I know it's likely old news to some of you but I'm still giddy over this... and I didn't make an annoucement here before. Cast your lovely peepers to the right and gaze on the awesome new badge over there. Yeah, yeah... it's the same as the one right at the top of this post! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Yes! It's true! I, little ole me, made it to the esteemed Rainbow Awards finals! I am up there with the likes of Z.A.Maxfield, Amy Lane, and a number of other amazing writers. *pauses to shiver* It's nearly surreal for me.
The book that got me there is my little story set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which is where I grew up. The story was written around the idea of the Mixed Tape, a popular trend in the 80's... you liked a gal or a guy but were too shy to tell them so. Instead you made a cassette tape with songs which expressed your feelings. *today's version is the iPod playlist* So I centered my story around Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time (though that title had already been taken by the talented J.P. Bowie... and it's a damn good story, read it asap if you haven't already)... well, I included other songs, and I'll share them with you over the coming couple of weeks... but today's is the song that started it all.
And of course, as important as the inspiration is the work of the Editorial Goddess, Kris Jacen, who inspired me to make the story the best it could be. I lurve her more than chocolate.
Toodles for now, but don't worry. I'll be back tomorrow with video of the Author Reading at GRL. That will kick off a week of memories and shenanigans centered around the insane, sublime silliness that is GayRomLit. Get your hip-waders out and get ready, the bs and good times will be coming at you fast and furious. Heh.