Category: ice bucket challenge

AllRomance 30% Off E-books; Steve Grand Naked; Paul Ross’ Gay Affair; Gavins Newsome a Hero

AllRomance 30% Off E-books

I didn’t know this until today, but is having a 30% off sale on selected e-books this weekend. I’m not sure which books qualify for the sale, but all mine seem to be on sale so I’ll link to my main page there where all mybooks are listed. It’s not a bad deal. My regularly .99 e-books are selling for .69 each. So if you’re the type who likes to stock up on e-books like I do you might find this one interesting. I think the sale ends today.

If you haven’t used Allromance before to purchase e-books I can tell you from experience it’s very simple to navigate and you don’t have to work too hard…especially if you’re a little tech challenged like me.
Steve Grand Naked
I’ve posted a lot about openly gay singer Steve Grand who released a gay country western video a while back and wound up getting crowdfunding to support him in a huge way. I was even inspired enough by him to write in a gay country western singer in my next book in the Glendora Hill series, which I’m working on right now.
Grand has taken the ice bucket challenge, and he’s taken it to another level.
 I don’t always get naked, but when I do, it’s for a good cause. I didn’t want to waste fresh water (since there are so many without) so naturally, I jumped into Lake Superior, naked, after my performance here in Duluth, MN. Video to come soon. I’m donating to ALS (visit as well as 2 other charities I am passionate about. ( and a local LGBTQ homeless youth charity). I nominate ALL of you, to find a charity you are passionate about (in addition to ALS), do your research, and donate according to your means. Love you all!  -Steve
I think it’s adorable, and I applaud him for taking the environmental factors into consideration. There’s been a good deal of controversy over the ice bucket challenge and some of it has to do with water. I’m not getting into any of that here. But it’s just nice to see that Grand took this into consideration.
You can read more here…where there’s a photo.
Paul Ross’ Gay Affair
I actually do know who Paul Ross is, but many of my US readers won’t. I also know I have a lot of readers from the UK, so that’s why I try to balance posts for different people the way I do. Paul Ross is considered a journalist and a presenter in the UK. He recently disclosed he’s been having an affair with a man, and he’s married with five kids. He’s also addicted to  mephedrone. The comments from Ross and his wife are what we would expect from people like this…sickening.
He and his wife seem to be blaming his temporary lapse into the dark side, so to speak, on his gay lover.
Recounting the details of the affair, Ross explained he met his lover at a ‘dogging’ site near his home in Berkshire, a place where couples go to watch each other having sex.
Also, he says it was his lover who introduced him to the drug, for which he is now receiving counselling.
 ‘The person I have been over the last 14 months isn’t someone I recognise. I have done things I didn’t even think it was possible for a human being to do,’ he said.
His wife doesn’t see it as a gay relationship and she believes it was the drug that made him have gay sex. You can read her quotes, verbatim. Here’s just one sample:
‘I’m not letting that vile little gargoyle destroy what we’ve got.’
Ross is also blaming stress and financial problems.
There is NOT a drug on this earth that could bring ME to have sex with a woman. Not one. Not if my life depended on it. There isn’t any amount of stress that could make me sleep with a woman. And last I heard, the same goes for straight men when it comes to sleeping with other men.
There’s a lot of passive aggressive gay hate going on in this article from Ross and his wife. You can read more of it here.
Gavin Newsome a Hero
If you haven’t heard of Gavin Newsome, I worry for you. At one time, he was mayor of San Francisco. He’s also been one of the biggest LGBTI supporters I’ve ever seen…and he’s been supporting us long before it became the right thing to do to go down in history the right way. In fact, I think he’s always been one of my heroes in a way because he’s always been so vocal and supportive. And always does it with style. I don’t say that about many politicians, ever.
This next link talks about all the things Newsome has done in the past. And he’s not getting all the credit he deserves for it either.
Up until 2004, marriage equality was largely a theoretical debate. The issue had been debated in Hawaii in the 1990s, and courts in New England were grappling with it. But the actual first same-sex marriages were still three months away (in Massachusetts) when Newsom decided that the city should start issuing marriage licenses. Suddenly, the theoretical became very real, very fast.
Now THERE’S a man who is going down on the right side of history and he never even knew he was doing it.
I’d like to know why we don’t get more presidential candidates like him running in the general election.

Queerty on James Franco; Ariana Grande on Gay Bully; Blogging vs Writing Credits; Ice Bucket Hot Guys;

Queerty on James Franco

Update below on Franco and ice bucket challenge.

The other day I posted about James Franco and the topic of passive aggressive homophobia, which he seems to have mastered. I’m not commenting much here. I’m reluctantly posting about the subject this time with two links simply because I wanted to show that I’m not the only one who’s noticed this about Franco. Frankly, I’m bored with it all.

But Queerty recently commented about Franco and homophobia in this piece, which backs up my previous posts almost to the last letter. That doesn’t always happen in such an accidental way, so I guess I’m not the only one.

