Cute boy in a beanie; how to buy Martin’s fiction …

Hi, friends and readers:

I really like the photo I’ve posted here this evening. Of course the young man’s handsome, but what makes the photo is the lighting, the mix of colors, and the expression on the boy’s face.

The young man reminds me a bit of Douglas Quick, a character in my story, Carter DuBose. The story appeared in a short fiction anthology titled Skater Boys, published in 2010 by Cleis Press. This year I put the story on this blog as a free fiction offering. If you perform a search on the blog you’ll find it. Go ahead, give it a read, you might like it. It’s one of my favorites, and I hear about it all the time from gay skateboarders who visit this blog.

Today my boyfriend and I visited Honeymoon Island in north Pinellas County, to hike the nature trails. The place was beautiful: 100-foot slash pines, multiple osprey nests, and gopher tortoises.

I grew up in this area, and the island reminded me of my childhood, when my friends and I played in palmetto and pine forests every day. Today, unfortunately, we encountered a pretty large Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake along the way, which was kind of unnerving for my boyfriend. He’s from Wisconsin and he’s not used to large snakes. But we finished our hike and it all turned out all right.

We got home around 4:30 PM, grabbed a swim in the Gulf and took a walk on the beach. We showered on our patio, now we’re inside with the air conditioning, making dinner and getting ready to watch a Netflix rental: The Talented Mr. Ripley. I’ve seen it before; it’s a great film with Matt Damon, Jude Law and C. Phillip Hoffman. It has a gay angle and the story’s intriguing.

Many new people have visited this blog for the first time during the past few days. Several have asked where they can purchase my fiction. It’s simple, guys. Go to my blogroll and you can find my books. Just click on the titles and the link will take you to the publishers’ sites.

It’s beautiful here tonight: breezy, not too warm, and dry. I think we’ll watch sunset after dinner. Wherever you are tonight, I hope you’re enjoying yourself. Have a nice Sunday evening, friends.

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