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USA 2,014 years old; Joey Stefano; Tim Tebow on ESPN



USA 2,014 Years Old

Evidently, there are some people in the US who think the US is 2,014 years old. I wish I had something more to start out 2014, but so far this seems to be as good as it gets. (Unless you’d rather I link to Joe Konrath’s predictions on publishing again 🙂 I’m personally going to be making a few announcements later this year, as writer, so I can move forward. For the time being, I still have two contracted books in the Glendora Hill series to finish, I’m enjoying writing them more than anything I’ve done before, and I’ll be indie publishing even more fiction this year. I’ll also post more on wedding plans Tony and I have for later this month. We’re booked to go to Vermont, and the place looks great. I’ll post links soon.

In any event…

According to Twitter, more than a few people believe that the United States was formed 2014 years ago, and that New Year’s Day is America’s birthday. There is so much about this idea that doesn’t make sense.

In an update, it turns out a lot of people were joking around. But it does remind me of a few mock interviews I saw during recent important political elections where reporters went out on the streets, asked people who was running for office, and asked basic general information about the candidates. The answers were surprising. A few people thought Sarah Palin was running for vice-President on the Obama ticket. I’m not joking about that.

This bothers me for more than one reason. These are the same people we have signing up for jury duty, and it seems to be getting worse as time passes. I wouldn’t want them as a jury of my peers.

You can read more here.

Joey Stefano

I don’t think I’ve ever linked to this before in previous posts about Joey Stefano. And it comes with an adult content warning, so it’s NSFW. But it’s an interesting article about Stefano, with NSFW photos, and I wanted to add it to my own list of links that I’ve posted about him previously. If you don’t know who Joey Stefano is, and how much he influenced gay male culture in the late 1980’s and 90’s, you can read more about him here. I tried to do a search on the upcoming film about Stefano’s life that’s being produced by Chad Darnell, but couldn’t find anything newer than last summer so I don’t know what’s up with that.

Immaculate Heart Cemetery in Marcus Hook would seem an unlikely resting place for a power-bottom porn star, but this is indeed where Chester native Joey Stefano, né Nicholas Iacona Jr., lays in perpetual sleep. His final resting place bears no headstone, making his presence in the cemetery derelict if not absent.

You can read more here.

Tim Tebow on ESPN

I find Tim Tebow interesting for several reasons, one of which is he seems to attract a certain amount of attention for no apparent reason. Or at least more attention than other professional sports figures in the US. I’m not the only one who feels this way, because now he has a TV show on ESPN that I would imagine is going to be successful.

 According to ESPN, Tebow’s primary role will be as an analyst for SEC Nation, the network’s traveling pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week beginning Aug. 28, 2014.

The article goes on to mention that Tebow didn’t attract much interest in the NFL. But I think the fact remains that he does attract attention in the mainstream and he’s become a regular name in anything pop culture related.

You can read more here.

Actors Anonymous by James Franco; NaNoWriMo

Actors Anonymous by James Franco

After posting about Actors Anonymous by James Franco almost a month ago, I did buy it (on Kindle for iPad in digital) and I finally had some spare time (in between reading for the Rainbow Awards as juror) to get halfway through it. So this is only a partial review of sorts, and only because I think it’s worth discussing from a literary POV.

I’m not going to get into a full review halfway through the book because I think that would be an injustice to any author, however, I do think that readers in this case should pay close attention to the Amazon reviews. There are several one star reviews and if you read between the lines of those one star reviews you’ll see they are actually helping sell the book if you’re looking for something different to read. In other words, some of the actual qualities I prefer in novels like this are discussed in the one star reviews. And that’s because not everyone is qualified to read every single book out there. I’m not being snarky about this; I’m being pragmatic. To put this in a different context, there are people who know the bread plate is on the left at formal dinner parties, there are people who don’t know but want to learn as much as they can, and there are people who don’t care and don’t want to know. I don’t think this falls under subjectivity and personal opinion as much as it does knowledge and education. And while knowledge is by no means a measure of intelligence or ability, it is a measure by which certain standards are set in the world. I personally know nothing about little children, don’t want to know anything about them, and I don’t think I’m qualified to review a kid’s book. So I don’t review kid’s books.

