Yes, it has been forever and a day since I added anything to the blog. I feel like one of those co-workers who leaves the office for a new job and promises on their mother's grave they'll stay in touch. Then you only see them when lightning strikes and you're in the same place at the same time and you swear once again you'll stay in touch, but in reality you know the demands of your job will never allow for it. That's a convoluted way of saying, sorry I've been so absent, but I've been crazy bu
So as my little status update said, 'lil q will be 4 soon. Where did the time go? Where does my time go??
Despite the best laid plans (or is it overly optimistic expectations) I find I can not do all the things I used to do before she was born. I've finally given up on the notion that 'once she gets to "X" age, I'll finally have more free time again. That's a myth. I'll have my free time back when she goes to college perhaps, or when I retire, which ever comes first.
I'm not complaining,
I interview a lot of MM Authors on my website. I'm going to try to post those interviews here in case readers on GA would like to learn about new authors that write MM fiction.
Today Jamie Lynn Miller stops by to talk a bit fan fiction, why she writes eBooks and, oh yeah, her her new book, Memory's Prisoner.
Thank you so much for hosting me here today, Andrew, I really appreciate it.
Today I'd like to talk about why I got into writing ebooks, back in 2008. Unlike some opini
Time is a precious commodity, you never seem to have enough. Vacations seem too short, work takes up too much time. We all long for that mythical 'someday' - you know that day when we won't have anything but free time to do all the things we want but can't squeeze into our schedule. I know I've been waiting for many years and I'm not totally sure it will ever come.
The last couple years I realized my dream to become published. It's both thrilling and exciting as well as something of a let
As I type this I'm sitting on my patio, watching 'lil q grew up before my eyes. Gone is the infant/baby/toddler who I had to carry around to do everything. She's walking around, playing with her new sandbox, then her mini big wheel [okay so it's a barbie version of it that grandma bought her but still] and then she set out to explore the yard. Not once did she require my help as she marched off, looking to see what was to see. I hover between a smile and tears as I watch her find her way. I know
As a tie in to the Guest Blog Post I did last Wednesday on the GA blog - I'd like to give anyone on GA who aspires to be published - or is published - a chance to promote themselves a bit. Two things I was/am doing on my site are geared toward helping other authors promote their books. I average about 600-700 unique visitors a month on the site so while it might not be close to what GA gets, it's not that small anymore either and it's been my observation that there isn't a ton of cross over with
Every Thursday I spotlight a different author on my website. These are either interviews like today's or they pick the topic and write about them. I'm going to start reposting them on GA on Fridays. I can't promise the cover art or other photos, will transfer, but I'll provide a link if you want to see the original.
Today I'm doing it a bit early because today's guest is giving away a $10 gift card to one lucky person who leaves a comment. You need to leave the comment on my site so click th
Got your attention? Good.
I don't know if people on GA are aware of it, but most authors hold book giveaways every time they release a book. - I say most because I wasn't smart enough to know I should do this when (Un)Masked was published. Entering to win is simple - leave a comment at the end of the post.
For example - I did a few book giveaways for The Last Grand Master and one of the winners was G.A.'s own Rush.
Right now Lily Velden is doing a book give away on my website. you ca
Today my newest book - The Last Grand Master is released by Dreamspinner Press. For those who've followed me, you know what it is, but here's a bit more for those who don't know.
Last year Myr asked me to write something for the Premium Content sections of GA. I did. It was titled Chosen of Honorus and it is still available in Premium - always will be. After it finished posting, I was able to shop it to a publisher and Dreamspinner Press bought the book. They renamed it The Last Grand Master
Back in July '10 when I joined GA I had these 'dreams' for my writing life. I wanted to get get better, write more and one day get published. I suppose I believed the last part wasn't a pipe dream, but a part me also expected to get shot down by the readers here and told, 'yeah, you need a lot of work.' So fast forward two and a half years and I've been fortunate to say the least. One book out, one book due out in three days, and a third July. The GA readers have been extremely generous with
Lately I've been doing most of my blogging on my website/blog, but since this is geared more toward my friends and acquaintances on GA, I figured I'd put this up here.
Normally holidays are hectic. I'm learning they are more hectic when you have a toddler. This year was particularly bad. First I had to work Christmas day - 'had to' is a relative term. i volunteered to do it this year because my 'turn' was coming around and this is probably the last year 'lil q won't remember the day or und
For many years I was a happy, unencumbered homosexual, who had not much more to worry about than if my ass looked to big in my jeans or if I was losing my hair, or where that wrinkle came from. But just for shits and giggles I decided to have a child - well me and the hubby did. She's a wonderful, happy, delightful little girl who brings me endless amounts of joy just by smiling.
But today I don't want to be a dad, don't want to be happy, don't want to pretend everything is okay, and I hav
As most of you know, KC Grim had his story, Chasing The Shadows stolen. He is still dealing with that. Here's easy, relatively cheap way to help protect yourself and your story: Copyright your story before you post it. If you're writing and posting chapter by chapter, before you post the last chapter, file for a copyright. Get it done before it gets stolen.
