Wolverine: The Musical

This just cracked me up.  Hugh Jackman sings Wolverine The Musical

Boylesque or Welcome to Burlesque

I like Burlesque. It’s something I find very fascinating and very entrancing, partially also because it’s such a creative combination of numerous different things. The creativity alone that goes into some of the costumes and shows is impressive. And then there’s the music and the dancing.

I think the thing I like most is the healthy dash of humor a lot of burlesque comes with and the fact that the women don’t fit the current stereotype of what a female strip-dancers have to look like. Quite often they are plus-size or let’s say curvy and beautiful, much better than this weird plus-size.

Anyway, the lack of big and beautiful was actually one of my few quibbles with the Burlesque-movie. Most of the dancers in the movie are Hollywood-standard thin. The music though is awesome, especially Cher and her Welcome to Burlesque.

I’ve also always been a fan of Cabaret with Lizza Minelli and Michael York. Which is more cabaret than burlesque since no-one strips, but it goes in the same direction, or rather the cabaret-shows of the 20s are probably one of the roots of modern burlesque. And again, great music.

Anyway, thinking about burlesque made me wonder if there also exists burlesque danced by men, because just the idea is interesting and erotic, far more so than the shows that modern strippers offer. Sorry, but I find a lot of those shows either boring or rather off-putting than erotic.

But, getting back to burlesque. I went looking and I was successful. Yes, there exists burlesque danced by men and it’s amazing. Some is of men in drag doing amazing shows and others are like the ones that I’ve embedded at the end of this entry. Can I say here, that I now really want to see Ray Gunn live, because rawr, those muscles and the sheer acrobatic skill of that man is awesome, in addition to everything else?

Jett Adore though has given me a new appreciation for Zorro. It’s the cape. It’s definitely the cape.

Of course now I’m thinking about writing some m/m romance involving male burlesque. It’s not as if I need yet another research intensive story. Alternatively, there’s the idea of writing a m/m romance that deals with the cabaret in the early late 20s/early 30s in Berlin, in that time where the Weimar Republic was in its death-throws and it was all anarchy and before the Nazis got into power. But, see above about research intensive.

I will leave you with some interesting videos while I try very hard to not think about potential plots.

Ray Gunn

Jett Adore (I do, I really do)

Here, have another one with Ray Gunn.

Trailer-squee: Thor The Dark World

Darcy is back!!! And Loki is looking downright scrumptious, those curls… The fangirl in me is happily squeeeing right now and just wants to lock Tony Stark in that cell with him. Not that those two would stay inside a cell for long if they ever decided to combine forces.

I’m still surprised by how much I liked the first Thor movie so I’m having rather high expectations for this one and hope I won’t be disappointed (like with Iron Man 2). I think I might be looking forward to Thor 2 more than I’m looking forward to Iron Man 3.

Just signed up for: Blog-Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia

So I just signed up for the blog-hop against homophobia and transphobia.

Blog-Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Part of the blog-hop is a give-away and I’m already thinking about what to offer. I want to give away more than just a copy of my book (or books).

I already have a few idea, like a hand-bound book in rainbow colors or a piece of jewelry. Maybe hand-knitted socks? I wonder if rainbow-colored sock-yarn is available.

Of course with a physical give-away the ones signing up for that would have to be willing to give me their address. I can understand why some people would have a problem or concerns  with that.

Now, in my day-job I already work as a freelancer and have a very strict codex when it comes to customer or supplier data and confidentiality, and I would treat all information like a personal address the same way. I don’t even give out the telephone number or email-address of a friend without checking with them first if that’s okay.

Maybe I’ll do two giveaways. One digital and one for a physical item. So people can pick which one they would like to enter.

So, keep an eye on this place come May for the blog-hop plus give-away and if you have any comments or suggestions concerning the give-away, let me know in the comments.

My Encounters with Vampires (movies and tv shows)

This is my entry for the Vampire Bite Blog Hop hosted by Jolie DuPre of Precious Monsters. I thought I would do a shortish (?) overview of where my love for vampires comes from. At first I wanted to do movies, tv-shows and books in one post, but just the movies and tv shows part got rather long. I might do a movie-entry later on. Or just talk about the individual books.

I had my first encounters with vampires in the form of movies and tv-shows. I never read popular children’s books like The Little Vampire by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, although I did watch the tv-show which was rather cute.

As far as I can remember, Roman Polanski’s Dance of of the Vampires was a family favorite. Even my father who wasn’t much for entertainment just for the sake of entertainment enjoyed watching that movie.

