The Crotchety Old Man

Oct 06, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Stressed!

Okay. I admit it. I’m stressed out. My upbeat, positive attitude has helped me to cope. But the quantity of major life events I’ve experienced this year has just about depleted the sunshine I’ve managed to set aside for dark and cloudy days. In graduate school I remember reading studies about a stress scale that assigned points to various life events. The higher the score, the more likely you are to experience stress-related illness. Thanks to my friend, Google, I found the scale this morning and filled it out for myself. Click here to check your own stress level. My score is a few points shy of 400. Scoring over 300 means I “have a high or very high risk …

Oct 03, 2012
By Michael Rupured
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Accountability

My roommate/best friend/ex-lover would say he gets blamed for stuff I do around the house. For example, I can’t find X and demand to know what he’s done with it. He insists he hasn’t touched X, but I know better because I NEVER misplace things. I slam, bang, and cuss for the next fifteen or twenty minutes, only to discover that X is exactly where I left it. I just forgot. For a dozen years now, nothing has ever been my fault. If something doesn’t get done–not my fault. If it gets done wrong, that’s not my fault either. If I gained weight, it’s because he cooked too much fattening food. It’s his fault I don’t get as much exercise as …

Oct 01, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Picture Perfect

The “for sale” sign has been up in front of my house for ten days. My realtor assures me that interest among other realtors is high, and that information about my house is becoming available on more and more outlets. I’ve also seen several people stop and pick up one of the information sheets from the curbside box. But so far, I haven’t heard a peep from any potential buyers. I hear it takes a few weeks for lookers to materialize. In the meantime, we’ve been sprucing things up around here and trying to keep everything picture perfect and ready to show at a moment’s notice. If I clean it, they will come. Early on I spent my time outside. You …

Sep 30, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Flying Solo

The partner who moved with me to Georgia fifteen years ago insisted we be active in the thriving gay community here in Athens. We went to an all-gay potluck dinner every month and attended fund-raising events throughout the year for the annual Boybutante Ball. We even became charter members of an all gay church here in Athens–Our Lady of Perpetual Drama. After our relationship came to an ugly end, he got the church and most of our male friends. Come to find out, he was sleeping with half of them. Except for a few close friends here in Athens, I more or less went into seclusion. That’s when I met my young friend online. Over the next twelve years we …

Sep 28, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Six and a Half Weeks Later

On August 15th, I became a soon-to-be-published writer. The tidal wave I rode for several weeks has broken up into smaller waves, but I’m still very excited and busier than I’ve been since graduate school. An update on my journey is overdue. In truth, there hasn’t been a lot of action.  Dreamspinner Press (DSP) gave me access to a message board for other DSP writers and added me to the DSP writers group on Twitter right away.  Other than that and an email exchange about my desire to delete two paragraphs that don’t work with the prequel I’m working on, I’ve heard from my publisher twice. On September 15th, I got an email from the artists who design DSP covers. …

Sep 27, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Seven Things

Thanks to manty67 over at Him, Her, & Us for nominating me for Seven Things. Pop over to learn seven things about her, and to see the other nominees. Seven things about me: 1) I love Broadway musicals–not all of them, but most. My favorite is Miss Saigon. My least favorite–Rent. Sorry. I just didn’t get it. The fact it was the favorite show of an ex I can’t stand might have something to do with it (see #6). 2) I’m a Dance Dance Revolution freak and earn Bs and Cs on most songs on Standard level. For the uninitiated, that means I’m good–especially for a 54 year-old white man from the suburbs. 3) Every now and then, I have …

Sep 27, 2012
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Guest Post: M.A. Church

A drive home in the wee hours in the morning after a modeling job… then a moment’s distraction and a twist of Fate puts an end to one way of life for Ashley and opens the door to another. Hey everyone! My name is M.A. Church, and I’m part of the Carved in Flesh anthology from Storm Moon Press. This anthology caught my eye because of the subject matter. In a society that worships beauty and is filled with everyday images of what’s ideal, I had to wonder what would happen to an internationally well-known model who ends up scarred. Then throw in his lover, Will—who is a sports model. To make matters even more interesting, Will just happens to …
Sep 24, 2012
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Meet Helen Pattskyn

