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Saturday, June 28, 2003

Book review: Stealing Some Time, Books I and II by Mark Kendrick


The action of this romantic science fiction thriller takes place in two different centuries: the 25th century, plagued by homophobia and unquestioned propaganda, and the 19th century, a time of discovery and superstition.

After Technical Sergeant Kallen Deshara keeps finding gay sexual partners in a military that supposedly has no gays, he finally falls in love. Unfortunately, he does so during a mission that takes him into the past. The object of his affection had also been seeking a life-long, romantic bond with another man.

Kendrick keeps the scientific explanations in the narrative short but believable, focusing instead on intrigue, character development, and relationships. The pace never slows, and the book’s time travel premise sneaks shockingly but somehow naturally into the already complex lives of the characters. Yes, it seems impossible in terms of what they know, but they were already starting to learn that much of what they supposedly “knew” isn’t reality at all.

Appearing together in a single volume, Books I and II of the Stealing Some Time trilogy will take readers out of reality as well. I look forward to reading Book III to see how it all turns out!

Friday, June 20, 2003

2003 StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts

I received two 2002 StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts awards.

This year, I’ve been nominated for two more of my writing projects. Degranon is a science fiction novel that explores diversity, fanaticism, and family. The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer is a fiction anthology I edited and co-wrote, with all royalties going to cancer research.

Voting ends midnight 7-18-03, one vote per email address, with results announced 7-25-03 at StoneWall Society. According to SWS, “All votes corresponding to bounce or non-existent email addresses are deleted.”

See StoneWall Society for details. Or go directly to these SWS pages.

Meet The Nominees!

Place Your Vote Here!

Also from StoneWall Society, support GLBT radio! Keep "THIS WAY OUT" on the air. The live online auction to support "THIS WAY OUT" includes signed copies of Degranon. Various writers, singers, comedians, etc. also donated their work. THIS WAY OUT Auction at Alternabid

Monday, June 16, 2003

StoneWall Society


The following is from StoneWall Society, a resource for promoting Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgendered expression in the arts. I donated three signed copies of my science fiction novel Degranon for the auction.


StoneWall Society GLBT Online Pride Celebration 6-15-03 through 7-15-03

Opens with the auction to benefit "THIS WAY OUT". Sponsored by Alternabid and StoneWall Society our goal is to raise funds to assist in keeping this valuable GLBT resource alive and on air. New items will be added daily all through the month of June 2003. If you would like to donate funds directly to "THIS WAY OUT" please visit their website at: http://www.thiswayout.org/. To donate items for the auction contact sysop@stonewallsociety.com or visit the website at http://www.stonewallsociety.com.
Many thanks to Alternabid!!!!

SWS Pride In The Arts Music Awards

Meet the Nominees!!!

Literary Award Nominees will be announced Tuesday 6-17-03 and
Visual Art Nominees will be announced Thursday 6-19-03
New sections opening daily for the Pride Celebration!!!!

Watch for the opening of StoneWall Society Network During Our Pride Celebration!!!!!
A new means of bringing our community and the world closer....

Pride feedback due in August. If you have not completed this year's survey to improve the Pride event experience, do it here.

Congratulations to OutMusic and all OutMusic Nominees and Recipients.
See the 2003 Recipients!

Saturday, June 14, 2003

Gertrude Stein, Sherwood Anderson

In Stein, Gender, Isolation, & Industrialism: New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio, I consider Gertrude Stein, gender roles, gay subtext, the machine in the garden, feelings of isolation, and attempts at communication, as they all relate to Sherwood Anderson's masterpiece. You can order it through most bookstores. Libraries can order it through the distributor Ingram Books; the ISBN is 158348338.


From CHAPTER II

ANDERSON AND STEIN: SYMBIOSIS


As I begin to reevaluate the place of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio in the development of American fiction, I first want to look at Anderson's symbiotic relationship with Gertrude Stein, a relationship most Stein devotees will know about through her The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, in which Stein pretends to write as her lover, Alice. Anyone interested in Stein or Anderson should also read Sherwood Anderson/Gertrude Stein, edited by Ray Lewis White. This book features chronological excerpts from their letters to each other and from their published comments about each other.


Anderson apparently came to love Stein through some of her portraits and through her 1909 book Three Lives. Stein generated considerable controversy with Lives, a controversy she would sustain with her subsequent works. In writing about the critical reactions to her prose, she sounds as frustrated as Anderson often felt, and much of what she says about her frustration could apply to Anderson, who appears prominently and constantly in literary anthologies and literary history books, yet continues to receive the label "marginal.” Stein says the newspapers claim "that my writing is appalling but they always quote it and what is more, they quote it correctly, and those they say they admire they do not quote" (Alice 70). The newspapers, however, reflected the general public, who found Stein's work fascinating and repulsive.


My book The Acorn Stories contains some obvious nods to Anderson, Stein, Faulkner, Hurston, Swift, and Kafka, but it's still quite original.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Lesbian Mothers.

The following press release is from an old friend that I met at Belmont University.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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Dunham Media Group, www.geocities.com/dunhammediagroup, has been commissioned by Star of Hope Outreach Ministries International to produce a video that will continue the story of Sandra Schuster and Madeleine Issacson. The women were the first, openly lesbian, mothers to win custody of their six children, from the Supreme Court of the State of Washington.

Their story was originally produced for video in the early-1970’s, and the video was used in their 10-year court case as evidence of a successful family. Since then, over the past 30 years, the video has been incorporated into college curriculum on campuses nationwide to generate open discussion of several aspects of society, from lesbian relationships and legal aspects of family court, to sociological and psychological studies and spiritual lifestyles.

The project’s goal is to not only continue the story of where the couple and their children are today, but also to reach out to other Gay and Lesbian people to encourage and support them in their efforts to become stable members of society. “The Gay and Lesbian people are portrayed in such a negative light in the mainstream media”, says Sandra Schuster, Star of Hope Founder and subject of the original film. “It is the perfect time for the Gay and Lesbian people with moral character to join together and notify the world that we are here, that we can live positive, upstanding lifestyles, and can even be a vocal presence in a Christian ministry. It is possible to be a Christian, a Gay or Lesbian person, and a positive, contributing member of American society. There is hope for our community.”

The project is slated for launch in August 2003, and is expected to reach Gay and Lesbian People around the country. The original focus of distribution will be in the Dallas/Fort Worth area through video sales, TV distribution to public access and local independent channels, and special screenings. Distribution is expected to grow to include distribution to major markets nationwide.

Lori Dunham, owner of Dunham Media Group and the project’s director, is continuing to accept applications from media-minded individuals looking for an internship opportunity that will provide them with industry experience. Many internship positions are still available to junior or senior level college students enrolled in Communications studies, or to recent graduates in the Radio/TV/Film, Communications, Journalism, Advertising/Marketing or Public Relations programs.

For more information, please contact Lori Dunham at lori_dunham@earthlink.net.

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Poet of the Month!



I am the June 2003 poet of the month at Antny’s Place!

Site’s description: “Antny's Place is dedicated to serving as a free resource for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) community. Hopefully you will find this site to be both informative and fun, but most of all, through this site, you can always be assured that you are not alone.”

My review of the site: Antny's Place provides news, views, and creative expressions that involve the GLBT community. It’s a fun place to visit, and the webmaster encourages interaction from members. Membership is free, as is every part of the site.

Please visit Antny’s Place now and click on the Poet of the Month link!