Monthly Archives: July 2012

Sex, Shotguns, and My Little Pony: 5 Surprises That Were Waiting For Me When I Came Out

I came out when I was seventeen, the experience was rather dramatic in both the first instance of coming out and in telling my parents, but we’ll just leave it at that. This isn’t really an “It Gets Better” article, in my opinion it really only gets a little easier to live with yourself after you come out and it’s not going to get better for you unless you make it better (though suicide is certainly not the way to make it better, but that’s going off into a whole ‘nother thing, and this is supposed to be a lighter article).  Instead, in the years since I’ve come out and been generally open about my sexual orientation, I’ve noticed a few things that I wouldn’t call up or downsides, but more “features”.  FYI, you’re not likely to find any of these mentioned in an M/M romance. 🙂

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5 Things No One Tells You About Selling a Book

As much as I try to de-romanticize the profession, there are still people out there who make the plunge and become writers, possibly because it’s been discovered you can make $1m a week by rewriting Twilight and swapping vampires for BDSM. Hate to break it to you, but your chances of breaking big on that level are about on par with hitting the Powerball.  Twice.  So, here’s another article that likely wouldn’t make Cracked because they prefer their testamonial be written by editors.

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All Apologies Up Front

There’s a word I used to use a lot, but now that I’ve really considered the word itself and its history, I’ve decided to stop using it, or at least tone back on its use: Hipster.

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This Is What Was Wrong

Let’s call this a preemptive answer to a question some might have after reading the acknowledgements for Lightning Rod when it comes out in October. About halfway through is “Thanks to Dr. Curtin for telling me it was wrong.” I want to make certain right now that there’s no ill will toward Dr. Curtin, there’s no sarcasm in that statement, but I realized I can’t be all that cryptic when it comes to something like this. But first, a little background…

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Sacred Cow Barbecue: 6 Trends in Geek Culture That Need to Die

Well, we tried to figure out why *I* still watch BBT, that is.

Recently, I managed to get into the Cracked.com Comedy Workshop and spent about two hours knocking around pitch ideas with fellow blogger David DeMar and generally asking ourselves why we still watch The Big Bang Theory…

And during that discussion the only thing I could think of was how tired I was of seeing the same things pushed by Geek Culture today that are already wearing a little thin, even if they’re well-loved. Back in the day when I still read magazines, Game Informer had (and still does, I assume) an annual feature article called the Sacred Cow Barbecue, where the most unassailable games of the past year or so would be skewered on their own faults. The point of it was akin to letting air out of an overinflated balloon, that fans had reached the point where they couldn’t even acknowledge the flaws and would vehemently defend the whole of the work to the death.

So, it’s with that in mind that I’d like to bring a few things to your attention.

It’s for your own good.

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Waiting for midnight/Writing is not a factor of 10

This is what I wait for, really. This is one of the times that being a writer isn’t a mind-crushing endeavor, but at the same time, it’s one of the most intimidating moments.

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An advance review blurb for Lightning Rod

Vaughn R. Demont’s Lightning Rod is an amazing book–inventive in its magic, gritty in its urban setting, winning and funny in its very likable hero.  The book recalls the great television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer in all the best ways, a mixture of adventure, comedy, and deep emotion. And something more.  Like Buffy’s Joss Whedon, Demont has created that rarest of literary creatures, a perfect metaphor.  For Whedon it was high school as Hell, for Demont it’s the best evocation of the effects of abuse I’ve ever read.  I can’t reveal how the book does this without giving away some jaw-dropping spoilers, but it’s something that stays with you long after you’ve read it.

Rachel Pollack, author of The Tarot of Perfection, A Collection of Tales

I’m still trying to comprehend being compared to Joss Whedon, one of my trinity of favorite writers. Today is just awesome. 🙂

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