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Are You Ready To Go?

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

I bit the bullet and went to see Batman Vs. Superman the other day. Honestly, I was expecting it to be crap. Reviews have been less than flattering and I was not a fan of Man of Steel. Turns out I was pleasantly surprised by the film. The story was there, it kept my attention, and despite the end going a bit overboard as did Man of Steel, I enjoyed it. Batman Vs. Superman wasn’t great, but it was certainly good and absolutely worth seeing on the big screen once. But, leaving the theater, I was struck with thoughts of mortality again since that was a theme in the film.

NEVER Come Between Your Asian And Shopping

Monday, March 28th, 2016

There are two things I shudder at the thought of when my husband flies in for a weekend; first and foremost, the mess he makes. This is a man who can turn order into chaos is less than 30 seconds. Second, the shopping…if there is any. Cleaning for me tends to take a while after he visits, and when I take a break and let the upkeep slip for a couple of days is usually when he announces a surprise inspection, then flies in long enough to tell me everything I missed since he left. Oh, yes. It happens, though he claims there’s another side to the story. Trust me. There isn’t. Now, the shopping?

Can There Be Transparency In Taking Children Away From Your Former Partner?

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Transparency is one of those lovely ‘it’ words that’s getting thrown around quite a bit these days. Have you noticed? It certainly has in Michigan. Politicians here promise transparency, then find ways around it. And, let’s be honest, not just here either. I’m a member of a community where other folks are actively trying to find ways to legally discriminate against us. Their methods are not particularly transparent, but they’re hoping if they use the word often enough, people will think they are. Yet if there’s one thing that generally pisses me off, it’s when a member of the LGBT community uses a law out there against one of our own, a law we’re actually fighting against.

Author Pride: Fickle But Necessary

Monday, March 21st, 2016

One of my good friends, J.P. Barnaby, wrote a week or so ago about being proud of what you write. I think about when I published the first version of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Sexual Orientation and, really, what a risk it was for any publisher to take a chance on a gay novel at that time, which was 2003. One did not exactly go around saying he or she was the author of a novel based in the LGBT genre unless one was in a crowd of like-minded folks. Things have changed tremendously since then.

A Memory Of Someone Who I Met Once; Wendy Holcombe

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Have you ever met someone in your early, early years who you just never forgot about even though you never met them again? No, I’m not talking about my Little Brother Eddie. He asked me to write something about him today, but…no. Besides, when I was 7 or 8 years old, he wasn’t even born yet, though he does claim the world should revolve around him. Operative word there is ‘should.’ Anyway, there are two things people would be surprised to learn about me; I’m a softy at heart, and I once took an interest in listening to banjo music. It was only by one Country artist, however; Wendy Holcombe.

Did…Did He Just Introduce Us As Husbands…A Lot?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

So my brother-in-law who you’ve affectionately come to know in these blog posts as Undersexed-Brother-in-Law is officially engaged to his girlfriend, who you’ve affectionately come to know as Long-Term-Unaffectionate-Girlfriend. We are genuinely pleased about this while their friends are genuinely relieved. There have apparently been betting pools going on regarding if he’d ever actually pop the question. There may have even been a betting pool regarding if she’d pop the question since she tends to wear the pants in the relationship.

Thursday’s Potpourri Blog Post

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

I’ve been writing about politics lately (presidential and author politics), and some other heavy subjects, so I felt the tiniest bit burned out last night when I sat down to write today’s post. What the hell did I want to say? Did I want to say anything? No. I wanted tea…and a mildly heated up piece of fresh cherry pie. In the end, I made myself a deal that if I got the tea and the pie, I’d write the post. But I also asked my Facebook friends what I should write about. The responses got a bit interesting in a hurry and I’m going to address as many of the suggestions as possible.

A Perspective on Plagiarism

Monday, March 7th, 2016

I still can’t spell the damn word correctly. One thing for sure, nobody will ever plagiarize the word plagiarism because it takes too much effort. Now, this has been talked about to death recently, and yet for as much as folks are talking about it, it doesn’t seem to be sinking in with some people. For the life of me, I don’t understand why. I have a theory or two, but I just don’t understand some of the responses to the incident.

It’s All In The Details

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

If I can avoid doing research when writing a book, I will. But I can’t, so I try to make it as painless as possible. It isn’t. I’d hate to think of what would happen if I ever came up with an incredible plot that took place hundreds of years ago. Either I’d update the whole thing or the characters would magically be transported to modern day, effectively ruining the entire point of writing the story in the first place. Oh, yeah. I can sabotage just about anything to get out of doing research.