Here’s a photo of Martin; gay skateboarder story coming out soon …

Hi, friends and readers:

Okay, earlier this week a young man wrote me and asked why I have never posted a photo of myself on this blog. Well, I’ll be honest: I can’t compete with the beauty of the young men whose photos I post on the blog, but if you really want to see what I look like, here’s a photo of me, taken a few years ago at a bus stop in Berlin. I’m 6’2″, 175 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes and, yeah, I have all my teeth. Everybody happy?

The film I saw last night, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was pretty good, but at 2-1/2 hours I thought it was a bit too long. Also, because it’s a Swedish film it’s subtitled. I don’t mind subtitles at all, but I know they bother some folks. There are some very violent and graphic sex scenes, too. (Hm-m-m, if I sound like I’m trying to dissuade you from seeing the film, I’m not.)

On another note, I just learned that  Skater Boys, a Cleis Press anthology, is due out August first. A piece I wrote, titled Carter DuBose, appears in the book. Carter DuBose is the story that first raised the topic of gay skateboarders on this blog when I wrote about it last summer. Since then I’ve received comments from hundreds of skateboarders who live throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t hear from someone who wants to discuss gay boys’/men’s participation in the skateboarding subculture. Who’d have guessed this was such a hot topic?

I lived in Berlin at the time I wrote Carter DuBose, remember? It goes to show you how long it takes between the time I write a story and the time it gets published — about a year. Writing fiction is not for impatient people. Here’s a link to the Amazon website where you can order the book:

Okay, I have some writing to do this morning, then I’m attending a pool party in Tampa late this afternoon. It’s a warm, sunny day outside and the party should be fun. Lots of food, drink and nice people. What could be better?

Enjoy your Saturday, everyone.

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