Isn’t it romantic?

I have a secret confession: I love to watch wedding videos. Mine, my friends… Even people I don’t know. I love to go to the web sites of wedding videographers and watch their demo videos, because well made wedding videos capture the essence of the day, and the love shared between a couple so beautifully and perfectly. Being a witness to that bright, shiny, “nothing can shake it” kind of love makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I guess it’s no wonder I write romance. Even on my angriest, most cynical day, something like this can still reduce me to tears:

No clue who these guys are, but I absolutely adore them, and I adore the way their videographer captured the nuances of them together so beautifully. The guy fiddling with his ring and realizing the symbolism behind that day. It’s all so gorgeous. Love.

This video, by the way, was part of an awesomesauce Buzzfeed link making the rounds about the 50 most romantic moments of all time. You can check it out here. And I gotta tell you, if you get to the bottom of this thing without crying, your will is stronger than mine. ūüôā

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. ūüėõ 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.

The Bridegroom Kickstarter Project, and I an interview where I poke Damon Suede with sticks

This touching video¬†has gone around the internet quite a bit, but just in case you haven’t seen it I’m going to give the super-fast nutshell explanation about it: Boy meets boy, boys fall in love and plan a lifelong commitment to one another, boy falls off a roof and dies tragically before his time. ¬†Other boy is prohibited from attending his partner’s funeral, and even threatened with bodily harm by his late fiance’s family. In the hopes of of shedding light on this terrible situation and the larger issue of marriage inequality, they are trying to get a documentary made about their story. I hope you will consider contributing. There are only a few days left and they loose all donated funds if they don’t reach the goal. You can find out more about the Kickstarter project and become a backer, here.

Unarguably, this is unfair, and I would really love to see them get this documentary made. ¬† Some have argued to me that it is sufficient for folks in same-sex relationships to have paperwork and contracts, and the fact is they don’t cover¬†everything. And these guys, sadly, didn’t have wills. Maybe they should have, but you know what? My husband and I should have wills also, we really should. We live busy lives and we haven’t gotten to it yet, and¬†statistically¬†the odds are slim of us dying right now. But if God forbid my husband dies tomorrow, nobody is going to stop me from saying goodbye.¬†That is as it should be for all humans.¬†I really don’t like to get political a lot, and truthfully I don’t feel like I’m exactly getting political now. To me, this is about basic human decency. I really applaud what this young man, Shane Bitney, is doing. Putting your painful story out in the world for everyone to see is no easy thing.

On a lighter note… Damon Suede and I have been buddies and beta readers for going on a couple of years now. Recently we took a short break from our busy schedules to interview each other over at Hearts on Fire reviews, in what we liked to call¬†A Rousing Interlude In Which Damon Suede and Ellis Carrington Poke Each Other With Sticks. We had a lot of fun. Stop by and say hello. ūüôā