Thursday, March 19, 2015

I almost forgot! Happy dance driving through The Square last weekend

D'oh! I meant to post about this before and I completely forgot. As I was driving towards Marietta Square last weekend, I saw two young guys walking down the sidewalk holding hands. I have to admit, I stared, but only to make sure of what I was seeing.

This side of the street, but further north

See, whatcha gotta understand is, Marietta is the county seat of Cobb County, and in 1993, the county's Board of Commissioners passed a resolution condemning homosexuality. In 2004, Georgia voters passed a ban on same sex marriage, 76% to 24%. So historically, "the gay" has not been too welcome 'round these parts.

It's nice to see things change for the better. As I was looking for exact dates/numbers for the info above, I came across this headline: "Health care benefits OK’d: Employees in same-sex marriages can expand plan following council’s 5-2 vote." (article is here) And okay, it's about Smyrna, our neighbor to the south, not Marietta, but it's progress!

Last weekend I did a little happy dance in the car after I passed that couple and drove on through The Square. I hope I get to do a lot more little happy dances.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring haiku

A haiku for March 16, 2015, in Georgia:

Trees in bloom at last
Daffodils waft their sweet scent
It's about damn time

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bedtime Stories -- cover and buy link

Because I'm pathetic and only now thinking to have the cover somewhere I can post to. >.<

Find the book at Wilde City Press. Coming out soon in paperback, too!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014

I'm so sorry to have a contentless post for this year's HAHAT, but real life has been kicking my ass recently. Please enjoy the following pictures celebrating the lightning speed at which the US is coming to accept same-sex marriage, and comment until May 27 for a chance to win an e-copy of the Project Fierce anthology, the proceeds of which go to provide transitional housing for homeless LGBT youth in Chicago. (The release date is July 16th, so you've got a bit of a wait, but I'll put the winner on my calendar and get it sent out as soon as it becomes available.)

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17) is an opportunity to think about how we can combat the continuing problem of anti-LGBT attitudes and behavior. I'd like to take the opportunity today, though, to talk about how things are getting better, at least in the US.

Some people may think that marriage equality isn't as important as other LGBT issues, but that's how I felt about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and boy, was I wrong about how important that turned out to be. Minds and hearts, folks, and sweet pictures like the ones below are what will help win them.

The cover of Arkansas Times magazine. Let me repeat: Arkansas.

(photo used without permission, but I hope they'll allow it, as it's for a good cause. Mazel Tov, ladies!)

Weddings mean cake! 

And check out other HAHAT blogs for 2014.

Have you or any of your friends or relatives gotten (legally) married recently, or are finally able to plan their (legal) wedding? Tell me about it in the comments, even if it will probably make me cry. :)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

What's going on these days

My life these days:

No edits yet from Wilde City Press for the Bedtime Stories anthology or from Less Than Three Press for the Project Fierce anthology,

Crawl-through-the-desert slowness of writing on the roommate-is-not-gay story,

Guest blogging at Charlie Cochet's Purple Rose Tea House this Thursday!! (April 10)

And still working on getting judges for the 2014 Published Maggies. Arrrgggh, Bryonna and her idea to get three scores per book! We currently have 124 entries, which means we need at least 75 judges. This weekend (after recovering from a 24-hour flu thing), I'm working on emailing bookstores to see if anyone there wants to judge. If I can't get enough via email, I'm going to have to TALK ON THE PHONE, which is always death.

If anyone reading this is a bookseller or a librarian (or a book reviewer, maybe -- still working on the okay for that category) and you'd like to get some romance novels for free in exchange for your honest opinions, please contact me in the comments or via email: bsnow dot writer at gmail dot com. Thanks!

Saturday, March 29, 2014