What’s New at My Blog!

Well, for those of you who’ve been to my blog before, you can already see what’s new here at “From Gay to Z.” Thanks to the fabulous, A.J. Corza (who is well worth the nominal fee), my site has a sleeker, more user-friendly appearance. When I first put my blog together, I had absolutely zero clue what I was doing. If I liked something, I added it. It was as simple as that. Apparently, that was problematic!

Oops! Sorry about that everyone!

Oops! Sorry about that everyone!

My “just add it” approach apparently made my site a bit too much and not very PC friendly. Who knew?

A.J. knew that’s who!

She went through my site and made it all prettiful. I know that’s not a word, but I like it and use it often.

Now, “From Gay to Z” is easier to navigate without all those distracting plug-ins that I thoroughly enjoyed because they were shiny and new. I’m easily distracted by things like thatBut hey, I own it, and I…


What was I saying again? Oh yeah, my blog’s new look. That’s right!

I hope you’ll take a look around and let me know what you think. I’m pretty excited about the rico suave new design.

Also, tomorrow, I’ll be announcing the winner of the “Choose My Inspiration” Contest. So make sure you come back to see who won!

I’m Baaaaaack!

It has been twenty-two days since my last blog post, and I would like to think that some of you have been wondering Just where the heck is he? 

And there’s a simple answer: I’ve been working on the final touches to my new novel. My wonderful new editor, K, returned my novel to me over the Christmas holidays with suggestions/revisions, and I’ve been pounding away at the keyboard working the critiques into the book.

If you’ve ever written a book before, you certainly understand the anguish that comes with revision. If not, I’ll try and explain it to you.

Imagine your child. Reared and raised with love. You’ve done everything you can think of to make her as perfect as possible. You’ve given the child love, taught your child manners, revealed the diversity and wonder of the world through stories and explanations, and then you send that perfect little angel to school.

And she comes home with a note pointing out deficiencies: she doesn’t play well with others, she’s bossy, she interrupts the teacher, she has problems with math, and she bit someone.

That’s when you ask yourself: how could this be? I’ve done everything right, haven’t I?

But as good parents know, our children (though we love them dearly) aren’t perfect. They must be redirected and disciplined to make themselves the best possible people they can be.

This holds true for writing. Though the author may think their creation is perfect, when it is viewed through the eyes of another, problems invariably rise to the surface. And though we want to deny such problems, authors (like good parents) cannot. If we don’t see the flaws in our writing or in our children, they we are setting them both up to fail.

And that’s not what any good author or parent wants.

So, in order to make my novel stronger, I had to break from blogging in order to do what needed to be done. And I think I have. My new novel is in the process of being read by another, hopefully objective reader, and when that read through is done and when more corrections are made, it will be time to present my latest child out to the publishing world.

And in case you’re wondering, this new novel is a departure from Moral Authority. After writing a dystopian novel (even if it’s part one of a series), I needed something different to get my creative juices flowing. So I penned a gay romance with a modern day twist tentatively titled 3.

And, yes, that’s the number 3!

So, for the time being I’m back to blogging and reading and researching for the next novel. I’ve written most of the follow up book to Moral Authority, but there are several things that need tweaking before it will be ready for public consumption.

In the meantime, I hope to blog with a bit more regularity than I have these past two weeks or so. I’m anxious to get my opinions out there on the Republican primaries and other news from around the world.

See you in the Blog-o-sphere!

To Parts Unknown

From Gay to Z will be quiet after this post until Monday. My husband is whisking me off somewhere, and he won’t tell me where!

All I know is we leave tomorrow afternoon and will not return home until Sunday.

While I find the surprise trip exciting, it presented many problems with packing. Do I need a swimsuit? Do I need club clothes? Do I need clothes for a cooler climate?

As it is, I pack to excess whenever we go anywhere. Wardrobe options are a must for me, but when I don’t know where we’re going, those options appear endless!

To ease my troubled soul, he kindly offered to pack for me. The gesture was sweet, but he knows better than that! I have to pack because I have to try on the outfits as I pack. How many years have we been together again?!?!?

So, he patiently stood by while I tried on an assortment of clothes, and while he gave me no definitive answers of climate, he did provide enough guidance to know I don’t need a swimsuit, snow gear, or a tuxedo!

The luggage is packed, and I’m ready to go. Where I finally stop, I’ll eventually let you know.

Until Monday!

And so it begins…

With this landmark post. I officially kick off my website and my blog.

I must confess though that starting down the road to creating this site induced more anxiety than writing my novel Moral Authority or going through the publication process. I’m the first to admit that I’m not technologically minded. (Those who know me are at this moment thinking d’uh). You see, I often leave such complicated technological tasks in the hands of my ever-component husband, who seems to be hardwired for this stuff. He speaks in tekkie terms that I don’t understand nor have any desire to.

RSS Feeds?  What’s that? And what am I supposed to feed it? Everyone knows I can’t cook!

A web host I assumed was some fancy spider throwing a party on her web.

A dashboard is located on my car, not the control panel of a program where I’m expected to drive a website. Where the hell’s the wheel?!?!

But with patience, and with a few swerves off the electronic highway, I’ve learned a few tricks even he doesn’t know. I know about widgets and installing plug-ins. I may be a novice, but I know more than him about it now, which makes me feel very accomplished (and boastful)! I can create hyperlinks faster than a fifth grader. While that might not be fast, I’m doing better than a fourth grader. Accomplishment #2! I completely understand RSS Feeds and have even included one on my page, courtesy of Queerty. (FYI: It took me less than a minute to establish that link!)

My technological proficiency, which up until this moment consisted of word processing, sending emails, and browsing the web, increases by the minute. Within the year, I may even be somewhat competent.

I look forward to continued growth in this area, and I’m excited to share my thoughts, rants, critiques, opinions, and more with those of you who stop by for a visit.

This should be an interesting journey for all who desire to take it with me.