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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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Friday, December 02, 2011
The makers of Shank and Release change the tone for this funny British import. Boyfriends Seb and Aaron take drastic measures to save their finances, at the risk of ruining their relationship. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
In this German import, two young men become drawn to each other while working as interns on a farm. Strong chemistry and beautiful photography make a largely improvised film appealing. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Visit YouTube to see the new trailer for The Acorn Gathering: Writers United Against Cancer. Movie and book critic Amos Lassen has reposted Living In A Small Town, his review of The Acorn Stories.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Lubbock Online: Tech to participate in worldwide simultaneous performance.
Tech Announce: Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Here are some 2012 science fiction trailers.
Alcatraz Series Premiere Promo Video.
Touch - Trailer (HD) starring Kiefer Sutherland.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - Movie Trailer (2012) HD.
Underworld: Awakening 3D - Movie Trailer (2012) HD.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Read the review.
Selected Poems includes the gay love poem “Home,” the strange story of “The Gardener,” and the comical “Angels and Razors,” as well as thirty other poems.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
uGO: Latest Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Stories.
eGuides.Com: Fall 2011 US Prime-Time Broadcast & Cable TV Schedule .
MovieFone: Science Fiction Movies Coming Soon.
Sci-Fi Movie Page Upcoming Movies.
Cybermage: The New Season for Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans.
Cybermage: Fall and Winter Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Recommendations.
Blastr: Zombies, Jedi and more in 19 returning sci-fi shows.
Blastr: New and Cancelled Shows.
Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Monday, September 05, 2011
Gay film favorite Charlie David stars as a reluctant movie festival judge who encounters a film with the same title as his past entry, made by a young man who shares his name. David leads an ensemble cast in a tale of magic and possible redemption.
Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
I don’t actually use all these terms within the books, but they served as part of the imagined worlds for me.
Valchondria: Earth, but in another dimension. Its one-world government consists of the Maintainers, the Supreme Science Council, and Leader. Valchondrian, adjective.
Degranon: Valchondria’s only colony. They follow an ancient holy book, Degranon, which provided the name of their religion and their Valchondria-class planet. Degran, adjective.
Wah-edge: a planet that appears in Sons of Taldra, Chapter One.
Breathed enough exhaust: fed up. That’s all I can take. Refers to hovercraft fumes.
Ceiling trunks: magnetic storage units.
Colonization: ended 1000 years ago. Valchondrians no longer allow outside contact.
Colorsighted: able to see in color, something the virus prevent in most people. The Maintainers force colorsighteds to hide their ability, because they supposedly want special rights or to disrupt society.
Control: the leader of a Degran circle/province.
Core rules: most basic laws.
Cosmetic healer: someone who gives facial modifications. A plastic surgeon.
Cradle: Africa, from references to that continent as the cradle of civilization.
Credit box: the Valchondrian version of a debit card, actually worn at all times as a belt buckle. Might include other apps. The Maintainers also have a communication device in their credit box. Instead of money, people keep their earnings at a credit bank.
Creen: a hot, stimulating beverage, high in anti-oxidants. Like an artificial tea.
Credit boxed: recorded as having used one credit box for a particular purchase, leaving an electronic trail.
Crumbled/rusted: crazy, senseless, useless. Common slang.
Danger speak or danger thought: something one might get into trouble for saying, or that simply might offend others.
Declaration of Legally Permitted Language: a sort of politically correct constitution. Not used in Sons of Taldra.
Dethua: tree that provides ugly, soundproof wood with green swirls. Used in construction and as a slow-burning heat source.
Disrupter: a trouble maker.
Docle: one of the few flowers left on modern Valchondria. Its stem makes great bread, while its big white blossoms (real or plastic) often appear in floral arrangements or in women’s hair.
Facial modifications: see Cosmetic healer.
Fully hidden: classified.
Gidalin: Australia. Aborigines accounted for most of the population until Valchondria became more mobilized.
Given name/chosen name: Parents give their child a name at birth. People choose a name when they become married. In most formal titles and settings, people use one’s given names. However, some (including Taldra) hate their given names and insist on their chosen name. No surnames or family names. Degrans call their parents Mother and Father, but modern Valchondrian children refer to their parents by chosen names.
Glide: skim through, usually in reference to wallscreen messages or channels.
Glory: used by Valchondrians as hello and goodbye. Also, some say “by glory” to express surprise or annoyance.
Gossip masters: tabloid media.
Gratitude: thank you.
Grav-free: adjective. Obvious meaning.
Gredga chips: a popular, sweet snack. Available freshly fried or processed.
Hand machine/palm machine: portable computer, but not interconnected with the Wall System.
Heavy cryptic: mysterious or intentionally vague.
