Book Trailer: “The Agony of Joy” by Red Haircrow

Longer than many book trailers, at its current length of 5:34, it is more of a video description than a quick piece but representative of the type of novel “The Agony of Joy” is: of serious themes dealing with child sexual abuse, family rejection due to sexuality, anxiety and depression disorders and prescription drug over […]

The Story of a Bullied Gay Teen: “They Said I Was Weak”

“One day when my dad said he wanted to play me a song I hadn’t heard in a long time, that I used to like so well, I was excited, wondering what it would be. But as soon as I heard the first notes, it was like someone punched me in the stomach. Tears filled […]

The Stories Old Photos Tell: Visualizing Your Characters in Writing

Out wandering one Sunday morning, having promised to take my son to the traditional weekend institutions in Germany, namely flea markets, we returned to one of our favorites in Berlin at Rathaus Steglitz. It’s my favorite because there’s a vendor specializing in old books, postcards, letters and photos. I can literally take hours going through […]

The Kind of Irony I Enjoy: “Owning Canadians” & Homosexuality

You may have read the debates, you may have heard the rationalizations by people on both sides of the issues, whether Gay and Christian, or Christian against, or Jewish or any other religion that teaches tolerance. The funny thing to me is, the ones that teach different kinds of intolerance, without exception all have other […]

“What Might Have Been”–Reading Old Love Letters

Ah, the wistful memories of youth. As troubled as mine was before my “zero hour” came, there were times of joy, moments of precious, private pleasure. Almost at my fourth decade now, even when I look back knowing what eventually came of those hopeless infatuations, the unrequited loves and painful crushes, it is so very […]