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I'm the founder and managing editor of Queer Landia. I live in the SF Bay Area and my true passions in life are communication, technology, and leadership.

Writing Book 3: Whiskey Sunrise

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Royal of Whiskey Sunrise One of my favorite characters in Whiskey Sunrise. Stay tuned :-)

I’ve been working on my third book for Bold Strokes Books titled, Whiskey Sunrise, and it’s been interesting to watch the characters for this story evolve. Unlike with my first book, All Things Rise, where I knew the characters well before I started writing, these characters have been revealing themselves to me a little at a time. Currently, of the two leading women, one character is more butch and one character is more femme, but I’m learning that the fabric of their personalities is much more complex than those two labels imply. In addition to the context of operating a moonshine operation in a dry county in the Deep South in 1939, this book is also turning into an exploration of gender.

Over the past few years, I’ve come to be good friends with a few…

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The Imitation Game nails it for sure

cumberbatch the imatation gameThe Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is probably one of the best films I’ve seen in a very long time.  As usual Cumberbatch was compelling in his performance and portrayal of the brilliant, and equally tormented, Alan Turing.  Turing was credited with leading the effort of cracking the Nazi secret code machine known as Enigma during War World II.  He was also a very closeted gay man.

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Harsh reality is better than false hope

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So I had a chance to get caught up on the current season of Downton Abbey over President’s Day weekend and wanted to post a blog on a snippet from Season 5:  Episode 6.  I’ve always been intrigued by the gay character Thomas Barrow and I wish they did more with him for sure.  If you’re not current on this episode you might not want to read my post.  **SPOILER ALERT**

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Echo the wolf shot dead in Utah


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This made me really sad.  What give Utah!?  Geesh.  Echo, a female gray wolf, who made a historic trip from the Gran Canyon last year was shot dead by a rancher in Utah who says he mistook her for a coyote.  Sad face.  :-(

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Naked As We Came


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I’ve been trying to work in more gay flicks in my Netflix rotation as of late.  Partly because I want to support and represent but it also gives me more content ideas and inspiration for Queer Landia.  This blog post is about Naked As We Came written and directed by Richard Lemay.

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