Regularly Scheduled Program

Like most gays my age, I draw a lot of inspiration from awful chick-flicks movies from the aughts. Cady Heron, Andy Sachs, and Torrence Shipman aren’t exactly my spirit animals, but they do give me some sage advice.

We’re gonna study other types of movement, from swing dance…to interpretive dance, even mime. We’ll draw inspiration from martial arts, musicals, everything.

~Torrence Shipman

It isn’t likely that studying interpretive dance will make my writing significantly better, and I’m not sure that it’s possible to watch more musicals at this point in my life. Instead I’ll be studying other forms of prose beyond those which I am most partial to. With that in mind, I’ve put together a weekly schedule of posts that you can expect (I hope).

  • Writing Monday: This is where I’ll be posting a sample of writing. It may be an excerpt from a short story, or a long-winded personal essay. Regardless, you can look forward to plenty of snark, sarcasm, and typos as I’m hoping that Writing Monday will be unpolished flagship of the blog.
  • Tuesday Quotes: Since I can’t possibly be amazing all the time, I’ll be taking a bit of a break on Tuesday were I will focus on reading. Instead of abandoning you on the second day of the month, I’ll be posting quotes from things that I’ve been reading lately. You can count on a lot of Miss Marple and other strong female leads.
  • Craft Wednesday: On wednesday, apart from wearing pink, I’ll be posting something related to writing as a craft. It may be an interesting essay, a website, or some horrible time-suck but in some way I will try to justify why I find it useful. (And if it is a horrible time suck I make no apologies)
  • Thursday Writing Prompt: Sometimes we all need a little nudge and whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, a little prompt never hurt anyone. I may even incorporate it into my post for Writing Monday.
  • Friday News Briefs: At the end of the week my head will be full of the detritis of the internet and I will need to vent. The news briefs will be an outlet for things I found interesting or particularly problematic that I couldn’t keep quiet about. More often than not, there will be a lot of gay in these posts and maybe even some favourite new, vaguely-nsfw tumblrs.

Of course there will be other content as I deem necessary including book reviews, haikus, gripes, and at a moment’s notice I reserve the right to change my weekly schedule.

Hope to see you all back here, same bat time same bat channel.

Friday’s News Briefs

So what happened this week?

I would say that the internet lost its shit over some horribly offensive comments made by a reality star… but none of those things are news. Though I’m a fan of a good-old-fashioned internet evisceration, I’ll leave it to the amazing and talented Maureen Johnson who offers this lesson.

…this isn’t tolerance. If you think this looks like tolerance, you do not know what tolerance looks like.

The one encouraging part of all this was that I didn’t have to unfollow or unfriend anyone because of it, which is great.

A gay magazine named a totally not gay guy in a funny hat it’s person of the year for essentially saying that he wasn’t going to judge. It’s a charming sentiment. Naturally people had things to say and most of them were fairly critical. I appreciate that the leader of the church has made progress… but must we, the proud homosexuals with our unstoppable secret-agenda, fangirl so relentlessly over non-judgement.

Speaking of people who aren’t gay, Sherlock and Watson were asked to read out some fan-fic embarrassing the author, the actors, and everyone really. So from now on just keep fan-fic where it belongs in your bedroom and on my kindle… and because no one would admit to asking for it but still wants it, here is some fan-fic of republicans.

Early in the week, Presidents of different countries are falling over themselves to not go to Russia for the Olympics. Now President Obama is sending a super gay delegation – featuring recently out Brian Boitano. I’m hoping it’s a big FFFFFFFFUUUUUUU to their anti-gay legislation.

Young gays are getting their own social network (and it’s not YouTube).

And now a tumblr which draws attention to the really serious problem of guys pretending to be geeks for attention. tumblr_moqb1bSLsY1swa2b7o1_500