You can do it here:
The cost is $35.00 if you do it electronically. It's not a long difficult
I figured I'd add my comments to the blogs on the weekend.
Friday I forget what I was doing when Cassie called to say she and Intune were at Union Station. I kinda forgot about everyone coming despite having taken the day off just so I could go meet with anyone who came early. Doooh!
I finished what I was doing, hopped in my Jeep and hightailed it to the Metro. I had planned to come into town anyway, because work forgot to pay me and they were supposed to cut me a paper check. So I ma
For those who've talk to me in chat, you know we had a bit of a glitch with the Nanny. We thought we were getting Mary Poppins but what we got was a Nanny 911 reject.
We hired the Nanny - let's call her Mary - because she was an older woman - and by older I mean not in her twenties. She has grown kids, been a nanny for a long time, and had good references. She knew/knows a LOT about babies and their developmental stages, she also didn't ask to be paid under the table. That last one was s
Wow, time flies.
'lil Q is now 6 and a half months old - gasp Mike finished his paternity leave and we have a nanny. I think the nanny tried out for Nanny 911 and was rejected as too over the top. First hour in the house she decided we weren't feed 'lil Q right. We had the order wrong - cereal then formula for breakfast and we didn't give her enough, etc. So basically we were idiots. Since I'm at work and Mike is home, I left it to him to deal with her. It took him almost a week befor
I was reminded by a certain someone that I hadn't updated this lately. True, the holidays were a real pisser, then with mom getting cancer and the unexpected trip to North Carolina so Grandma could see baby to 'cheer her up' it's been a bit.
Sadly I go back to work in 5 days. Can't believe my time off is all gone. It's been worth it for sure, but it was a lot more work than I figured. [i know all you parents out there are laughing at me wondering WTF I thought it would be like. - Shaddup
For those who follow my gallery, I've basically been doing a picture blog of life with Lil' Q instead of writing it down. I'm taking to heart 'a picture is worth a thousand words' and just putting a bit of commentary to go with my 1000 word credit.
Yesterday I learned my mom has breast cancer. Good news is it is VERY small, they caught it very early. Bad news is, of the different types, hers is the most aggressive. Amidst all our good fortune, we got blindsided with this. I suspect str
So I said the last entry was the final one - for now - in this category, but it dawned on me that I should add one on the actual birth. So until/unless we do baby #2 this should be the last one in this topic.
Baby Q was in no hurry to come out so the Dr. decided to induce. Let me tell you, as a gay man who's never really been very interested in the female parts [well I guess i do find boobs fascinating - go figure] - this whole process was totally TMI - TOTALLY. But now I know where all t
For those of you who have followed my journey, it's over - Baby Q is here. [i'm not posting her name in public because I have this notion that once it's posted, it's never getting removed. If you want to know her name, ask me in private and I'll tell you.]
And so the real journey has begun.
They - those unknown people who make up the body of uncontroverted wisdom - say that when you lay eyes on your child life as you know it stops. 'They' were right. I told someone, I don't have a
Golly [trying to practice child friendly language] it's been over a year since I started this blog - a few of the posts were lost when yours truly had a bit of a snit of nothing - but I started to detail this last August I think. Well here we are, last entry in this phase. After this it will a new Category to detail life as a dad. Can't tell you how excited I am.
Today my co-worker who had twins about 12 weeks ago, came in with the babies, she had a boy and a girl. Claire was quickly st
So It's about two weeks before the baby is due. In some ways it feels like it's taken an eternity, in others it seems like it flew by.
I remember the first entry -which is gone from the site sadly - my fault, no comments please - where I was discussing how the fertility clinic staff kept asking me, you're done already? when I turned in my little swimmers. That still strikes me as quite funny that they think I wanted to take my time and enjoy it. Yeah, so much fun being in the little jer
Can't believe it's been like six weeks since I last posted here. Guess the old adage that no news is good news is apt.
There is nothing exciting or annoying to report on the baby front. The surrogate is doing well. She had her last ultra sound two weeks ago and everything looks good. She goes back on Monday and then every two weeks until she, the baby, is born. Then again, we are at week 32 so that means only about 3-4 visits - not too bad.
Right now work seems to be the biggest iss
In theory I live in a 'college town' but given we are 'inside the beltway' - code for close to DC - I hardly think this qualifies as a college town. I mean it's really just a very close in suburb of DC. But I've never seen so many freaks in my life:
First there's Mr. Wizard - he frequents the Starbucks near campus - he sets his drink on the counter, waves his hand over his drink twice, takes a drink, sets it down and does it again. He does it everytime before he drinks.
Then there i
Been working on the long promised companion to Second Shot - this would be Jordan's trial for those who followed the story. It is a bit harder to write than to visualize. Trials are actually rather boring, just ask anyone who's been stuck on a jury for a long case. The interesting exciting parts are few and far between. So that is proving a bit more of a struggle than imagined.
I submitted the Anthology work, but kind feel meh about it. It seemed so much cooler when I was writing it t