Heavy hazard: dangerous, thought-provoking, or controversial. Something to avoid.
Heavy honor: flatter, compliment, or provoke gratitude. Not as formal as it might sound.
Hiliate: According to Jase-Dawn’s mother, “Hiliates were giant, six-legged creatures that walked on their back four legs but ran on all six legs. They were remarkable creatures, and they never attacked people, but they were hateful toward each other, and rather putrid in their odor.” The term “Son of a hiliate” is an insult or expression of anger.
Holo-casing: holographic wrapping paper for presents.
Holo-casting: illegal use of 3D images, for the purpose of protests or deceptions.
Holo-list: a list to receive holo-ads that spring from one’s credit box. Credit banks rent out the list and allow their system to be used for this purpose, but they only target the rich.
Hover: drive. Also, hovercraft, hoverbus, hoverfumes.
Injia Provina: Europe and Asia.
Iroquois: Natives. Watch for my blog entry about why Taldra’s family is Iroquois.
Largely: very, as in “That’s largely heavy hazard.”
Leader: the president of Valchondria is referred to simply as Leader.
Letherns: small canines.
Life mirroring: a life sentence to a prison of mirrors.
Mallwalkers/mallwalking. Mall shoppers/shopping. Not the same as elderly Americans who walk malls before the stores open.
Maintainers: people who, because of a specific genetic structure, see themselves as genetically superior. They serve as Valchondria’s police, judges, and juries. Uniforms are black and/or gray, listed here in order of ascending rank.
- Trainees (first-year officers): solid gray, except for black headband.
- Lieutenant: gray with black stripe down left arm. Black headband.
- Captain: Thick black stripe down the front. Black headband.
- Capital guards wear solid black suits and protect government officials. No headband. Rank equal to captain.
- General: gray uniform with black arms. No headband.
- Admiral: Two slanted black stripes down the front of shirt. Gray headband.
Mind relaxants: pain killers or sedatives.
Mind surge: flashy and trashy entertainment or propaganda. Dredge.
Morning lounge: room in a rich person’s home, with artificial trees, etc. that create a mock nature environment.
Move your feet this way: “come here” or “hurry.” Also, “Move your feet that way.”
Naadloosh, alien shapeshifters. Watch for my blog entry about the Navajo influences on Sons of Taldra.
New Gidalin: New Zeeland. Aborigines from Gidalin colonize this previously uninhabited island.
North and South Edge: In modern Valchondria, North and South Poles. In the time travel sequence, earlier people saw North Edge as starting around what we would call the Canadian border.
North and South Turtle: North and South America. Inspired by Native American term Turtle Island.
Note: listen, mark my words.
One length: six feet.
The Power Holders: privately-owned company that owns the environmental regulators, the water supply, and the power plants, but not the Wall System.
Pressure Tournament: basketball meets Trivial Pursuit and holograms. Both books include references to it. Played in school. Click here for a deleted scene that involves this game: DuaneSimolke.Com: Pressure Tournament: Scene cut from Gay SciFi Sons of Taldra.
Recognize: think of, consider, understand, or acknowledge, as in “Recognize his efforts” or “I recognize that.”
Red-skinned people: people we might see as Native America, First Nation, American Indian, or the member of a particular tribe. The family at the heart of both novels is red-skinned. Similar terms refer to other ethnicities. I realize that the skin colors my characters refer to aren’t precise or entirely accurate.
Re-filter: mock, overanalyze, misinterpret, or insinuate. Also used in a more literal sense, as in “Re-filter that static-filled broadcast.”
Rock spiders: self-explanatory.
Same-gendered, both-gendered, op-gendered: reference to gender attraction, as in one is attracted to one’s own gender, both genders, or the opposite sex. Gay, bi, heterosexual.
See your aim/see my aim: understand, get the point, get the message.
Side that: never mind.
Speak clearly: don’t equivocate. Also, “I speak clearly.”
Svey stone: a malleable, light-weight stone, initially used for making lamps.
Truthfully: honestly. Often used sarcastically, defensively, or just in explanation.
Two or twenty times: too often, or at least, it seems that way.
Undermall: an area beneath Valcine with illegal drug sales, illegal holo-casting sales, and most of Valchondria’s walkway people (homeless) population. Also used as an adjective for anything black market or otherwise illegal, as in “How undermall” or “drug undermall.”
Up-link wallscreen: upload to a wallscreen. Use hyphen.
The Uubsoov: alien race that attacked Valchondria’s second ship of colonists a millennium ago. (Sometimes called the Uubsoon.)
Valcine: the center of Valchondrian life—essentially, New York City. Valcini, adjective.
Verbal patterns: familiar and safe phrasings or arguments. Talking points.
