Friday, May 18, 2007

A Good Time to be a Flux Author (and some other stuff)

Over at the Flux blog, Andrew has been announcing some pretty great news about the Flux authors. Carrie Jones and Brian Yansky received some very nice reviews for their novels, Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend (Carrie) and Wonders of the World (Brian). Christine Kole Maclean and Simone Elkeles won an Independent Publishers Book Award (Gold for Christine and Silver for Simone). And Flux has rolled out the new covers for the fall books. (Scroll to the bottom of the Flux blog for the slideshow showing the covers. Or, take a look at all of the upcoming books at "the Mothership".)

Getting back to Carrie--I just finished her book last week, and I absolutely loved it. Tips is the type of book that will make you laugh and cringe (but cringe in a good way) at the same time. Belle is a sweetheart; a sweetheart you have to root for. And while I wanted to hate Dylan (like I think Belle did at first), Carrie really did a good job of showing him as a conflicted and compassionate three-dimensional character, not just a stereotypical gay guy that dumps his girlfriend. And--saying this in the most heterosexual way possible--if I was a girl, I would be all over Tom Tanner.

I'm really looking forward to the sequel, Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape), and I'm hoping there's a lot more of Emily in it.

And just to throw some good news in about me, my book is now available for pre-order on January 2008 doesn't seem quite so far away anymore.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

What's in a Name - Part Deux

Coltrane Jenkins made a post a few days ago about our intent on starting a group blog. In addition to having trouble with finding the time to start another blog (note my three week gap since my last post), we've also been struggling with potential blog titles. He listed the top 10 rejects. Here are 5 more.

1) Don't Eat the Yellow Snow. Really, is there any point in explaining this one? I kinda liked it, but Coltrane thought it was crass.

2) The Kobayashi Maru. The Kobayashi Maru (as shown in Star Trek II) is a training exercise that all Starfleet command-track cadets must take--it creates a "no-win scenario" and is meant to test a cadet's character. Captain Kirk successfully beats the test by reprogramming the simulator, and was awarded a commendation for original thinking. As Kirk would say later in STII: "I don't like to lose."

What this has to do with blogging, I don't know. I just think it's a cool name.

3) We Heart Soledad O'Brien. In the spirit of one of Coltrane's favorite blogs, Kissing Suzy Kobler, I suggested that we name our blog in honor another journalist: Soledad O'Brien. And while I know I should be highlighting all of Soledad's class, dignity, and intelligence, let me just be honest -- she is FINE, FINE, FINE! (Any techno-geeks remember her from MSNBC's The Site? I know I do.)

I think this title would have really worked, that it, until CNN kicked her off their morning show. The bastards.

4) Eating Cold Chicken Will Give You Worms: My father claims he never said this, but I promise, when growing up, hearing this phrase was a given. For some reason, my father took offense to me and my brother eating cooked poultry foods without heating them up. Of course, my father was of the belief that if you didn't burn your food, it was still raw. To date, I have never seen the man order a steak any less cooked than "well-done".

And since we're speaking of inedible foods...

5. World's Finest Chocolate: I know, Coltrane's already listed this on his blog. But really, this stuff is so tough and so bad, it's worth mentioning again. If all of mankind was destroyed in a nuclear catastrophe tomorrow, the only things left standing would be cockroaches and mounds upon mounds of World's Finest Chocolate. It's actually kind to call this stuff chocolate--rather, it's more like a non-biodegradable brick.