Are You Going to Bent-con?

Bent-con 2013I booked my flight to Los Angeles, and I’ll be packing up early release copies of The Seventh Pleiade to head to Bent-con 2013.

This will be my first time at a ‘con’ of any type, and I’m incredibly excited. While cons are known for comics and superhero fanaticism, this LGBT event will also feature authors and film-makers in the varied genres of fantasy, sci-fi and romance. And I’m told there’s a pool party with real, live, actual Mermen. :)

If you will be passing through, please stop by Bold Strokes Books’ exhibition booth. I’ll be signing copies of The Seventh Pleiade and giving away swag.

 

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Group Photo from Boundless Tales

The September 19th Boundless Tales event was an amazing experience!

I was in a line up with four tremendously talented writers and/or poets. The vibe was enthusiastic and supportive. Many thanks to the fabulous co-hosts Aida Zilelian and Audrey Dimola. One of the nicest parts of the event was milling around during intermission and after the show with people from the audience and the other writers. What a great feeling of community!

Here’s a group shot of all the readers.

Group shot from Boundless Tales

Left to right: Joanna Valente, Aida Zilelian, Audrey Dimola, John Gorman, M Leona Godin, me and Thomas Fucarola

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Join me at Boundless Tales this month!

My apologies for disappearing for a little while. I took a Labor Day trip up to Buffalo, returned to an apartment under siege by contractors (which means showering at a friend’s house down the block), and I had to hole up for a few days to do the final proofreading of The Seventh Pleiade (yay!).

In the midst of that jazz, I booked a reading at the Boundless Tales series for September. All are welcome to come to the Waltz Astoria, in Astoria, NY on Thursday, September 19th 7:30 – 9:30pm. You can check out the event posting here.

I’ve been too busy to get nervous about it (yet). The theme of September’s reading is: “my private war.” I’ll be reading an excerpt from Werecat: The Rearing, which deals with a young man’s struggle with his hybrid nature.

Meanwhile, I thought I’d post my latest obsession to bring some music to my blog. In my wild fantasies, I see this song figuring into the Werecat soundtrack. :)

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Come out to the Full Moon Paranormal Storytelling Series

Full Moon Paranormal Storytelling SeriesI’m really excited to be participating in Marlena Fitzpatrick’s Full Moon Paranormal Storytelling Series.

It’s an open-mic style reading/storytelling event with a paranormal/horror theme. I’ll be reading a passage of Werecat: The Rearing along with featured authors Marlena Fitzpatrick and Charlie Vazquez.

The event takes place on August 21st 6:00 – 8:00pm at La Casa Azul Bookstore in Manhattan.Tickets are just $7 and can be purchased in advance here.

Come out for some great paranormal readings!

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My Slightly Deceptive ‘What I Did on Summer Vacation’ Post

Genaro and I were away in Puerto Rico for the past week or so. You wouldn’t have known because I’m private and paranoid about announcing being away from home, burglars lurking on the Internet y’know. Sadly, we had to leave Chloë behind. She would have liked the beach, but you just can’t travel with a cat. We’re reunited again, and she’s not letting the two of us leave her sight.

Here’s some photos of our trip from my iPhone.

El Yunque

El Yunque rainforest

 

La Mina Falls

La Mina Falls in El Yunque

 

 

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Approaching Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan

Eastern View from Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Eastern View from Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Gay Pride Flag in Old San Juan

Gay Pride Flag in Old San Juan

Statue of Eugenio Maria de Hostos

This statue of Puerto Rican educator and independista Eugenio Maria de Hostos captured my attention

Black cat in Old San Juan

There are plenty of domestic cats in Old San Juan

Camuy caves

A view inside the Camuy caves

Camuy caves cats

We were happily surprised to find many cats hanging out on the grounds of Camuy caves. Mostly, they beg for food at the outdoor cafeteria. But they looked pretty healthy.

Coqui statue from Camuy caves

This statue of Puerto Rico’s famous coqui was outside Camuy caves

Did I get inspired while away on vacation? You bet. Some of the stories I’m working on take place in tropical places, and it was great to get a feel, taste and smell for that setting.

I also brought a book with me for reading on the beach, and it got my creative gears churning. I tore through, and nearly finished Helene Wicker’s The Golem and the Jinni. This is a rather superlative fantasy book, a bit Neil Gaiman-esque in its imagining of folk legend creatures trying to survive in a modern world. Wicker’s world is not quite so modern; the story is set in New York City in the late 1800s. She brings to life the fascinating and frightening experience of Jewish and Syrian immigrants coming to America, and the Golem and Jinni mythology is really well researched and beautifully portrayed.

Some good things happened while I was away. Werecat garnered two good reviews, first at Tracy’s Place and then at Joyfully Jay’s M/M Reviews & More.

Werecat and I will be hopping around the blogosphere a lot throughout July so here’s a little programming alert.

This Thursday, July 11th, Fiction with Friction is running a feature and a book excerpt.

July 15th, I’ll be a guest at Chris Cochet’s Purple Rose Tea House .

I’ll leave you with some sounds from Puerto Rico.

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