Franco, a heterosexual man who has previously used gay sex, plagiarized work from gay artistsstarted his own gay rumors and fueled gay rumors about his brother for the benefit of his own career, draws the line HERE.

So for those of you taking notes, James Franco pretty much just labeled his own MO as homophobic

And here’s a link to a more recent piece about Franco’s latest attempts to self-promote his new film with gay content. I didn’t know about the plagiarism allegations until now.

Because it’s only ok for James Franco to give a wink to his non-gay gayness, not anybody else, the actor is back again with some more uploads.

I haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to see Franco’s newest film, Michael. Of course by even stating that I’m helping him promote it right here on my own blog. I know that, and I know the difference. And I never once said that Franco wasn’t a clever little guy either.

Do I think Franco is a homophobe? Actually, no. I just think he’s an aging starlet looking for his last hurrah.

Ariana Grande on Gay Bully

Ariana Grande is a pop singer and her brother, Frankie, is participating in Big Brother 16 this summer. Frankie is openly gay (and adorable), but he’s been keeping his sister’s fame a secret. Frankie recently disclosed his sister’s fame and his real identity to the other houseguests in the Big Brother house and someone commented about him on Ariana’s social media with a negative gay slur. As a result, Ariana went to Frankie’s defense and buried the online troll.

She said: ‘That “homo” is the fiercest, most incredible, funniest, most intelligent, kind hearted and most LOVED person on the face of the planet!

‘he also cleaned up his game and told the truth to everybody in the house WHICH by the way, nobody else on the show has done.

‘so i don’t give a flying fuck if or when he comes home!!! he is incredible and i am SO proud!!!!

‘oh and also “that homo” gets more ass than you’ll ever get in your life. k miss thing?’

How do I know all this? Admittedly, I’ve been a huge Big Brother fan since the show began a long time ago. I like the game, the concept, and the strategy of the game. I’m a poker player and in many ways the BB game is like poker. Personally, I think Frankie ruined his hand by disclosing his sister’s fame way too soon. People don’t like being duped with fake identities these days. But I could be wrong about that. He’s one of the strongest players in the house this summer…or ever.

In any event, you can read more here.

Blogging vs Writing Credits

For those authors who are new, or new to querying, I thought I’d link to this next article. I don’t always agree with this blogger on everything, but sometimes…more often than not…she nails it, and this is something I would have overlooked as a given and never mentioned at all.

But I do think it’s important to know the difference between publishing credits and blogging/platform. Even here on this blog, where I blog for free, I never consider a single word I write as a publishing/writing credit. I think of blogging as a casual hobby and as a way to talk about things I see in pop culture, publishing, or in LGBTI news. Or, a way to promote/review sometimes. I don’t always care about grammar when I write here because I work fast. It’s also a place where I can talk about my books, which unfortunately I haven’t done often enough in the last four thousand posts.

In any event, here’s what publishing/writing credits are all about:

A writing credit is work that has been curated, edited or selected in some way.  Most work published on websites isn’t curated. You submit a post, it’s posted. That’s GOOD for your platform, but it’s not a writing credit.

You can read the rest here.

When it comes to these little things you might not think they’re important. But they are in the sense that the more you know about the publishing industry and how it works the more professional you’ll be. And even though a lot of things have changed, a lot have remained the same. Querying agents is one of them. You don’t want to screw that up, because those ridiculous trumped up stories about literary agents finding a self-pubbed author and going into “a fit of shaking excitement” in the middle of the night come few and far between. Most of the time agents take on writers through the query process, and most serious writers would prefer an agent take them on that way…instead of in a fit of shaking excitement. You want an agent for the long term, not for the next kindle bestseller.

Ice Bucket Hot Guys

I’ve seen my fair share of comments about the ice bucket challenge this summer and I’m not sure it’s all that bad. I even saw Ethel Kennedy on TV yesterday morning doing it. Someone actually dumped a bucket of ice water over the poor woman’s head and she took it in her stride. It’s all in fun, and Ethel’s always been a good sport.

In any event, the ice bucket challenge is about raising awareness and money for ALS…people living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. And Ethel hasn’t been the only one doing it. A lot of the hottest guys on the planet have been taking part.

Here’s how it works: someone challenges you to dump a bucket of ice on your head within 24 hours and upload it to social media or else make a donation to ALS. Seems a little counterproductive since the whole idea is to avoid donating, but it’s an awareness thing so fine. Then once you complete the challenge, you nominate more people to participate.

You can read more here, and see video images of guys like Justin Timberlake taking part. You’ll be there for a while.

The only thing that makes me wonder is that I haven’t actually seen anyone dump a bucket of ice. It always looks like a bucket of water. Maybe I’m being too literal.

So far, we haven’t seen James Franco do it yet…but give him time.

Update: Did I call it or what? Everything in life should be this easy 🙂

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