New York 2014

New York

No, I’m not dead, just dropped off the face of the blogging world. I have about 3.5 weeks before I leave the country. Ack! Panic, panic, panic. But I did take the time to head to New York City with my daughter to visit some friends. After some last-minute panic when the apartment I rented fell through, I found another one and the guys came to join me and we had a blast. Although I think we all still have recovering feet. New York is a walking city. Saturday night there was 14 of us at the apartment for dinner. It was so much fun and I loved seeing everyone again.

We also took the ferry to Staten Island, went to see Avenue Q, did some shopping and after the guys left my daughter and I went out to Coney Island. Busy, busy. We happened to show up on Pride Weekend so Sunday we attended the parade. It was looooong. 5 hours. Too long really and some parts were good, but it wasn’t as amazing as I’d hoped. Or maybe I’m just suffering from heat exhaustion and sun burned head.

So I formed a slide show of some pics from the parade. I really have to get motivated this weekend and get some more stuff packed up for charity and start my daughter on culling her room, although she has her wisdom teeth out on Monday so that will set her back. Take care everyone and hopefully after my move and getting settled in I will be able to get back to some regular bloggin.

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The Anchor Tattoo and Pistachio Dreams by Paula Coots

Way back in March (I’ve not been here forever), I announced that someone was writing a story based on my prompt at the m/m GR group’s Love’s Landscapes event. Well, it’s up! I’m putting my prompt up again so you can see what it was all about. Click on the pic to get to the story (you have to be a member of the group to read it right now, it will be posted for download later). She did a great job on the character’s obsession with tattoos.

Dear Author,

I go to the gym 3-4 times a week. Not because I’m about getting fit and buff, but because I have a bit of an ice-cream addiction. Spending some time on the elliptical means I can eat as much as I want, almost guilt-free. He started coming into the gym about 6 months ago. I’d never seen him before and I’d been going here for about 2 years. He looked like he could bench press a small car and I would have been happy to have him bench press me. The best part? The tattoos. A couple of times I’d found myself getting ever closer and had to scramble to avoid an awkward weird-stalker kind of situation.

The thing was, my mom taught me growing up that guys with tattoos were scary. We’d actually run out of gas one time after she refused to get gas when she saw the attendant had tattoos. She’d never tell me why, but she’d cross the road to avoid them and was always telling me to stay away. But like most kids, the more your parents tell you to avoid something, the more it fascinates you. I hadn’t yet worked up the nerve, I wasn’t sure I ever would, to get one of my own, but men with tats? Oh god, I wanted to lay down and purr and rub myself all over them. I’d had the pleasure of doing so a few times in my short 24 years, but this guy, damn, he was all my fantasies come to life.

I’d love to take the first step, but if he’s straight, and offended, I’m toast. But he’s so yummy. Like triple chocolate with caramel swirls and sprinkles on top. What to do, what to do?

Sincerely,

Tattoo obsessed guy

Conversations with my kid #4

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I haven’t chatted with my kid on-line for awhile, of course it quickly turned into our usual twisted conversation.


 This bakery near by is hiring!
Shifts are from 2-7am


 Tam Ames  Right up your alley.
If you don’t have class until 4:00 you can sleep from 8-2
Free buns
You need someone hiring in Sept. not May.


  i know I just want to know what people do out here on the west coast for work


Tam Ames  Same things they do in the rest of the country I presume.


  so many more hotel jobs out here than in ottawa


Tam AmesI suppose. More tourist oriented things year around.


 FOOD TOUR GUIDE JOB ugh that’d be great
 25 an hour PLUS TIPS
 AND FOOD


Tam Ames  LOL That’s a deal.


 “Star of the show mentality” is one of the qualifications
 “advanced story telling skills”
 “theatre experience”


Tam Ames  There you go.
Wear a boa to the interview.
The feather thing, not the snake.


 YOU HAVE TO WRITE A “WITTY EXPLANATION” OF WHY THEY SHOULD PICK YOU. why aren’t i here this summer


Tam Ames  Sorry.


 i could’ve been somebody. I COULD’VE BEEN A CONTENDER.


Tam Ames LOL A contender for the food tour guide job.


 YOU GOT PRIORITY IF YOU UPLOADED A CREATIVE VIDEO TO THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE AS YOUR APPLICATION
  Tiffany and Co. is hiring


Tam Ames  Ohhhh. Employee discount?


  Moxie’s is hiring as well, too bad I’m not 5’9, blonde and size 2


Tam AmesTo be a sales clerk? Sheesh. Hoity toity.
LOL
I say if you want to be a waiter you need to get in the Keg. Because the bills are high you get big tips.


