Letter to a new Generation of Gate Keepers I’m writing this letter to you in the fervent hope that you will come to believe something. If you don’t believe it now because it seems too crazy or impractical, I ask that you put the idea aside gently, making room for the possibility of believing it at some time in the future. This idea is the single most important thing that I can give you. When…

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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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The Companion Blog Tour Articles and Reviews

Since Friday I've had interviews and articles posted on fellow author blogs, part of my effort to get the word out about the release of The Companion. Thinking that some of those posts might be interesting to you in the meantime, me and my 500-lb gorilla marketing buddy are sharing the links to a few of them. Raine O'Tierney                       Vastine Bondurant                  Tara Lain Thanks to Raine, Vastine and Tara for hosting me on their…

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Release Day for The Companion!

July 23, 2014 -- release day for The Companion, coming to you today from Dreamspinner Press. You can read the first two chapters here. Well, I've got a great cover, an interesting (I think, anyway!) story, promotional blog posts organized. Hopefully some review sites will pick up the book and say nice things about it, causing millions of eager readers to buy their own copies. I'd like to say that the project is now out…

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About Who Writes MM Romance

Fellow author Jamie Fessenden wrote a very thoughtful post on his blog recently, about women writing M/M romance, which you can find —here—. It’s well worth reading and thinking about. This is an issue that has arisen on discussion loops and author blogs for years, often in some combination of complaint, disrespect, snark and defiance. Recent posts on the topic are less strident, I’m grateful to see. I really appreciate Jamie’s approach, since it offers…

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Gorgeous Cover for The Companion!

I'm so thrilled with the cover art for The Companion, finalized this week with Paul Richmond of the Dreamspinner art department! Original art by Dan Skinner. This is the back cover copy: Shepherd Bucknam hasn’t had a lover in more than a decade, and doesn’t need one. As a Daka, he coaches men in the sacred art and mystery of sexual ecstasy all the time, and he loves his work. It’s his calling. In fact,…

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Essential differences in a gay Hero’s Journey — Part Two

So -- picking up from Part One: a straight hero grows up in an automatic level of belonging—whether it’s the idyllic Shire, or some other culture in which the hero belongs to an identifiable majority—that a gay one does not. But there’s a great and powerful gift inside the pain of not belonging: it sets him free. The gay hero does not owe the same psychic allegiance to the heteronormative world and its cultural conventions…

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Essential differences in a gay Hero’s Journey – Part One

I'm developing materials for an online course to be presented this October under the aegis of the Florida Romance Writers, focusing on the differences in the Hero's Journey for a gay protagonist. I've been fascinated by the Hero's Journey since I read Campbell's Hero With a Thousand Faces as a teenager. It wasn't until decades later--after I came out--that I became sensitive to the heteronormative overlays in the Journey as it was usually described. At…

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