


My Version of Comfort Food for the Soul

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that it looks like I’m going to be at the house almost every day for the next two weeks. The good news is that there’s no possible way I’ll be working on the house every single bit of that time, which means I’ll be getting some writing done on Gaylias 2. I’ve already even started. Writing is one of those ‘feel good’ times I have in my life. It brings me joy and a feeling of accomplishment. It’s when I’m not writing or making someone’s life a bit more miserable—those who deserve it, mind you—that I seek out comfort food for the soul. And it’s not always actual food. Sometimes it is, though.

My Bum Performs Quality Control Tests

Monday, June 10th, 2013

All things considered, I should be a total wreck. Emotionally. One friend’s dementia-suffering mother is back in the hospital under serious circumstances, another’s canine member of the family is in equally serious circumstances, my father continues his own downward spiral journey with Alzheimer’s, the home improvements we’re doing are moving faster than I’d expected, which is causing me some difficulty in keeping up with everything that’s needed and I’m barely getting any writing done. This is all typically a recipe for disaster, yet I’ve been in a fairly good mood during the past two weeks. It’s weird. It’s especially weird because I haven’t touched a Xanax in three months.

The Face of Gay 34 (Joelle Casteel)

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

I’ll admit it; I thought The Face of Gay 33 might have been the end of the run, but two entries have come in at the last minute to keep us going for another month. Whew! A huge shout out to Tom Webb and Patti Logan for helping get word out. The best part is I was blown away by both submissions. Sure, we’ve all heard about diversity, but how often do we really come into contact with a couple of prime examples of it?

So grab something to drink and sit back in your comfortable chair. I’d like to meet Joelle. This is her Face of Gay.