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Classic Blog Post: Sometimes It’s Not What You’d Expect

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

I did it. I crammed so much into a day before leaving for DragonCon that I didn’t leave enough time to write a new blog post. Fortunately, it’s been a REALLY long time since I pulled one out from the MySpace blogging days, so I handpicked this one just for you. It harkens back to my high school days. You see, I got up the nerve to contact someone in 2010 via Facebook who’d bullied me back when I was a sophomore, junior and senior. His response was…unexpected. Have a look for yourself.
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How Much Is Too Much For An eBook?

Monday, August 25th, 2014

A friend of mine was having a crabby day last week—I think we all did, actually—and when I asked why her knickers were in a twist, she said it stemmed from a conversation on a MM book site. A reader was asking her (my friend) why she should pay more than $3.99 for a novel in eBook form when other authors were giving them to her for free. Mind you, I’m pretty sure we’re talking self-published authors here since they have more control over their pricing than authors published through a publisher. But even if we aren’t, how much is too little or too much for an eBook?
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The Face of Gay 57 (Anonymous)

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Life is pretty dramatic. Sometimes we make it that way and sometimes we just get swept up in the maelstrom other people create. So it’s nice when we get a little break, when the bleakness turns into something a little more uplifting. Take today’s contributor for example. He offers a uniquely light look at something that many of us have gone through. Welcome to today’s Face of Gay.
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The Myth of the Grandmother Vs. the Reality

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

There were times during the sixteen years my grandmother and I weren’t speaking that I thought I’d never actually see or have a conversation with her again. I’d prepared myself for this and had gotten to the point where I was perfectly okay with it. Grandma and I have never been close, not really. I’ve talked a bit about her past before (married to a womanizing alcoholic who beat her and burned her clothes, then married another alcoholic etc., raised four kids, three of who have issues beyond belief), so she had her hands full. My coming into her life as the first grandchild really was a bit of an inconvenience and I’m quite fine stating that. Now, Honorable Husband’s Grandmonster? She’s a whole different story and some of it is probably cultural.
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The Six Cent Solution

Monday, August 18th, 2014

You’ve heard some of the reasons folks give for downloading pirated e-books, right? My favorite is always the misguided assumption that we make a ton of money off our books. Stephen King does. J.K. Rowling, too. Even Ann Rice, who I adore and whose work I will never match in intensity and description. But for the majority of the rest of us? Let me put this into perspective for you. I was talking with Honorable Husband Saturday night and a royalty statement came through for the Butt Pirates In Space anthology I was part of last year. The publisher takes their cut, then the rest is split up between the five authors. I received 6 cents. Yuppers. 6 cents. We are soooooo rolling in the dough! But there’s no guarantee illegal downloads had anything to do with it. That’s not my point. Fortunately, my husband thought for a moment, then told me “I guess it’s a good thing you aren’t doing it for the money.”
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A Bucket List Update

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The whole Robin Williams passing was a sucker punch the other day. I learned about it fifteen minutes before J.P. Barnaby and I were going on the air being interviewed as professional bloggers. It doesn’t make for the greatest mindset to be in just before you have to happy, bubbly, and give decent take-away deliverables to a listening audience. Incidentally, I pace when I’m on the phone doing an interview. Consequently, I didn’t see the “90 seconds” warning when asked to give a closing statement. Of that 90 seconds, I think I used 75 seconds and poor J.P. gave a 3 second closing statement so the hosts could have 10 seconds to say goodbye. My apologies to her. Then Lauren Bacall passes away the next day and someone asks me if I have a bucket list. Smart ass. But that got me thinking.
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He Seemed Like A Nice Man: The Alzheimer’s Chronicles

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Last week with dad was pretty touch and go, but that’s how it is. There are days when he goes with the flow and days he will push every button you have…repeatedly. And when you ask him to stop the behavior, the peace will last for 60-90 seconds and then he’s doing it again with no memory of having done it before. Man, don’t you wish you could have used that excuse when you were a kid? Imagine the things we could have gotten away with! It’s really not quite so funny now, though. Much of the time spent with him is evaluating where his current mental capacity is at and anticipating when he’s going to slip into the next level. Well, Houston, we had a problem last Friday.
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The Face of Gay 56 (Patricia Logan III)

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

I remember feeling a little hesitant about having the same contributor write multiple posts for The Face of Gay. That hesitation was completely unfounded because more than one person can touch our life. These are a labor of love more than anything else. This particular piece is a bit longer than what you’re used to reading here, but I dare anyone to not be able to finish it once you’ve started it.

So without further ado, my lovely friend Patricia Logan would like you to meet Wesley in today’s return to The Face of Gay.
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Let’s Talk About Gay Marriage

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

One of the things I try to accomplish as an author and blogger is to embrace the opportunity for conversations to take place, preferably civil ones. And with respect. We all have opinions, right? Right? Okay, some more than others. Still, when a subject comes up and opinions are shared as they were last Thursday when the issue of gay marriage came up, I’m not inclined to let the moment pass without exploring it a little since I have a slightly different viewpoint. This will hopefully inspire a bit more conversation to take place. You up for it?
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Chipping Away at Identity One Jeep At a Time

Monday, August 4th, 2014

There were some interesting comments left on my blog post last Thursday regarding gay marriage that I still want to answer. I just need to be able to find the time to sit down and formulate my response. If nothing else, they certainly opened the door for a discussion, which I think is pretty awesome since viewpoints tend to be rather split. But, until I’m able to do that—and perhaps I’ll use my Thursday post to get my thoughts straight (no pun intended)—there was something that recently came up as a kind of result of marriage. Think of it as one of those side-stories that happens concurrently with the main story, the main story being about marriage. It is, in this case, about identity.
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