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Do People Who Are in a Relationship Let Themselves Go?

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

I have an eclectic group of friends who I’m proud accept me as I am. Why? Because I can be a bit socially awkward from time to time…or at least mostly when I’m in a social environment. At home or by myself? I’m fine. I just talk to myself and find that I’m not the least bit judgmental about what I’m discussing. And I have absolutely brilliantly witty insight. Or at least I think I do. Opinions may differ if you ever listen in, which you won’t. Anyway, three of the five people who make up a dinner group I’m part of have known each other since high school, so they have history and are completely at ease with discussing things of a personal nature along with anything else random. It’s often quite fun to listen to. This past Sunday, however, one of them piped up with “I think people who are in relationships just let themselves go.”

All I could think of was “Uh…hello? I’m sitting right here at the table.”

Walk a Few Feet in Someone’s Shoes Before Walking a Mile

Monday, October 28th, 2013

This has been on my mind since last Thursday and I’d originally intended on discussing it in that blog post, only it started running a bit long. So, hey, two days of deeper thoughts than you’re used to with me. I also find myself in the ‘oh, my God, tomorrow is Monday and I still don’t have my post written Sunday night because the husband was home over the weekend and…’ You get the point. Yes, things are a bit of a mishmash in my head at the moment. Let me get you caught up first on the weekend, then get to the police chief who was almost carjacked, but couldn’t have arrested any of the culprits if he’d wanted to and the bus drivers. I’ll try to make it all come full circle.

Classic Blog Post: Pure Dumba$$

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Original MySpace Publication Date: September 27, 2009
Greetings and salutations!

Two quick announcements before getting to the good stuff! First, a reminder to everybody who happens to be in the Palm Springs area that my guy and I will be out there during Pride Fest (Saturday and Sunday, November 7th and 8th, 2009) signing books in the Author’s Village. Well, I’ll be signing. He’ll be looking at me and shaking his head. It’s just what he does.

Can Someone Please Tell Me What the Hell They Were Thinking?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

I’ve heard a number of people commenting these days about how jaded the public is and how nobody really seems to care about their fellow human beings anymore. It’s that whole ‘welcome to the me generation of entitlement’. Hell, I’ve been one of the people who’ve made comments about this sort of thing, too. It’s disheartening. And yet have you kept your eye on the news lately? There have been a couple of recent stories that go completely against that grain and instead of embracing the positive in what happened, these people have been punished for doing the right thing. How does that make sense?

5 Recently Watched Horror Movies For Halloween

Monday, October 21st, 2013

heh heh heh One of my best friends mentioned Saturday night that a certain scene in Salem’s Lot gave her nightmares back when she first watched it in 1979. Naturally, I found a picture of it online and posted it on her Facebook page. I can be a little $hit like that, especially because I’m still giggling about it. I also happened to watch Salem’s Lot Saturday, only I did it during the day when someone was with me because it still scares the hell out of me, too. Now, I’ve done Halloween blog posts in the past offering up my favorites and some least favorites, so while everybody else is doing something similar, I thought I’d change things up a bit and tell you about the five most recent flicks I watched (or re-watched).

The Face of Gay 43 (Ally Blue)

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

I had the pleas…um…I met Ally Blue earlier this year for the first time during OutlantaCon. She walked up to me and asked “Are you Kage Alan?” I said ‘no,’ which amused the heck out of some of my fellow authors because, sadly, I can keep a straight face when I’m fibbing. “Oh, because you look like him.” She turned to leave and I came clean. “You are now known as ‘b***h*’ for the rest of the convention!” So she said and so I was.

And who better to offer up a contribution than someone who speaks her mind and tells it in her own unique voice? Welcome to Ally Blue’s Face of Gay.

That One Thing I’ve Learned in the Last Decade

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Really, I should have titled this ‘That One Thing I’ve Been Forced To Acknowledge During the Last Decade Because Ignorance Just Isn’t Pretty.’ That would have been a really long title, though, which kind of goes along with my motif of liking really long titles. Size queen, right? If I am, then you’ll want to meet my husband. Getting back on track, some online friends have a Tuesday blog post topic they write about each week and while I don’t always join in (my days are Monday and Thursday), the question posed this week was too good not to chime in on. I wasn’t going to since I originally had something else on the tips of my fingers, only after reading their posts, I changed my mind. You see, it goes along with that one thing I’ve learned in the last decade; nothing ever goes according to plan.

Anatomy of a Butt Ninja…You Know, From Hell

Monday, October 14th, 2013

I used to be amazed when I’d read an interview with writer/director/actor Quentin Tarantino and he’d list off an amazing number of films I knew of as rare and had never seen, but had actually heard of. And I frequently had the same reaction in that I’d go and look them up to find out more about them, sometimes even going so far as to find a copy to watch. It didn’t occur to me until recently—last Friday, actually— that I tend to do the same thing when I’m writing a book or short story. But what seems an obscure film reference to others doesn’t seem that way to me, as I’m sure it doesn’t to Tarantino. The thing is I don’t always know what the end result will be when I start writing a story and I don’t have a handle on what my muse will dig up. We work very well together that way because it’s always a process of discovery. Take the Butt Ninjas From Hell short story I’m currently writing as an example.

Classic Blog Post: Gaylias: Birth of a New Series

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Original MySpace Publication Date: August 23, 2009

“I wanna be a star!” –Sigue Sigue Sputnik

Me? I’d settle for a decent cup of tea.

So, one might assume by the title of the e-mail/blog/note that the new book is complete. One would be correct. It’s now got a copyright and it’s been sent in to the publisher. What does this mean? Provided things go according to how the other two books went, it’ll be released next summer. However, lots can happen between now and then. The title could change, they might edit it further (I already knocked it down from 368 pages to 308) or they might not even like it.

My Own Issues With Star Trek: Into Darkness

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

***Contains Spoilers, So Do Not Read If You Haven’t Seen The Film***

A friend and I have politely gone back and forth a couple of times about Star Trek: Into Darkness. He loves it. I thought it was an entertaining film, but not a particularly good Star Trek film. He suggested that if we’re willing to accept that space travel is possible, that warp speed exists, that a man can fly in Man of Steel etc., then we can make apply a reasonable amount of suspension of disbelief here. I cannot. Co-screenwriter Bob Orci lashed out last month at someone expressing their dismay at the film. Bad idea. Now, no writer likes to express negativity towards another writer’s work. We know how personal it can feel, so I’ll try to keep this at more of a constructive level. I may fail, but constructive is what I’m setting out for.