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The Pitfalls of Being a Literary Role Model

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

It’s not easy being a role model. I know this not because I’m one—God help the poor SOBs who think that’ll ever happen—but rather because I know a few. It’s not something they set out to attain or actually choose. I don’t believe anybody gets up one morning and declares “I’m going to be a role model!” Well, not unless you’re one of those beauty pageant “I wish for world peace!” types. Get back to us in twenty years when you’ve gained more experience, honey. Anyway, role models. It’s one of those things doled out to people who are simply doing what comes natural for them in a certain facet of life. We have them in the author world, too, and I’m thinking of one right now.

Throw Grandmonster From the Train

Monday, January 27th, 2014

My husband and I have gotten to the age—our late twenties…okay, fine…our early thirties—where we’re starting to tease each other about which of our family members we’re taking after. We do this to annoy each other. Playfully, but annoyingly. I look like my father, but act like my mother. Well, I acted like her more in my earlier years than I do now. I was overly emotional, easily set off, carried grudges…the usual. And while I look like dad, I have chest hair. He doesn’t. I like mine. It’s soft and Honorable Husband likes snuggling his face in it. Now, as for my husband, he definitely doesn’t take after his mother except that he looks more Asian than gweilo. He sounds like father in terms of dry sarcasm, but it’s his taking after his Grandmonster that troubles me the most.

If Only Dave Agema Would Shut Up & Hate Us Quietly, Right?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

So I was going to vent about two items this past Monday because I didn’t think either one would make a complete blog post. I was wrong. Both are timely, so I really had to consider which one would come first this week. That’s a rarity. Seriously. It is SUCH a rarity to have two ideas that seem worth bringing to your attention prior to the week actually starting. It’s typically an “oh, God, I need to write something and quickly!” before it’s due. That’s just the way it works more often than now, only we make it seem like it’s fresh. Or at least we try. So there’s this now. I was irked to hell to read a couple of articles that were featured in The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press this past Sunday regarding Dave Agema and leadership in the Michigan Republican Party.

Yeah, I know. I went there and I HATE politics.

Who Is Author J. S. Lewis & Why Is He Pissing Off Other Authors?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

It’s Monday, so it’s a really, really good day to discuss things that irk us, right? Exactly. And I’ve got one things on my hot plate today. Have you ever heard of author J. S. Lewis? I haven’t. Well, I hadn’t until this past weekend. He’s been a busy guy and released seven e-books on Amazon in December alone. Not bad. Not bad at all. The one book that caught my eye and I’ll focus on for the moment is Jamaican American Thug Drama (The Jamaican American Thug Drama Saga Book 1). It was released December 25th and has already garnered 62 reviews, 57 of which are five stars. He had 48 five star reviews as of Friday, 52 as of Saturday and then 57 as of Sunday. Want to know how he did it? It’s no secret. He’s been offering the method to a bunch of authors and pissing them off in the process.

The Face of Gay 48 (Anonymous as Daniel Davis)

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Not everything in life is polished. Not everything we read offers a beginning, middle and end, at least for an entire story. I’m in the unique position of knowing today’s contributor. This wasn’t easy for him to write and this is nowhere near a complete account of what he’s gone through in life. But it took a great deal of courage for him to put it down in order to share with you.

Welcome to Daniel Davis’s Face of Gay.

One Year Later: Happy Pills and an Unexpected Box

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

My friend Dorien Grey helped shape part of today’s post. He doesn’t know it, though, so shhhhh. You’ll understand how in a bit. For now, I realized the reason I’ve been having such a difficult time getting back into blog writing is due to post-holiday blues. I love the holidays. I’m ‘that annoying guy’ who just does. But this was the first year without my father-in-law and his absence was felt. Honorable Husband mourned him in his own unique way, which stressed the two of us out considerably without realizing why. This has led me to reluctantly admit to an absolute truth.

Self-Promoting The Hand Over Fist Way

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Aha! I may actually have to take this one semi-seriously. It’s rare when that happens and even rarer when someone actually e-mails and suggests a topic to me, which I wished happened more regularly than once a year. This person, however, wanted to know “what people do to self-promote themselves outside of what their publisher does.” Fortunately, I don’t think there’s much in the way of right or wrong answers here except to say “I do nothing,” which is the only wrong answer that comes to mind. Some people actually do nothing and are gobsmacked when they aren’t making money hand over fist. Hell, I do quite a bit and I’m still not gobsmacked when I don’t make money hand over fist. Truth be told, I’d probably make a lot more money if I was making videos doing something hand over fist. Well, hand over something anyway.

Those Sadistic Little Things We Do To Our Characters

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

I have a fallback for blog post ideas; my friend Jeff Adkins. He started this neat little Facebook group for bloggers to generate ideas to write about and also to do so at least once a week. Consistency is a wonderful thing. And once everybody is up to speed doing it once a week, they can move on to additional days if they so choose. What’s nice, too, is when someone other than Jeff or myself suggests a topic. One came in for this week and I’m rather intrigued by it. Another author wanted to know the worst thing we ever did to a character and where did we get the idea. Hmm…

Officially Kicking Off the 2014 Blog Year!

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

I’m finally setting aside the energy to begin my 2014 edition of blog posts. You have no idea what it took. No idea. And I may not tell you. I will say that in order to have a little fun with it, I’m going to make some statements as I generally do and anything that appears in parentheses after would be a bit more truthful depending on who you ask. It’s an attempt at whimsy…more or less to amuse myself. For example, if I said ‘what a piece of work (ass) is man. Mostly because some women are very delicate (sporadically psychotic).’ See? That amused me. Now, on with the rest of it.