Notes from the Underground

A Wordle or “word cloud” created from Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground, retrieved from acetinc.com

I thought I’d pop my head out of the social media manhole where I’ve been hiding these past few weeks. I’ve never been a wiz at keeping up a dynamic presence here and over at my other haunts like Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. The month of August was particularly sketchy for me since I had deadlines for two projects.

That does make for some exciting news…

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I finished the last round of proofreading, and Banished Sons of Poseidon is in its final stages of production. Advance Review Copies (ARCs) should be available real soon. The book, a sequel to The Seventh Pleiade, releases on October 13, 2015.

And, I completed the manuscript for a farther upcoming release titled The City of Seven Gods. It’s another ancient world-themed novel with less magic and more Game of Thrones-ish drama, not for the kids table at Thanksgiving dinner. The book was picked up by Bold Strokes, and it’s on the production schedule for an April 2016 release.

Other than that, I’ve snuck in some tennis watching (Go Federer, winning a master’s event in Cincinnati!), and beach-going, and weekend barbecues. Of the latter, I have the mosquito bites to prove it. I’m writing this post while scratching away at my ankles. Grrr…

Oh, I also discovered Terry Pratchett! Well, just his books I’m afraid, may he RIP. I sped through Dodger this summer and was blown away. That’s the way books should be written IMHO: ferociously clever, utterly transporting, satisfyingly tragic and triumphant (and with far less adverbs).

So what did you do this summer?

 

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Heroic images from Paris

We took my parents to Paris for their 50th anniversary. It was my third visit, and instead of the usual tourist photos, I was drawn to taking some shots of sculpture, artwork and architecture, naturally of a classical and heroic style. This of course is from the steps of Opera Garnier.

We took my parents to Paris for their 50th anniversary. It was my third visit, and instead of the usual tourist photos, I was drawn to taking some shots of sculpture, artwork and architecture, naturally of a classical and heroic style. This of course is from the steps of Opera Garnier.

 

My husband and I attended the Gaultier exhibit at the Grand Palais.

My husband and I attended the Gaultier exhibit at the Grand Palais.

 

I only took one shot from the exhibit because this really surprised me: Kurt Cobain in vampiric Gaultier menswear.

I only took one shot from the exhibit because this really surprised me: Kurt Cobain in vampiric Gaultier menswear.

Pont Alexandre III

A pillar from the highly ornamental Pont Alexandre III.

Lion and cherub

Lion and cherub.

A nobleman at Versailles

A nobleman in the gardens of Versailles. Possibly Alexandre the Great?

fountain sculpture

I took a number of photos of fountain sculptures at the gardens of Versailles. These are some scary looking dogs.

Fountain sculpture

Fountain sculpture with hunting scene.

A fountain nymph

A fountain nymph

Inside the Chateau de Versailles, I just took a few shots. Here, the flamboyant Louis XIV.

Inside the Chateau de Versailles, I just took a few shots. Here, the flamboyant Louis XIV.

Ceiling fresco at the Apollo Salon

Apollo has been interesting me lately, and I spotted him on this ceiling fresco in the “Apollo Salon.”

Diana

The goddess Diana in the Hall of Mirrors

Gates of the Chateau de Versailles

The splendid gates of the Chateau de Versailles

Rodin sculpture

Rodin archer statue at Musee d’Orsay

Napoleon

Portrait of Napoleon outside the Musee de la Legion d’Honneur

Le Serment de Spartacus

Le Serment de Spartacus in the Tuileries Gardens

Theseus and the Minotaur

Theseus and the Minotaur

Cain

Cain, after killing his brother Abel.

Dionysius

A Dionysius at the Louvre

Antinous

And, my favorites: Antinous statues in tribute to Hadrian’s famed lover. The description of this work said that it was likely a statue of Hercules, which Hadrian commissioned to have modified to portray his heroic lover.

Antinous

Antinous bust

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My FLAMECON Photoessay

Central Hall at FLAMECON

I arrived at FLAMECON not sure what to expect. The Grand Prospect Hall, a catering hall in Brooklyn that was built in 1892 as a showplace for wealthy Park Slope residents, was transformed into a multi-room convention center.

Gay Geeks of NYC

The first people I met were this cute couple from Gay Geeks of NYC who organize gaymer events at the LGBT community center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Girls as cats

Browsing around, I was not surprised to see Golden Girls artwork. Though I’ve never seen them turned into cats.

