Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bobby and Clyde is now available




https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/513781



Bobby and Clyde were inseparable for the first sixteen years of their lives; until a life-altering event shook their world, and separated them.

Years went by, and Bobby wondered what had become of the boy he’d loved so completely.  Then, everything changed, and the possibility of reuniting with his first and only love finally seemed it could become a reality; but danger was lurking around every corner.

Good one.


Kilts


Nice large kitchen. Nice butt, too.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stunning photo



Too bad he doesn't have a more pleasant expression on his face.

The Merry Widow, live in HD from Lincoln Center

The Merry Widow
Live From the Met in HD

We saw this production at a nearby theater last night, and it was stunning.  Watching an opera filmed at the Met is certainly the next best thing to actually being in the opera house.

Renee Fleming was stunning in the role.  She’ll be fifty-five in a couple of weeks, but still has a great voice.  Unfortunately, the close-up shots reveal the telltale signs of age; which in this opera probably don’t matter.  After all the widow is supposed to be a woman of mature years.


For me, the most interesting aspect of this production was the fact that the English translation was rendered in proper form - that is, the lines rhymed where they should.  No mean feat, when translating lyrics from one language to another.

http://www.bam.org/opera/2014/the-met-live-in-hd-the-merry-widow






Phallic tree


Kilts


Diving


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Control


Tidal pools


Ken Cowan in concert at Stetson University

    Organ Concert

Ken Cowan performed on the von Beckerath organ in Elizabeth Hall at Stetson University last night, and as always, his concert was superb.  I felt bad for him, given the small audience that was present.  It must be discouraging for a well-known concert artist to fly to a city and perform to a tiny crowd.  Sure, he gets paid, regardless of attendance, but—

As pipe organs go, the von Beckerath organ is a smallish instrument, but Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall isn’t a terribly large space, and the sounds produced by the organ filled it to perfection.

Cowan is also a very attractive young man.

http://www.concertorganists.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Cowan-photos.htm

Pictures of the von Beckerath organ:




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In praise of Beta-Readers

In Praise of Beta-Readers


We authors would be in a world of hurt, were it not for our faithful beta-readers. There isn’t an author alive whose work couldn’t be improved by having people read and respond to advance copies of the book.

An alert beta-reader will nearly always pick up things the author missed. Sometimes little annoying things, and sometimes hugely dead-wrong things. At the very least, their feedback can make an author think more closely/clearly about certain aspects of their stories.

And, once in a while, they throw you a curve. This happened to me recently, when a beta-reader suggested that a couple of scenes were a little ‘cold’, which I took to mean that the scenes in question lacked emotion.

This gave me pause, and I had to ponder it for awhile; at least until I remembered who I am, and why the scenes were written that way.

I don’t write romance novels. I write contemporary M/M novels that always contain a love story. More to the point, I write from a man’s perspective and, contrary to what the romance novelists write, men are physical beings when it comes to sex. We seldom express our deepest feelings, at least not to excess, nor do we internalize them. To put it crudely, we mostly want to, as the British say, “Have it off.” True, we’d much rather do it with a boyfriend than a total stranger, but the goal is the same.

My partner and I have had several discussions about the subject, and the conclusion we’ve reached is this: women who write M/M romance, seem to want at least one of the two men in a relationship to act more like a woman. That’s the only conclusion that explains why some of the men in such novels act—and talk—the way they do in bedroom scenes.