Anthony Weiner Sexts; Channing Tatum on Broadway; J.K. Rowling Number One

Anthony Weiner Sexts

When I post things here on this blog, I actually do make a conscious effort to keep with the theme of Naughty Guys with Strong Stories. Mostly that’s about my fiction, however, I don’t think there’s been a naughtier guy with a stronger story than Anthony Weiner since the Bill Clinton era. And now that’s he’s running for mayor of New York City more information about his penchant for sexting has surfaced and every crooked politician in NY seems to have jumped onto the band wagon to seize Weinder’s weak spot, and they are calling for him to drop out of the race.

Three of his rivals for mayor — Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former City Councilman Sal Albanese, both Democrats, and billionaire John Catsimatidis, a Republican — also called on Weiner to quit the race.

“Enough is enough,” de Blasio said. “The sideshows of this election have gotten in the way of the debate we should be having about the future of this city.”

So far, Weiner has the support of his wife and he’s not making any moves to drop out. And frankly, I hope he doesn’t.

While I do think that Weiner’s lack of discretion has created most of his problems because we live in a society that likes to cover these issues up all the time, I don’t think his issues should be a deciding factor on whether or not he can run the city of New York. At least in his case we know he’s an exhibitionist, he takes care of his body, and he happens to enjoy sex. Compare this to past politicians like John F. Kennedy or even the late mayor of NY, Ed Koch, and the only thing Weiner is guilty of doing is showing a little too much too often. The hidden sex lies about Kennedy were never actually addressed in public, and openly acknowledged. To this day, there are still people who think Jack and Jackie Kennedy were the perfect married couple. And Mayor Koch lived his entire life as a closeted gay man who didn’t even acknowledge the AIDS virus…and he was mayor during a time when thousands of gay men were dying from it. On another note, it took over two hundred years to acknowledge that Thomas Jefferson not only had slaves, but that he made his living…a very good living…on breeding slaves and selling human beings for profit. Maybe I’m wrong about this, but I think sexting falls into an entirely different category than selling human beings to make a buck.

Weiner’s wife has openly supported him so far. Anyone who has ever been married knows that what happens between spouses, gay or straight, is unique and not all circumstances are handled the same way. And unless you can stand up and say you have the ultimate perfect marriage, I don’t think anyone should be pointing fingers at anyone else. And, anyone who has been married knows that there is no such thing as the perfect marriage and that marriage is more about learning to compromise, mostly in ways you never could have portended when you were single. The levels or degrees on which we’re willing to compromise differ from person to person, however, no one has it perfect. And sex is a big part of everyone’s life and no one is willing to admit that openly. I personally know a few closeted gay politicians, Democrat and Republican, who come to New Hope because it’s a safe gay community, to visit their kept male lovers. These men are married with children and they live double lives. I wrote about this in the upcoming book, The Palm Beach Stud, with a minor character.

Anthony Weiner is obviously not perfect, but no one is perfect. At least he’s been open about his mistakes. Or at least I hope he’s been open about them. And that’s far more than we can say about any politician, including those who cruise men’s rooms and lie about that all the time. Most of the time we get nothing more than a spin and what they want us to know, thanks to crafty PR people and those who stand to gain a great deal of money from the system. At least we know Weiner’s not perfect.

Channing Tatum on Broadway

As with most things these days, this came from a tweet. Channing Tatum posted on twitter that the stage version of his recent film, Magic Mike, is headed for Broadway.

 “Magic Mike, The Musical” will be written by Aguirre-Sacasa, who co-wrote the book for “Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark.” Tony winning songwriters, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, creators of “Next To Normal,” are set to write the songs for the musical.

Anyone who follows me regularly knows that I have never been a fan of torch songs, Broadway show tunes, or anything even remotely related to musical comedy. In fact, I dislike them so much I love to parody them…I’m still thinking about writing an erotic romance titled, Banging in the Rain based on Singing in the Rain. However, I passed on seeing Magic Mike in the theaters, and I even passed on renting it on demand because I didn’t think I would like it. From everything I had read about it at the time I imagined a bunch of straight guys involved in a typical hetero romance plot. So when I finally did see in on one of the premium channels I was a little amazed at how good it was, and how much I liked the storyline. I hope they do justice to the film with the play.

J.K. Rowling Number One

Who didn’t actually think this would happen? Seriously. I posted about Rowling’s pen name being disclosed last week, and about her new mystery suspense, Cuckoo’s Calling, and I didn’t have a doubt in my mind she’d hit the number one on more than a few bestseller lists.

J. K. Rowling will land at No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list on Thursday – but this time as Robert Galbraith.

As most of the world now knows, Galbraith is the pseudonym Rowling used when she released a detective novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, in April. Despite good reviews, it sold fewer than 1,000 copies.

Even though I loved her adult book, The Casual Vacancy, I’m not planning to read the new book right away because mystery suspense is just not my thing, and lack of time. But I do find it interesting that a book with a pen name written by Rowling lingers around without doing much for a while, plus good reviews, and then it hits all the bestseller lists the instant her real name is revealed.

