The Problem of the Impossibly Broken Hero

While all of us love a good romance, I’ve come to the conclusion that we read them for different reasons. One reason is no better than another, but I'm going to suggest that it's important for an author to be aware of what basic reason they seek to serve when setting out to write a romance. Through that authorial choice, we extend an invitation to a reader as to how we expect them to enter…

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Winter Solstice 2016

I've been writing winter solstice poems for close to fifty years. Not every year, but this profound solar event seems to present itself to me over and over as a moment to take seriously, in reverence. It's become my year-end, and the morning after my new year's day. I haven't written a solstice poem for a few years, and with all the discordant forces at work in our world it seemed a good time to…

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Heartifact, by Aisling Mancy

Happy Holidays! Join me in welcoming my friend and fellow author Ash to my blog today with his newest novella, Heartifact. It sounds like a fascinating story! By the way, net proceeds benefit the The Trevor Project in the US, le Refuge in France, and Arcigay in Italy Heartifact is available from Men Over the Rainbow, Amazon, Amazon UK, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords   THE MYTH OF ATLANTIS A very special thank you to Lloyd for hosting me today. It’s great to be here!…

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Iguazú Falls

A week ago I returned from a trip to Argentina. I’d never traveled to South America before, and since it was the only continent (not counting Antarctica) I had yet to visit, I was excited. Even though I know South America has far more to see and experience, Iguazú Falls will remain the highlight of my trip — a profound spiritual experience. On landing in Buenos Aires we took a shuttle to the other airport…

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Blood and Dirt Excerpts

If you'd like to read the opening chapters, I've got Blood and Dirt excerpts sprinkled around the internet, plus a few blog interviews. Here's a map to get around: August 21st with Clare London - Interview and first half of Chapter One August 22nd with Jon Michaelsen - second half of Chapter One With more to be added! You'll be able to read at least the first two chapters this way, maybe more. Next stop,…

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Blood & Dirt Releases Soon!

It's been a long time coming (because it took months longer to finish than I had originally planned), but the digital version of my new Russ Morgan mystery Blood & Dirt is scheduled for release from Wilde City Press on August 19th! The print version will follow within days. I'm happy to say it will include Enigma, the first Russ Morgan story, which was too short to have a print run of its own. I'm thrilled it will be…

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Gate Keepers

In 2009, Arsenal Pulp Press published a collection of essays framed as intergenerational advice to queer youth, called Second Person Queer, edited by the inimitable team of Richard LaBonte and Lawrence Schimel. I was glad to have an essay in the collection, "Letter to a New Generation of Gate Keepers", in which I sought to address what I see as the sacred, spiritual gift of same-sex wiring. It was the first time I'd raised these thoughts in…

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Heading West for the L.A. LLF Reading May 15th

After a week of dithering about whether it was "the sensible thing to do" (Of course it's not! It makes hardly any sense at all, financially or logistically.) I've decided to attend the LLF-sponsored finalists reading in L.A. on May 15th. I had a big coupon from Southwest Airlines and deccided to splurge. Even if it isn't the sensible thing to do, it feels right and I'm excited at the prospect of meeting and reading to…

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A Wild Two Weeks!

Just coming up for air after a wildly eventful two weeks. Not sure what happened astrologically or in some other energies I don’t manage, but it was like a dam broke and washed down my river without doing a stick of damage. Instead, cycles that have been in “pending” mode for months all sprang forward as if the Cosmos had flipped a switch. Unnerving — and exciting! So here’s the executive summary: Wednesday, Mar 4…

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In Praise of Cognitive Dissonance

For years, I had a quote pinned up on the wall of my workspace attributed to congressional historian Daniel J Boorstin: “The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance, but rather the illusion of knowledge." With Mercury about to station retrograde October 4th, this is the ideal time for me to deliberately relax my grip on certainty, check my reality compass and make some room…

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