Straight No More
It’s nice to open the mailbox on Christmas Eve morning and find an author copy of a book you weren’t thinking about. And that’s what happened this morning when I found a print copy of a new release with German publisher Bruno Gmunder titled, Straight No More. This book kind of has a “gay for you feel,” and as we all know in real life these things can and do happen all the time. My story is titled Things His Wife Never Did. The book was edited by Winston Gieseke.
You can read more here at Amazon. This book is available in both print and e-book.
FREE Gay Xmas Read
In 2010 I wrote a 20,000 word novella titled, The Christmas Gift, that was included in a holiday book titled, Well Hung By the Chimney. I haven’t posted any long excerpts, and not even a short one since 2010, so I decided to put a long excerpt up now because I probably won’t be blogging tomorrow. As I’ve done in the past, I’ll put part of the excerpt up here on Google blogger, and I’ll add a link at the end where you can read the rest of it in full on my other web site. Here’s the Amazon link.
Please remember this is the raw version before edits (because it works with Google blogger) and there may be a few errors that eventually went to copy edits and were revised in the final book. But I actually like putting them up this way to show readers how the process goes. I also had to self-censor a few things here. I replaced “certain” words with the word elbow in parenthesis.
When Nathan discovered Lance was an avid golfer, he wasn’t surprised. Back in high school Lance had been one of those all around jock types, always running to football practice, baseball practice, or basketball practice, with a gym bag in his hand and a deep, intense look in his eyes. If Nathan remembered correctly, Lance was even on the track team four years in a row. And he hadn’t changed much in ten years. He still had that fresh watery smell that comes from showering in locker rooms and dressing fast without being fully dry. He still towel dried his thick black hair and let it fall into place on its own without too much fussing around. And he still went the entire weekend with black stubble on his face.
But for some reason, Lance did seem surprised when he discovered Nathan had a premium cable television package and still used his mother’s fifteen year old cast off television in the bedroom and a twenty year old RCA in the living room. Lance just gaped at the old televisions and shook his head without commenting.
In a time when most people had switched to digital flat screens, Nathan continued to make due with the old televisions in spite of their broken speakers and off color tones. When Lance asked him about the TV in the bedroom, Nathan said he didn’t believe in buying new appliances when the old ones were still good. And if a television was in working condition, there was no need to buy new just for the sake of it.
“You’re missing all your favorite cooking shows in digital,” Lance said. Nathan was obsessed with cooking shows, especially baking themed shows.
The day Lance mentioned this TV business they were still in bed, a Sunday afternoon in March. Lance was naked and his slightly hairy, muscular legs were wide open and Nathan was only wearing a pair of black boxer briefs. Lance had one arm around Nathan’s shoulders and one leg across Nathan’s legs. Nathan was leaning into Lance’s chest with the remote control in one hand and Lance’s (elbow) in the other.
“I don’t mind,” Nathan said, never one to count his short-comings. Besides, life was too good to complain. Lance had just (elbowed) him and they were watching that prim and proper TV personality make Christmas cookies. They’d been seeing each other every weekend since they’d met up again on Christmas Eve three months earlier. Lance usually drove down to Martha Falls from Baltimore because Nathan had to keep the video store open on weekends. Lance didn’t seem to mind the hour drive either. He said it was nice to get out of the city to a quieter place.
Lance caressed Nathan’s shoulder and spread his legs a little wider so Nathan could rub the tender spot beneath his (elbow). “I just don’t get it. Why did you bother ordering a premium digital package with these old televisions?”
“I got this fantastic promotional offer for six months from the cable people, and I have good intentions,” Nathan said. “And, these old things can’t last forever. When they die, I’ll get a new flat screen. Besides, I don’t’ want to waste any money right now in this economy. The store isn’t doing well at all and I’m going to have to figure out what to do next with my life.” Then he repositioned his body and squeezed Lance’s (elbow). It was soft now, but still thick and meaty in his palm.
Nathan’s video store had been slowly declining for a long time. People were renting their movies right from their televisions, downloading them from their computers, and joining those Internet video web sites. And Nathan’s little store just couldn’t compete anymore. Oh, he’d seen it coming for a while, but he’d never expected it to get this bad. For some reason he’d been hoping all the new technology would pass Martha Falls by. But he was lucky now if two or three people rented movies on a Saturday night.
“I hear you,” Lance said, frowning while TV personality rolled little balls of chocolate dough, boasting about the extravagant kitchen in her Maine mansion. Lance scowled at the TV screen and said, “I have a friends in real estate who haven’t sold a house in over a year, I have friends in Florida who can’t pay their mortgages, and I’m barely making ends meet since my divorce. And things don’t seem to be getting better.”
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Charlie Sheen Duck Dynasty
Ever since reality TV personality, Phil Robertson, made his anti-gay slurs public, there’s been a firestorm from all sides. I’ve posted about it all here, and I’ve even linked to an objective web site that talks about free speech, here. And now actor Charlie Sheen is coming to the defense of the LGBT community, and Sheen makes strong references to Robertson’s offensive comments in a way that I think most LGBT people took those comments. They weren’t just about free speech and not supporting the LGBT community. Robertson’s comments were some of the most vituperative slurs I’ve ever heard.
Angered by recent comments by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson likening homosexuality to bestiality, Charlie Sheen has taken to Twitter to launch a blistering attack on the show’s patriarch. ‘You have offended and hurt so many dear friends of mine, who DO NOT have the voice or the outreach that I do,’ Sheen posted yesterday.
That last comment says a lot. Most of the people offended don’t have the outreach Sheen has and it’s just amazing to see Sheen use his power this way. I know he’s straight, but I always found him attractive in many ways. Even more so now, and I’m not just talking about his looks.
You can read more here.
Side Note about Duck Dynasty: Maybe my conspiracy concerns are working overtime, but I can’t help wonder if all this gay hate with Duck Dynasty isn’t a huge publicity stunt in order to improve ratings and gain more of a following. Of course I could be wrong about this, but photos are already surfacing of Phil Robertson and his other cast members that date back to before their Duck Dynasty days. Could they all be fakes? Should they be vetted more thoroughly now. They didn’t have the beards or long hair before the show. One bleached his hair on top. In fact, they look just like everyone else. And all this brings up a few interesting questions about authenticity, ethics, and morality on their part. Do we really believe there is such a thing as reality TV? Do we really believe Duck Dynasty wasn’t a planned, staged commercial venture meant to exploit others? And do we really believe that the people connected with Duck Dynasty would have found any fame or fortune if they had remained the way they were? I’ve had more than a few e-mails from southerners telling me how offended they are by Duck Dynasty because they feel it promotes the worst stereotypes. If there is anything beneath the surface to expose about Duck Dynasty, maybe we should be digging a little deeper instead of only concentrating on the gay slurs made by Phil Robertson.
It actually would be hard to call a boycott on Duck Dynasty because most LGBT people wouldn’t bother watching it anyway.