Special Guest Joan Gregerson on Gratitude!

International_Peace_Day_logoSeptember 21st is observed around the world as the International Day of Peace. Joan Gregerson is a writer, a teacher, a member of my writing group, the author of Tuning Into Inner Peace: The Surprisingly Fun Way to Transform Your Life, and a purveyor of peace in general, ramping up to September 21st with a free online course, The 29-Day Inner Peace Experience. She devotes today, Day 16, to Gratitude. I’m especially happy to have her here today because Gratitude transforms my life on a daily basis, in ways both big and small — “The good sense to be grateful” often makes the list in my Gratitude Journal, and in my opinion we can’t find our way down the path to peace without it. Please welcome Joan and her Barney Rubble feet. As she says, “The first step in making a better world is learning how to become more peaceful ourselves. Together, we can create a culture of peace!”

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I Love You, My Barney Rubble feet

By Joan Gregerson

Like many people, by the time I got to the age of 40, I had decades of body critiques filed and at the ready. Look like a boy. Big nose. Droopy boobs. A spare tire. A double chin. A long torso. Thunder thighs. I didn’t think of myself as pretty or ugly, just painfully plain.

Raised Catholic, married young, and working as an engineer, being plain seemed to work in my favor. I definitely did not attract attention because of my striking beauty. And sexuality, well, it was just better all-around if no one ever brought that up. As far as my appearance, I wouldn’t say it was self-loathing, more just self-nothing, or self “meh”-ing. Continue reading

Love Has Reasons: Now in Paperback!

Love_Has_Reasons_400x600As you know (or as the name “Mister Stewardess” will tell you), I work in a customer service-intensive job. The epic, childish fight over To Recline or Not To Recline even ascended to the level of national news last week — I certainly understand the impulse to haul off and smack somebody upside the head with a rolled up USA Today or a book. And if you are the type who goes around whacking people with reading material, I’ve got good news: now you can keep my latest novel close at hand for just such an occasion. Love Has Reasons is out in paperback, and you can get your very own copy at JMS Books or Amazon.

Ashok Rai is fit, charming, and dynamite in the sack; for Danny Hanrahan, falling in love with him is a piece of cake.  Embracing his alter-ego, celebrated drag diva Raima Reason, proves to be more of a challenge.  Danny divorced his wife for a reason, and it wasn’t so he could go out and find someone who takes even longer than she did to put on makeup. When Raima’s career looks set to take off, Danny has to decide if he’s along for the ride, or if a boyfriend who’s sometimes a girl is more than he can handle.

 

 

Puppy Love

When an American writer dies in France, his scandalously young lover inherits the house, the loot, and a handsome whistle he can use to attract… what, exactly?

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Hooray! Our friends at NYC Midnight are back with another contest. The Flash Fiction Challenge gives writers 48 hours to whip out a story no longer than 1,000 words based on an assigned genre, location, and object. Everybody participates in the first two rounds, then winners go on to a third, and finalists compete in a fourth in December. A natural rambler, “short” is already a challenge for me, but I love writing short stuff, and since I was on airplanes for almost 24 of the alloted 48 hours, “short” was a key factor in my ability to participate at all.

My group’s assigned location was A Funeral Procession. Our assigned object was A Dog Whistle. Our assigned genre was Drama, which I was unsure exactly how to interpret. I thought about plays and Meryl Streep movies when I asked myself, What does Drama entail? There’s no yelling in my story and no manipulative family Thanksgiving, but there’s infidelity, grief, and France, so I’m hoping it qualifies. I’m posting what I managed here so I can share this post in the contest’s critique forum, and also cuz I kinda like it and this way I can share it with you! 

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There had been no tragic accident. No lurid murder trial. No heart-wrenching disease trending on social media. He weighed too much. He drank too much. He worked too hard. The only vegetable I ever saw him eat was eggplant parm; the only exercise he ever got he got in bed. Fifty-eight years old, he died from living. There are worse ways to go. Continue reading

Mike Bruno’s Big Day

MenMakeToday marks the release from Cleis Press of “a one-of-a-kind nonfiction compilation” by award-winning editor (and my fellow JMS Books author) Shane Allison of which my erotic alter-ego is proud to be a part. Men on the Make: True Gay Sex Confessions is just what it sounds like: a collection of true stories about sex by guys who love having it and have fun writing about it, in which Mike Bruno remembers quite possibly the hottest, definitely the weirdest and most unexpected London layover ever. I get that straight-ahead gay erotica is not the genre for everyone, but if it is the genre for you, Shane Allison’s your guy. 

Available now on Amazon.