I took a selfie with a guy dressed up as Green Lantern. That was a popular costume for guys and girls.

I took a selfie with a guy dressed up as Green Lantern. That was a popular costume for guys and girls.

YA Panel

I attended a YA Panel with (l to r) David Levithan, Sara Farizan and Adam Silvera. The room was overfilled, and it was nice to see lots of young people in attendance.

The Freaky, Fantastical Four

This was the table for the Freaky, Fantastical Four (l to r): David Swatling, Daniel W. Kelly, Tom Cardamone, and me. I was happy that I sold six books.

This was some artwork that caught my eye.

This was some artwork that caught my eye.

MASSIVE

As did this booth: MASSIVE artwork by Gengoroh Tagame and Jiraiya.

All in all, it was a fantastic day, and I even took a photo with the FLAMECON mascot.

All in all, it was a fantastic day, and I even took a photo with the FLAMECON mascot.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

I will be traveling the next few days to visit mom and dad and old friends in my hometown Buffalo, New York.

A parting gift for me: my Goodreads Werecat giveaway ended last night, and the book is headed off to a winner in Romania! I wasn’t counting on that extra postage, but I’m excited that Werecat is headed overseas, perhaps appropriately to the Transylvania region. :)

Thanks so much for a terrific year. You supported the release of The Glaring (Werecat, Book 2) in March, The Fugitive (Werecat, Book 3) in November, and just recently the special edition paperback The Trilogy.

Through the year there have been blog hops, and I’ve had the chance to write for some awesome sites like The Good Men Project, GayYA and Dear Teen Me. Of course, the big project has been finishing my manuscript for the follow-up to The Seventh Pleiade. That is almost done and will be coming out in late 2015!

Wishing you a safe, peaceful, dreamy holiday!

xoxo Andrew

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If you ever wondered what I’m doing when I’m not blogging

I haven’t been posting much lately, and that’s not because this little blog hasn’t been on my mind.

It’s due in part to the fact that I’ve been doing the last round of manuscript-polishing on my follow up to The Seventh Pleiade. I finalized the title and the cover art with my publisher last month. The book shall be: Banished Sons of Poseidon, and it picks up the story from the perspective of a supporting character who has a very big adventure of his own in the world where the survivors of Atlantis take asylum. Some preview material and a cover reveal will be coming shortly. It’s on the production schedule for late 2015!

In nearly equal measure, I’ve been pulled away from posting here while I’ve been hopping around other media in the hope of taking advantage of platforms with a bigger reach than this little-engine-that-could.

In October, I did an interview on BlogTalkRadio’s People You Should Know.

In November, I was over at Queer Sci Fi talking about the release of Werecat: The Trilogy. 

This month, I sat down in the ‘Comfy Chair’ at author Elin Gregory’s awesome blog Telling it Like it Was, and I wrote a guest post for the #WeresEvent2014 at Paranormal Cravings.

Later, I’ll be a guest at ARe Café (All Romance e-Books) on December 19th, and I have a feature lined up at Sinfully Sexy Books.

From the time I started this blog—five years ago!—I wanted to respect the fact that there are tons of really good blogs already out there. I knew that I could write about what I’ve learned about the craft of writing, or fantasy and gay fiction specifically, or the little bit of wisdom I’ve gained regarding marketing and the business end of being a writer. But there’s always been a little voice inside me saying: “If it’s not worth someone’s time to read it, don’t write it.” There are a whole lot of people talking about those topics, and most of the time they’re talking about them with a whole lot more insight and panache than I possess.

So, you will still see news about my books when cool stuff happens. You’ll see ‘extras’ about the characters and the worlds of my books, and photos and videos from events I’ve attended. I expect you’ll also see the occasional opinion piece about LGBT portrayals in literature and film, and causes that inspire me, and curious little things about my favorite subjects like ancient worlds, Atlantis and of course cats.

And today, by way of sharing a random, passing obsession, you’ll see Corey Hart.

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Podcast Interview on People You Should Know

Hey folks!

I thought I would post my interview from earlier today on the BlogTalkRadio show People You Should Know.

It was great talking with the host, a fellow Bold Strokes Book author David-Matthew Barnes (pictured in the freeze frame). We talked writing LGBT young adult literature, LGBT youth generally, and fantasy. I also read a short excerpt from The Seventh Pleiade.

Do listen in to the earlier guests Vivian Trask and Joel Gomez-Dossi. My segment comes up at 40 minutes in.

 

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