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Kage Alan
Detroit, Michigan, US
June 19
Kage Alan is the Detroit-based author of comedic novels A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins and Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell. Additional info can be found at KageAlan.com

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I had, as usual, a couple of ideas I wanted to explore in today’s post, only the longer I waited to write about them, the less relevant they seemed. For those of us who recognize and celebrate the holiday, Christmas is this week, so discussing negative issues and their impacts can… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2014 5:00AM

The Ingredients of a Damn Good Story

I remember reading eighteen years ago when I first started submitting query letters that if a story I’d written couldn’t interest whoever was reading it at a publisher or literary agent’s office in the first chapter—or even the first couple of paragraphs—it would be rejected. That seemed li… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2014 5:00AM

That Annoying Matter of POV During Sex

Discovering at the age of twenty-eight that one has a sense of humor does tend to put one a tad bit behind the times. And when one uses that sense of humor in one’s writing, it becomes very easy to write that way all the time, especially in fiction. You see,… Read full post »

DECEMBER 13, 2014 5:00AM

The Face of Gay 61 (Katy)

Anti-gay politicians, religious leaders and everybody else who falls under the category of “others” sometimes like to justify their actions by using the words “for the children.” It’s annoying and it’s not for the children. But don’t take my word for it.

Why… Read full post »

Several of the blog idea sites I check out from time to time when I’m stuck for a topic suggest taking on something controversial. That typically doesn’t appeal to me because I’m not fond of controversy for the sake of controversy. However, in this case, I think there’s something fairly fun… Read full post »

Something very odd happened over the weekend. The deadline for the Butt Riders on the Range story is fast approaching and I took a day off from having dad with me in order to complete my first draft. Our stories are supposed to be around 10k. Mine was at 18k when… Read full post »

Why so serious? I had to ask myself that question after I put the finishing touches on Monday’s blog post. It ain’t all doom and gloom. After all, the Butt-thology authors—of which I’m a part—just launched a new anthology yesterday. It’s a collection of holiday stories, so, you know, not… Read full post »

My grandmother has been in a funk lately. Her memory of the holidays goes back far longer than my own. I remember the Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings at her house when I was a kid, only from the viewpoint as that of a child. She remembers them as an adult. And… Read full post »

The house is decorated for Thanksgiving. I originally allotted myself one day to accomplish this. It took three. I also had to take a couple more trips out to finish picking up food for the Thursday feast, plus some other odds and ends. And just when I thought it was done,… Read full post »

I don’t know much about politics. It’s entirely possible I know more than I think I do, but if that’s true, it’s by default. If I goof anywhere in this, please let me know. And let be me up front that most of what I express in this post is based… Read full post »

Not me, thank you, although I could see it happening one day. Just not now. I’ll admit to you right up front that I’m one of “those people†who enjoy the holidays. I do it in my own way, though, but I do enjoy them. Back when I was in college,… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2014 5:00AM

Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend…Again

One of the most difficult times I witnessed and experienced took place during the months with Honorable Husband after my father-in-law’s passing. People need time to heal, and learn how to go on without their loved one. We sometimes live in the memories we have with them or keep items of… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 5:00AM

An Unconventional Romance

One thing I’m amazed at is how many authors out there write romance. Even more amazing is how many readers out there read it. What is it about romance and love that keep people coming back time and time again? Or is the answer simply the word ‘love’? I read Stephen… Read full post »

There are days even I struggle to come up with a blog post idea. Sometimes my mind is fried with what’s going on during the week—if dad has been misbehaving due to the Alzheimer’s, if I have a deadline, or if Honorable Husband feels I’m not getting the creases in his… Read full post »

I think I’m a fairly bizarre author when it comes to editing. There are some folks who write their first draft, then it’s like pulling their fingernails off to get them to go back in and edit it. I’m not like that. I LOVE going back into my own work, ripping… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2014 6:00AM

The Legend of Macomb Mall Vs. the Now

Some of my earliest memories are of a fascinating place mom and dad called ‘the mall’. More specifically, Macomb Mall. Mom would get me settled in the van, then we’d drive up there, usually to go to one of two card stores so she could stock up for future birthdays or… Read full post »

One of the most fun things in the world I’ve spent over a year doing now is unpacking, cleaning, giving things to charity, throwing things out, trying to find things Honorable Husband insists I’ve misplaced or thrown out by mistake, and otherwise getting the house in order. It’s still not even… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2014 6:00AM

Black Friday Creates Fuming Thursday

There are a couple sides to this story. So, first I’ll acknowledge that there are folks who need the money, who may not have families and want to work, or who have families and want to work anyway, or who just don’t mind working the wee hours of Black Friday after… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2014 6:00AM

This Whole Catfishing Thing

I was having an e-mail conversation over the weekend with my contact at PFLAG. He’s been passing along questions to me from the board and then answers from me to them regarding The Face of Gay book project. Anyway, he made a comment in our last e-mail and told me that… Read full post »

The news about so many states allowing gay marriage now—or at least being found unconstitutional to deny it to gay couples—seemed at first like a dream. How many of us (gay, straight, bi, trans) ever thought this would be a reality? The struggle for recognition and equality has been harsh and… Read full post »

Have you ever noticed that the people who you want to read a certain blog post you’ve written don’t, and the one or two people you secretly hope don’t read it actually do? Murphy’s Law? Maybe. I make an honest effort to minimize this potential problem by knowing who these people… Read full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2014 6:00AM

The Face of Gay 60 (Anonymous)

It’s fairly easy to tell with these posts if the author is a member of the LGBT community or an ally. Sometimes, though, what they have to say doesn’t have so much to do with where they fall into either distinction as much as it does with the experience(s) they’re telling… Read full post »

I LOVE the month of October! Love it! Why? Because it’s the one month out of the year when I can get away with fattening up my horror movie collection. Honorable Husband won’t touch it with a ten foot pole, but he’ll also not give me any grief about picking some… Read full post »

Honorable Husband has been trying to get me to fly down to Florida for a year now. The stated reason was to visit his mother—my mother-in-law—and enjoy some relaxation (aka heat and getting exercise bringing him cold drinks). I’ve resisted, mostly because I also knew the unstated reason; he bou… Read full post »

People say it happens in threes. My father-in-law passed away last year, my mentor this year, and then a friend and fellow author a week ago. I gotta say that all the wrong people are dying. I know this because I have a list and none of the ones who’ve passed… Read full post »