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chickens by the yard

 

…and chicken coops to candling eggs to Pyrenees to hormonal tweens and to Farmville, I’ve kept myself busy.

nothing but attitude

Busy enough to let go of those things I can’t control and realize those things most important, but maybe too busy in the work department.

With overtime every week, I haven’t had time to write more than a chapter here and there since last July… Yeah, it’s been a year since I was able to focus on anything much but the evil day job.

But I’ve made  changes recently, delved into learning what I could about time-management (and with fervor), even taught myself how to “just say no!” to hard to break habits like online gaming and senseless flirting. Well, almost.

Oh who the hell am I kidding? The truth is I saw a truck I wanted on my way to work the other day and realized that if I didn’t publish a book soon, no trucky.

dreaming, I know

 

There. I came clean.

 

seriously

So, what to do…

Guess I’ll write a book, maybe a series. Yeah. That’s what I’ll do. In the meantime any of you Farmville junkies, look me up. Send me some damned milk bottles to feed my baby chickens! (don’t ask).

 

 

…can be found over at Rarely Dusty Books blog today!

Up until now, I’ve only given you brief recaps each day I was there, but today, I blog about GRL as a whole. Lots of pics of my experiences and NOLA. You could win a copy of a title from my backlist. Just stop by and leave a comment over at Rarely Dusty Books to be entered in the drawing! Hope to see you there? 🙂

On a side note, I’ve been reading many blogs about personal experiences at this first GayRomLit, but today I ran across one I especially want to share with everyone if I can. Author Blake Deveraux summed up the retreat most precisely and more eloquently than I ever could, and I do think if you read anything else about GayRomLit, Blake’s post is THE post to read! You can find his Farewell to GRL 2011 here: http://blakedeveraux.com/2011/10/24/farewell-to-grl-2011

 

Much thanks to the organizers of GayRomLit!

I’m having trouble accepting that I leave here later today. But it’s over. Sadly.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself, met many, many interesting and beautiful people, and come to understand the southern phrase, “God bless his heart” (thank you, Blake). And for filling these few days with meaning and FUN: Rachel Haimowitz, EM Lynley, Clare London, Heidi Cullinan, Marie Sexton, Rowan Speedwell, Damon Suede, Cherie Noel, Taylor Donovan, Kelly Shorten, Poppy Dennison, Brita Addams, Cat Grant, Rick Reed, Lynn Lorenz, Amanda Young, Ethan Day, V. Vee (I’m certain I’m missing many more wonderful people who I’ve had the opportunity to meet, and I’m truly sorry. Just know that you ALL were/are AWESOME!), and to the many readers who stopped me in the halls and at the various events to let me know how much you loved me and my writing–THANK YOU!

Special thanks to the Bourbon Orleans’ staff–Caleb, you are SO in my next book, sugar! Lafitte’s on Exile–you guys rock! Had a blast! Yo Mama’s, Johnny Whites, Cafe Du Monde… YUM!

Truly, my brief time here has been an unforgettable experience.

Seriously, dude. I just gotta say that I’ve never felt more at home anyplace I’ve ever been. To top it off, the hospitality here at the Bourbon Orleans is out of this world. The food in The Quarter is so delicious and the portions so plentiful I may not eat again for a month. And conversation is to be had at every turn with so many of us readers and authors gathered together to enjoy these short few days… I don’t want to even think about leaving!

 

I’ve met so many wonderful people–both authors and readers. You guys rock. I can’t wait until next year!

 

On another note, I tried Cajun for the first time–Yum--and I ain’t talkin’ food.

 

The atmosphere, the constant thrum, the people… I love it here. For the first time in a long time, I’m alive.

 

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Last night I thought I’d died and gone to heaven! Found out I’d just gone to heaven, yeah! The lovely Brita Addams (*cough* Betty Crocker, as her son called her!) invited her son to dinner with us. Not only was the Mexican food to DIE FOR, but her son (who was my age and single, might I add) was the most delicious morsel I’ve had the privilege to meet and dine with in a long, l o n g time. Beautiful man. Simply, beautiful, all the way around!

On a different note, met Ethan Day, Carol Lynne, Lynn Lorenz, and Kelly Shorten. Looking forward to Rachel Haimowitz, Cat Grant, Damon Suede, and L.C. Chase rolling in later today, and I can’t wait for the Gentlemen’s Juke-Joint Junket tonight at Lafitte’s on Exile!

Parteeeeee! New Orlean’s style!

Woke up at 5:30 despite killing the alarm so I could get some rest. Stayed with Brita Addams and family the night before. Currently, I’ve kidnapped her and we’re in an out of the way joint here in Metairie. Heading into New Orleans later today to check out The Quarter.

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Sometimes you just have to put it all into perspective. Talking about the crazy schedule I call life. Found out Zackary would be graduating Friday, so I took a break from the evil day job and all my writerly stuff to embark on a five-hour journey to Parris Island, SC, to watch him graduate boot camp and move from recruit to an official Marine. They weren’t kidding about taking your son home a different man. Confidence radiates off this boy, and I could not be more proud!

 

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