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Thirty Years of Pride

Thirty Years of Pride

by Jamie Fessenden

I came out in the early eighties, when I was still a teenager. I also had the misfortune of attending the Assembly of God church my father attended. So right out of the starting gate, before I’d even had my first sexual experience, I was EVIL. I prayed about it in secret, read the Bible, and fought my “sinful urges” for about a year, until I realized I couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t deny how I felt, I couldn’t accept the lame explanations for why sex with someone of the same gender was wrong, if both of us were consenting adults, and I couldn’t continue to participate in a religion that made no sense to me.

So, I gave up on Christianity.

Maybe if I’d known my stepfather at the time (a Baptist minister my mother married, when I was in college), I’d have stuck it out. Bob is a wonderful man with an inclusive view of his religion. But I didn’t know him back then. While my mother accepted me without condemnation, she was divorced from my father and no longer attended church, which didn’t make her the best person to bring me back into the fold. (To be fair, I didn’t come out to my father back then, and I’ve since discovered he’s a bit more open-minded than his church.)

This was a decade after Stonewall, but though things had changed, it was still not a welcoming world for a young gay man. As a teenager, I was convinced I had to be the only gay man in my small town. I could find no evidence of an LGBTQ community. Keep in mind, this was before the Internet. There was nothing to guide me, except the few gay porn magazines in the bookstore. The used bookstore in town had some gay novels. I bought pretty much every one I found, as well as the ones that popped up sporadically over the next several months (this should have been a clue that other gay men were in the area, but I was slow.) Unfortunately, nearly all ended tragically, which just sent me into a downward spiral of depression. I was convinced that gay men could never find love and settle down with a family. We were doomed to anonymous encounters in porn shops, and death from AIDS or gay-bashing.

Read the rest on BG Thomas’s blog:

https://bthomaswriter.wordpress.com/2019/06/27/gay-pride-month-day-twenty-seven-special-guest-jamie-fessenden/

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No, I did not post about Instagram whatsa-whosits…

At least, I didn’t write the post. Someone hacked my account. I’ve changed my password, so hopefully there won’t be more of those. I apologize for spamming everyone’s inbox.

Jamie Fessenden (the real one)

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Guest blog: BA Brock on “King of the Storm”

KingoftheStormFSThanks for having me on your blog, Jamie!

You and I have discussed games before, whether they be single player video games with the new graphic card from factschronicle, tabletop role playing games, or even silly games about scrubbing dudes’ backs in the shower (that happened). And while I love many kinds of games for various reasons, I’d love to discuss several games I’ve specifically used as inspiration for my writing.

The very first story I published was about how my husbear and I met playing World of Warcraft. And my debut novel, King of the Storm, was inspired by the roleplaying game, Dungeons and Dragons you can check a lot of this games in elitist gaming, one of the best gaming websites if you want to Know More go here and check it out.

When D&D Next (5th Ed.) came out, my gaming group had to try it. D&D Next was fairly simple in structure, but my team and I found ourselves frustrated with the limitations to healing powers, and other mechanics. It was this struggle that helped me define how I wanted magic to work in my world for King of the Storm.

FATE ultimately became my favorite game structure for storytelling. My first FATE game was actually a Dresden Files campaign, but from there my group and I have done science fiction, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy. The options are limitless. With FATE campaigns, your character has a fatal flaw you create as part of their profile, and the storyteller can use your flaw to put you up a tree and throw rocks at you. It’s up to your team, your attributes and skills, and sometimes pure dumb luck, to get yourself down. Which is essentially the basics to storytelling!

Another game I love is The Sims. I’ve been playing since 1997 (SimCity 2000). The Sims is a simulated life game, and while not plot heavy, it allows you to create avatars with near identical images and personalities to your characters, and set them up with their potential love interests. You can observe character interaction; either how their personalities clash, or how they collide together into some very hot “Woo Hoo” action (Teen rated, of course). I can’t keep my current couple off each other, but I’ve had sims who cheat with the neighbors, die in all sorts of accidents, and also settle down and have multi-generational families. With each expansion, you can send your character into the unknown, and that’s another something I love to explore with stories.

