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A Holiday Message From Justin Bieber…No, Not Really

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

I had, as usual, a couple of ideas I wanted to explore in today’s post, only the longer I waited to write about them, the less relevant they seemed. For those of us who recognize and celebrate the holiday, Christmas is this week, so discussing negative issues and their impacts can wait another week or two. I sat down and tried to think of the good that happened this year, the sad, and any new baggage that somehow impacted my life or the lives of those around me. There’s been a little bit of everything.
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The Ingredients of a Damn Good Story

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

I remember reading eighteen years ago when I first started submitting query letters that if a story I’d written couldn’t interest whoever was reading it at a publisher or literary agent’s office in the first chapter—or even the first couple of paragraphs—it would be rejected. That seemed like an awful lot of pressure to put on a writer. What if the piece was quite long and had a slow buildup? Worse yet, if you couldn’t catch their attention in a paragraph or two in the query letter alone, you wouldn’t even get to the part where they read a chapter of your story. It makes a whole more sense to me now and I no longer feel that same pressure when I submit a story.
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That Annoying Matter of POV During Sex

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Discovering at the age of twenty-eight that one has a sense of humor does tend to put one a tad bit behind the times. And when one uses that sense of humor in one’s writing, it becomes very easy to write that way all the time, especially in fiction. You see, a character’s point of view can often be as important to the comedy as the dialogue he or she has. Dialogue works on one level and their POV works on another. A third layer to that can be another character’s POV that’s shared at the same time, though in separate paragraphs. I know. Editors are cringing the world over at my saying that. I discovered recently that it doesn’t work outside of comedy, but I maintain that it does within.
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The Face of Gay 61 (Katy)

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Anti-gay politicians, religious leaders and everybody else who falls under the category of “others” sometimes like to justify their actions by using the words “for the children.” It’s annoying and it’s not for the children. But don’t take my word for it.

Why not hear from someone out there who isn’t gay, lesbian or transgender? Why not hear from someone who may not even have a child who’s gay, lesbian or transgender? Welcome to Katy’s Face of Gay.
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Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ Should Have Been Ayelet Waldman

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Several of the blog idea sites I check out from time to time when I’m stuck for a topic suggest taking on something controversial. That typically doesn’t appeal to me because I’m not fond of controversy for the sake of controversy. However, in this case, I think there’s something fairly fun I can do with it. You see, I saw an article on CNN.com yesterday about Time Magazine naming their ‘Person of the Year’. I just happen to feel it’s in error. Yes, it’s true. Time Magazine blundered their choice for ‘Person of the Year’ for 2014. Well, true-ish. It should have been The New York Times Bestselling author Ayelet Waldman.

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Bonding With Characters You’ve Written

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Something very odd happened over the weekend. The deadline for the Butt Riders on the Range story is fast approaching and I took a day off from having dad with me in order to complete my first draft. Our stories are supposed to be around 10k. Mine was at 18k when I sat down Saturday morning and ended up at 22k by the time day was done. I completed the first draft and was horrifically underwhelmed. At what, exactly? As with all first drafts, I tend to put every single friggin’ idea into them, then see what sticks as the story progresses. I’ll sometimes go back and futz—yes, futz—with the bits and pieces as I go along, but it’s not until the editing that everything comes together. Well, I went back Saturday night and read the first half. It’s actually not bad. The weird thing, though, is that I wound up bonding with the two main characters.
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The IRS, A Sex Scene, and Those Butt Babes in Boyland!

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Why so serious? I had to ask myself that question after I put the finishing touches on Monday’s blog post. It ain’t all doom and gloom. After all, the Butt-thology authors—of which I’m a part—just launched a new anthology yesterday. It’s a collection of holiday stories, so, you know, not at all time-sensitive. Now we’re in the midst of putting together posts for a blog tour and gearing up for an online radio show interview next Monday. And you know what all of this means, don’t you? Reviews. This is the part where the reviews start coming in and we wait with EXTREMELY nervous trepidation about what opinions will be. Then there was the whole income tax thing.
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I Guess I’d Go Away If I Was Ignored Too

Monday, December 1st, 2014

My grandmother has been in a funk lately. Her memory of the holidays goes back far longer than my own. I remember the Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings at her house when I was a kid, only from the viewpoint as that of a child. She remembers them as an adult. And she misses them. There were easily twenty or thirty people who’d show up at the house my mother and her siblings grew up in. Only, then, people would stay all day, sometimes even overnight. Yes, there was a bit more open drinking going on then than today. Nobody really stays like that anymore. Grandma finally threw in the towel this year and declared she wasn’t doing Christmas at her place anymore. Instead, she’s joining us and our drama.
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