Another favorite was Love at First Bite with George Hamilton. Just the idea of Dracula being expelled from his ancient home by communists and having to flee to New York is hilarious. I still find the idea amusing, although today it no longer has the same impact as it had during the Cold War and during a time when many people were driven away and relocated from their homes. Hamilton as Dracula is absolutely charming and the end is just too cute.

I had my first vampire crush on Frank Langella in John Badham’s Dracula. The scene I most loved was when he crawled upside down a wall. He managed to be both charming and hot while also pretty scary.

For me The Lost Boys still has one the best soundtrack in the history of movies. I would say that Lost Boys with Kiefer Sutherland and the two Coreys (Haim and Feldman) is one of those 80s cult movies and an absolute must see for anyone interested in vampire-movies. “People are strange…” 

I’m sure at some point in time I watched Nosferatu, both the 1922 version with Max Schreck by F. W. Murnau and also the Klaus Kinski version Nosferatu The Vampyre. I’ve never been a huge fan of Kinski, but the 1922 version is just cult and still creepy.

And then of course there was Interview with a Vampire. The movie adaptation of Anne Rice’s successful vampire novel. I am one of those who was totally against the casting of Tom Cruise as Lestat but after seeing the movie had to admit that he did a really good job. Of course I could never understand why, if they managed to turn Cruise’s hair blond, they weren’t able to dye Brad Pitt’s hair black and give him green contacts. I mean Louis’ looks are constantly referred to and it’s always the black hair and the green eyes. The one that most impressed me in the movie though was Kirsten Dunst as Claudia. I think she’s the real star of movie. Absolutely miscast though was Antonio Banderas as Armand.

Vampire Lestat was never turned into a movie and somehow the movie adaptation of Queen of the Damned didn’t ping on my radar. I think I caught a few scenes when it was shown of tv and realized I didn’t miss much.

I watched the Blade trilogy when it was shown on tv and don’t really have much to say about it aside from the fact that I like Ryan Reynolds with beard a lot more than without. Also, Dominic Purcell was a total miscast as Dracula. I wouldn’t have minded seeing another movie where Abigail Whistler and Hannibal King fight against vampires.

I admit to not having read or watched any of the Twilight books. I also have no real intention to.

Instead I watched stuff like Priest.

In my opinion, the best thing about Priest is Karl Urban who just looks very yummy in the movie, but doesn’t have enough scenes to really be appreciated. The rest… didn’t make too much sense, although the basic idea was pretty neat. I still want to read the comics though because they look very interesting and  very often the actual source material is much better than the movie made from it.

Of course in between there have been other movies but I’m not the best when it comes to remembering titles of movies and I think the majority were pretty obscure or just aren’t worth remembering.

Now, tv-shows:

 Forever Knight gave us Nicholas Knight who wants to be human again and is looking for a cure to his vampirism. He is assisted in his search by the feisty Doctor Natalie Lambert. He works the graveyard shift as a homicide detective together with his partner Don Shanke. Nick’s vampire family, his creator Lucien LaCroix and his vampire sister Janette du Charme also join the cast.

I think Forever Knight was one of the first shows that combined the idea of a vampire with another genre (crime-show). And had the idea of the vampire who no longer wants to be a vampire.

Oh and hey yeah, the vampires were also all still adult and the target audience was probably also adults which didn’t bother my teenaged self too much.

Even to this day for me Nigel Bennett is still Lucien LaCroix the Nightcrawler.

Then there was the short-lived Kindred: The Embraced which was very very loosely based on the popular RPG Vampire: The Masquerade. It had sexy Mark Frankel as Julian Luna. I was rather disappointed when it was canceled because I really liked the relationship between Frank Kohanek and Julian Luna. And then there was Daedalus who I think was my favorite on the whole show.

Ultraviolet is a British tv show that takes a different approach and instead focuses on a secret government vampire hunting squad. I think the word vampire isn’t mentioned once in the whole show. It’s a bit hard to find but well worth watching.

While the main character is Detective Sergeant Michael Colefield played by Jack Davenport, it also has yummy Idris Elba as Vaughn Rice.

One of the things I really liked about the show was the very modern and scientific approach to vampire hunting. Even the vampirism is viewed as an infection and not as demon possession.  Instead of dusty tome, magic and stakes, we get scientific methods and modern weaponry like lamps emitting UV light. Even the vampires use science like genetic experiments or UV resistant glass in their cars.

After that of course came Buffy and Angel (which I’m skipping here, although I’m a big fan), and now there’s Vampire Diaries. I never really got into True Blood but I plan to give it another try soon.

