Lessons Learned as a Self-Published Writer, Movies that Stay with Me, Are Boyfriends Necessary?
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I know from my blog stats, I get about 200 visitors to my blog a month. That's great. I would like to find ways to make this more interactive. How about if each of you posts a short message on my blog? Like "Hi, Dwight!" or "Nice font!" or "What's the weather like in Chicago?" And then I will try to return the favor on your blog? Writing in a vacuum is like a tree falling silently in the forest. Blogs after a while start to feel like a diary that you keep under lock and key. Excerpt everyone once in a while someone pokes their head in, enters a post, lovely thing! and you remember that there are others out there. That you are writing this diary and the most public wall imaginable. Where no secret you tell goes unheard!
Here we go again. I chant for a solution to the violence and madness that America has become. I pray for the enlightenment of the NRA and gun owners -- both responsible and not responsible. I chant for more meaningful background checks that will prevent weapons from getting into the hands of malicious killers and those who are severely mentally disturbed. I chant for a peaceful world we can be proud of. That we as an American society can put all of our heads together -- both conservative and liberal -- and learn whatever lessons these acts of violence are trying to teach us. I pray that we evolve before we become extinct.
Today was the launch of my Chicago Meetup Group "The Hug & Cuddle Group for Single, Gay Men" at the Center of Halsted, Chicago's LGBT community center. Our first man hug session was an intoxicating, nurturing mix of beautiful diverse music, a safe cozy space, and 12 men who were strangers in search of tenderness and intimacy in a non-sexual setting. It was about an hour and a half of embracing, talking, caressing, and engaging. If you look at the picture above, it looks like we're slow dancing. The effect was a deep feeling of affection and connectedness. I'd never quite felt this feeling before.
Our group currently has over 70 interested members. I developed this event with Assistant Organizer Charles Gamble. Initially at the event, people seemed a bit nervous which is natural. Chairs were arranged in a circle and people were asked to tell their name and a little about themselves. I spoke a while giving an overview of the Cuddle Movement,…
I once made the above pie chart after seeing a humorous pie chart on Haruki Murakami's novels. And to be sure, many the above ingredients are clear and present in many of my books. So there is some truth there. In the end, the "brand" of your writing appeals or doesn't appeal to a reader because of the ingredients in the cake you're baking. Some people like very sweet cakes (German Chocolate is one of my favorite). They expect the coconut, the pecans, the frosting, the simple chocolate cake layers. Leave out an ingredient and the eater is disappointed, just as a reader who likes a certain genre is disappointed if some trademark elements are left out of the story. One reason I bring up this subject is because I'm starting to work on a new novel. Some of the ingredients include: sleep, slumber parties, Japanese fables about dream monsters, the purpose of insomnia. Well one of my favorite writers is about to release a speculative novel which has some overlap…