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Those Lovely Literary Works That Inspired Me to Read and Then Write

Monday, September 30th, 2013

I’m going to take a cue from my friend Jeff Adkins’s Topic Tuesday blog post idea and expand on it a bit. His idea of naming a book that inspired us to become a reader really had me thinking back, only it turned out to be more than one book and many of the ones that came to mind also inspired me to write, too. Mom was huge into reading to me when I was an infant. And when I started to read, she’d have me read the books to her. We shared that bond because she was always an avid reader. How many of you have a favorite book that was published the year you were born? I do. And I still have it. It’s Lamont, The Lonely Monster by Dean Walley and Don Page. Then came the others.

Classic Blog Post: Ooh, Pretty!

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Original MySpace Publication Date: August 16, 2009

There’s a notorious set of radio commercials that play here in the Metro Detroit area for Beaumont Hospitals that seriously scare the hell out of people.  They scare the hell out of me.  If something is going wrong in your life, medically speaking, or can, you’d better have a Beaumont doctor because these folks will play on every fear you can possibly imagine.

So, imagine these symptoms; constant headaches, achy eyes, irritability, unexplainable neediness, desire for complete privacy while experiencing unexplainable neediness, restless sleep, emotional breakdowns and a hunger for large Vlasic pickles.  Got a diagnosis?  I do.

It’s called EDITING.

I Sometimes Watch Him While He Sleeps

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

That’s not strange or downright freaky, is it? You’ve watched someone sleep, haven’t you? My husband is a fascinating sleeper when he’s not overtired and snoring or modeling in a dream. And he models often. It’s amazing I’ve never gotten a black eye from an elbow that’s sometimes hanging in midair an inch or two from my face. I remember the first time I watched him sleep. We’d officially been a couple for a week and I’d study his breathing and facial expressions and wonder what he was dreaming about. I remember laying there and thinking that this is what perfection looked like. Yes, it was putting him on a pedestal, but my guy is someone who’s never settled for anything less than having earned being on that pedestal.

Excuse Me, Waiter? There’s a Beta Reader in My Soup

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

It’s either the season for beta readers to do their thing or Christmas is coming early and fans are going to have a huge selection of new books to choose from between all their favorite authors. Why? Maybe I just haven’t paid attention to the topic much before, but I can’t seem to escape it these days. There are just a whole lotta betas running around. And no, that doesn’t make the authors alphas. I know several. Most are bottoms. Not happening. That aside for the moment, I’ve been asked to beta for a couple of folks over the past couple of months and that surprises me. Why? I’m told I scare people…which amuses me. But they asked and I did. As in I beta read for them, not scare them. It’s an interesting experience and process…beta reading, not scaring people. I’ve never actually used a beta reader per se, but I think I would have if a certain person I’m married to hadn’t been his usual difficult self.

The Face of Gay 41 (Adrienne Wilder)

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

I’m in the unique position of seeing the Face of Gay posts before everyone else does. I mean, that makes sense, right? I look them over, provide any necessary feedback, then load them for publication. They make me laugh, they make me cry and they make me think. There hasn’t been a single post or post author who I haven’t been proud of and I mean that in all sincerity.

There are some people who’ve contributed who I’ve actually met. And of those people, there are times there’s just no way to see what they’ve written coming. This is one of those posts. Welcome to Adrienne’s Face of Gay.

Because, Like My Husband’s Grandmonster, Change Is Evil

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Allow me to say right up front that ‘change’ is not my best friend. I don’t like it. Most of it, at least to me, is unnecessary. My husband used to fly home and complain because I made him sleep on the opposite side of the bed that he’s used to because I like sleeping on the side of the bed I’ve been sleeping on for a decade. He finally demanded that I allow him a decent night of sleep by sleeping on my side, so to keep the peace, I did. He had a rotten night of sleep, thus he admitted that his crabbing at me had been in vain. I had a rotten night of sleep, too, only I didn’t tell him. He’d enjoy it too much and I wouldn’t give him the satisfaction…the skinny evil half Asian. Anyway, we recently moved from the apartment we rented for 11 years into his father’s former house. Unfortunately, I had to return to the apartment to pick up a few more items and that’s when it hit me.

Ramblings of an Alzheimer’s Patient’s Son

Monday, September 16th, 2013

I took my father to see Sarah Brightman in concert a couple of years ago and went all out on the show as a sort of last hurrah. We’d gone together several times before he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and I knew this would be the last time I could take him. We paid a bit extra—quite a bit, actually—to see the backstage world of what went into the show and to meet/take a picture with Sarah herself. She’s coming around to Detroit again later this month and I’ve been reminiscing a bit about what’s changed between then and now. We knew dad’s condition would get worse, only we couldn’t anticipate how since there are some anomalies that exist between Alzheimer’s patients. Also, the further along someone progresses, it seems there’s less for a caregiver—let alone a son—to find for someone with Alzheimer’s to do.

Classic Blog Post: Episode V: Let The Bickering Begin

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Original MySpace Publication Date: August 04, 2009

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


NovelSpot Blog Day 5

We made it! We made it to Friday!

For those of you who are still awake and for the hundreds…maybe tens…okay, one of you who’s kept up with my blogs this week, let me reiterate. I’m author Kage Alan and you’ve been reading my behind the scenes experiences of how my books (Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation and Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins) made it into print.

Miracle or act of Scientology? You decide.

The Serious Side of Being on a Writers Panel at DragonCon

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

I attended a panel discussion some 9 or 10 years ago during my first visit to DragonCon about starting up a writers group. It was awful, but mostly because the moderator was beyond arrogant and acted like the audience was beneath him when they asked a question. I was put off to the point it took me three years to attend another panel by that track and when I did, it was one on writing humor. None of the authors present had ever written a comedy, so I let a few more years go by. That’s when I started attending the GLBT Literature panel, which was given an 11:30 p.m. time slot, the same time as the biggest GLBT party at the convention. They (the panels) were okay, but it wasn’t until my friend T.C. Blue and I attended one in which an older gay author declared “Women shouldn’t be writing m4m fiction” that we decided enough was enough.

The 2013 DragonCon Report Part 2: The Malcolm McDowell Incident

Monday, September 9th, 2013

I know. I’m a week late getting this one out. That’s the problem with having late night panels, then flying home to discover my husband has completely decimated the order I brought to chaos in the house. Oh, yes. There was crap EVERYWHERE. It wasn’t pretty, so I spent several days unpacking, organizing, helping him find his wallet, helping him find his keys and then making sure he got to the airport so I could come home and pick enough crap up so I could have dad over without killing himself by walking on shit. Yes, it could be a blog post unto itself, just not today. Let’s get back to DragonCon, shall we?