What I found most interesting so far is that each chapter in Actors Anonymous is focused on a different character with a different POV…all revolve around acting. In chapter one, the voice is more cynical and some of the statements made can also be related to life in any of the arts. But it’s the quality of the writing that drew me into this book from page one and has kept me reading this far. Franco has that rare gift of word economy, which lends a more literary appeal to any book. Whether or not he does this on purpose is anyone’s guess, but the book is neat, nothing is every overwritten, and so far I haven’t seen even one of the more horrible aspects of the romance genre like too many adverbs, too much description, and said bookisms like “he mumbled, grumbled, and stumbled,” in the dialogue. So far none of the characters have barked, and no one has climbed the stairs with his/her feet.

In any event, there’s plenty of information out there to decide whether or not this book is for you, but I couldn’t recommend it more at this point and I will follow up with a longer review soon.

You can check it out here on Amazon. I would imagine it’s being sold in old fashioned brick and mortar bookshops as well, but don’t quote me on that.

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo means National Novel Writing Month, and every year in November millions of writers jump into this with a vengeance. I posted about it last year, here. And so I don’t repeat myself and wind up accused of self-plagiarism I wrote this last year.

Basically, it’s an event that challenges writers to write a novel in one month. I’ve never actually done NaNoWriMo, but I did once write a hetero pg romance novel in three weeks for a special home shopping TV event…with a pen name.

The novel I wrote in three weeks was titled, Loving Daylight, with a pen name, and you can read more about it here. I’m not hiding pen names anymore. I don’t see the point…at least not right now. This novel was never supposed to be a novel I promoted heavily because it was part of a group of romance novels the publisher contracted me to write for the Home Shopping Network’s “Escape to Romance.” You can read more about this here.

The “Escape With Romance Collection” will be the first time that Ravenous is selling printed books to consumers, and there’s another major content shift as well—although the company is best known for its erotic fiction (to the point that some observers complain there’s too much sex in the books for them to be classified as “romance”), editorial director Lori Perkins promises none of the books sold on HSN will include explicit sex scenes. “They are steamy and sexy,” she says in a press release, “but leave a bit more to the imagination in the bedroom.”

I didn’t have to tone my book down because it was original to the collection and I wrote it to be pg rated. The font sizes weren’t altered to make the book look longer. I really did write a 200 page book in two three weeks, from scratch. It wasn’t meant to be promoted heavily because I was paid a flat fee up front to write it in three weeks and it nearly killed me. I’m not joking about that, and I’m not veering off course from the topic of NaNoWriMo. Because that’s what NaNoWriMo is all about: testing yourself as an author/writer to see if you can write a good book in one month’s time. And although I will NEVER agree to write a 60,000 word book from scratch in three weeks again because it severed my last gay nerve at the time, I do look back on this as a positive challenge and I’m glad I did agree to do it. At the time, I tried to back out a day after I agreed, but the publisher talked me into it. No regrets. At least I know I can do it if I have to do it.

And this year when I started seeing NaNoWriMo mentioned again all over social media, it brought back all those memories. I even saw one author friend I’ve known for a while, Jill Elaine Hughes, post this on facebook yesterday. I asked for her permission to use it:

Those of you doing NaNoWriMo, good luck. FYI, I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo every month for the past ten years. And finishing novels on average of every 2.5 months. Just so you know it will often trigger an incurable addiction. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

That part about triggering an addiction is true, I usually write a novel every two months, too. But I think the addiction part is only true if you are a true writer, not just an author. And by that I mean your life has to revolve around writing, not authoring. Being an author is a big part of being a career writer, but it’s not everything. And I’m talking about writing anything, from a romance novel to non-fic book that covers the color blue. Because that’s what writers do: they sit down and write…anything they can write and anything they think people will be willing to read. And they love doing this.

So if you are taking part in NaNoWriMo this year don’t even think for one second you’re wasting your time. You’ll get a chance to test yourself and to see how much you can accomplish in one month. But in the same respect, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t finish. We all work at our own pace and that’s not something we can change.

 

 

Buck Naked and Afraid; Kian Brown Letter to Paula Deen; Manhandled



Buck Naked and Afraid

There’s a new reality TV show out called, Naked and Afraid, on the Discovery Channel and it’s been making quiet headlines for the past few weeks. It’s pop culture at its best, and there have been all kinds of comments from the mainstream media. I set the DVR and watched several episodes and I have to admit that even though I started watching with my tongue pressed to my cheek, I wound up liking it more than I thought I would.