It’s hard to take the gamer out of the writer, and I’m always trying to get my hands on other works of fiction about roleplaying games. In Screwups, Jamie has a group of characters who live action role play, which I found entertaining and hilarious. I felt as if they were pretty tame compared to some of the live action role players I’ve seen, but they were still pretty funny. You should check it out.

Thanks for having me, Jamie!

fullresB.A. Brock has lived most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2007 at Portland State University—which he mostly uses to contemplate how we can achieve a civilization more closely aligned with Star Trek.

When not writing, Brock spends his time reading/reviewing novels, training for marathons, and bemoaning the fact that the world has yet to make a decent gluten free donut.

You can find more of his works, as well as reviews and his blog at http://www.babrockbooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BABrockBooks?ref=hl

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/BABrockBooks

KingoftheStormFSKing of the Storm

Blurb:

No one can outrun destiny or the gods.

In Epiro, a kingdom in Greece, Perseus is prophesied to be a great demigod hero and king, with a legacy that will shape the world of Gaia. When he was born, his grandfather exiled him, and his mother brought them to Seriphos, where she created an academy for demigod youth. Perseus trains there and waits for the day when he will be able to take the throne of Argos.

Despite potential future glory, Perseus’s fellow students think he is weak. By the time he reaches manhood, he has given up the hope of having any real friends, until Antolios, a son of Apollo, takes an unexpected interest in him.  Perseus and Antolios fall in love, but Antolios knows it cannot last and leaves Seriphos.

Perseus, grief-stricken and lonely, rebels against the Fates, thinking he can avoid the prophecy and live his own life.  But when the gods find him, he is thrust into an epic adventure. With his divine powers he fights gorgons, sea serpents, and other monsters, and he battles against his darker nature. Perseus strives to to be the man he wants to be, but the gods have other plans.

Buy Links:

DSP Publications: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/king-of-the-storm-by-b-a-brock-168-b

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/King-Storm-Godhead-Epoch-Book-ebook/dp/B016R8B2QE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445303370&sr=1-1&keywords=king+of+the+storm+by+B.+A.+brock

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/king-of-the-storm-b-a-brock/1122806360;jsessionid=DDFEC4ED6F172948359F60D03A8737BF.prodny_store01-va07?ean=2940150812529

 

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9/11 -God are you listening?

Fred says it very well.

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Celebrate Dreamspinner Press’s eighth anniversary!

Year3and4_FBpostDreamspinner Press is celebrating its eighth year by having weekly sales. Last week, we had sales on all books by authors who joined DSP in its first and second years, and this week, we have 35% off all books by authors who joined in its third and fourth years.

And that would be me!

I published my first story with DSP (really my first story anywhere) in its fourth year, along with other fantastic authors like Victor J. Banis, J.P. Barnaby, Sue Brown, Kate Sherwood, Christopher Koehler, Rick R. Reed, Shelter Somerset, Eden Winters, Michael Halfhill, Sarah Madison, and… well, the list is huge!

And when you add in the authors from DSP’s third year, who are also on sale this week, it’s bigger than huge! (Whatever that would be. Giga-huge? Huge-normous?)

The entire list is on the home page at Dreamspinner.

So if you’re in the market for some terrific books at a 35% discount, head on over to Dreamspinner Press!

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Love Without the Words

Some good advice from the Huffington Post, with some commentary from author Thorny Sterling. 🙂

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Twist Arms – Lose Friends

I really haven’t been drawn to Google+ and I’m just getting the feel for Twitter, but it looks as if Facebook might force it upon many of my friends (it might not affect me directly), and I’ll probably have to follow. Pages are unacceptable.

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