The Crotchety Old Man

Apr 25, 2016
By Michael Rupured

New Home for an Old Story

DsP Publications releases No Good Deed tomorrow. It’s been available for preorder since January from the publisher, and since early March from Amazon and other outlets. The first edition was published as After Christmas Eve by MLR Press in 2013. My four novels include enough romance — barely — to have been picked up by romance publishers. Thanks to the folks at DsP and MLR for giving me a chance and for everything they’ve done along the way to help my writing career. I’m truly grateful. In the gay romance genre, I was a round peg trying to fit into a square hole. The covers and blurbs for my stories were crafted to appeal to gay romance readers. Readers expecting that kind of story are …

Apr 18, 2016
By Michael Rupured

Renewing My Gym Membership

A few weeks ago I renewed my gym membership again. The sales staff has been after me to re-up for months with phone calls and email messages offering “today only!” special deals. I fell for the “today only” thing the first time I renewed. Four years later, I know better. They’ve had the same specials since I joined. Pushy sales people annoy the hell out of me. For years, the high pressure tactics employed by gyms kept me from checking into memberships. I’m especially skeptical when the cost of the item/service being sold is not public information. Keeping pricing plans secret tells me one thing: the range is wide open. I know a little something about invisible pricing. A long time ago, I was …

Apr 11, 2016
By Michael Rupured

The Curse of Complexity

Nothing is simple any longer. Nearly everything is infinitely more complicated than was the case twenty or thirty years ago. Hardly a day goes by without an encounter with something complex enough to make my head explode. Take my medical flexible spending account — please. Tax-free dollars are transferred with each paycheck to an account I access with a debit card to pay for medical expenses. But any time I use the damn thing to pay a doctor bill, I get an email message telling me to upload receipts or the charge will be denied. Wait a minute. We’re talking about charges made at a doctor’s office — like me and my doctors have a big scam going to steal my money! The …

Apr 04, 2016
By Michael Rupured

No More Romance for Me

Since my first novel was published in 2012, finding the right shelf in the bookstore for my stories has been a challenge. I’m talking, of course, about genre. Turns out, my stories don’t fit in any particular genre. Genre is a handy label to give readers an idea of the kind of story they’re about to read. The label also creates expectations. Fail to meet those expectations and genre purists blow a gasket.   My novels are labeled as m-m fiction with additional labels — such as mystery. thriller, or historical — tagged on for clarification. Even when I try, I don’t write the kind of story romance readers expect. Happy Independence Day was my first serious attempt at a traditional m-m …

Mar 28, 2016
By Michael Rupured

Back to Windows

Four years ago this month, I switched from Windows to Apple at home and at the office. I love the way all three devices (iMac at work, Macbook Air at home, and an iPhone wherever I may be) worked together. Life was good. I’m still happy with my iPhone. When I switched wireless providers (that half-price Sprint deal was too good to pass up), upgrading to a new phone — thanks to the iCloud — was easier than ever. The handy little device is rarely more than an arm’s length away. The giant iMac at the office continues to serve me well too. In truth, it’s more than a little under-employed with far more capability than I’ll ever need.  I’ll probably …

Mar 21, 2016
By Michael Rupured

Southern Talk 101

I grew up in Kentucky, lived in D.C. for eighteen months, and for the past seventeen years, have called Athens, Georgia  home. Most folks would say I’m a Southerner. I say most because some denizens of the Deep South don’t consider Kentucky or D.C. part of the South. Blame the War of Northern Aggression, or what you might know as the Civil War Folks down here have a different way of talking. In fact, some outside of the region have a hard time understanding what we say. Part of it is the accent, but the words we use can be confusing too. Here’s a guide for folks outside the region.. Anem. Everyone, as in, “How’s yer momma anem durrin?” Bless …

Mar 14, 2016
By Michael Rupured

My Dreamspinner Family

Dreamspinner Press held their annual Authors Workshop the first weekend in March. For the second year in a row, I was able to attend. What a great weekend! During the drive down to Orlando last year I realized something new was up with my vision. The macular degeneration in my right eye progressed from dry to wet, and my vision in that eye deteriorated from decent to legally blind. This year I hitched a ride. My pal Eden Winters who lives in Greenville, SC detoured through Athens to pick me up. P.D. Singer was with her. I met Eden shortly after my first book came out, and P.D. a few months later at my first GayRomLit conference. You’d be hard-pressed …

Feb 29, 2016
By Michael Rupured

Total Assimilation

Attitudes about homosexuality have changed much faster than I ever expected. In the 1950s and 1960s, mothers worried about protecting their children from homosexual pedophiles. Today, they’re card carrying members of P-FLAG. Sixty years ago, homosexuality was illegal in every state but Illinois. Until 1974, the American Psychiatric Association considered homosexuality to be a mental illness. In 1975, the federal government lifted a ban on the hiring of homosexuals. Fast forward to 2015 when the Supreme Court decided gays and lesbians have the right to Equal rights and widespread public acceptance of LGBT folks are good things. Kids come out as gay, lesbian, and transgender at younger and younger ages. Understanding is growing that gender, gender identity, and sexual preference are …

