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"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
Lots of little things on my plate... 
13th-Jul-2005 09:11 am
Twins
Watched Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for the first time in a very long time, and this time, they were making over a nudist. Yeah. >_< (Just remember, those of you who have seen the show and love it or hate it, that all of the guys they make over are, like, from my part of the world. For better and for worse.) As we've already established, I don't mind walking around a bit in the house undressed, but I *certainly* don't consider it a lifestyle and would probably never go to a nudist gathering. ^^;; Most amusing of all had to be how genuinely distressed Thom was about the entire situation. And of course, we had Carson getting into the act.

You know, he's doing quite well for himself these days. Cameo appearances in Pepsi commercials and feature films, the whole nine yards. Actually, they are *all* doing well; I think they've all got book deals at this point... ^^;;; Who would've ever dreamed that this would become such a merchandising monstrosity?

In any case, I've gotten a couple of books, one manga and one novel, read over the past couple of days:

Hot Gimmick Vol.9 by Aihara Miki
If it weren't for how adorable the art is, I would've dropped this title long ago. Hasumi's weepy character and spineless sense of herself grates on my nerves, and it gets no better as Ryoki continues to bully her and lay down a law that belongs in the Dark Ages. In this volume, we learn that it was indeed Ryoki's father who was involved with Azusa's mother, and all of the heinous things that Azusa did to Hasumi in the previous volumes were thus totally unjustified. Lovely, eh? Also, Akane and Subaru, despite a rocky start, seem to be hitting it off at last. And, finally, lots and lots of Shinogu, in love with a little sister who really needs to be hung out to dry. Does he finally let it show? You bet he does! So, off he goes to punish himself for his transgressions. I can't help wondering if he's trying to annul his adoption in order to get away from the Narita family or if he's *really* doing it so he can woo Hasumi! *sighs* How many more volumes to go? ^^;

Steel Ghosts by Michael Paine
Tom (hero): Are you sleeping with him?
Bill (Tom's childhood friend and priest): Not yet, no.
Tom: Really?
Bill: Not yet. But I have Catholic tradition to uphold.
Me: >_<

This is a horror novel written under a penname by John Michael Curlovich, author of Blood of Kings. Nothing like writing the *porn* under your real name, you know? ^^; In any case, even without the biographical information in Steel Ghosts, I would have known that the author was gay, right from the first paragraph when he describes steelworkers as "naked to the waist." Yep, steelworkers. This novel is about a haunted steel mill, and the ghosts of Steadbridge, PA want the rest of the living to cross over. Enter Tom, former resident of Steadbridge, returning for the first time in a long, long time in order to scout a filming location for his company's new film endeavor. Unfortunately, no one who comes to the town leaves, and many eventually prove to have been murdered. Tom reacquaints himself with his childhood friend Ruth and her son, who is haunted himself, and Bill, wild-boy turned priest. Father Bill is definitely my favorite character; Paine has a wide romantic streak, and it gets expressed here. He was always in love with Tom, even as a child, and it sadly isn't reciprocated. (Though, apparently, they did end up in bed together as teens. Once.) Even so, most of the scenes involving him have an unmistakably tender quality to them. In any case, though the novel was anything but scary, it made for an interesting comparison to the Curlovich novel. Both were released at the same time, and both have a preoccupation with the way history impacts upon our present lives.
Comments 
13th-Jul-2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
Nothing like writing the *porn* under your real name, you know?

Well, considering that I've already written the porn under my real name, I may end up having to publish my non-porny original material under a pseudonym, depending on what my eventual, hypothetical editor and/or agent insist upon. Assuming that I eventually get around to writing said material, of course.
13th-Jul-2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
Actually, I believe the author in question began his writing career as a horror novelist writing under a penname. The "porn" comes later; maybe he just got more daring in his old age.

