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Novels, NaNoWriMo, and Me

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo_3 (Photo credit: nataliesap)

Having taken a short break from my blog, it is now time for an update.  I am currently participating in NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month.  As part of this program, I have made a commitment to write 50,000 words during the month of November. Only three days into it and I am over 5,000 words.  Woo hoo!

I am simultaneously working on the sequel to Never Coming Back, which will be titled Never Forget, as well as the third book in the series, tentatively titled Never Give Up.  Additionally, I am writing short stories that will be offered exclusively through my new Members Only Writing Subscription.

Members Only Writing Subscriptions include a monthly newsletter, keeping subscribers up to date on the latest status of my writing, as well as my reviews of work from other authors of note. Additionally, members receive access to the new short stories, sequential scenes from Never Forget, and random scenes from Never Give Up.  Each piece will come with an Introduction, so readers will always know what type of writing they have received. Maintaining subscriptions for 12 months, or signing up for an annual subscription, entitles members to receive an autographed copy of Never Forget or Never Give Up once published.  Or the member can choose to receive a coupon for a free download of the book to a Kindle

If you are interested in signing up for a subscription, you can find all the details on the subscription page of my website, Jansen Books.

Other membership levels range from Introductory Membership (newsletter only) to Gold Membership (which includes having a character named after you!)

Thank you so much for being a loyal reader, and I hope you seriously consider signing up for one of my new subscription plans!  

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Boston city hall

Boston city hall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DOMA Justice Rally

I will be attending the Historic DOMA Justice Rally in Boston, MA and hope all my friends and supporters will join me, in Boston or at your local capital!  Here’s the details for Boston:

Government Center, Boston City Hall Flag Pole
3pm March 26th
Starting on the 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider two cases about the freedom to marry. These two cases – which concern the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 – are fundamentally about whether gay and lesbian Americans can enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities as everyone else.
Here’s the Facebook Page for the MassEquality Boston Rally:  https://www.facebook.com/events/218929384898397/

Obama’s Promise of Freedom and Equality

As I wipe the tears from my eyes, I can only say that today’s Presidential Inaugural Address was inspiring and made me proud. This is the first time I have heard a President show such a firm commitment to bring the country forward, united as a group for the common welfare. “We the People” can do it together, focused on the betterment of all.  I have waited my entire adult life to hear a President voice that sentiment. It is not “us vs. them” for this President.  It is “We the People.” Thank you, President Obama, for giving me hope for myself, my WWII veteran father, my Vietnam veteran mother, and my young daughter. He is right that we cannot sacrifice one generation for another. My three-generation family represents four generations of this country, and I am not willing to sacrifice any of the generations of my family. Neither should my country. Again, thank you, Mr. President.

Scott Lively on Trial for Crimes Against Humanity

LGBT flag map of Uganda

I couldn’t be happier typing that title, “Scott Lively on Trial for Crimes Against Humanity.” Well, I would be happier if the title were, “Scott Lively Jailed for Crimes Against Humanity.” But that may come in time. Even if he does no time, my hope is that the publicity will reveal just how hateful and ridiculous he is.

For those of you who may not know, Scott Lively is a fear monger who lives in my city and has been spreading his hatred around the world. The Center for Constitutional Rights filed a federal suit against him in March of 2012 on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda, a non-profit umbrella organization for LGBT advocacy groups in Uganda. “The suit alleges that Lively’s involvement in anti-gay efforts in Uganda, including his active participation in the formulation of anti-gay legislation and policies aimed at revoking fundamental rights from LGBT persons constitutes persecution. This is the first known Alien Tort Statute (ATS) case seeking accountability for persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

What does that mean exactly? Well, over the past decade, Scott Lively has traveled to Uganda, and coordinated with various people in Uganda, to spread his lies and hatred to people who already live in fear every day of their lives. He has spread fear that gays use pornography to recruit children and participate in the rape of children. I guess he missed the repeated studies and statistics that show that PEDOPHILES rape children, not homosexuals. His work has resulted in the compilation of a list of gays and lesbians, to be used for pubic outings in the media and publication of their names, photos, and contact information. This has led to persecution, discrimination, arrests, deaths, and even denial of healthcare. Lively has gone so far as to publish books that claim gays are responsible for the Holocaust, the Spanish Inquisition, the French ‘Reign of Terror,” South African Aparthied, two hundred years of slavery in America, the breakdown of Christianity in America, and even the genocide in Rwanda.

Even my eleven-year-old daughter is dumbfounded by the rantings of this lunatic. One can only wonder just what atrocities he has suffered, or how much he hates himself, or how much he is suppressing in himself, to create such a deep level of hatred against a group of individuals that merely want to have the freedom to live their lives the way they see fit – precisely, by the way, what our system here in America has afforded Scott Lively.

Good News to Share

Lesbian Fiction.

Lesbian Fiction. (Photo credit: grapefruitmoon)

 

I just wanted to share that my new book, Never Coming Back, which I wrote during NaNoWriMo 2010 and published direct to digital with Amazon.com, just made it to #99 on the Bestsellers in Lesbian Fiction list and #17 on the Hot New Releases in Lesbian Fiction list.  I don’t know what drives the ranking, since I have only sold 12 copies so far (in 3 days), and I have no customer reviews yet, but it sure does feel good.  Basking in the feeling until I get bumped back down.

 

My work on the sequel continues…

 

 

 

Gaining Inspiration From Other Writers

Fingers Crossed

Fingers Crossed (Photo credit: Grace Miller)

Tonight I attended a talk called Come Out Writing, hosted by the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, CT.  I would call the event a huge success, even though attendance was not ridiculous.  It was not an intimate venue, but the host, playwright Jacques Lamarre, made it feel that way. He did an excellent job moderating, with well-thought out questions. All of the proceeds were donated to True Colors, a non-profit organization in Hartford, CT that provides support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth, adults, and families.  Participants included novelist, actor and filmmaker James Lecesne; poet and journalist Bessy Reyna; and authors Frank Anthony Polito, Tanisha McMillan, and Jennifer Lavoie.  Overall, it was inspiring to be a part of a conversation with some talented writers, hearing their unique and entertaining takes on being a writer, being gay (except for Jennifer), being a “gay writer,” as well as all the other labels we may or may not give ourselves (such as “Band Fag”).  I really enjoyed myself, and enjoyed meeting others in the audience as well.  Now… drum roll please… it is time to get back to writing the sequel to my book, and use their success as inspiration for me to keep going.  Onward, James!