The Crotchety Old Man

Sep 09, 2013
By Michael Rupured

My Yogurt Addiction

Almost every morning, I have a cup of flavored Greek yogurt and berries for breakfast. Ciobani is my brand. The design of the container accommodates more berries than that of other brands, and I flat out love the stuff.  At least, certain flavors — I’ll get to that. But first, some context. For longer than I care to admit, breakfast wasn’t on my agenda. Time was a factor, since I slept until the last possible second — even when I worked second shift. Depending on how drunk I got the night before, the very idea of eating a hearty, artery-clogging breakfast right out of bed was often enough to make me nauseous. Dealing with dirty dishes first thing in the morning …

Sep 08, 2013
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Suicide Prevention Week

After Christmas Eve, scheduled for release on October 11 by MLR Press, begins with a suicide. When I stumbled across a call for the Authors Care! blog hop for Suicide Prevention Week, I signed up to show my support. As part of the hop, you can win a $50 gift certificate from Amazon by visiting a Rafflecopter giveaway. My experience with suicide is limited to the loss of a few classmates and a family member or two I didn’t know very well. So I asked a woman I’ve known for almost fifty years to tell you about her son, Travis. Janet is raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If you’d like to help, click here. I would like to …
Sep 05, 2013
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Nicole Forcine: This Little Whatever

Today’s guest, Nicole Forcine, shares an Interview with Jonathan Mendoza, from her new release This Little Whatever. What’s your name and describe your looks. E. Jonathan Mendoza, at your service. I’m the total package; tall, dark, handsome and very, very flexible. What’s the “E.” stand for? None of your fucking business. Next question. What do you do for a living? For a living?  You mean my job? Yes. Never held a job a day in my life.  I’m a dancer, belly not pole, and I turn wire into jewelry. My specialty is anything chain mail. Weirdest thing you’ve ever made out of chain mail? A ball bag.  Just look it up.  Measuring that one was fun. How long have you been dancing …
Sep 02, 2013
By Michael Rupured
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And the Winners Are…

Thanks to everyone who participated in the month-long giveaway to celebrate my one year anniversary as a published author. I’m tickled pink so many people participated. In fact, my first giveaway was so successful, I’ve decided to mail an autographed copy of Until Thanksgiving to five lucky winners. I’m especially grateful to Lane Hayes, Z. Allora, Tempe O’Riley, Andrew Grey, and Shira Anthony for guest posts during the giveaway. Even though they all write male-male romances, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more diverse group of authors. I hope one of the new releases they talked about piqued your interest and that you’ve found another “must read” writer. The winners are: Pam Blevins, who I also proclaim my biggest fan. …

Aug 29, 2013
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Shira Anthony: Stealing the Wind

Are Mermen the Next Vampires? Stealing the Wind (Mermen of Ea Book 1), by Shira Anthony Thanks so much, Michael, for hosting me on your blog and letting me ramble a bit about my mermen.  For those of you who haven’t heard, Stealing the Wind was just released from Dreamspinner Press and is the first book in a series featuring shape-shifting mermen. High adventure, high romance, set on the high seas. When I first imagined Stealing the Wind and the creatures who inhabit the book, there were very few books about mermen (gay mermen in particular) on the market.  Now, I’m hearing about lots of books soon to be released, and I have to wonder if mermen aren’t the new …
Aug 26, 2013
By Michael Rupured

Back in the Groove

Events in the last half of 2012 changed my life forever. Losing my father, splitting up with my partner of twelve years, becoming a published author, picking up two new titles at the day job, moving to a smaller house and other changes disrupted my comfortable patterns and routines. I focused on the positive and, though I wasn’t always sure where the road would take me, kept moving forward. As a creature of habit, the collective changes to my daily rhythms stressed me out at least as much as any single event. With my system for keeping up with stuff in shambles, things fell through the canyon-sized cracks in my routines. So I’d make an adjustment, vow to do better …

Aug 22, 2013
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Andrew Grey: A Heart Without Borders

Inspiration can be a fickle bitch.  Many writers say that’s the hardest part for them, being inspired or finding that great story idea.  For me, inspiration is all around me, from the art in my home to the newspaper I read each Sunday.  Six months ago I was blessed with an interesting and out of the ordinary inspiration.  I was on my way to work, half-awake on the freeway, listening to NPR.  A story came on about Haiti and how tens of thousands of people are still living in tent camps almost three years after the earthquake.  I have no idea how it happened, but suddenly I was transported there.  Dominic and I were on a cruise a year earlier …
Aug 19, 2013
By Michael Rupured

What’s In A Name?