Vid-chip: video stored on a small, square chip.
The virus: a manufactured illness that supposedly stops illness and delays aging. Besides slowly turning against the human body, it also causes most people to not hear certain musical tones and not see in color.
Vrix: a luminous rock, sometimes found in stalagmites and stalactites.
Walkway: side walk.
Walkway people: homeless people who congregate in Valcine. All other cities have banned walkway living, but Valcine’s size and structure foster it.
Walkway term: street talk.
Wallscreen: a system of video screens, run by the Wallsystem Conglomerate, that provide communication, news, and collected messages, as well as constant entertainment. Also used as a verb, as in “Wallscreen it to me.” Sometimes shorted to screen as a noun or verb.
Wallscreen houses: adults-only video establishments.
Wallscreen room: aka video room. Living room.
Winter plague: early name for influenza.
Read more about Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure and Sons of Taldra. Note: the earlier working title for Sons of Taldra was Worried.
Entry revised 9/29/16.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Saturday, July 02, 2011
Half off these eBooks through July 31, 2011 at Smashwords:
Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure. Gay-themed scifi!
Holding Me Together, fighting bigotry and promoting pride.
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Saturday, June 04, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Overlapping stories in the Bahamas involve anti-gay bigotry and other attitudes that keep the characters from happiness. Kareem Mortimer’s multi-award wining film challenges homophobic views while revealing breathtaking scenery. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.
Monday, May 23, 2011
The brilliant scientist Taldra loves her twin gay sons and thinks of them as the hope for Valchondria’s future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, and the other becomes stranded on the other side of a doorway through time. Can they find their way home and help Taldra save their world?
Degranon: Kindle eBook
Excerpt: We’re Glad Our Son Is Gay
Excerpt: The Maintainers Arrive
Degranon: Reading Group Questions
Book Trailer 1
Book Trailer 2
Gay Science Fiction Worlds
Gay SciFi for Canadian Readers
Gay SciFi UK
Gay Science Fiction at bn.com
Friday, May 20, 2011
Violet Tendencies. Distributed by Embrem Entertainment.
A lovable fag hag enjoys the admiration of her gay friends but also wants true love. Her attempts lead to funny situations in this new Casper Andreas film. Read my movie review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Degranon: A Gay-Themed Science Fiction Adventure. “A must read.” – Joe Wright, for StoneWall Society. “A reminder of the danger of fanaticism.” –Mark Kendrick, author of Stealing Some Time. “Duane Simolke's latest offering is a fascinating scifi excursion into a world as unique as his singular vision.” –Ronald L. Donaghe, author of Cinátis. “This is an incredible book about the human condition and how one person striving for the good can, in the end, be a source of change.” –Rainbow Reviews.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Description: 15-year-old Wanda Windsor is not the most popular student at Hecate High. In fact, amongst her fellow witches, the fairies, the shifters, the vampires, and the werewolves, she's one of the least popular students. However, she never thought anyone hated her enough to try attack her. During her sophomore year someone uses mind control on other students to force them to hurt Wanda, and she manages to just barely escape each attack. Wanda isn't sure who would want to hurt her, but she's fairly certain it has to do with the introverted new student who has visions of the future.
When she isn't dodging death, Wanda spends her time trying to pass Geometry, avoiding (unsuccessfully) the subject of boys, and getting into mischief with her friends.
Visit ShawnCSproatt.com and her blog Musings of a Writer.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
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Monday, March 21, 2011
the official Code Talkers site. These Native American heroes dumbfounded the Nazis by creating a secret code based on the Navajo language.
Google News: Code Talkers.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
My West Texas fiction collection The Acorn Stories has received another four-star review at GoodReads.
Read the reviews of TAS at Kirkus, Amazon.Com, GoodReads, bn.com (2nd edition), and bn.com (1st edition).
Saturday, March 19, 2011
I just combined Chapters 24 and 25 of Worried. The scenes in that newly combined chapter set up the nonstop action that carries readers through the rest of the novel. Contrasted pacing has been an important part of Worried, with quiet scenes often set between action scenes, light scenes between darker ones, and romance between tragedy. That counterbalance keeps adding to the intensity. It also makes the reading more unpredictable.
Earlier this week, I added a new scene, with one of the minor characters reflecting on some of the more disturbing elements within the storylines, while also finding comfort in the arms of a friend. Sometimes, I find a need to add or expand scenes, because—as a reader—I often wonder about the responses and impacts of certain events on the characters. These scenes can connect the characters, events, emotions, etc. to each other. It helps make the story more involving and run more smoothly. Connections seam the narrative together and keep it cohesive.
Monday, March 14, 2011
I’m still revising Worried and will probably continue for most of 2011. Worried is my first novel to write from scratch. The others started as short stories that I kept expanding over the years.
