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29 Oct

Just because …

'Murder at Pride Lodge' rocks at Rainbow Mountain

28 Oct

What a terrific weekend. Not only was it my birthday (Sunday), but we returned to the scene of the crime: Rainbow Mountain, the inspiration for ‘Murder at Pride Lodge,’ the first of the Kyle Callahan Mysteries.

I didn’t know if anyone would come to the reading; I’m not seasoned at this. But there were probably 10 people there, and they were such a good audience. A group of women had come there this weekend specifically to hear the reading – and enjoy the Halloween party that was mobbed later Saturday night.  They all walked away with a signed copy, and the reading itself was a great experience. When I read a couple of the sections, I must say I was moved in places, especially when young Emily first hears intruders in her home. Damn, it’s good. And that’s not just my imagination. I’ve worked very hard, for a very long time, to be good at what I do. All those years of writing as the sun comes up have rewarded me from time to time, and this was one of them.  When we were checking out this morning we ran into one of those women, and she told me she’d already started the book. “You’re a very talented writer,” she said. That’s a quote. And God bless her!

The Mountain is as inviting and enjoyable as ever. We stayed in Room 102, as we always do, because of “the painting” (the woman in the red dress at a black piano – read the book to find out about that). The place was hopping last night, as their annual party attracted what must have been a couple hundred people in amazing costumes. This old(er) guy was in bed by midnight, without a drop of alcohol, and heading off this morning with my partner Frank to settle in for the big hurricane. This was one for the memory books.

‘Murder at Pride Lodge’ rocks at Rainbow Mountain

28 Oct

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What a terrific weekend. Not only was it my birthday (Sunday), but we returned to the scene of the crime: Rainbow Mountain, the inspiration for ‘Murder at Pride Lodge,’ the first of the Kyle Callahan Mysteries.

I didn’t know if anyone would come to the reading; I’m not seasoned at this. But there were probably 10 people there, and they were such a good audience. A group of women had come there this weekend specifically to hear the reading – and enjoy the Halloween party that was mobbed later Saturday night.  They all walked away with a signed copy, and the reading itself was a great experience. When I read a couple of the sections, I must say I was moved in places, especially when young Emily first hears intruders in her home. Damn, it’s good. And that’s not just my imagination. I’ve worked very hard, for a very long time, to be good at what I do. All those years of writing as the sun comes up have rewarded me from time to time, and this was one of them.  When we were checking out this morning we ran into one of those women, and she told me she’d already started the book. “You’re a very talented writer,” she said. That’s a quote. And God bless her!

The Mountain is as inviting and enjoyable as ever. We stayed in Room 102, as we always do, because of “the painting” (the woman in the red dress at a black piano – read the book to find out about that). The place was hopping last night, as their annual party attracted what must have been a couple hundred people in amazing costumes. This old(er) guy was in bed by midnight, without a drop of alcohol, and heading off this morning with my partner Frank to settle in for the big hurricane. This was one for the memory books.

#WaPo endorses Obama, Romney picks up Petticoat Junction Gazette

26 Oct


Romney backed by the Petticoat gals

What’s up with that hashtag in the headline?

So the Washington Post has endorsed Obama. It’s good to see, and not completely expected. The modern New York Times is a liberal paper for sure and I would be shocked if they did not endorse the President, but the Post could have gone either way, had the Republicans not nominated such a total shit.(That was for all those gay parents and their babies he tried to screw when he was a lousy governor.)

I think it would be really fun to see Obama win the electoral college and Romney win the popular vote. Or possibly a nightmare, as Republican storm troopers dressed like Mormon missionaries would be out in throngs, as they were during the Florida recount. This is a mob that would immediately declare the President illegitimate (make that MORE illegitimate than they already claim he is). And can you imagine the Rombot ever making the kind of unifying, gracious concession speech Gore did? Not likely. So scratch that fantasy, it just sounds good with a steaming side order of revenge.

Don't get mad, get ice cream …

25 Oct

I was reading a blog post by Andrew Sullivan yesterday about Romney’s Mormonism and that Church’s secrecy and history of racism, and I found myself getting angry. This happens a lot. But every time it does I’m aware of what’s happening: I’m allowing someone else’s opinions, actions or worldview to determine how I feel. I’m ceding power over my own emotional well-being to strangers; and I’m participating in whatever emotional distress they are feeling over whatever it is that’s got them angry. A sort of symbiotic toxicity. How’s that for a new term?

I don’t want this to continue. I will vote for Obama and hope the Democrats hold the Senate. But whatever the election results, it will not ruin my day, let alone my life. The American voter is an undeservedly self-important creature. We cast ballots. We shout about the future of the country. And then we eat. I’d rather just skip to the eating.

Note: I expect and hope to be blogging here again, now that I’ve backed away from the massive undertaking that was the lgbtSr website. I miss my beloved MadeMark, and those blogging muscles need to come out of storage (is that a mixed metaphor or what?).

Don’t get mad, get ice cream …

25 Oct

I was reading a blog post by Andrew Sullivan yesterday about Romney’s Mormonism and that Church’s secrecy and history of racism, and I found myself getting angry. This happens a lot. But every time it does I’m aware of what’s happening: I’m allowing someone else’s opinions, actions or worldview to determine how I feel. I’m ceding power over my own emotional well-being to strangers; and I’m participating in whatever emotional distress they are feeling over whatever it is that’s got them angry. A sort of symbiotic toxicity. How’s that for a new term?

I don’t want this to continue. I will vote for Obama and hope the Democrats hold the Senate. But whatever the election results, it will not ruin my day, let alone my life. The American voter is an undeservedly self-important creature. We cast ballots. We shout about the future of the country. And then we eat. I’d rather just skip to the eating.

Note: I expect and hope to be blogging here again, now that I’ve backed away from the massive undertaking that was the lgbtSr website. I miss my beloved MadeMark, and those blogging muscles need to come out of storage (is that a mixed metaphor or what?).

'Murder at Pride Lodge' still tops Amazon search

25 Oct


My first book in the Kyle Callahan Mystery series, ‘Murder at Pride Lodge’, continues to come in at #2 in a gay mystery search (the first two slots are the same book, may he have great success). I’ll be reading this Saturday at Rainbow Mountain, the location that inspired the story.

 

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