The Crotchety Old Man

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 …

Jan 04, 2016
By Michael Rupured

In with the New

Last week’s post was (hopefully) the final resting place for some of the baggage I lugged around last year. There’s more, but the load is much lighter than was the case thirty years ago. For this first post of 2016, rather than resolutions, I want to share my priorities for the year. Stay in the moment. Whatever’s happening on Facebook, Twitter, with my email, or with any of the apps on my phone can wait. I need to give my full attention to whatever I’m doing, whether watching television, working on blog posts, or adding to my work in progress. Worrying about what’s yet to come or things that have already happened is also a time-waster. Just stop! Take care of business. I keep …

Dec 29, 2015
By Michael Rupured

A Quick Six Months

Tomorrow my friend graduates from the rehab program he entered six months ago. Half a year has passed a lot faster than either of us expected. Time flies. If you’re looking for a good rehab facility, I highly recommend Bridges of Hope. Six months ago, I was skeptical. They don’t accept insurance, employ no professionals, and charge only $800 a month. I felt a little better after a trip down to check out the place, but still had my concerns. The program relies on a structured environment and the 12 Steps of AA/NA. Residents work four to six hours a day on one of several crews that carry out all the essential functions, such as cooking, cleaning, and maintaining the …

Dec 28, 2015
By Michael Rupured

Out with the Old

‘Tis the season to reflect on 2015. I’ve had better years, but to be fair, I’ve also had worse. To put a rather challenging year in perspective, my thoughts turn to where I’ve been, where I am right now, and where I want to go. As Dr. Phil says, “How’s that (the way you live your life) working for you?” My end-of-year “life assessments” are like the performance appraisals I get at work — without all the forms, anxiety, or dread. This last post of 2015 is about the things I want to leave behind. Complacency. When I reach my destination, I get comfortable, put my feet up, and relax. Whether I like it or not, things change. Resistance is futile and counterproductive. Life is about the journey — …

Dec 21, 2015
By Michael Rupured

Ice Cream Memories

I’m lucky. A hand-cranked freezer is the star of my first ice cream memory. I’d eaten the store-bought version before, but making our own ice cream was a special occasion. Vanilla was the norm, augmented sometimes with strawberries, peaches, or bananas. Licking the paddles was the reward for helping with the cranking. Sometimes — not very often — Dad took us out for ice cream. Whether soft-serve or hand-dipped, he always got a banana split. I got a cone. Chocolate chip was my favorite, but I liked vanilla or chocolate almost as much. We had Mr. Softee back then — a mobile ice cream shop with soft-serve ice cream and other frozen treats. I became addicted. When the truck came down …

Dec 15, 2015
By Michael Rupured

Introducing Whippersnapper!

At long last, I’m thrilled to introduce Whippersnapper. To celebrate, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. See below for details. My fourth novel is a humorous story about three people whose paths cross at the Fit as a Fiddle gym in Fallisville, Kentucky. You won’t find Fallisville on any maps. It’s a made up place located somewhere between Lexington and Cincinnati. If you like my sense of humor, you’ll love Whippersnapper. I promise. It’s a departure from its predecessors. For starters, Whippersnapper is not about Philip Potter or any of Philip’s projects. The story features an new cast of characters who I hope you will enjoy meeting. My previous novels are set in the past — two in the 1960s and …

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