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.

New Beginnings: The Jersey Boy Story…Tim Tebow Cancels Speach at Anti-Gay Church

Before I get into the main part of this post, I wanted to mention that Tim Tebow canceled the speech he was supposed to be giving at an anti-gay church in Texas. I posted about it before, here, and this is from SportingNews.

Tim Tebow is calling an audible and canceling his appearance at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, home of controversial reverend Robert Jeffress.

Tebow’s decision to speak at the megachurch in Jeffress’ presence was questioned by many, most notably CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel, because of the reverend’s history of anti-Muslin, anti-Jewish, anti-Mormon and anti-gay platforms.

Of course when Tebow announces he’s going to give a speech at an anti-gay church it’s plastered all over the Internet in bold headlines. When he cancels the speech, it’s posted way in the back where no one can see it. Interesting how the press plays the gay card as often as they play the race card.

New Beginnings; New Publisher; New Book Coming Out Soon

One of the reasons I haven’t indie published anything this year…so far…is because I signed with a new publisher to write a full length novel about gay vampires who live in New Jersey and work in organized crime. I know that sounds a little Soprano-ish, however, the focus on this book was on the younger generation of vampires, not the older ones.

I wanted to ad a touch of new adult along with paranormal, and of course erotica. Even though the main characters are gay vamps and they are over 100 years old, they still look and act like any other new adult out there. And, I was born in Newark, NJ, raised in NJ, spent my summers in Lake Hopatcong, NJ, and went to Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison Campus, in NJ. So I think that qualifies me to write about New Jersey, and a good deal of what I wrote it based on things I saw and experienced myself.

In my book the characters face a lot of the same things human new adults face as well. One of which is figuring out what to do as a career choice, and in their case it’s going into the “family” business of organized crime. I can’t post any details at this point because a lot of the details are still up in the air. For example, I might use a pen name this time because it’s a different genre. But if I do, I will not keep that pen name a secret and I will disclose it. The only reason I would use one would be for search engines, and to keep this book away from my other books that are not paranormal. But as I said, no decision has been made on that yet.

The publisher is also someone new, and I’ll post more about them when I have more details. I hate to post anything until everything is set in writing. The only reason I posted these comments is because the book has been submitted and it’s ready to go.

Here’s a short excerpt and book description. Right now it’s tentatively titled: The Jersey Boys

When organized crime meets the underworld of the living dead, it creates endless possibilities for intrigue and passion. Combine that with a traditional old vampire clan from Sicily trying to mainstream with humans in northern New Jersey as business people, and it winds up becoming an adventure into darkness of epic proportions.

Anton Pagano is from an old Sicilian vampire clan that migrated to New Jersey in the late 1800’s. He lives in a mansion in northern New Jersey with his mom and dad, and he’s never had to worry about anything other than his wardrobe, his latest new car, and the secret love affair he’s been having for years with another vampire in his clan. At a glance, he looks and sounds just like anyone else between the ages of twenty-one and thirty years old.

But when Anton’s dad, the head of their clan, decides it’s time for Anton and his vampire cousin, Digger, to get into the family business, Anton’s not all the excited about it. Until he meets a sweet young human man named Leo on his first night at work. They wind up spending the rest of the night together, and then things get even more complicated when they bring Anton’s secret vampire lover into the picture a few weeks later.

After a bloody battle with werewolves, and the beginning of what Anton predicts will be an all-out war between two vampire clans in New Jersey, Anton and his secret vampire lover decide it’s time to consider turning Leo into a vampire so all three of them can be together for eternity. But thanks to fate, nothing is as simple as it looks, and they wind up doing the one thing they ever wanted to do to Leo as a last resort.

            On the way down to the parking lot, they punched each other and joked around in the elevator. If anyone had seen them they would have thought they were a couple of college kids without a care in the world. When they reached the parking lot, Digger pulled a set of keys from his pocket and held them up high. He jiggled them and said, “Let’s take my car.”

       This was news to Anton. “When did you get a car?” Uncle Sonny had taken away his last car because he’d been caught driving ninety miles an hour on the wrong side of the Garden State Parkway.  

      “My dad got it for me,” Digger said. “It’s a brand new Cadillac CTS.”

            Anton glared and said, “Then what the fuck am I doing here? Why didn’t you just pick me up?”

        Digger looked up at him with a seductive sideways glance and smiled. “I thought we’d have some fun when you got here. I didn’t know you’d be all serious. You’re the only reason I’m living here, so there’s a place for us to go. I hate this fucking place.”

            He couldn’t get mad at him no matter how hard he tried. Digger could make most people crazy to the point of distraction. He was prone to nasty one-liners that put people in their places, he would insult anyone without thinking twice, and he would bounce and move so fast sometimes it looked as though his battery had been overcharged.
        But even the worst things he did made Anton smile. So he put his hand on Digger’s back, shoved him forward, and said, “After work I’ll come back here. I’ll call them and tell them I’m bunking with you because I’m tired.” This wasn’t unusual. And his mom and dad would never even think they were having sex together. They’d shared the same coffin many times over the years and no one gave it a second thought, not even Dino and that little bastard could sniff out trouble for miles away.


