Saturday, May 31, 2008

Well that didn't take long

Shoe has dropped; life is once more back to normal.

So rather than wallow, I'm going to include this funny clip of Hitler having the Torchwood Season 2 finale explained to him.

Thursday, May 29, 2008


Well, this broke my heart a little. Some of my best childhood memories are of the Carol Burnett Show, especially Harvey Korman.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Book updates

Two more books down the hatch: Boston Boys Club and Swish.

Swish was marvelous. Joel is, as most of you know, an excellent writer. The book is everything that I expected and much more.

Boston Boys Club . . . well, the author appears to be cute. Let's just leave it at that.

I think tonight I'll start Murder in the Rue Dauphine by Greg Herren.

I'm sick, so I have a little free time on my hands.


So . . . I met a guy this weekend.

I'm usually too . . . um, let's go with timid . . . to actually talk to guys I find attractive. Well this Saturday, I had enough Dutch courage (actually, I suppose it was Italian courage since it was really six or seven glasses of Pino Grigio) to talk to the cute redhead with the beard and the great smile.

It went really, really well.

We spent most of the weekend together and I'm planning to hang out with him this weekend, too.

I will admit that I've spent the last couple of days waiting for the other shoe to drop.

It would be really nice if, just this once, it didn't.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Woo hoo!

I just got a new writing gig. Four articles, 1000-1500 words each, $100 per article. It's for an upcoming theatre festival.

Color me psyched. That'll get me to P'town and back in August. Now I just need a gig that will pay my portion of our house rental.

So back to the books.

Last night I read Bitch Goddess by Robert Rodi. Amusing, but not his best work. The story was told in epistolary form (well, mostly, though there were some "transcribed" phone messages in there), which got to be a little much after a while.

Still, I much prefered Kept Boy (my favorite of his books) and What They Did to Princess Paragon.

After I finished Bitch Goddess, I started on Swish. I only made it through the introduction, but it was exactly what I expected from Joel - cute, funny, snarky, and just generally a lot of fun. I can't wait to read the rest.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Haiku's Day (P'town Edition)

Sand dunes hug the shore
Gulls wheel and cry overhead
So, dude, wanna fuck?

Had a great weekend in P'town, though not as great as the haiku above might indicate.

But the important thing is the weather was great, our hosts were terrific, and I had a wonderful time. Plus, I got my townie pass.

Let's see. I haven't updated the books I've read recently, so here goes.

I finished off Greg Herren's Scotty Bradley series by reading Jackson Street Jazz and Mardi Gras Mambo. Fun, quick reads. Truth is, I really like his characters, so no matter how outlandish the stories, I really enjoy reading them. Plus, I'm always interested in how writers work in issues of spirituality in their books. I suppose the best example of that is Richard Matheson (IMHO).

Anyway, I read Arthur Wooten's Fruit Cocktail, a sequel to his Picking Fruit. I'm sorry to say I really didn't like it. Tissue-thin story filled out with a series of descriptions of bad dates. The bad dates were kind of amusing, but they didn't propel the story. Just . . . not good.

I also read William J. Mann's The Men From the Boys and Where the Boys Are. Really, really liked these. Great complex characters, good stories. Terrific. Of the two, I really prefered Where the Boys Are, which was the sequel. Unlike the first novel which was told from one character's point of view, this one jumped between the three main characters. Very interesting.

I just went to Boston's Calamus bookstore (having just finished my last book that I had with me on this trip) and bought Joel's new book, Swish, Robert Rodi's Bitch Goddess, Johnny Diaz's Boston Boys Club, Greg Herren's Murder in the Rue Dauphine and Murdre in the Rue St. Anne (I forgot to get Murder in the Rue Chartres), and Summer Share, a book of short stories by Chris Kenry, William J. Mann, Andy Schell and Ben Tyler.

That should get me through the next week or so.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Random Thoughts

1) I have a Dell desktop and laptop. When I buy my next computer it's going to be a Mac laptop, because PCs suck.

2) When I was little, I wanted to be able to turn invisible as my superpower. Little did I know that I would eventually have that superpower, but that it only works in gay bars.

3) I'm in the Midwest on business. It's very flat, but there are lots of lakes and the people all are blond.

4) The fact that I'm from NY doesn't help me pull in bars.

5) I'm so fucking tired, but I'm also very hungry. I haven't decided which impulse will win.

6) And did I mention that the drinks are $3? I'm so fucking wasted that even if I did pull, nothing would happen.