When I reached 1 million hits on this blog, I thought I would stop and move on to something else. At least that was the plan. Evidently, I'm not ready to stop yet, because I reached 1 million a while ago and I'm still here. I'm just a little different than I was when I first started blogging.
With so many smaller presses (that at one time promised everyone the world and everyone believed it) shuttering these days, it's nice to find something that's inspiring for a change. It's even nicer to find something that's professional in every sense of the word. And positive. I think that we all need to reinvent ourselves at certain times in our lives and our careers so that we can move forward to explore more possibilities.
With that said, I discovered something different. Something that's not laced with petty controversy or negativity you find so often in the less professional, smaller genres on the fringes. And it's a nice change.
Here's an excerpt from Amanda M. Thrasher's latest blog post...
Writer’s All Have A Thing, What’s Yours?
Like most writers, authors, I’ve been writing for years. But when I sit down to write a new piece, though I’ve evolved slightly over the years, my primary process has never changed. It’s kinda like my personal thing, my way of doing it, that kicks off the project and keeps me motivated and excited throughout the entire thing. It’s possible other writers use the same method, I don’t know, but it works for me.
You can check out the rest here. If you're interested in something more professional than you've been seeing lately, you won't be disappointed. And you won't be tortured with politics either. This is about writing and publishing.
Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds: Bright Lights
Here's a link to IMDb for the HBO documentary, Bright Lights, that's focused on Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.
We watched it on Saturday night and it's one of the best documentaries I've seen in a long time. It not only discusses their professional lives, but also the special relationship Fisher and Reynolds shared as mother and daughter. There are several amusing facts about Todd Fisher, too.
An intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty featuring Debbie Reynolds, Todd Fisher, and Carrie Fisher.
You can check it out here. I'm not sure if they're streaming it anywhere online, but if you subscribe to HBO it's definitely worth watching.
The Shunning of Gay People
One of the most rewarding things nowadays is to see so many gay people coming out without shame. It's happening everywhere, and I've posted statistics about that. However, it's not all as simple as it used to be. We're learning that not all gay people are the same, and that they don't fit into the same proverbial boxes that used to contain nothing but Will and Grace characters. In many cases, they are rebelling, especially with younger professional gay men.
I'm linking to an article now that's not very objective, however, it shows just how large the divide is becoming in the gay community. I'm really not sure why this is happening, and I think it's too soon for any studies to be out. But I think it's going to be interesting to see how all this plays out in the future.
“I’ve had more Christian Republicans accept me for being gay than I’ve had left-wing people accept me for being a gay conservative,” 32-year-old Tylor laments in the video. “They say that they’re for women, gays, people of color. But what they’re really for is women, gays, people of color who vote Democrat.”
He adds that some people have gone so far as to “scream and call you racist, sexist, homophobic, bigot, transphobic.”
I wasn't too thrilled with either of the candidates in the last general election. So when I write posts like this I look at these things as objectively as possible and I can't help wondering about what's going to happen to gay culture if this divide continues? And I don't think there's any way of knowing right now because I would imagine the majority of gay people who lean more toward the conservative side aren't willing to admit it aloud for fear of being shamed and shunned by the more vocal, liberal gay community. But I could be wrong about that. I follow one openly gay professional who is a libertarian, and even though I can't figure him out sometimes, I do find him interesting. I would bet he's not the only gay libertarian.
At first I used to think that a lot of the gay conservatives were only doing it to get attention, or to promote themselves for hits or money. It didn't make sense. All my life I grew up knowing that gay men can only be liberal Democrats. If you're gay, it's the unspoken law. Evidently, that's not true anymore and we have no way of knowing just how divided things are at this time. The only thing I know is that I'm not about to shun or shame anyone because they believe something different than I believe.
You can read more here.
Stepbrothers In the Attic