First, get past the naked part. It’s only a cheap thrill for the first five minutes. I’ve been to my share of nude beaches and there is one thing that never fails to happen: the first few moments you remove your clothes you feel awkward, but eventually you don’t even realize you’re nude. There’s nothing sexual about it, and you don’t even notice the other nude people around you. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, and once in a while you’ll see something unusual, but for the most part you get over being naked.

And it’s the same way with Naked and Afraid. But the best part of this show is that no one is doing it for the money or to win some kind of spectacular grand prize. These people are seriously interested in testing their bodies and learning about what it’s like to survive, naked, in the middle of nowhere without food or water. That’s literally what happens. A naked man and woman are left on a tropical island, or in a jungle, and they are forced to see how much they can take and how well they can deal with their limited circumstances. It’s both physical and mental. As a runner I appreciate this for several reasons. I’ve been running every morning of my life for the past twenty years and it’s not always easy. Most of the time, especially in extreme heat or cold, it’s a test to see how much I can take. It’s the old bring on the pain mind set. And from what I’ve seen so far on Naked and Afraid, that is exactly what it motivating these people.

The gender politics is interesting, too, because it’s a naked straight man and woman left in the middle of nowhere. So far, even though both sexes have had their doubts about how to deal with the gender power, each case has worked out very well in spite of a few serious fears they keep hidden from each other. And what I’d like to see in the future is a balance of gender power, so to speak. It would be interesting to see how a naked straight man and a naked gay man would deal with a survival situation, or two naked gay men, or even a naked straight woman and a naked gay woman. I hope the producers of the show realize the possibilities of this are not just limited to naked and afraid straight men and women. They would be underestimating the power of what they have going for them, and the show could get boring if they don’t expand a little.

You can read more here.

Kian Brown Letter to Paula Deen

Kian Brown is a multi-talented man who is an artist, host, and branding expert. I’ve read his pieces on Huff Po and enjoyed them, and the most recent one really made me stop and think. It’s an open letter to Paula Deen. I know he’s a branding expert, and the letter might sound as if he’s giving unsolicited advice to Deen, but I also think these wise words come from his heart as well.

This is part of what he says to Paula Deen:

The backlash you are experiencing is due in part to fear. A precedent is being made about how we handle racism amongst the privileged. I disagree that you should be engaged in such an offensive against your character. You actually admitted wrongdoing and apologized. We’ve all seen folks in leadership whether political, religious, business or cultural, lie, cheat and steal, get exposed, then work to pick up the pieces of their shattered image, some unsuccessfully.

I don’t think you are a racist, not even by osmosis. I will venture to assume however, given your age and upbringing, there may be some tendencies unbeknownst to even you.

He talks more about his own upbringing and how he doesn’t believe the content of questionable words and phrases always contain malicious intent. I’ve talked about intent before. I happen to agree with Kian Brown on this, and I often come across these things while writing fiction. It happened with a book I wrote as part of the Manhandled series with the pen name Dale Bishop. (Cover Photo above) In this case, it wasn’t racial. I wrote a character who was sexist in an innocent way. In other words, the character didn’t mean to be sexist and he didn’t hate women. In fact, he had a great deal of respect for women and good intentions, without a hint of malice. But he wasn’t familiar with words like misogynist or rape culture. And an editor asked me to revise a few of this character’s comments in the dialogue because she thought some readers would take it the wrong way. We actually had a huge discussion about this at the time, because I felt as if I were being censored.

But frankly, I saw her point and I made the revisions. We live in a highly charged politically correct world now and everyone has to watch everything he or she says. The last thing I wanted was to have some lunatic author who hangs out on the fringes of twitter and absolute write accusing me of being sexist because of one misunderstood character. But I shouldn’t have had to do those revisions. The character wasn’t a misogynist and he had good intentions. But for the sake of avoiding a shitstorm with these certain reviewers, I toned him down and changed the dialogue.

I’ve actually been planning a blog post about how authors sometimes need to explain themselves in fiction to avoid issues with some of these reviewers who take everything so literally and don’t take intention into consideration. I recently had another case where I was accused of writing BDSM without explaining it, and nothing could have been farther from the truth. There was no BDSM in the book, and the reviewer clearly didn’t understand the BDSM lifestyle. And it wasn’t a bad review either; it was a wrong review. No links in this case to protect the innocent. I actually don’t think the reviewer had any malicious intent, which is an interesting turn of events in itself for me to admit.