[Fan Fiction is one of those things I’d never heard of until I joined the writers group. When I learned that’s how Helen got her start, I asked if she’d write about her experience transitioning from the world of fan fiction to becoming a published author. Check the links at the end of the blog to find our more about Helen and her work. I’m guessing at least of few of you might want to give writing fan fiction a try!  Thanks, Helen, and welcome to My Glass House!] I started writing fanfiction after picking up a Beauty and the Beast fanzine in the very early 1990’s. Stories included everything from exploration of secondary characters, to snippets of life (flash …
Sep 23, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Operation Beautification

The “for sale” sign is up in my front yard. The listing will be available online today or tomorrow. To prepare for what we hope will be a steady parade of potential buyers, yesterday we launched Operation Beautification. Because keeping this house was never in the cards, most of the work is already done. Five years ago we decided to get it ready to sell so we could buy a place closer to campus. Since then we’ve painted inside and out, simplified the landscaping, installed hardwood floors in the great room/dining room, and replaced the carpet in all three bedrooms. Our next project would have been to remodel the fifteen year-old kitchen. Otherwise, the inside of the house is in great …

Sep 22, 2012
By Michael Rupured

Waiting

Progress toward my new normal has slowed. I blame reality. My expectations and imagined outcomes couldn’t possibly be the problem. Thursday afternoon I saw my financial planner. We needed to talk about the impact of the changes I’m making on my retirement plans. First a little explanation is in order. When I started my day job fifteen years ago, I had a choice between two retirement plans: a defined benefit (pension) plan and a defined contribution (savings) plan. According to someone–I can’t even remember who now–the pension plan was the better option if and only if I planned to live in Georgia for the rest of my life. Since I wasn’t sure, I opted for the savings plan. I’ll get Social …

Sep 20, 2012
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Guest Post

Today I’m visiting Zahra Owens on her blog where I talk about my sense of humor. Being funny on demand is a lot harder than just being funny! Click here for the full interview, and thanks for stopping by… My Glass House
Sep 20, 2012
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Meet Chris Kat

I met Michael via Twitter and wish him all the best for his upcoming release Until Thanksgiving.  We exchanged some tweets, then agreed on doing guest posts on each other’s blog. He asked me if I could write how writing fan fiction helped me get published. Easy, I thought—up until I sat down and really thought about it. Suddenly it seemed like a very big and difficult task! What is fan fiction? It is fiction written by fans of a certain book, movie or TV show. Say you watched a movie and felt a certain vibe between two characters but there’s no romantic element in the movie, what do you do? Right after watching the movie you usually daydream about …
Sep 19, 2012
By Michael Rupured
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Get This Show on the Road!

Even though my capacity to remember is not what it once was, I’m pretty sure that 2012 will be a year I remember—and we’ve still got three months to go. If you’re new to My Glass House, just read over my posts since July for an overview.  Short of having a baby or getting married, I’ve checked off quite a few major life events this year. At a glance, you might believe the negatives outweigh the positives. But I don’t see it that way at all, and I’m not just talking about the book deal. I’m not sure if it just happened or I’m only just now seeing it, but somewhere along the way I’ve changed. Yes, getting an advance and …

Sep 17, 2012
By Michael Rupured

More Change

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about how my life is going to change after my partner of the last twelve years moves out. First let me say that the two of us are getting along better than ever. The air has been cleared of any tension and resentments that may have built up over the years. There are no hard feelings and nobody is angry. We’re talking about our future plans and getting advice from each other just as we always have. The love, support, and encouragement from my many friends has made a difference. Your comments about my positive attitude help me stay committed to it. I have moments when I immerse myself in a life where “Falling …

Sep 17, 2012
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Meet Tali Spencer

The Trouble with Fantasy Every world is an adventure. Some are fun and some are dangerous. All of them have rules. I like rules, because rules are what make worlds challenging. When people ask me what I write, I hesitate. There is no clear answer. I tell my hairdresser I write romance. She understands romance. So do my husband’s co-workers and my aunts in West Virginia. Romance is the perfect answer to the question “What do you write?” because everyone knows what romance is. When people hear that answer, they either beam with approval or crack an smirk because they think it’s tripe. But I never have to explain it. Occasionally I admit that I write fantasy, and less often …
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