Quickie: Husbands is Back!


My favorite Internet sitcom is back in business! The first episode of Husbands, Season Three, aired today. You can catch it on The CW Seed, here.

If you haven’t seen the first two seasons, go here. You should also find out some other interesting info on http://lovehusbands.com/ and http://husbandstheseries.com/,

And if you like that, there’s also a digital comic based on the series which you can find here.

 

Quickie: Husbands is Moving to the CW


For fans of the internet sitcom Husbands who are wondering what’s the plan with Season Three, it looks like they’ve been picked up by the CW’s internet platform, CW Seed. I don’t see an air date as yet, but they do have a trailer, and it looks like things just keep getting better. 🙂

 

Find out more in this Huffington Post article

A few awesome things happened, too


The day of the Sandy Hook School shooting, I fell apart just like a lot of people. I cried, of course, over the shock and the horror of the children who died. For the parents who wouldn’t get to bring their babies home. And also, with the guilty relief that my children were still healthy and safe.

So for me at least, going into this holiday season has been bittersweet and very emotional. I just wanted to take a minute to think about a few good, happy things that I knew had taken place in the world as I knew it, that were worth focusing on. Because we all need the good:

  • OneRepublic is raising money for Sandy Hook: Sometimes the only good thing we can say about a tragedy is that it shows us the best parts of humanity. Rock band OneRepublic started a fundraiser to help the families who need money for funerals, therapy bills, and missed time from work get back on their feet. They also started the fund by kicking in $20,000 of their own money. I decided that instead of rushing around to buy last-minute Xmas gifts this year, I would donate money in honor of each person I hadn’t yet bought a gift for. If you’d like to donate you can do so here.
  • A USMC captain proposed to his partner at the white house. I started following Matthew Phelps on twitter shortly after DADT was repealed, I think someone re-tweeted his triumphant declaration about how he could finally serve openly and I happened to spot it in my timeline. I congratulated him, he said thanks. So I started following his blog, etc… Captain Phelps writes a lot on his personal blog about his personal experiences both serving under DADT and what has happened after, and his stories have been really eye-opening and informative for me as a civilian. The personal experiences he’s shared changed not only gave me a clearer understanding of DADT but gave me a higher degree of respect for those who serve in the military. So even though I never had the chance to meet him personally, the information he shared was important to me personally, and obviously important on a grander scale. I appreciate his hard work and his service, and wish him and his partner a lifetime of happiness.
  • A man celebrates a homeless woman’s birthday with her. People who usually are forgotten enjoy celebrating birthdays too and I’d wager most of never think twice about this sort of thing. The video is in Spanish and mine is rusty but seeing her excitement is still beautiful.
  • The Bridegroom and Fearless Projects both got their funding on KickStarter. The nasty little secret about Kickstarter is that if you set a funding goal and don’t reach it, you don’t get any money. Bummer. So I’m a little biased because I contributed to both projects and helped campaign to raise funds for them, but I am really encouraged that both of these projects got fully funded this year: The Bridegroom project was another hopeful light that came out of tragedy. A young man who lost his partner and plans to tell their story to help further the cause of marriage equality. Fearless is a decade-long photo documentary project about brave “out” LGBT athletes in high school and college. Both of these projects, I hope, will have positive social reach. I believed very strongly in their message and the people trying to accomplish them.
  • Husbands–I’ve been pimping this all over, because it’s funny as hell. And it’s the kind of funny you have to think about for just a second, which I utterly adore. Plus, the funny is now also in comic book form. Times like these, you need a good laugh. I’ve watched and re-watched (and read, and re-read) the husbands videos and comics a multitude of times and it’s never stopped being funny to me. Or making me go “awww.” Not many things you can say that about. You can check out the review I did of the Husbands comics at I Smell Sheep, here.
  • Boxer Falls – Boxer Falls was a joint collaboration thought up by Damon Suede, and coordinated by me, him, Poppy Dennison, and Brita Adams. The idea was to create a serial story set in the gay-friendly Berkshires and have a soap-opera theme that would allow for all sorts of fun and off the wall shenanigans to take place. We had some amazing guest writers from Mary Calmes and Amy Lane to Eden Winters and Ally Blue, Edmond Manning, Jacob Flores and Geoff Knight, Alix Bekins, etc. The list goes on. An amazing roster of guests who took readers on a roller coaster of break-ups, makeups, murders, kidnappings, and even wedding proposals. The interaction with the readers, getting to work side by side with the guest authors, stretching my editing muscles, getting to play with the challenge of working with characters who weren’t “mine…” was all very exciting. There were ups and downs, and sometimes Boxer Falls was a huge challenge, but sometimes it was huge fun, and more than anything I am grateful for the experience.

