Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Watch for the gay-themed film Violet Tendencies, starring Mindy Cohn from Facts of Life, to open in theaters on November 5. I’m looking forward to the comedy because of her, and because Casper Andreas directed it. I love his movies! Watch here for more about Violet Tendencies.
Congratulations to Juana Esparza for winning an eBook of the gay-themed novel Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure! See my blog entry from yesterday for another book giveaway.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Free fantasy novel, drawing October 1, 2010.

If you want to win a paperback copy of The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure, visit AuthorIsland Giveaway and follow the directions.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Gay-Themed SciFi.

From Blastr, Torchwood Writer reveals the reasons why Ianto Jones had to die. The British series featured a love affair between its male lead and one of the male supporting characters. In 2011, Torchwood: The New World will bring the remaining Torchwood members, along with new ones, to the Starz network.

Monthly appointment with my Reading List puts Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure among the upcoming reads for Elisa Role, a prolific reviewer of gay-themed books. See the reviews at
Rainbow Reviews and I Must Be Dreaming.
Gay short film contest, a gay movie review, and more love.

Visit TLAgay.Com Shorts for details about a short film contest. They want original, gay-themed films, less than twenty minutes long. Submissions end November 1st, 2010.

BearCity. Learn about bear culture in a rowdy comedy from the director of Raising Heroes. A bear chaser bursts onto the scene, where he finds friendship and conflict. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.

Gay Love Poem has now received more than 176,000 views at YouTube.

Friday, September 17, 2010

The CW has posted a teaser trailer for the final season of Smallville. The video mostly just uses scenes from past seasons, but with the addition of a glimpse at the Superman costume.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lubbock, Texas: We Think Pink In Lubbock, featuring Sweet Potato Queen Jill Conner Browne and renowned British chef Jon Ashton. Tuesday, October 5. Join the fight against cancer!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

View and share Gay Love Poem at Gay Web Channel, a social media resources site for the LGBT community.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Green Day: Stand Up To Cancer


In this live performance on Stand Up To Cancer 2010 (09/10/2010), Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong performs their hit song “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”

The following paragraphs introduce “The First Few And the Last Few,” one of the stories I wrote for The Acorn Gathering: Writers Uniting Against Cancer.

The Last Few And the First Few

By Duane Simolke

Dedicated to all people who risk their lives to protect others.

We entered the twenty-first century as we left the twentieth century: with uncertainty. But everything seemed safe for a while, safe and prosperous. Then the economy started to falter. And then September 11 happened.

I arrived in New York City two days after the attacks on the World Trade Center. When I’m not in active duty with the Army, I often work as a volunteer firefighter in El Paso, where my mother lives, or in Acorn. In case you haven’t heard of it, Acorn is a little town in West Texas, population 21,001. After my family left an even smaller town called “Ropesville,” I grew up in Acorn; my brother recently became the sheriff there, and I visited him for a while before coming on up here. It’s my first time up this far north in the states, though I’ve done quite a bit of traveling in my life.

I expected a call soon, one that would again cause me to travel. And, like the one I got just after I signed up with the Army, those travels would take me to a hostile, foreign land. In the meantime, I wanted to do what I could here. Everyone knows where I am and how to get hold of me, though I actually need to go back to the hotel and check my messages.

I haven’t slept since arriving at Ground Zero. Ground Zero—that’s what they’re calling the area of destruction. My mother, always biased, has been telling everyone that it was heroic of me to come here. The New York City firefighters, police officers, and rescue workers are the real heroes. I’m just helping out where I can. I’ve seen them help countless people already while sifting through the wreckage for survivors.

I’ve seen volunteers of every kind, and I’ve seen every good trait of humanity. New York hardly seems like the cruel, unfriendly place I’ve always heard about. We’re all doing what we can.

The team I was with finally convinced me to take a break. Instead of going back to the hotel, I walked a block away and collapsed in an alley, leaning against a building.

As I sit here, catching my breath, still wearing my helmet and my protective jacket, I reach into the pocket of my jeans to find an envelope, now all folded up and crinkled.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Movie Review: Is It Just Me?

In this charming romantic comedy, a case of mistaken identity complicates a gay man’s attempt to finally meet the right man in L.A. Can a handsome Texan end his streak of failed relationships? Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Fruit Fly. Writer/director H. P. Mendoza celebrates fag hags in a musical about a Filipina performance artist. Betheseda sings her way into the Castro and surrounds herself with gay culture. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Congratulations to Regina Ross for winning a paperback copy of The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure! Thanks to Regina and everyone else who entered the contest! AuthorIsland Giveaway includes details about another chance to win that book. Just answer the question about the excerpt.