I have set up a GoFundMe for Pale Winter Sun. Turns out that it went to press a little too early and it needs a few changes made and a some extra proofreading done to it. Our upcoming move to Pennsylvania next year is seriously impeding my $$ situation so I am asking for help. PWS is a story of youth thrown out into a bleak winter. These non-straight youth must survive on their own and survive each other. Targeted for queer and bi youth, I have even listed resources in the back for those who need help.
I think this book is important and I REALLY REALLY want to get it right. So please, if you can, donate what you can so it can be all it is supposed to be. I have set up an incentive program, of course. For donations of $5, $15, $25, $50 there are copies of digital and physical available. Once the book is in it’s 2nd edition, it’s the least I can do for those who help.
Thank you so much and happy holidays.
Remember kids; stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Fall is here and as most people start to get snuggled in for the winter, it’s just getting busier for me. Pale Winter Sun hit with a splash and I just want to keep it going. I have gotten a lot of feedback on it and most of it is not only good, but that this book could be a big help to people. That’s all I wanted for it; to help people. So I ask, if you have read it, please write a review and recommend it to others.
One of the reason’s I’m not able to hunker down for the cold weather is that we are moving next spring. Not just across town either. We are getting up and out of Austin and heading north to the wilds of Pennsylvania. Austin will always have a huge place in my heart, but its time to move on. The city is changing and I’m not crazy about the direction it’s going, not to mentioned there are getting to me way too many people. So come spring: Keystone State, here we come! I’m very excited about the change of scene and interested to see how it will effect my writing.
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT TIME:
I’m sure some of you have noticed that I haven’t done a Headphone Bleed show in awhile. Astute listeners will know that I had some sort of new development in the works. Unfortunately, it looks like that isn’t going to happen like we thought. It’s just as well, with my increased focus on writing and the impending move coming, I’m not sure I would have to time for it.
The show has always been a labor of love for me, these last few years, but it is time to give it a rest. As of right now, there will be no new Headphone Bleed episodes in the foreseeable future. It pains me to write that, but it is the truth. It’s time put it to bed. My love for music and bad jokes hasn’t subsided, but I have to refocus. Now, that’s not to say that it’s gone forever. I’d like to start it, or some version of it, back up at some point. There are rumors that live365 might start back up, and if nothing else, I could bring the station back. Either way, we will see.
The Facebook and Twitter accounts will still be active as promotional entities. I still want new and interesting bands to expose to the world. My website szheadphonebleed.com will be up until I have to pay for web hosting again. Fanboytv.com still has old shows up for the time being also. Please continue to visit and enjoy.
More updates as they happen.
Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and dance like no one is watching.
This week is Bi Week. It’s a week where bisexuals try and remind people what the ‘B’ in LGBT means and raise awareness to tear down some stigmas. I suppose it seems fitting that Pale Winter Sun came out just a few weeks before, especially since one of the characters is coming terms with his bisexuality. It can be a tricky thing to do, coming to terms with who we are. More so when we are young and not to the standards of the status quo. One of the biggest concerns with bisexual youth is violence, depression, and abandonment. But it is far from exclusive to just bi youth. Teenagers in general have staggeringly high statistics in these areas. LGBT+ youth doubly so.
I wrote PWS because of this. To be honest the idea fills me such sadness and anger. Our youth deserve better, as do we all. I also wrote PWS because of an amazing young woman that I am blessed to have in my life. I just wanted to do my part, using what meager abilities that I have, to make the world a little bit better for her. To show her that things are dark but there is hope. That life can kick you around, but strength and resilience can pull you through. I can only hope that others see it similarly as well.
My friend, and Bi-activist extraordinaire, Lynnette Mcfadzen suggested adding resources to the book. I couldn’t put them in fast enough. A story is one thing, even with a good message. But sometimes people need help, a hand to hold, and there are a lot of people and organizations out there to do that. The list I added is far from comprehensive but for those who might need it, it’s a start. I’m going to add the list here as well. I may do my part for the bi community, but in the broader view, I don’t give a shit about your sexuality, religion, race, gender, shoe size, or preference of toothpaste. We’re all in this together and we need to start working as one if we’re going to do anything worth a damn. I believe that with all my heart. If we can’t foster that in our youth, then when else to we start?
So hats off to my other bisexual peoples on this Bi Week and any other week. I hope we can soon come to a time when such things are needless and archaic. That for once and forever we finally stop squabbling over stupid shit and concentrate on more important issues. (Like buying books from starving authors or buy them a beer once in awhile. Things like that)
Resources for LGBT+ youth and beyond.
It’s a rough world for everyone. More so for those who don’t fit in gender and orientational norms. I’ve listed a few resources if you feel alone and need some help. While this list is geared toward youth in need, parents and adults who would like to some understanding can also check out these as well. If you are in crisis or in trouble, always try to reach out. If you feel there is no one to reach out to, keep the below in mind. Just know: THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE TO REACH OUT TO!
LGBT+ Youth Resources
The BiCast.org – (podcasting for the bisexual+ communtiy)
Asexuality.org – (Asexual Visibility and Education Network)
Interactoadovates.org – (Intersex youth)
Suicide / Crisis
Text anonymous crisis counselor 741741
Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and let’s be safe out there.
Yet again the folks at BookPeople, down on 6th and Lamar, have proven just how awesome they are. Pale Winter Sun is on their shelves! You can find it up front in the Local Authors and upstairs under Teen Lit.
For those of you in the Austin area, just swing on down and grab one. Everyone else can order one at BookPeople.com
Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and read Pale Winter Sun.
Lynnette and I talk about the new book and a few other things. 🙂
Finally! PALE WINTER SUN has arrived!
It’s been a long journey, but finally I’ve gotten this book out to the masses. A Young Adult novel about two teenagers who are ostracized from their family and community for not being straight, they are forced to survive a harsh Idaho winter. Relationships are put to the test, a sense of self is challenged, and the struggle of small town outcasts are all highlighted.
Like I said, it has been a journey. Lot’s of self doubt, and a last minute ending change, came along for the ride. I feel good about this, not only because I wrote something with some meaning, but because I feel it shows growth as a writer. I have a message that lies within the pages and it is essentially about the relationships with those we are close to and to not let little things drive them apart. A simple idea that causes endless complications for us all. Because this is a YA novel, I’ve also included a section of resources for teens who might need help. (Thanks you Lynnette for the suggestion) We’re all in this together, after all. Hope you enjoy.
Click to order your copy. Available in paperback and Kindle.
I have been invited to share a table with with incredibly talented TJ Weeks this Saturday the 18th at the Half-Price Books on N. Lamar. If you haven’t read any of his stuff, you are missing out. Those of you with excellent memory (and taste) might remember that I interviewed TJ on The Headphone Bleed some months ago, then took a turn on his own podcast. I’m looking forward to schmoozing with the book buying crowd yet again and even more so with such a talented guy. You have been warned.
Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and come join us.
Okay, so I’ve been blathering about PALE WINTER SUN for over a year now. It does exist, I promise, but it’s been a rough road getting out there. I’m happy to say that it’s almost ready. I’m just waiting to get it back from some last minute edits and then after that it will be a matter of getting it to the publisher. My goal is to have it out by the end of July. It’ll be a great summer read about cold weather. (why the hell not, right?)
Not only will this be my first self-published novel, it’s also my first cover design. Lot of firsts here. The whole thing could crash and burn, or be a glorious success. Or a glorious crash and burn. Either way; here it is. Front cover for PALE WINTER SUN.
Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and don’t judge a book by it’s cover.