New E-Book: Women’s Fiction

Earlier this month, I self-published another e-book on Kindle.  It’s a novelette (approx. 11,000 words) for sale at 99 cents (USD), and can be read free of charge by Kindle Unlimited subscribers.  It’s available in all Kindle markets. Below is the cover image for the book, with a link to buy the title on Amazon.  Click the words FREE PREVIEW for, uh, a free preview. Special Needs will appeal primarily to women, but I hope a few men will find something universal in the story and characterizations.   Continue reading New E-Book: Women’s Fiction

Today in San Francisco History

(Disclosure:  This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page.) WARNING: HISTORY LESSON! HISTORY LESSON! Today, May 21, is the fortieth anniversary of the Dan White verdict and “White Night” riots which occurred in the S.F. Civic Center and Castro District. People still debate whether the riots had a positive long-term effect on LGBT rights. I say they didn’t, and shouldn’t have happened in the first place. The far-out nature of the verdict made a violent public reaction likely, though, so no one should have been surprised. Dan White’s crime was viewed as homophobic, and San … Continue reading Today in San Francisco History

Saturday Night Live Aces it

I do just fine without a television.  Streaming and DVDs have covered most of it, and I can live without the occasional show I have to miss. (By the way, the long-awaited George Michael documentary, titled Freedom, will air on Showtime in the United States on Saturday, October 21.  I’ll get to see it because I subscribe to Showtime’s online streaming service.  If you’re very interested in this program and you don’t have Showtime, google the info for the streaming service and decide whether you want to sign up.) Obviously, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live from beginning to end, … Continue reading Saturday Night Live Aces it

This is Progress

Gordon Thomson, who played one of at least three Long-Lost-Carrington-Children-Later-Emerged, Adam Carrington, is disappointed with the way a new, Dynasty-based series on CW is being handled. Although it isn’t anything new that someone connected to an older television series is criticizing a reboot, Carli Velocci’s article, posted on The Wrap and reposted on MSN, appeals to a maturing society.  Note that Mr. Thomson also comes out publicly as gay in the article, but the coming out is secondary.  The lead in — and forty percent of the entire article — is focused on what he has to say about the … Continue reading This is Progress

Shepard Smith Comes Out — and Fox News Wins

Below is a link to a New York Daily News article by Rachel Desantis, reposted on MSN. I have a problem with the timing, due to the recent scandals at Fox News.  Mr. Smith also makes a point of saying Roger Ailes never mistreated him.  The gay men I know aren’t going to be impressed by this sickening damage reduction project.  It’s already clear to them that the network is up to no good. Each dubious news story is a reminder of how important it is for schools to encourage critical thinking skills.  Note that the story about Mr. Smith is a report on … Continue reading Shepard Smith Comes Out — and Fox News Wins

Armistead Maupin Quote

Maybe Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and other right-wing propagandists will dispute this statement.  After all, their books are never shelved in a “Men’s Studies” section.  Poor Bill, Glenn and their pals have to cope when their writing is put on conspicuous display in the front of the store with the bestsellers.  It’s their job to beat. Yes, I’ve thought of Ann Coulter and Nancy Grace.  Let’s not go off-topic. If you want to know who the oppressed minorities in America are, simply look at who gets their own shelf in the bookstore:  A black shelf, a women’s shelf and a … Continue reading Armistead Maupin Quote