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I Met G.A. Hauser & Now I Worship Satan

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Chances are you saw the title and wondered “WTF?” Yeah, I would too. Sadly, it’s one of those times you needed to be there when it was uttered. Incidentally, G.A. is the one who uttered it while in a group of folks in Austin last weekend and it was damn funny. I can’t remember what provoked the response, but I immediately knew I was going to use it as a blog post title. For the record, she gave me permission. And please don’t worry, G.A. Hauser isn’t Satan, a close relative, or even a follower. I don’t even think she’s evil, and I can say that because I’ve met evil. Well, EVIL. I’m related to her now and her name is Margaret. You know her by her other name, her special name; the Grandmonster.

Destination: Austin Author Affair…In Soon-To-Be Invaded Texas

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Some things just don’t mix, then there are things only reputed not to mix. Or sometimes they just don’t. But then sometimes they do. It really depends on the situation, I think, and who your highly paid European chef or barely legal bartender are. As for other situations, I’ve been told that M/M authors and M/F authors don’t always mix, so I was just the tiniest bit hesitant going into this past weekend’s Austin Author Affair. Fifty authors were invited to sign and of those, there were perhaps 6 or 7 of us who wrote M/M. What’s a cute lad with a gorgeous half Chinese husband to think of that ratio? Fortunately, I didn’t have to think about it much at all because it was, in a word, awesome!

You Bet Your Knickers I’m Worried About the June SCOTUS Decision

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

I’ve been having a conversation with certain friends over the past couple of weeks regarding the upcoming Supreme Court decision about marriage equality. They, my friends, say I should be more positive, only I am, quite honestly, afraid of getting my hopes up. I feel we’re at the point now where no matter which side wins, the losing side will make the winning side wish they’d lost. I fear it’s going to get ugly, and I just don’t have a clue how this is going to turn out, especially with so many things coming out in the media.

John Carpenter’s Escape From Canadia

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Nobody ever believes me when I tell them I occasionally travel to the great nation of Canadia. Well, more like they correct me as opposed to not believing me. “You mean Canada,” they say. No. I mean Canadia. Americans live in America, so Canadians must therefore live in Canadia. Don’t mess with a writer. We understand common sense…or at least enough of it to get us into trouble. So, my friend from university and his wife have been wanting to cross the border and visit a mall in Windsor for years. And now that they have passports, I decided to take them on a shopping excursion to Devonshire Mall this past Saturday. Unfortunately, things didn’t go exactly as planned.

Writing Who You Know And Sorta Disguising It…Sorta

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

I’ll be the first to admit I sometimes get author-like sadistic pleasure out of writing people I know into a short story or novel. Why? Because it’s fun. It’s fun just to do it or just to get even for something they either do or don’t realize they’ve done to annoy you…er, me. Hey, sometimes breathing the same air around me is all it takes. I’m not picky. I’m just looking for memorable characters. Some authors will tell you to write what you know—because, let’s face it, you’ll look more intelligent than if you really screw up something you should know and didn’t research—but I also say write who you know!

The Weird Guy With the Mustache in the Sacrificial Virgin Outfit

Monday, May 11th, 2015

The end of a convention weekend can be just as bizarre as its beginning. I know the Directors of these things are running around like mad beforehand, pulling their hair out, and all in the name of making sure guests and con-goers see a minimum of chaos. For the guests, we have our own kind of chaos, mainly that of making sure panels we’ve been selected to be part of are well-thought out and prepared for. The folks in charge of the convention are putting their faith in us and what we do as well as how we do it reflects on them. It can often be about stepping outside of one’s safety zone.

The Journey To the Halfway Point

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

There was a moment several months after my mother told me that my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when I wondered if my parents were playing a very cruel joke and punking me. It was like watching a train wreck and I couldn’t believe my father’s brain was short circuiting the way it was. How could something become so illogical? So I briefly wondered if it was some weird joke between them I couldn’t understand. It obviously wasn’t and the 5+ years we’ve had since he was diagnosed have been a learning curve fought with blood, sweat, and tears every step of the way.

A Website Hacked & OutlantaCon Prep—Yup, It’s Monday

Monday, May 4th, 2015

I’m the tiniest bit blogged out at the moment. I had the two I wrote last week, I wrote another for the Butt Riders on the Range blog tour going on—three posts written for that in total so far—plus I posted the first Face of Gay and Transgender piece for 2015 on Saturday. What the heck more could I possible have to say? Oh, I’ve been working on my OutlantaCon panel presentations, which is probably a good thing since the convention starts this upcoming Friday. I just sent the official House Rules & Regulations over to our house sitter for when I’m gone, plus a list of fines for any infractions. Am waiting for the whining to commence from that. Oh, and my web site got hacked yesterday morning.

The Face of Gay and Transgender 62 (Roma)

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

You’ll notice this is our first new post in the series for 2015. Sadly, due to family commitments, I haven’t been able to spend the time begging, pleading, or otherwise bribing folks to contribute. This bothered me because I was contacted back in December and asked if I’d make a change to the series, one that’s long overdue. You see, in my mind, The Face of Gay encompassed everybody in the community, but I was wrong. We’ve had a number of transgender contributors and it only makes sense to change the title–as requested–to The Face of Gay and Transgender. It’s something I should have done a long time ago and I’m sorry I didn’t.

So it seems fitting that our first contributor of the year is also the person who asked if I’d change the title. Now sit back, get comfortable, and allow me to welcome you to the first Face of Gay and Transgender post of 2015.