In any case, I think it’s an interesting letter to Paula Deen and I think that Kian Brown is a very elegant man, and I’ve also stated before on this blog that one of the greatest parts of American culture is that we have the ability to forgive and let people start over. And I think time will tell with Paula Deen.  
 

Interview with TV Star/LGBT Author Jeffery Self

As I posted last week, TV star, Jeffery Self, has a new LGBT book out and he was kind enough to grant me an interview. I wanted the interview questions to put him at ease, and at the same time get to know more about him as a writer, an actor, and man.

He not only sent the answers to the questions back in record time, I think he did a great job providing more insight into who he is and what he’s all about. As a side note, it was a lot of fun for me because I have been a fan of his for a long time, especially his TV show on Logo, Jeffery & Cole Casserole. When I used to watch it I never thought I’d be interviewing him about a book.

Here’s a link to his new book, “50 Shades of Gay,” on Amazon. And here’s one for the publisher’s web site. The book is out in both digital format and in paperback. The Amazon link will lead you to both.  This is a link to his facebook page where you can follow his updates.

1. I love your online bios because they make you sound like so much fun, but what can you tell me about yourself that’s not listed in any bio out there?

Well, first of all I am NOT all that  much fun. I’m actually a handful. However, I guess the main thing my bio leaves out is that I am OBSESSED with wigs and made for TV movies.

2. You’ve accomplished a lot of things so far for someone so young, how did you get into writing fiction?

I had the idea for “Fifty Shades Of Gay” and decided to just try and write it. I don’t come from the world of fiction writing so I just decided to write the book in my own weird voice and see if I could actually finish it. Turns out- I DID!

3. If you had to tell me what your book is about in one or two sentences, what would you say?

The sexy and secretive world of Hollywood.

4. The writing process is different for every writer. Some work fast. Others take their time. Some work late at night. Others work in the early morning. What’s it like for you? Or do you even have a schedule?

I try to have a schedule but I never seem to stick to that. I usually get most of my writing done in the daytime because my boyfriend has a normal person schedule and I like being done with my work at night so we can watch “The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” or “Nashville” together and binge eat.


I usually write a few pages, stop and look at Facebook, write a few more, Facebook again, rinse and repeat until I exhaust myself or get hungry.

5. What inspired you to write a novel like this?

I had been hearing so much about the original “Fifty Shades Of Grey” from so many different people… and I thought… if a book appeals to both MY MOM and drag queens on the Internet then this must be something I’d enjoy.


While reading it, I realized it’s basically just a campy, contemporary version of what Jaqueline Susann did so brilliantly in the seventies. Which is a trashy but glamorous and exciting story that takes readers just enough out of their comfort zones but with characters they can
identify with. So with my book I wanted to capture that campy, celebrity obsessed Jaqueline Susann tone and mix it in with the original tone of “Fifty Shades Of Grey”.



6. I noticed in a few things I read about you online you’re kind of/sort of a pop culture junky with respect to TV shows like “Designing Women.” I’m a huge fan of that show and I agree that Carlene just never could compare to Charlene 🙂 And no one could ever replace Suzanne. If you could identify
with one character on that show, which would it be?

I reckon Delta Burke (Suzanne) just because she’s on the surface a little showy but underneath a neurotic and slightly annoying mess.


7. What other pop culture has influenced or inspired you as an actor or a writer?

I love sitcoms like Roseanne. I also love the writing of playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick. He is one of the first writers who’s writing really made me go… “Oh. I want to do that.” I also have a lot of super talented friends who influence and inspire what I do…folks like Cole Escola, Drew Droege, Erin Markey, Bryan Safi, Max Steele, Ben Rimalower, Jim Hansen, Julie Klausner, Rachel Shukert, and Billy Eichner.


8. Could you list a few of the TV shows you’ve appeared in?

Hot in Cleveland, 90210, Shameless, Torchwood, 30 Rock, Desperate Housewives.


9. As a writer, I’m always curious about how other artists in other fields work. You’ve done both writing and acting. How does one differ from the other…or do they differ?

They’re totally different. Writing is obviously a lot harder than acting, while I think acting is stupidly easy. Mind you, I’m not a “real actor” in that I’ve never really done anything but play myself or version of myself in the character of a sassy gay sidekick but I think that acting is without a doubt the easiest job on earth.