Jonah Lehrer Gets 20 Thousand; Tim Tebow Goes Anti-Gay; Obnoxious Self-Promotion

Jonah Lehrer who was caught plagiarizing last year was recently paid the sum of $20,000 by the Knight Foundation to speak on some of the bad decisions he’s made, and also on the topic of failure.

Reaction has been uniformly negative, with pointed posts in the New York Times, Forbes and Los Angeles Magazine. But while I don’t necessarily disagree with such commentary, I also think it misses the point.

I have also seen these negative reactions everywhere, not just in the mainstream media. The article to which I’m linking provides an excellent commentary. And something I think holds true with respect to all forms of public scandal. Bill Clinton did some of the most notorious things a man can do in his personal life and he’s been forgiven…and yet not completely forgiven. I could list more, but you get where I’m going with this.

And that’s the point. We live in a culture defined by sanctimony, in which we react to people’s flaws, their failings, not with compassion but disdain. What did we expect from Lehrer? And why did we expect anything at all? Like every one of us, he is a conflicted human, his own worst enemy, but you’d hardly know that from the pile-on provoked by his talk.

In a rather twisted turn of events, the Knight Foundation made a statement on Wednesday saying they were sorry they’d paid Lehrer any fee at all. But that’s all after the fact.

In an interesting non-related story about journalism fail, Sarah Palin was recently written about in the Washington Post, however the reporter didn’t know that she’d been getting her information from a satirical publication and made a huge mistake.

The Post’s Suzi Park reported on the “She The People” blog that Palin, who recently left Fox News as a contributor, had joined Al Jazeera America. She based the report on a story by The Daily Currant without realizing that it is a satirical news website. The Washington Post has since corrected the piece.

Now that’s rich. I’m no Palin fan or supporter, however, I have been slammed for writing gay parody and satire on hetero romance films, by people who either don’t understand satire and parody, or don’t take the time to realize that it is satire or parody.

We’re living in interesting times, because there are a lot of idiots writing things we just can’t trust anymore.

Tim Tebow Goes Anti-Gay?

Well, not exactly, at least not openly…as far as I know…you can’t be too sure anymore with professional athletes. He’s now giving a speech at a notoriously anti-gay church. So if we’re supposed to base our conclusions on information given to us, I would doubt Tim Tebow is going to join the fight for equality and same sex marriage any time soon.

First Baptist Dallas is an approximately 11,000-member church led by senior pastor Robert Jeffress, an evangelical Christian who has built up quite a reputation for himself in circles among the religious right.

This is what Jeffress said about gay men:

There are a disproportionate amount of assaults against children by homosexuals than by heterosexuals, you can’t deny that, and the reason is very clear: homosexuality is perverse, it represents a degradation of a person’s mind and if a person will sink that low and there are no restraints from God’s law, then there is no telling to whatever sins he will commit as well.

I’ve never been a left or right wing radical. I think radicals and zealots of any kind are dangerous people…loons. And frankly, I think Tebow should be worrying more about football than religion. But it won’t be the first time a pretty boy did something like this for attention or a quick buck, and it won’t be the last. You can read more here.

Obnoxious Self-Promotion:

For some reason Valentine’s Day seems to be a time for a lot of new book releases this year, and I don’t think I’ve seen more obnoxious self-promotion than I have in the past month. I will be the first to admit that it’s not easy to self-promote. I have never found an easy tasteful way to do it and sometimes we all have to do things we don’t like in order to get information out to readers. But there are lines. Seriously. Especially when the self-promotion winds up turning more people off than turning them on. And I don’t think some authors get this. While fifty unsuspecting people might be clicking “like” on Facebook to obnoxious self-promotion, one hundred more might be sitting there gaping at how obnoxious you are and figuring out a way to hide you from their news feed.

Sometimes I think people might not know they’re this obnoxious?

Here’s an article that talks about obnoxious self-promotion that I think gets right to the point. It’s not specifically geared to authors and publishing, but it can be applied well.

There are those who jump all in and self-congratulate to the fullest (“Did you hear? I just won Employee of the Year! I mean it’s not like I’m shocked, I did close some huge deals last month.”),.

That’s just ICK!

Bookish Instead of Goodreads?

There’s a new web site up for books and all things reading related that looks to be another social media playground. At least that’s been my take so far. I’m not exactly sure where they are going with this site, but I think it might be an alternative to Goodreads if you’re not fond of some of the things you’ve seen and read at Goodreads.

I never spent much time at Goodreads, so I’m not anti-Goodreads by any means. I can’t say I love them or hate them because I don’t know much about them. I’ve even posted apologies here because I’ve been remiss in accepting friend requests I didn’t even know I had. But that’s because I’ve always thought of GR as a place for readers to interact with each other about books, and as an author I’ve always kept my distance for this reason.

In any event, here’s a link to Bookish. I’ll be following it to see where it goes…if it goes anywhere. As I said, I think it might be an alternative to Goodreads if they do it right. By that I mean I’d like to see a web site for readers, where members are not allowed infinite multiple identities and fake names, and where corrupt members can’t sit down in one afternoon and rate over one thousand books with five stars in just one sitting. Wouldn’t that be a novelty?