 OMG OMG I JUST REALIZED
 SECOND TERM OF NEXT YEAR I’ll BE ELIGIBLE TO BE A TV EXTRA


Tam AmesYay!!!!! Then I can say I know someone famous.
Um. Why?


 So there is a huge company here who organizes extras, but you have to have at least a full 24 hour day in your schedule FREE that’s not a weekend. in order to be considered




So keep an eye out for my kid next year as someone sitting in a diner on Supernatural or something equally inspiring.


Sunday she leaves for Japan for two weeks vacation on her own. Let’s hope she’s not kidnapped by white slavers or something. :-)


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What are authors reading these days?

So I’ve been a super-bad blogger, and not in a hip way. So I thought I would ask some well-known authors in the m/m community what they are reading these days. (Not counting their own work as they edit.) This is the first five, more to follow.

Just click on any of the book covers to get to the publishers site if you want to pick it up.

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JP Barnaby

JP’s recent read was:

Of Being Yours by Anna Martin

Dreamspinner Press

JP’s latest release is:

Spencer

Dreamspinner Press

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Blaine D. Arden

Blaine D. Arden

Blaine’s last read was:

If It Drives by Aleksandr Voinov & LA Witt

Riptide Publishing

Blaine’s latest release is:

Forester

Storm Moon Press

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K.Z. Snow

K.Z. Snow

KZ doesn’t have a profile pic so this is from her last blog post. :-P

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 And to be difficult (just kidding) she has been in a movie watching groove so this is one of the last movies she watched. Wow, Meryl is young there.

KZ has a new release coming this summer (no cover/link yet), called Resurrection Man. (I’m totally going straight to hell now for posting this picture. I’ll save you all a spot at the swim up lava bar.)

Sexy Jesus

Sexy Jesus

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Jordan Castillo Price

Jordan Castillo Price

Jordan’s latest read was:

Dreamspinner Press

Dreamspinner Press

Jordan’s latest release was:

JCP Books

JCP Books

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And we end today with a little boy/girl love. :-) Treva also doesn’t have a proper avatar on GR so I’m using this. :-P

Treva Harte

Treva Harte

The last book Treva read:

Avon Books

Avon Books

Treva’s next book isn’t out until summer and she has no link/cover yet, but it will be called The Superstar’s Nanny. In my world, this is what he looks like, or maybe this is the superstar. Either way, freaking adorable.

Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen

So come back next week and find out what some more authors are reading and their new/coming releases.

Have a great weekend.

Do you like plaid? (NSFW)

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Do you like gay porn? Or pretty boys wearing plaid? Then you should check out my new Tumblr, the Plorn Blog. (We’ll see how long I keep it up, but I decided to start it as an off-shoot of my other Tumblr, Cookie Time.) Word of warning: The Plorn Blog will have more graphic material than my other one as a rule. Here are some samples: 

They might be sweet and conservative…

Or a little bit of a tease….

Maybe discrete and artsy with just a touch of plaid in the accessories…

Eli Lewis

Or much more explicit…

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They might be in colour… (with or without a u)

Georgio Carerra

Or maybe in black and white…

And from time to time, may look like this.

Enjoy, and happy first day of spring.

Conversations with my Co-workers

So a few of us were having lunch together yesterday and started chatting about my upcoming move to Kuwait and having to purchase a car there.

A: Are you going to buy a boat? 

Me: What? Why?

A: Apparently lots of people buy boats there. 

Me: Why? That’s weird. It’s not Venice.

A: No, apparently since gas is so cheap, people buy boats. 

Me: That’s weird. *puzzled looks from the rest of us* I’m not buying a boat. My house is inland.

M: Are you going to buy a camel? 

Me: Ha! My daughter said I should buy one and keep it in the back yard. That would be cool.

A: Wait a minute. You give me hell for suggesting a boat and you don’t even blink when he asks if you’re going to buy a camel? 

Me: *shrug* A camel makes sense.

I could take him for car rides.

No, I’m not buying a camel, or a boat. A car yes. :-)

Conversations with my Kid #4

So I sent her this picture I found on Tumblr:

The following on-line conversation ensued:

Her: Been there done that.

Me: Came shooting out of a giant ape’s heart tube?

Her: Mhmm. Don’t you know that’s what I did in bio?

Me: Was that before or after you fainted over a dead frog?

Her: Shut up.

Me: I’ll tell that story at your wedding some day.

Her: Which wedding?
Her: My first or fifth?

Me: Your first and third.
Me: The second will be a Britney Spears quickie, I won’t have time to write a speech.

Her: Its got to be long enough for me to make money off the thing

Me: Maybe he’ll be hot but penniless, you’ll come to your senses after a crazy night of drinking and get an annulment.

Somehow I don’t think our respect for the holy union of matrimony is all that sacred. At least she has a long term plan.

Keeping the options open.