One of the first critiques of an early draft of my debut novel was that the names of the characters seemed random, like they’d been pulled from a hat. The comment surprised me. You mean there’s another way? The right name is a beautiful thing. That’s why parents spend so much time thinking about what to call their little bundle of joy. As a writer, I have a huge advantage over parents. I know how my children turn out in the end. My only rule had been to avoid picking names starting with the same letter. Telling James’s story in After Christmas Eve did lead me to add another rule. No more names ending with the letter S. The possessive is just too …

Aug 15, 2013
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Tempe O’Riley: Designs of Desire

Romance and the MC with a Disability Hello and thank you Michael for hosting Designs of Desire, and me, the author, lol. Today I’m going to tackle an oft ignored topic… the disabled MC. It’s a topic that many don’t think about or concern themselves with—almost like if someone has a disability they aren’t a whole sexual being… Seriously_ Everyone can have a fully enriching life despite physical or mental limitations. That said though, when I sat down to wrote DoD I didn’t say “Oh, I want to write a story where a disabled guy finds love.” No, what I thought about was how frustrated I get about how others perceive me and often treat me because I use forearm crutches …
Aug 12, 2013
By Michael Rupured

Privacy and the Rapid Pace of Change

I often wonder what a visitor from the past would think about modern life. Perhaps because of shared ties to Kentucky, Daniel Boone and Abraham Lincoln are almost always my imaginary time travelers. What would they think about supermarkets, central air conditioning, automobiles, televisions, and airplanes? What would impress them most? In the century between 1765 when Daniel Boone would have been 31, and 1865 when 56 year-old Lincoln was assassinated, the pace of change quickened as America entered the Industrial Age. People might have thought him a bit backward, but Daniel could still have lived in Lincoln’s time more or less the way he had in his own time. Going back a hundred years, except for maybe learning the native tongue, …

Aug 08, 2013
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Made in China: The Great Wall, by Z. Allora

Well, thanks Michael for having me on your fancy blog. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a writer and I lived in China for six years. There are many things I found out while living there I really wished I didn’t know. 10 Things You May Not Want to Know About China 10) In the West of the country… diapers aren’t necessarily used. Children have pants with like chaps…their butts and genitals are out. The people holding them learn when the babies will be going to the bathroom and quickly find a place for the child to relieve themselves… when lucky its over a potted plant but more than once I’ve seen the places are in the …
Aug 05, 2013
By Michael Rupured

My Holiday Series

I had no idea when I wrote Until Thanksgiving that a prequel would follow. The idea of writing a novel was intimidating enough — never mind a series. But something about Philip Potter, a supporting character, grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. I wanted to know more about him. Readers loved him too, and shared my interest in his past. After Christmas Eve, scheduled for release this fall by MLR Press, is Philip Potter’s story. Fans of Thad Parker’s uncle will find out what sparked his interest in helping gay teens who’d been abandoned by intolerant parents. They’ll also learn Philip’s deepest, most well-kept secret — unknown even to his precious nephew. Discovering Philip required a trip to the sixties — widely …

Aug 01, 2013
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Lane Hayes: Better Than Good

My new book (and yes… first ever) Better Than Good was released July 8th.  It is a story of self-discovery and ultimately acceptance.   Of course, it’s also a love story because truthfully, that’s my favorite kind of story.  I will read almost any type of genre, but the ones I end up enjoying the most have at the very least a side note love story.  I gave up feeling guilty that I wasn’t reading War and Peace equivalents long ago.  Been there, done that.  Now I happily read my M/M romance novels when I’m not busy trying to pen them myself. Matt and Aaron, the main characters from Better Than Good have been in my head for some time.  I …
Jul 31, 2013
By Michael Rupured

Anniversary Give Away Contest

A year ago in August, Dreamspinner Press offered me a contract for my first novel. To celebrate, I’m giving away autographed copies of Until Thanksgiving. How many? I have no idea. Maybe I’ll send a copy to everyone who enters. That’s what I’d like to do, anyway. But with my luck, the offer would go viral and I’d be on the hook for millions of copies. To cover my ass, I’ve made up a point system, based on comments on my blog during the month of August. Earn one point for each comment on posts written by me. Really want an autographed copy? Comments on a guest post will earn you three points. You can comment as many times as …

Jul 29, 2013
By Michael Rupured

Gone, But Not Forgotten

I lost my father a year ago today. This picture was taken a few weeks before he died, during my last visit with him. In memory of a man I never really understood, here’s my post from that fateful day: My father passed away this morning. My sister called me to tell me the news. I knew when I saw her number on the callerID that he was gone. Now I know what the expression “overwhelmed with grief” means. His death wasn’t a surprise. In fact, I welcomed the end to his suffering. There was nothing left unsaid between us. I’d told him goodbye and that I loved him two weeks ago. I thought I was prepared. I’m in a daze. …

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