But that reminds me. Have you seen this article?
http://chronicle.com/jobs/2005/07/2005070801c.htm

Seems that employers do indeed google the names of prospective hires. ^^;;;;; 'Course, depending upon what you decide to do, that might be a good thing. Or maybe not? >_<

I'm thinking of posting the text of the above article in my journal in case you don't see this reply.
13th-Jul-2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they do. (Employers and the googling, that is.) I have to will myself not to care, because I don't think my porny presence is expungable from the internets at this point, at least not without a whole lot of effort and a depressing amount of self-denial. I'm not really sure what this will do for my future, but then I'm a complete blank about my future in general at the moment, so whatever. ^_^
13th-Jul-2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
*nods* Even if you took the website down, all of the recs and people talking about you on the internet would persist, not to mention all of the archives that may or may not still have maintainers. Heck, if you become a freelance writer/editor, this sort of online presence might be in your favor! It shows that people like your writing and trust your judgment, that you have fans. ^_^ (My LJ got me my current job, though I don't know what that really says about me. ^^;; )

13th-Jul-2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
After you get rich and famous under your pseudonym, carefully put out the rumor that you wrote porn.. Deny it for a while, let the scandal build, and then issue a volume of collected works of porn.. It will be HUGE, best seller ^_~
13th-Jul-2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
o.O This would be fine, I suppose, if I had any porn that wasn't fanfiction. And assuming that I somehow manage the fame and riches part.
13th-Jul-2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
Well I never claimed it was a perfect plan ^__^
13th-Jul-2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
Do you *really* think that this is the image she wants to cultivate as a published writer? ^^;;;

I don't think she's weird enough to be Anne Rice, anyway. XD
14th-Jul-2005 12:58 am (UTC)
Do you *really* think that this is the image she wants to cultivate as a published writer?

She can put out the porn when it’s time to retire, one big last burst of cash ^__^

Although, I really think it’s just kinda sad that this would be an issue at all! I mean, when I read her stuff I don’t see “porn”, I see great stories.. What’s the problem with fictional characters having sex anyway? People probably wouldn’t bat an eye at detailed scenes of characters being horribly killed, but the sex scenes offend, sad.... *sighs*

I don't think she's weird enough to be Anne Rice, anyway

Really?? I bet she could give Anne Rice a run for her money.. And I mean that as a good thing ^_^;;;
14th-Jul-2005 01:07 am (UTC)
I mean, when I read her stuff I don’t see “porn”, I see great stories.. What’s the problem with fictional characters having sex anyway?

Have you read all of them? Including that "Youji's Omelette" one? ^_^ I don't really care whether or not they're porn or erotica or just plain prose--it's what the rest of the world will think, and that's the problem.

Really?? I bet she could give Anne Rice a run for her money..

A lot of Anne Rice's fame hinges on her cult of personality. I just can't see Natalie living like that, can you? ^^;; (I sure as heck wouldn't want to, anyway.)
14th-Jul-2005 01:23 am (UTC)
Including that "Youji's Omelette" one?


Hmmm... Just printed out ^_~
14th-Jul-2005 01:26 am (UTC)
Honestly? I've never read that one because I'm not a Weiss Kreuz fan, but one of my friends who read it tells me it is wonderfully perverse. ^_^
14th-Jul-2005 02:06 am (UTC)
one of my friends who read it tells me it is wonderfully perverse.

Yeah! Involves cooking oil and food, enough said ^_^;;; Wonderfully perverse and entertaining, and I’m not even familiar with the characters..
14th-Jul-2005 02:09 am (UTC)
*laughs* So was it "porn"?

(Maybe you should "forget" to mention to her that you've read that one... ^_~ )
14th-Jul-2005 11:32 am (UTC)
Highly erotic literature ^__^
Of course more conservative elements would totally decry it, not just sexually explicit but also sex between two men.. But hey, those people are no fun anyhow....

Maybe you should "forget" to mention to her that you've read that one

*laughs*

I was thinking of asking her to autograph it ^_~
14th-Jul-2005 12:21 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of asking her to autograph it ^_~

Well... ^^;;

If you do, just be sure not to tell her that I suggested the fanfic. She might come after me. ^_~
14th-Jul-2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oh Hot Gimmick. Hahah
I started reading it at a friend's house, because the art was pretty, and then was just so horrified by it that I couldn't stop... ^^;;
14th-Jul-2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I know. Hasumi's like a train wreck. Can't...look...away...

How far have you gotten in the series? It just gets worse. :P (And even worse past the point I've read, or so rumor has it. If that's possible.)
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