Looking at current vampire shows I wish we could get one where the main characters in the show are adults and not always teenagers (played by adults pretending to be teenagers while not really looking like it) attending high school. I also might have some issues with the whole century-old vampire stalking/lusting after a teenaged girl.

I confess that during the first season of Vampire Diaries I was really hoping for something more between Damon Salvatore and Sheriff Liz Forbes. I really liked the constellation of older woman, knocked down by life and hurt by men and gorgeous younger appearing male vampire. That was before Alaric Saltzman showed up and his bromance with Damon was just epic. I

And that brings me to Blood Ties (which came out before Vampire Diaries) based on the Blood Books by Tanya Huff. I loved the books when I first read them when they were first published. I think together with Mercedes Lackey’s Diane Tregrade-novels they fall into what we today view as Urban Fantasy/Paranormal in which we have a human involved in paranormal activities and involved with a paranormal person/creature.

I especially liked the Blood Books because not only was Vicki a tough adult woman who’d had to face some hard decisisons but also one who suffered from a handicap which was getting worse with time. And her vampire, Herny FitzRoy, illegitimate son of Henry VIII, was one of the few bisexual characters that were written during that time and he looked like the 22-year-old he was when he died while Vicky was in her mid-thirties. Unfortunately the tv-show dropped Henry’s bisexuality and instead of having Henry’s protégé , occasional snack and part-time-lover, hustler Tony Foster we got Goth-girl Coreen (following the example for quirky nerd/geek-girls set by Abby Scuito from NCIS and Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds).

And instead of writing romance novels Henry was writing comics in the tv show. I guess writing romances just wasn’t cool or hip enough for a badass vampire which I found rather sad as I kind of like the dichotomy of the stereotype of the  ruthless vampire on the one hand and the  stereotype of the  romance writer on the other hand.

The casting, with Christiana Cox as Vicky Nelson, super-cute Kyle Schmid as vampire Henry FitzRoy and hunky Dylan Neal as Vicky’s ex-partner/lover Michael Celluci though was rather good imho. I especially liked Christina Cox as Vicky. The boys were eye-candy that made even the weaker episodes worth watching.

It will be interesting to see what 2013 will bring on the vampire front when it comes to movies and tv-shows.

One movie that I found looked rather interesting is Byzantium. The trailer looks very promising, but I’ve so far read very mixed reviews.

Vampire Bite Blog Hop

Who doesn’t love vampires? Coming tomorrow something about vampires. I’m not sure yet what it will be but I have a few ideas.

A little herald of spring

spring

Took this picture on Sunday morning. It was a lovely day and while there was still some snow on the ground it was sunny and the sky was clear and bright blue. I’d really hoped that it would stay that way for the next few days (or even weeks), instead it started snowing late a night and it kept on snowing all Monday, although it first was some weird snowy rain or rainy snow. But by Monday evening everything was white again and it doesn’t really look as if it’s melting any time soon.

I think this winter we’ve had more snow than in the last five years combined. Usually we get maybe 5 cm of snow for a handful of days and that’s it. Friends who like to go skiing are really happy about all that snow, me, not so much. I would rather have spring. I’m usually done with winter after Christmas. For all I care once Christmas is over, spring could start. Actually I would love a year that is nine months of spring, one month of mild summer, one month mild autumn, and one month of winter. That sounds like the perfect distribution of seasons to me. Yes, spring is my favorite season. How did you guess?

Really, I’m so so ready for spring.

Just where did January disappear to?

Where did January go? No, really. How can it already be almost the middle of February?

I feel like re-starting the year. Just turn the clocks back a month and start again with January so that I can tackle all the things I wanted to tackle in January. I think I spend most of January being ill and battling health issues. The awful weather didn’t help either: snow, more snow, fog, grey, rain, more rain and guess what, snow an rain and rainy snow. I’m so ready for spring.

One of the side-effects—advantages?—of being ill was that I ended up reading a lot. Writing was difficult (just not enough energy for everything), even though I worked on a few ideas but reading was easy and I read more books within two weeks than I’d previously managed which was good in some way, not so good on the productivity front.

But now I’m feeling much better and the energy-levels are rising again so it’s time to crack down on a few projects. I made the mistake(?) of looking at a few open calls and some of them really resonated strongly with me, especially the ones from StormMoonPress.

So, now I’m busy with working on a novelette that needs to be finished by the end of February. *Cue imminent panic now.*

Despite the looming deadline I’m having fun and of course the old problem occurs where while I’m writing I’m getting more and more ideas and it’s really tough to ignore “the shiny”.

