Thursday, 24 July 2014

Thursday thankfulness #1

I was tagged by the very beautiful Anastasia Vitsky to tell the world what I'm thankful for.

So before I go to bed here are some of the things that make me thankful:

  • My kids. They drive me insane on a regular basis but I love them. Especially as they've got older and our relationship has changed.
  • My dogs who love my skill with the food bag me. Of course they do. But they give me love and cuddles and get me off my arse and walking over the beautiful common.
  • Finding a venue for the M/M Romance authors book signing. I had a few sleepless nights about that.
  • The number of readers and authors who are excited by the book signing.
  • My bed. 
  • Friends who kick my arse when the story isn't quite right. 
  • A neighbour who's helped me get rid of my old car.
  • Clare London. She knows why.
  • Liz and Ollie the collie, for fantastic dog walks.
  • Coffee
  • My sisters. I adore them both. Since my mum died when I was eighteen I don't know what I'd have done without them.

Book signing for MM Writers

Like most of south-east England I'm melting in our current hot weather and humidity. Unlike America, we haven't grasped the concept of air-conditioning in houses. Well, I guess we only need it two weeks of the year. Anyway, yesterday, my lovely kids and Amelia, my assistant, and I, dripped our way around London's tube system to find a venue for a book signing for our lovely M/M Romance authors.

The date is 6th September 2014, from 13.00 to 18.00.

Confirmed writers so far (will be updated): 
RJ Scott
Aleksandr Voinov
Sue Brown
S.A. Meade
K.J. Charles
Garrett Leigh
K.C. Wells
Susan Mac Nicol
Violet Joicey-Cowen
Josephine Myles
Anna Martin
Julie Bozza
Charlie Cochrane
T.J. Masters
Chris Quinton

In the end we decided on the Railway Tavern, opposite Liverpool Street Station.

Railway Tavern, 15 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7NX

Prime reasons for choosing the location.

  • opposite Liverpool Street mainline and underground station 
  • the City bar is on two levels, so readings can take place on one level and signings below
  • access to food and drink
There is a Facebook event here to keep you posted on all the details.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Round up with gay movies.

Happy Monday, lovelies.

I've had a great weekend with my friend, Jason. He brought his box of tricks with him and we watched a few films and documentaries and he introduced me to the series, Trauma. Whoa, that was a great series.

I loved this comedy-mystery spoof with its James Bond title sequence.

This explores the meaning of masculinity in American gay men and culture. For a non-American some of it was hard to relate to but it was interesting.

I enjoyed the love story even if it was extremely predictable. It was a happy, relaxing film to watch.

Friday, 18 July 2014


Earlier on this week on my incessant trawl through the internet I saw a word I hadn't seen before. "Spornosexual" Do what? I'm familiar with hetero/homo/bi/pan/a/metro, but spornosexual...?

Who would I turn to for a definition? In this case, Richard and Judy in the Express.

"The new in-word for guys like Gary [Lineker] is “spornosexual”, a metrosexual bloke (keep up, they’re so last year) who has updated his beach body to resemble a hybrid sport and porn star."
Gary Lineker

The word was coined by journalist Mark Simpson, who originally gave us metrosexual. Twenty years? I can't believe the word is that old.

And now I finally understand why these photos of  Bobby and Harry from TOWIE were plastered all over my Facebook.

Even the BBC has an interview with a young guy who agrees he could be classified as a spornosexual. He has a different perspective.

Do you think you may be a spornosexual? The Telegraph has a quiz to help you. (I am having shades of Cosmo here). I don't think the Telegraph was that impressed. Their headline ran

If this is what spornosexual means, then God help us all

Me? I'm not convinced the end of the world is nigh because guys go to extremes to look good.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

LGBT articles that caught my eye

Florida Judge Rules Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

A county circuit judge has just struck down Florida's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Florida same-sex couples, including the plaintiffs, will be allowed to marry starting Tuesday. The ruling applies only to Monroe County, which covers the [Florida] Keys.

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll I salute you! I'll leave her letter to give you the full details.

A tweet that says it all.

This boy has a wonderful dad for instilling qualities that will make him a well-rounded adult.

"Today you came home near tears because someone told you two gay people can’t get married because it’s wrong and gross. Your aunts are gay and your cousins — who you love with a wonderful ferocity — are a product of their very much legal marriage (Massachusetts has had gay marriage since 2004). When someone insults your family, it hurts. You hurt right now, and I’m sorry for that."

"My daughter is six years old. She transitioned, which means she changed her outward appearance from male to female and started living full time as her true gender, when she was four."

I'd like to end with a man who took his own life to protest against injustice. Slowly the internet is getting to know his name.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Lazy Blog

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

Why did I start with Jensen and Jared? You have to ask? I like them!

Tired waves from me at the moment. I'm struggling to write more than a 1000 words a day. It's not the story. I love The Lost Wolf. I'm just not focused at the moment. Same with blogging. I want to blog on many issues but the will power just isn't there. So it's a lazy blog from me

Faith & Tyler playing near where we live.

We're a few days away from the end of the school year and I'll be pleased when we can sleep in instead of rushing off to school. My day won't change that much (my dogs don't understand the concept of sleeping in) but at least we won't be tied to the alarm.

Cardiff: The Hub

I'm hoping to visit Cardiff in the next few weeks and take my kids to see the Torchwood Hub. We need a few days away and I've been dying to take them to see Cardiff Bay and Cardiff Castle.

Cardiff Castle