I think the big difference is that writing requires every single facet of your brain to show up, while acting you really only need like fifty percent. That said, I am more referring to what is it I DO as opposed to someone who’s a real actor like Meryl Streep or the little girl on “Modern Family”.


10. There’s a lot of talk these days about how publishing is changing and how authors have to work harder to promote their books. I always find it difficult to talk about myself, and yet if I don’t promote the book suffers. How are you going about the promotion of this book?

I am trying to do my part to get the book directly to people that I know will enjoy it. For me, that’s been getting friends in subcultures like gay porn and erotic fiction and Hollywood gossip to say to their fanbases: hey, this book is something you might enjoy.

I don’t know the publishing world BEFORE it’s change to what it is now so for me, it feels moderately natural to have to pound the digital pavement.


11. Is this recently released book going to be a series? Can we expect more to follow?

Maybe so! I have an idea for a sequel I’ve been playing around with.


12. I was actually a huge fan of Jeffery & Cole Casserole, especially because it was filmed on webcam. I used to look for it all the time on Logo. What plans, if any, do you have in the making for future shows…or TV appearances?

Cole and I wrote a movie a while back that is sort of a “Jeffery and Cole Casserole” type adventure. In a dream scenario, we’d be able to make that sometime in the near future. As far as tv stuff goes… I’ve written some pilots this year that I’m proud of, so we’ll see if anything ever happens with those and I’m in a made for tv movie on MTV coming up in April called “Made: Ladies Man”. I play neither the lady nor man.


13. I hate to ask anything too personal, but you are interesting, extremely good-looking, and people do like to hear more personal things sometimes. Is there anything you’d like to share in that respect?

My boyfriend and I have been together for a few years now and we just got a puppy named Bodhi who is the cutest thing on planet earth.


14. I’ve always been fascinated by closeted gay actors in Hollywood, which is what I saw mentioned in your book description that caught my eye so to speak. Is there anything in your new book that’s based on real life?

I’ve been around a lot of closeted actors in LA and in New York. It’s such a weird thing for me to witness because I’m SO disconnected from any sort of mindset that says you can’t be out. I honestly don’t know what that would feel like. However, there IS something very sexy about
the idea that this public persona who advertises himself as straight is secretly doing guys. I’ve witnessed some of this first hand and while I am not naming names, we all know Hollywood is FULL of them.

15. You and other actors like Matt Bomer are putting yourselves out there, as openly gay, and you’re creating role models for younger gay men who need these role models. Do you have an opinion on closeted gay actors? And, does being openly gay create obstacles?

Its tricky because people should be allowed their private lives, however I think if you’re putting yourself out there as a public figure then you should put yourself out there entirely. Not just some version of yourself that your agents at CAA think will make them more money.

I think that openly gay actors in Hollywood DO have a harder time. I happen to play quirky gay characters so it’s somewhat easier for me but I do have friends who are going after leading man roles that are perfect for the industry except that studios and networks are too scared to take the risk on someone who happens to be gay.

The same goes for writers to some degree… Hollywood still has a lot of hyper masculine people at the helm and while I think that’s rapidly changing… it’s an annoying and old fashioned road block for so many talented people.

16. Was there anything interesting or unusual about writing this book that you’d like to share?

It was my first time writing anything sexy so it was all sorts of bizarre to sit in my local coffee shop and describe the feeling of a dick in your ass.


17. Do you have any book signings planned? Feel free to share.

Not at this time!

 

18. I know this might sound like a dumb question to ask a writer, but I have to ask anyway. I’ve seen a lot of photos of you online and almost each one seems markedly different from the others. You always look great, but you  always look different, too. Is this something you plan, or does it just work out that way by accident?

Sort of by accident and sort of by choice. I am constantly getting tired of the way I look or dress and deciding to do a “appearance overhaul.”

19. What would Suzanne Sugarbaker say if she read your new book?

I think Suzanne would be pretty turned on by my book. She’d read it with her blinds shut and door locked but she’d definitely read the whole thing.


20. Now, what would Bernice Clifton say?

Could Bernice read?