The shiny here being all those new ideas I want to play with. Right now I’m just writing the ideas down and trying really hard to focus on the currently active projects. Aside from the novelette I’m also working on a BDSM-novel that was supposed to be only a short-story and has turned into a novel by now. And a few short-stories. Right now I really like writing short-stories, there’s something very satisfying about the format.

Now, back to the grindstone. Still have to meet my planned daily word-count.

First book available now: Rough Trade (erotic m/m short story)

So, I hit save and publish and now my first self-published short story is available. At the moment only on Amazon but I’m working on getting it up elsewhere too.

I’m somehow torn between nervous and excited. It’s a very different feeling to sending stories off to a publisher or even to knowing that a story has been accepted for an anthology and will be available in print soon. Though holding a book with ones writing in hand is always nice.

Anyway, I think part of the difference is, that with this it’s all me. I not only wrote the story but also searched for editors to work with (and finding editors for erotica isn’t that easy). And then created the cover image.

I have to admit I really love my cover and am thinking about printing it out and putting it up on the wall. Hopefully potential reader will also like it and be enticed to buy the book.

Blurb:

The hooker looks like rough trade, but dealing with someone like that is nothing new for Detective Derrick McKane. He just knows how to put a hot piece of ass like that one into his place. And he enjoys doing it. But the hooker has a surprise or two up his sleeve.

Story contains: prositution, spanking, rough oral and anal sex, mild BDSM

m/m erotic short story of 6.160 words

Sample:

Derrick knew the hustler was rough trade the moment he saw him. As a detective, he had dealt with his share of hustlers and hookers often enough—from the lost children looking for affection and a home, to the jaded women and men working the streets, all the way to the high-priced, sometimes influential—escorts to know what was what.

The hooker was tall and lean. Maybe a few inches taller than Derrick, who wasn’t exactly a small man himself. Tight green t-shirt, worn jeans, and boots. A tattoo on his right arm, disappearing into the sleeve of his shirt. Tough-boy image.

The way he was leaning against the wall showed off the long line of his body; the tight jeans and even tighter t-shirt did nothing to hide his muscular physique. Derrick tapped the steering wheel while he studied the man and imagined those long legs wrapped around his hips while he pounded the hooker’s ass. His cock twitched and hardened with interest. Yeah, getting a piece of that might make this miserable day a bit better.

This one might be selling himself on a street corner, but probably more out of choice than out of necessity. With his looks, he could easily work the tourist hotels or cater to affluent businessmen and women. Yet here he was, offering himself up on a street-corner; and as alluringly as he’d positioned himself, there was still an edge to him, a threat of danger and aggression that was an obvious challenge to some and a warning to others.

Not many men would take him up on what he had to offer, though some would view him as a challenge and a good excuse to work off some aggression. Derrick wondered if that was what the hooker was really after. Someone to rough him up a bit, maybe take him down a notch, force him to submit. He’d seen stranger things.

Growing up on the streets and then working those same streets as a cop and now as a detective had taught Derrick how to out-tough even the toughest guys. He also had the build for it. Whereas the hooker had the slim build of a long-distance runner or a swimmer, Derrick was broader and heavier. There wasn’t much that could successfully intimidate him—aside from his three younger sisters—especially not some trashy piece of ass.

Derrick stopped the car and took a moment longer to appreciate the sight. Yeah, he really wouldn’t mind seeing that one on his knees with his mouth wrapped around Derrick’s cock.

Available at:

Amazon.com $0.99

Amazon.co.uk £1.02

Amazon.de EUR 1,02

Amazon.fr EUR 1,02

Amazon.es EUR 1,02

Amazon.it EUR 1,02

All links should open in a new window.

First steps in publishing

I’ve thought about how to name this entry and finally settled on first steps, because I’m getting ready to do my first steps into the world of self-publishing. I was thinking about calling it ‘experiment in publishing’, but this is not really an experiment. Or maybe it is, but one I take rather seriously and try to approach relatively professionally.

There’s still a number of things on my to-do list that I need to tackle before publication and I plan to get to most of them today. One of those is ‘setting up a website/blog’ and another ‘write the first entry’. If you can read this, then I successfully managed to cross both of my list.

So, this will be the first entry on my squeaky new blog.

The plan is to publish my first short-story “Rough Trade” this week.

The story is already back from the copy-editor and I’ve done the revision and included the comments and suggested changes from the editor. Now comes formatting and the cover design. Knowing myself I’ll probably spend hours fiddling with the cover just to stop myself from fiddling with the story.

I think hitting publish will be one of those mile-stones and be a momentous occasion for me. Somehow it always is when I send something out into the world, even if it’s only a blog-post.

Exciting times lie ahead and I’m sure this will be a fascinating journey with hopefully many interesting and fun stories.

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