I could probably make this an even longer post, but I’m gonna end here. It’s Christmas eve and I’m gonna cuddle in bed with a book and be grateful that I can while I dream of Santa bringing me something amazing, like peace on earth, or gay porn.

I hope you have a beautiful holiday.

Love,

Ellis

Confetti Toss


The election is over! We are a handful of steps closer to marriage equality (My friend and Minnesota resident, Edmond Manning, wrote a really gorgeous essay about this)! I am even more psyched about that than I am not to be pelted by political ads on my doorstep, radio, youtube channels, and pretty much every effing where any longer. I think there may have been one sky-written above my kid’s preschool. Perhaps I’m getting paranoid.

GayRomLit is over! (boo, hiss) I went, I did a reading and a Boxer Falls panel,  I signed things. I passed out swag and Gay Coffee. I hugged people who said they loved my books or that I looked pretty or just smiled at me because HELL I love to hug people and you never get tired of it, right?? Okay, I don’t. 😛 Everybody was so fantastic, it made my head spin. I hope to do it again next year. I roomed with the fabulous Amy Lane who is funny and clever, and a hell of a lot of fun. Not to mention, she has mad ninja skills for a woman with ten years on me. Twice she scared the everloving crap out of me, and I’m pretty sure both times I was naked. Do with that what you will.

Next year we are hoping to drag Mary Calmes along for the ride.

I am NaNo-ing. Life’s been crazy and I haven’t been able to finish a book in awhile, despite having three gay contemporary projects in mid-stream right now so I am buckling down to finish one (fucker) if I can possibly do it. Sanity intact, housecleaning, all optional.

Other miscellaneous news:

  • Congrats to Mary on her release of But For You, the sixth book in her Matter of Time series, which a month after release is STILL on the Amazon LGBT romance best-seller’s list!
  • The next book in Amy’s fabulous knitting series is up for pre-order at Dreamspinner Press! These read well as standalones, and are sexy and cute, so check it out A Knitter in His Natural Habitat.
  • The third Husbands comic is out from Dark Horse! And Sharon Stogner from I Smell Sheep and Rarely Dusty books so nicely asked me to do a guest review for issues one and two, so keep an eye out for that soon. I haven’t gotten to read issue 3 yet, but it’s on my TBR list. Like the web series, the comics are hilarious and entertaining.
  • Amber Kell’s birthday bash is going on now! I didn’t get the chance to participate in this one but Carol Lynne, Mary Calmes, and many others are. There will be prizes and whatnot so it is worth checking out.

Things that make you go “awwww!”


 

Only FOUR DAYS left to pledge a donation to The Fearless Project! This is an amazing photo project that supports openly gay teen athletes. They are so close to their goal. Please help by contributing (it’s tax-deductible) or getting the word out! 

This week’s episode of Boxer Falls. a gaytime drama, was written by Edmond Manning. Edmond was left with a tough cliffhanger. Phil Boxer’s in the morgue–now what? He did a fabulous job with it. My favorite part though, was the scene with everyone’s favorite “it” couple, Quinn and Oz. Made me go “Aww!” like I was looking at a box of cute baby bunnies.

I stumbled across Edmond’s novel, King Perry, awhile back. It’s not your
traditional romance. More like what I’d call “with romantic elements.” The ending is positive but not a happily ever after. Still, there’s a love story in there, the plot and the writing are strong, and he has what I found to be a really fresh and unique voice. The tale itself was really moving and had an etheral, almost otherworldly quality to it which appealed to me as a paranormal author, even though the novel was a contemporary. So we were really thrilled that he was willing to take time from his busy schedule to contribute to Boxer Falls for us.

Speaking of gay soaps, I have been TOTALLY digging on the internet soap Husbands. Starring Brad Bell and Sean Hemeon as a famous power couple who gets drunk-Vegas married and has to stay that way for the sake of good PR, it is hilarious and sexy and extremely intelligent. And holy effing cow, the last episode of season two was sooo sweet! I got a little sniffly. (Baby bunnies again. AWWW!) You MUST watch if you haven’t already. You can find all the past episodes on YouTube, and their web site is here.