Monday, November 26, 2012

"Thank you!" isn't enough.

I appreciate all the people who have supported me in my authorial ventures. All of you who have read the novel, supported my writing, "Liked" my Facebook page, or just "liked" my posts—you have no idea how much you mean to me. As of 10:39 p.m. on November 26, 2012, this is how my Facebook page looks:

Yes, that's 830 Likes! I'm aiming for 1,000. Thank you again for all your support.

The sequel should be finished in early spring 2013, so keep your eyes out for Task Force: Gaea—Memory's Curse.

Here's the trailer:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

My Newest Writing Venture!

No, it's not Memory's Curse... that should be ready in the early spring (and I'm getting some MAJOR writing done for that). This is more of a literary venture with friends. Available now is New Years to Christmas: 15 Queer Holiday Tales with stories from my friends Peter Saenz, Mitchum Sinclair, Warner Davidson, Robbie Tursi-Masick, Jon Macy, Salvador Hernandez, Hank Henderson, and yours truly!

"New Years to Christmas: 15 Queer Holiday Tales is a collection of short stories and artwork created by a group of inspired gay men that celebrates the joys found in an array of well known American holidays. Become enraptured in stories that not only highlight the gay experience, but also captures the spirit of the seasons. Whether it be Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, or another occasion you hold dear, this book will take you on several adventures that you'll want to enjoy over and over again. Celebrate all year long with New Years to Christmas!"

My contributions are "Father's Day" and "The Hanukkah Gift," and they're purely gay romance.

Available at CreateSpace.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thirty pages in one day! Yeah, baby.

Since I woke up today, I've written about thirty pages. Now, I know some of it will get edited out, but that much writing hasn't come out of my head in a long time. All in all, I figure about 25 - 30% of the novel is in written form at the moment. Much of it is background, but it's necessary to get that story done so I can move from major plot point to major plot point. I'm moving the goal post from December to early spring, so this book will probably be finished some time around a year after the first one was published.

G-d willing! Getting the mind moving is the hardest part, as usual, but I am completely confident that I can complete this around the time I want to.

This blog started out as a PROCESS BLOG, and now it's going to become one again. I'm developing at least one romance at the moment (even though this is a fantasy novel, a few romantic ideas do pop into my head; AND! the romance is pivotal to the story, too, so it's not fluff). I see two romantic relationships blossom in the sequel (Memory's Curse). It's just so necessary to make time for this now more than before—even with grading papers.

So, I'm off to grade papers for a while. Then later? Who knows. Perhaps I'll find some more inspiration to pump out some more pages.

Oh, Oh, Oh! AND... I have spoken with Nate Klarfeld of Stonewall Live, an Internet radio program, and he is putting a 30 minute interview with me on the calendar in January.

I've never been interviewed for an LGBT program before, so this is exciting! I'll post more as soon as I know more information.

To any NANOWRIMO peeps out there: Keep rockin' the writin'! 50K words!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I live in a fantasy world.

No, it's not the world in my novels or in other fantasy books I've read. In this fantasy world, life is quite different from anything I've ever experienced.

As a writer, I can create any world I want. My alternate realities can be on Mount Olympos or Jupiter Mountain, Colorado, the ancient city of Atlantis or Boston, Massachusetts. In these places, I control the who, the what, the why, the when, and the how—everything that makes that world work for me. People in my imagined worlds can be gods, demigods, demons, humans, gay, straight, or any combination thereof. But, it's not a fantasy world I can ever truly live in.

The fantasy world I live in is one where my neighbors treat each other with respect, where people work together for the common good that benefits all people, not just the ones that have money or a preponderance of other valuable... things. In my fantasy world, gender isn't an issue so people who were born genetically men but feel they should be women (or vice versa) are accepted by society without judgment, without hate, without bigotry. This place doesn't look at the handicapped with fear or disdain, but rather looks to find ways to make their lives easier. This place doesn't restrict people based on race or religion—that sort of blindness has no place in my world. In this universe that I live in, gay men and women can marry, adopt children, be teachers or caregivers, and no one bats an eyelash about it. Why? Because it just doesn't matter. Love is love, and the people in my fantasy world just don't care about superficiality and pretense. Compassion blankets all decisions.

Is it perfect? Not by any means. Without adversity, the heroes (not super-powered ones but rather everyday people) rise above the stupidity and ignorance in the society and speak out openly without fear of reprisals. This world needs the bad to balance the good because there must always be an equilibrium to the universe. When I close my eyes and peer into this world, epic battles take place where the forces of good battle against those of evil; order butts up against chaos, and holds its ground. Do people die? Of course. They live out their lives, fighting disease and infection like anyone else. Some die for others, though, giving their lives in duty to humanity... these people recognize that we, as humans, are all related to one another, and we have a moral obligation to protect one another... sometimes from each other.

This fantasy world I envision values those who serve society: firemen, EMTs, teachers, social workers, as well as anyone else who wants to take a stand against the depravity and squalor that some people live in, hoping to make some kind of a difference. People actually help each other. Imagine what that would look like.

Friendship is valued. Truly. Friends agree and disagree—respectfully. Arguments are not ad hominem, but rather aimed toward issues. Words are respected as possible ways to build people up as well as cut people down, the latter is highly discouraged.

I know few people will read this, but I needed to tell you about my fantasy world. It will never appear in my novels, because fantasy novels hold fast to a different kind of fantasy.

I live in fantasy world because, right now, it gives me hope for the real world.
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