After starting with an outline, I wrote Worried’s thirty-three chapters over the past few years. Of course, the final version might contain more or less chapters.
I hand wrote each chapter, later revising them as I typed them. Revisions of each chapter continued, between writing new chapters.
With all of them finished, I went back and added more scenes. One conflict, for example, ended too quickly, so I rewrote that scene. Leaving the resolution incomplete led to new scenes that, I think, provide some of the novel’s most exciting moments.
Worried’s final chapters strayed from the outline, as I knew they might. Some of the relationships between characters also developed in ways other than what I had imagined. I stay open to possibilities. An outline provides a helpful roadmap, but it can always go in the glove compartment—or out the window—in favor of something better.
Other revisions from here largely involve word choice, clarification, and description. They also stress consistency with the novel’s brief timeline, and with the first book in the series.
Will there be more in the series? I would like to write at least one more. I love these characters, and this new book develops them much more, making me want to explore what happens to them next. I might think I know, but I won’t find out until I write it.
For more, see Chapter 1 Draft at Goodreads and Worried Teaser, Spoiler Alert.
Click on the Worried tag below, to read more about writing Worried.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
The video's description page includes several links for learning more about the actors.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
According to the their statement, “The League of Extraordinary Writers is a group of debut YA authors who write science fiction and dystopian works. The five of us have works that run the gamut of near-future mind control to far-future space travel, but they do have one thing in common: a future where the Earth we know now is twisted, gone.”
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
The novel Hero involves a gay teen who joins a group of superheroes. I had written an extremely brief review of Hero, which follows.
I grew up loving DC Comics superheroes, so I enjoyed the many nods to them here. Hero pokes a little fun while playing homage, but it also explores the "secret life" themes in engaging ways.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Today's book excerpt involves two gay men in love.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011
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We Shall Remain: PBS Series
Native Languages of the Americas: Preserving and promoting American Indian languages
The American West: Native Americans
Kid Info: Native Americans
Native Americans in North Georgia: Moundbuilders, Creeks, Cherokee, Trail of Tears...
42explore2.com: American Indians
Google Timeline for Native Americans
Google News for Native Americans
Native American Chart
Native American Lore Index Page
Native American Cultures
November is Native American Heritage Month
Native American Legends: First Owners of the American West
Native Tech: Native Technology and Art
Indian Country Today Media Network
To read more, click on the Native American tag below.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Stomping on Yeti: 2011 Debuts: Science Fiction
Stomping on Yeti: 2011 Debuts: Fantasy and Steampunk
Fantasy & SciFi Lovin' News & Reviews: Most Anticipated Books of 2011
I’ve just finished the second draft of Worried: A Science Fiction Adventure, the sequel to Degranon. I will probably spend most of the year revising it, but hope to see in print in 2012, if not sooner.
Readers and writers, please visit the Goodreads discussion New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books in 2011. Which new scifi or fantasy books are you looking forward to in 2011? If you're an sf/f author, do you have any stories or novels coming out this year? Join the discussion to share.
Also from Goodreads, Indie Books - 2011 Releases in Paranormal Fiction and Science Fiction for 2011.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Holding Me Together features many of my poems (including the gay love poem Home) and essays (including the multi-part essay Reactions to Homophobia).
One reader will win a free eBook PDF on Feb. 15, 2011. Contest details.
The contest involves my January 14, 2011 blog entry.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
“This is an incredible book about the human condition and how one person striving for the good can, in the end, be a source of change.” –Rainbow Reviews
“DEGRANON is sci-fi that warrants the attention of any serious aficionado, gay or straight, fascinated by alien worlds that mirror our own world.” –William Maltese, author of Beyond Machu
Use the coupon code TE82T to save half off the eBook of Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure at Smashwords. Expires 2/15/11.
Monday, January 10, 2011
SciFi/Fantasy 2011, Part 2:
From Blastr (SyFy):
- How Spielberg's Falling Skies aliens will be DIFFERENT
- 55 Movie Trailers
- Pics from Spielberg’s Terra Nova
- SciFi/Fantasy Novels
- 11 TV Shows We’re Looking Forward to in 2011
- 11 Movies We’re Looking Forward to in 2011
Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf & Review: Looking Forward to 2011 Science Fiction Novels
io9: 55 Science Fiction & Fantasy Movies to Watch Our for in 2011
io9: Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy Television in 2011
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Sunday, January 09, 2011
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, filmmaker Rob Williams offers a gay romantic comedy that explores issues impacting many of his viewers. Steve Callahan and Mathew Montgomery co-star in a new release from Guest House Films. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.
Also for Valentine’s Day, Gay Love Poem.