Blind, Cupid


Originally posted by darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.

This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.

It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.

Blind, Cupid

Got Geek?

So I'm trying to put together a list of geeky traits for a random geek generator and I need some suggestions. The whole point is to mix realism, stereotypes and outrageously funny, so I'm after suggestions in the following categories:

+ Abnormal Anatomy (notable physical traits a geek might possess)
+ Claim to Fame (what area of geekdom to they inhabit?)
+ Gear, gadgets and gimmickery (what's signiture item or clothing to they wear/possess)
+ Quirks and oddities (what personality/behavioural quirks do they have?)

If you have any suggestions, I'd be really interested in hearing what you think ought to be included in these lists.
Blind, Cupid

Weddings, Anniversaries and Literature, oh my!

 It's been an interesting few weeks, and I'm not sure I've caught up with myself yet. Actually, I know I haven't caught up with myself yet. I guess that's the point of everything though, isn't it? If I was able to keep up with myself I'd be doing virtually nothing.

So on the the weekend before Easter Will and I attended the wedding of whitealinta and Lucas (who probably has an LJ that I don't have on my FList), and it was cool to meet up with people I haven't seen in ages, like evil_sgiggly_crunchie. The strange thing was I wasn't expecting to know quite so many people, but I did. And Will got to meet some more of my friends, which was also really good. The wedding was in Ormond, and was quite nice. The only strange part was arriving. We parked the car, and were walking up the road to the church, and I was holding Will's hand. We passed a black sporty car, which had all the hallmarks of 'male macho prick showing off'. The front passenger door was open, and there was a leg sticking out, a very male leg (well, okay it was the hair on the arm that gave that away), in a dark denim jean and a urban style sneaker.

Part of me wondered if continuing to hold Will's hand would be provocative. Would it be pushing the envelope?
As it turns out, apparently so. We passed the car, which was blasting Aussie hip hop loud enough to make me thing 'wog' and were probably another ten metres or so down the road when a loud 'THE FUCK?' roared out from behind us. I think we walked for a few metres more before Will asked 'Did we just get...'
'Uh huh,' I said.
It can't have been more than a minute later that the black car roared past, all four windows down at at least four blokes in it. They were jeering. I think. They were yelling something, I know that, but I couldn't actually make out words. I'm sure it was meant to be insulting, but it just seemed strangely hollow.
"That's sad," I said as the car pulled up to the light and then turned the corner.
"Scary," Will said.
"No," I said. "More sad."
You know, there was a lot more I wanted to write, but I don't want to anymore. Part of it's because it's 4 AM. Part of it's because I think I want a new post for that stuff.
Actually, I know I'll need a new post for that, given that I'll want to friendslock the writing stuff.
Sometimes I just get really tired of dealing with shit. Especially when it gets in the way of important stuff.
In other news it was my anniversary yesterday. Tuesday. The one year anniversary of the first time I met Will. Which he considers our first date. I sort of consider our first date date to be a good two or three weeks after that, but I'm certainly not quibbling. So we saw The Tempest on Monday, because Will's a Shakespeare buff and I didn't care what movie we saw. Today we're seeing Hairspray because I'm a a musical geek. Will and I have a one year anniversary. It seems longer. And at the same time, like no time at all.
I am a very lucky man.
Blind, Cupid

An interesting take on the closure of Borders

Nicked from Goodreads.

"I am a publisher (we do our own distribution) and it's hardly surprising that Borders went belly up. Firstly they operated out of the US then New Zealand and they have always been elusive. Very hard to get them to take our books then they always 'lost' invoices so it was difficult to extract money from them. Did they drag the others down? Who knows? How will this affect the A & R franchise owners who may be in better financial shape than the 'parent' company?

There are excellent bookshops, independent bookshops invariably, and people go to them for an old-fashioned book-buying experience which is almost meditative and a welcome break from much of life's daily grind. Abbey's in York St. Sydney, Ariel Books at Paddington, Gleebooks in Glebe, Paperchain at Manuka ACT, the store at the new portrait gallery in the ACT is excellent - these are just a few of my favourites. I could go directly to a publishing house and get a standard industry discount but I'd rather go to a bookshop. The cost is not the driving factor. I do buy books online, specific titles usually that have a later release date in Australia. Why does this happen? Maybe so the Oz release coincides with an author tour. But it's frustrating if you've read a review and you want to buy the book. Half the time I think it's just a case of not being on the ball; the sleepy syndrome.

Most days I spend lashed to a computer so I view reading a book as a break from this so I haven't gone down the kindle track yet, but I might in the future.

I think the market will decide who survives in the book trade and the best bookshops will be here for a while, even while on-line shopping and e-books increase."  
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Blind, Cupid

Dear 4-wheel driving blond lady

When you change lanes, be it on a freeway or other road, or when you are going to turn from one road into another or into a service station or driveway, the fact that indicators on both right and left, and both front and back of your vehicle do not light up seems to be indicative of the fact THAT YOU ARE NOT USING THEM.
Blind, Cupid

VIC Greens calling for community input on Same-Sex Marriage

Also posted on my website, feel free to comment either here or there.

The Victorian Greens are calling for public submissions ahead of their introduction of a bill supporting Same-Sex Marriage. They are seeking views on the issue in general, on how the law should be framed, and issues such as the legal status and rights granted through marriage; how the laws would apply to interstate residents; the rights of religious celebrants to choose not to conduct a same-sex marriage; and how any new laws would interact with Victoria’s current Relationship Register.

Please submit your views to at Sue Pennicuik MLC’s office or call (03) 9530 8399.
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In other news, here's an awesome video of Illinois Senator Ricky Hendon speaking during debate on the recently passed Illinois Civil Union bill.