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100 Happy Days: 13

Today I read that director/producer/actor Paul Mazursky died, and though that is nothing to be happy about, it did remind me that one of the things I’d planned to share during these days of happiness was whenever I’d finally have … Continue reading

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100 Happy Days: 4

Continuing with today’s button theme of how reading makes me happy, I’m just about to finish Jeff Ricker’s The Unwanted and thanks to a birthday gift card, begin my recent purchase of Tom Robbins’s memoir Tibetan Peach Pie.

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The horror, the horror

One of the panels I attended at Saints and Sinners was titled “The Devil You Don’t Know: Otherworldly Forces in Fiction.” The description from the program: The force of evil in a work of fiction often appears in an otherworldly … Continue reading

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My (anti) hero

Through the years, my brother has recommended many good books to me. Some of them were tough reads, and what I’ve learned about highly recommended tough reads if I give up on them is that I should revisit them sometime … Continue reading

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The look of the town

At a panel at Saints and Sinners which I intend to post about later, the moderator had the writers read first lines from one of their works. On the Colorado trip, as we rode through small towns of the Texas … Continue reading

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The most heartwarming of endings

If you squint really hard at this photo I shot in 1998, you can see not only Jim, but out on the water, you can see the RMS Queen Mary, berthed in the Long Beach Harbor since 1967. Before she … Continue reading

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Your First Readers

Creative self-expression: Though conventional wisdom has it that writing is a solitary act, I tend to disagree. First, a writer’s life is full of interactions and observations that inspire the work and feed the muse. Second, once a writer engages … Continue reading

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Button Sunday

In honor of the last day of the festival, I stole an online button and modified it. Being in New Orleans with so many writers and editors is a time when work is the most fun it can be.

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A little bit of magic

Last year before the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, Tim and I had only recently turned in the manuscript for Best Gay Romance 2014. Our editors at Cleis realized that because of an error in our contract, the manuscript wasn’t … Continue reading

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Keeping up with the characters

Last week I went to Kimberly Frost’s signing for her new Tammy Jo Trask novel Slightly Spellbound at Murder By The Book. My exhaustion as the week ended manifested itself in my forgetting to take my camera. I never forget … Continue reading

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