Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Justin Bieber's Little Monkey; New Release; Gay Fiction: "Pledges"
I know this might sound trivial with all the news happening these days, but these monkey stories have been popping up all week and I figured why not post about Justin Bieber's little monkey.
From what I've been able to gather in simple searches, Justin Bieber has a cute little monkey he calls Mally...but it's created somewhat of a controversy. When he entered Germany about a month ago and they found out about his little monkey they took one look at it, shook their heads, and quarantined it. I'm not sure how the rest transpired, but it seems Bieber has learned to live without his little monkey and now he's ready to give it up altogether.
Bieber's manager is now looking for a good home for Bieber's little monkey:
"Would you happen to have any recommendations for places that Mally would be safe and thrive?" he wrote.
It does sound as if Bieber and his manager are working hard to make sure Mally is placed somewhere safe.
"We are very concerned that Mally is safe and placed in the best possible residence," Braun wrote in his recent email. But a spokesman for German customs said they still have not received official instructions from Bieber or his management.
I would imagine it's not an easy thing for a guy to do, even if he is as famous as Bieber. After all, it's not everyday a guy decides to give up his monkey for good. But I'm sure he realizes that he'll be much better off without it, and that it's really the best thing for Mally to be placed where it will receive all the love and care it needs.
You can read more here.
Gay Fiction: "Pledges"
I just received my contributor copies of a new anthology collection that is filled with erotic short stories about "Pledges." It's a book from Cleis Press, and it was edited by Shane Allison. My story is titled, "It's Not Hazing, It's Brotherhood." I also noticed a few names of gay male authors that have published with www.ravenousromance.com and www.loveyoudivine.com ...Barry Lowe and Gregory Norris.
The photo above shows the two copies I received, and I had a good time writing this one. I often feel...now more than ever before...these books released by publishers like Cleis Press keep me grounded and focused on what gay fiction is, and what it's always been about. It's the reason why I just agreed to do something with German publisher, Bruno Gmunder again early this summer. I enjoy a lot of the changes happening in gay fiction, but I also think it's important to retain the basic fundamentals of gay fiction...whether it be romance or mystery or anything related...because of the cultural aspects.
One of the goals I've always worked for as a gay person is to garner the same brand of respect other minorities have managed to garner so I'm not the brunt of stereotypes. If that means we all have to be a little more PC, so be it. I could elaborate on that for pages and still have room to write more.
In any event, here's a link to purchase "Pledges," and here's the book description.