Feb 22, 2016
By Michael Rupured

Exclusive Interview with Tellumo Magnamater

My guest today is Tellumo Magnamater. He’s the star of my new release, Whippersnapper. If you ask me, everything about him is interesting. Thanks, Tellumo, for stopping by. Tellumo: You’re welcome. I’m thrilled to be here and excited about answering questions from you and readers. MR: Well, the first question everybody asks is about your name. Where did it come from? Tellumo: My parents are lesbians and devout feminists. In mythology, Tellumo was the masculine counterpart and consort of the goddess, Tellus — the earth mother. Magnamater (or Magna Mater) is Latin for Great Mother. MR: Very interesting. What was it like to be raised by lesbians? Tellumo: More normal than you might think — at least for me since …

Feb 08, 2016
By Michael Rupured

Exclusive Interview with Oliver Crumbly

I’m thrilled to bring you another exclusive interview. My guest today is Oliver Crumbly. He’s the the older man in the May-September relationship at the center of Whippersnapper. Thanks, Oliver, for making time to talk to me. Oliver: You say that like I had a choice. MR: I’m sorry. Are we keeping you from something? Oliver: I’ve always got something to do. Since retiring, I don’t see how I found the time to work. But the issue is that I’m a very private person. Living in the spotlight has been a challenge. No matter where I go in Fallisville, eople recognize me. MR: Whippersnapper certainly put Fallisville on the map. Have you always lived there? Oliver: No. I grew up …

Feb 01, 2016
By Michael Rupured

Exclusive Interview with Peggy Tucker

I’m super excited to have Peggy Tucker as a guest on my blog today. She’s a central character in my new release, Whippersnapper, and an extraordinary woman. She’s agreed to answer a few questions and, as a special treat, will share the recipe for her famous cinnamon buns. Peggy: Thank you, Michael. I’m thrilled to be here, and more than a little nervous. I’m not used to all the attention I’ve been getting since Whippersnapper was released. MR: No need to be nervous. We’re all friends here. So tell me, Peggy, how did you end up in the middle of an M-M novel about a May-September romance? Peggy: It was a huge misunderstanding. Blame that handsome Oliver Crumbly. We belong to …

Jan 27, 2016
By Michael Rupured

Whippersnapper Blog Tour and Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Whippersnapper this coming Friday, I’m doing a giant, three-week blog tour. As part of the tour, I’ll be giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon. For a chance to win, visit any of the sites participating in the tour. The tour will take place from today through February 19. Participating sites are listed below. Visit any (or all!) by clicking on the date (below) to register for a chance to with the Amazon gift card. FYI, I’ll be updating the links as the posts go live. January 27, Prism Book Alliance January 28, Drops of Ink January 29, The Purple Rose Tea House February 1, KathyMac Reviews February 2, Cathy Writes Romance February 3, …

Jan 25, 2016
By Michael Rupured

TTFN, Luke Tanner

I’ve been not working on my current work in progress for several months. “I haven’t been” sounds like maybe someone or something else is to blame. “I’ve been not working” puts the responsibility where it belongs. Months ago, I wrote the first three chapters of the first book in the Luke Tanner, Private Eye series. Since then, I’ve been not working on it. Early on, I changed up a few details every time I read a chapter, but where to go next eluded me. So I worked on other stuff. My writing time is limited by the demands of the day job and other responsibilities. Preparing my weekly posts for this blog takes more time than it should. Blog posts …

Jan 18, 2016
By Michael Rupured

Sentimental Favorite

Before 2011, penning a novel was something I never thought I could do. Dreamspinner Press will release Whippersnapper, my fourth novel, on January 29th.  I’m proud of all my stories, but I have to admit, Whippersnapper is a sentimental favorite. Each of my four novels has challenged my writing ability and pushed me out of my comfort zone. In every case, writing the story from beginning to end came down to three essential elements: inspiration, motivation, and challenges. Everything about writing Until Thanksgiving was a challenge. My motivation was to write a novel. Inspiration came from when I lived in DC. Before the end of my first draft, the story changed direction and even genre several times. Be that as it may, I wrote a novel. The …

Jan 11, 2016
By Michael Rupured

Uncertainty

Nobody knows what the future holds. Anything could happen, if not tomorrow, then the day after. Or next week. Or maybe not at all. Uncertainty is inescapable. Making decisions would be easy if you knew ahead of time how things turn out. The future is a vast minefield of possibilities, likelihoods, and probabilities. Predicting what will happen with any accuracy is next to impossible. Some people handle uncertainty better than others. My mother spends a significant fraction of her time worrying about stuff that never comes to pass. After I called her on it, she clarified that when she says worrying about, she means thinking about. Same difference if you ask me. Faith doesn’t eliminate uncertainty, but it does offer an explanation.  Everything happens for a …

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