Publishing Legend Julia Child Would Have Been 100


When I think of Julia Child, I don’t think about the cooking as much as I do about the writing and the publishing angle. She started writing her first cookbook later in life and dealt with her share of rejection. It wasn’t until one smart editor at Knopf, Judith Jones, decided to take a chance on her that got her career in the art of cooking moving.

I wrote about Julia Child’s local ties to my area, Bucks County, PA. Her brother-in-law, Charlie, twin to her husband, Paul, lived in Lumberville, PA, which is less than five miles from New Hope.

One of the things that always amazed me about Julia Child with regard to publishing was the way she worked. From what I’ve read it was non-stop, and in those days there were no computers and everything was done in hard copy. When I started getting published in the 90’s publishing was still in a transitional stage and I submitted all my manuscripts in hard copy so I know what that was like. We used to write and then re-write until each hard copy page was perfect. There was no room for mistakes and you had to type just as well as you wrote…or hire a typist to do it for you. I often wonder how many people would be writing now if this were still the case. I could slip right back into my old habits without a problem. But I doubt a large number of those who never worked that way would be able to.

Here’s a web site with twelve interesting facts about Julia Child.

Knopf has organized a celebration for her 100th birthday, which you can read about here.

I like this article because it gets into the publishing aspects of her life.

And, aside from all her accomplishments in publishing, she really did change the way people cook and eat. And at a time when fast food was becoming popular. When I speak to friends who are in the food industry they claim she paved the way for a lot of the things we now see in pop culture with regard to food. She was the original foodie.

I had a glimpse of that in 2004 when reporting an article about how elderly people find living arrangements to fit their changing physical needs. A longtime admirer of Child, I had grown up watching her popular television series, “The French Chef.” And though I never thoroughly mastered her technique for trussing a chicken or making a pastry dough, I still chuckle at her reassuring words about culinary mishaps: “Remember, you’re alone in the kitchen.”

And her marriage to Paul Child is one of the great love affairs of all time. They met later in life and the marriage lasted 48 years. Paul was a huge influence in the background throughout Julia’s long career in cooking, in publishing, and in television. There are many good books out there that get into far more detail than I could ever get into in a blog post. I’m not a huge fan of the book and movie “Julie and Julia,” partly because Julia didn’t endorse it and partly because it’s more about Julie Powell than it is about Julia Child and I don’t care about Julie Powell. I didn’t hate it, but didn’t love it either. But even that book is a great example of the influence Julia Child had on so many people during her lifetime…even though Julia Child dismissed Julie Powell in public…which we rarely hear about.

Eventually, Powell’s blog is featured in a story published in The New York Times, after which her project begins to receive the attention of journalists, literary agents, publishers, and a dismissive response from Child herself.

I’ve read more than a few biographies about Julia Child and she was a strong supporter of public television and she didn’t believe in commercial endorsement. In other words, she could have made a lot more money than she did in her lifetime if she’d cashed in like so many others. Though she never said why she dismissed Powell, I often wonder if it had something to do with her own strong standards and ethics.

In any event, Julia Child was a publishing legend and a pop culture icon who paved the way for others like her. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been anyone just like her and I wonder if there ever will be.

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore Call it Quits…

I read about it here, where you can follow another link to the AP and read the details.

Demi Moore is quoted saying this:

“As a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life,” she told the news service.”

And I couldn’t agree with her more…and I’m not even a woman a mother and wife.

Ashton Kuctcher tweeted this (Oh yes, the idiot tweeted it, in all his tweetified glory):

“I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi. Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail. Love and Light, AK.”

Love and Light? Who, seriously, speaks this way?

Wishing Brett Michaels a Fast Recovery

It’s no secret that I’m a pop culture junky. I can’t get enough of it. I follow all the entertainment blogs, the art blogs, and even publishing blogs that I think are remotely related to anything pop cultural.

Many of my books revolve around pop culture themes, dealing with entertainment, from the television industry to the modeling industry.

And Brett Michaels is probably one of my all time favorite stars. I’ve been a fan of his for years, and in recent weeks I’ve been enjoying him on Celebrity Apprentice. So when I heard about his emergency appendectomy, I was shocked. And then when this latest problem happened with a brain hemorrhage, well, it was hard to believe. You never think people like Brett will get sick.

He’s doing better now, but he still has a way to go.
So Brett, your fans are pulling for you. And there’s an invisible candle burning here on this blog until you’re well again. We know you’re going to beat this and we know you’ll be back to your old self soon.