I do believe Rowling had nothing to do with revealing her name in public. But I can’t help thinking there’s also a problem with the book system as we know it and that we’re not getting all the information…or we’re not bothering to look for all the information…we need in order to find good books. So when I post about new web sites like Lazy Beagle Entertainment I’m hoping people will really start to take this seriously and that they will check it out and give a few new authors a try. Because the only difference between J.K. Rowling and an unknown author is that Rowling has a little more luck and a little more publicity on her side. And if that weren’t the case, her pen name, Robert Galbraith, would have hit all the bestseller lists, too, just based on the reviews alone. And that God awful title, Cuckoo’s Call, didn’t put her on the bestseller list. I’m not even sure WTF a Cuckoo is.

I don’t often talk about marketing and publicity here, especially PR firms like this one that represents Debbie Macomber and Nora Roberts, and is affliated with a few people who might suprise you because they keep it very toned down. But I think readers should know some of the things that happen behind the scenes, and I’m going to get into that more in the future. I may wind up in the river with a cinder block tied to my leg, but the information we are getting on a grand scale is not by accident. And those who often speak of full disclosure don’t always practice it. It wasn’t sheer talent that landed Debbie Macomber a movie deal with Hallmark. So there’s nothing more important nowadays than publicty and marketing, and the least of that deals with reviews.

E-Book Sales Rise 134%; Magic Mike 2 Matt Bomer; Parents Support Libraries; Colorado Civil Unions

Half the time I’m never certain what to believe anymore when it comes to e-book sales in a general sense, but according to the following article the rise in e-book sales seems to be 134% by 2012. This comes from the Publishers Association Yearbook, 2012.

Digital formats (encompassing ebooks, audiobooks downloads and online subscriptions) accounted for 12% of the total invoiced value of sales of books in 2012, with this share rising from 8% in 2011, and from 5% in 2010.  Other notable statistics from the PA Yearbook 2012 include an increase of 4% for the home physical sales of children’s books, up to £233 million, while home physical sales of school books saw a rise of 6%, to £172 million. Total physical sales of fiction books have also grown, by 3% in 2012, leading to sales of £502 million. Physical and digital sales of fiction books combined have risen by 21% to £674 million, and digital sales of non-fiction/reference books have grown by 95% to £42 million.

With all this talk about the death of the American author, and how e-books are nothing more than a passing trend, you have to wonder what motivates some people to put anything in print. On the other hand, e-books seem to have this unusual effect on some people, where they sometimes feel the need to lay down and die for their beloved print books. For me it’s always been about the content, not the physical tangible item. There’s no way in hell I’d ever go back to reading print books.

You can read more here, where they get into what’s happening with digital sales in the UK.

Parents Support Libraries

According to a new study, 94% of parents want to see libraries stick around.

The report also highlighted how many lower income parents would be “very likely” to use library resources like “classes on how to download library e-books” (44 percent), “e-readers already loaded with library content” (40 percent), or a “digital media lab” (40 percent).

There’s more, here. I don’t even have kids and I would support anything library oriented. I used to live at the library, well after I’d graduated from college, too. I checked out some of the best books I’ve ever read, from all of Anne Rivers Siddens novels, to Anne Tyler’s. I do think that libraries need to change a little. I’d like to see them become more like community centers where people can gain access to books, media information, and use technical devices they may or may not have at home.

Magic Mike 2; Matt Bomer

According to this next article, there’s serious talk of a second version of the film, Magic Mike. This second installment will most likely be a prequel because Mike retired at the end of the first film. This is one of the things I love about doing a series of any kind. You get that freedom to make it up as you go along.

“We actually just had a meeting about it the other day. It’s getting pretty far along,” Soderbergh told Pride Source about the sequel. The new film will likely be written, once again, by Reid Carolin, with input from star Channing Tatum.

I didn’t see anything mentioned about Matt Bomer, though. For those who might not know, he was in the first film…check out photos here.

But I do find Channing Tatum very interesting. I’ve seen photos of him in various places that show him in different ways. And most of the time he’s not the thin god we all think he is. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. He’s been more than attractive in every photo I’ve seen of him, with or without the extra weight. I just find it interesting that he has that ability, and that discipline, to sculpt his body in such a way that he can transform from one character to another. I’ve never been able to do that. And I’ve had to watch every single morsel of food I’ve put into my mouth to maintain a 32 inch waist all my life. One ice cream sundae and it’s all over for me.  So I just stay away from anything like that…and run five miles a day.

Colorado Now Has Civil Unions

It’s not marriage, but I’m thrilled to see that Colorado legalized civil unions last night with a midnight ceremony.

The first gay couple granted a civil union in Colorado said their vows before hundreds of people early Wednesday morning at a downtown Denver municipal building where couples and members of the public gathered.

The new law legalizing civil unions took effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, and both Denver and Boulder began issuing licenses immediately.

Another step big forward for LGBT people, with a whole lot to go yet. Because as wonderful as this is for gay couples in Colorado on many levels, and I truly do mean that, it’s not going to help them in a federal level when it comes to things like inheritance taxes. This is something all gay couples need to discuss right now, at the moment, just in case something happens to either one of you.

Deleted Matt Bomer Scenes from "Magic Mike"

It’s a hurricane. It’s slamming the entire east coast. For those who haven’t lost power yet, no one really feels like working much.

I was going to link to a post on well known publishing blog I thought was interesting, but I wanted to keep my readers awake.

So here’s a link to view a few photos of scenes that have been deleted from “Magic Mike.” Why anyone would delete these scenes passes me by.

I’m told that if you buy the “Magic Mike” DVD, a lot of the Matt Bomer scenes that were deleted in the final cut will be there as part of the promotional package.

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