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totally gay for: gay marriage down under

so for those of you who haven’t seen this yet on the facebook, this is a great ad by a non-profit group ‘get up’ that shows a couple meeting dating and eventually making the choice to get married.  it’s a great idea for an ad and it’s been executed near perfectly.

it’s no small wonder that i’m a big fan of marriage equality, but when you see a video like this, it really highlights the hypocrisy of not allowing two adults to marry, regardless of sex or gender identity.

(side note:  the significant other ‘paul’ we can see through most of the video looks a lot like my friend and fellow lambda literary writing fellow Johnathan Wilber  .  this past summer at the lambda literary writer’s retreat i got to hear first hand his new work (an inventive retelling of the dracula myth set during the 80’s at the onset of the aids epidemic))

Johnathan has a book out on amazon called ‘out beelzebub’ which is a “rollicking farcical thriller that is sure to appeal to sexual deviants.”  it’s on my kindle and it should be on yours.

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walk of shame? no. stride of pride

eyes squinting in the sunlight.  the taste of tequila shots, cigarettes and regret in your mouth.  last night’s outfit clumisly pulled back on so that you are simultaneously overdressed and underdressed for 9am on a sunday.  you try to figure out where you are.  you try to look like you didn’t just hook-up with a rando who lived closer to the bar than you did.  you try to remember the rando’s name.

girl, you better walk (of shame)

it really brings out the bloodshot in his eyes, don't you think?

admit it.  you’ve been there.  okay now admit that you’ve done more than one.  it’s okay, this is a safe place, you’re among friends.

if you drink and have premarital sex, it’s a matter of time before you walk of shame.  but i would like to suggest a change.

sure, you don’t remember their name.  and sure you left your favorite belt/shoe/virginity at their place.  that is no reason to be shameful.  just be happy that you are hot enough/nice enough/rich enough to get laid.  there are virgins the world over that would kill to be in your one shoe that’s left.

i don’t need to tell you any of this, you aren’t really shameful are you?  if you were, the entire walk of shame you wouldn’t be texting your bestie out westie about what (and who) just went down (south).  we are inherently proud of these moments, it’s just we’re told we should be.

that’s why i suggest we rebrand the walk of shame.  let’s call it the walk of game.  the walk of fame.  or even the stride of pride (my personal favorite).  don’t look down as you walk up frat row, hold your head up high and give a high five to the girl with smeared makeup and burn marks on her jacket.  she deserves it.  she also could use some gatorade.

this post was inspired by this week’s chapisode from the freshman fifteen ‘walk of shame‘ which you can download under the ‘the freshman fifteen‘ tab for free!


morning would you rather..

would you rather have super strength or super speed?
hulk vs. the roadrunner. the thing vs. speedy gonzales. the girl from beetleborgs vs. dash from incredibles..

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jo on beetleborgs had super strength. yes i watched it and no i’m not ashamed..i was a member of the five channel club back when they used to have channels.

everyone loves dash. everyone has seen the scene. so here it is set to vivaldi..

so which is it?


nice try, ho.


never ask a question you don’t already know the answer to

i’m not sure where i first heard it, probably a tv show or movie.  (googling was fruitless) but i find myself coming back to the quote:

‘never ask a question you don’t already know the answer to.’

this quote should be a mantra for all storytellers.  it’s another way for us to say ‘never write a check your butt can’t cash.’

we create worlds.  imaginary?  yes, but no less bound to the scrutiny of the critically thinking reader.  we control everything about the world,  we set them up with clues and red herrings and we withhold information until it packs the biggest punch. we control what we show and in doing so we create questions in the mind of the reader.

so you can see where i’m going with this.  you know your story.  but moreover, you are the only one who knows all the answers about your story, it’s your job to make sure that for every question you set up for the reader you have a logical answers.  fiction is outside the realm of reality but it cannot escape logic.  the ‘because i said so’ response loses its potency with puberty.

this may seem like a redundant piece of advice, i’m sure that in your outlining and brainstorming phases you are asking yourself a ton of questions.  keep constantly asking yourself these questions and the answers are bound to show through in the writing.  instead of having to tell readers the answer, you will show the answers organically.

with each question you ask you create a deeper, richer world for your characters and for your readers.  plus, when your readers inevitably ask questions you’ll know which to answer and which you’re gonna answer in the sequel!


song of the summer ‘011: party rock, a history

this has already been a great summer in terms of music.  there are quite a few contenders for what will be known as the summer jam of ‘011.  today while i was listening to one of them, i found so many layers that i had to blog about it.  (this is gonna be one of those pop philosophy posts)

lmfao came onto the scene a few years ago with ‘i’m in miami, bitch’ which not only became the safe-for-radio hit ‘i’m in miami, trick’ but eventually became the only song i can think of that quickly became a geo-centric hit.  ‘i’m in la, trick.’ ‘i’m in nyc, trick’ and the doubly funny ‘i’m in the bay, trick.’  but i digress, they had a hit, and then defied the odds to come out with another hit ‘shots’ which once again made it cool to quote lil jon in a bar.  (seriously, who can say the word ‘shots’ anymore without repeating it?  ‘shots! shots! shots! shots, shots, shots!’)

i, like many others was totally ready to chalk it up to them being a two-hit wonder.  and then this spring i started to hear a song that i now know heralded in the reign of ‘party rockin.’

lmfao party rock anthem

now i’m not entirely sure what party rockin’ is, but from what i can tell from the video, it involves shufflin’ everyday, fake glasses, real fros, positive attitudes and a new breed of jeans that are equal parts cotton, spandex and leopard.  now this is a movement i can get behind.

now my favorite aspect of this song is the ways in which it unabashedly draws from it’s own history.  if you’re like me and loved this song from the start then i’m sure you also felt like it was vaguely reminiscent of another song.  you know the song it’s sampling..

rick ross hustlin’

no, not ‘hustlin’ tho i do dig how they evolved that sample.  no i’m talking about a dance song that helped dance music find its rightful place in the hearts and playlists of the young in 04.  that’s right i’m talking about ‘call on me’ by eric prydz

eric prydz call on me

‘call on me’ no doubt evokes a great nostalgia in any fan.  not only does the beat remind one of scantily clad jazzercisers, but of that fantastic time where we, as americans had money in our pockets, hope in our hearts and an idea as to why we were in a war.  the song was an underground powerhouse that had frat boys dressing in unitards for multiple years.

but what many people don’t know is that this song was itself a sample of an early hit by steven winwood  called ‘valerie’

as you can tell, this is a song you know you’ve heard before but most likely wouldn’t be able to name with a gun to your head.

so why am i talking about all of this?

creativity is standing on the shoulders of giants.  everything we as artists, we as humans experience touches us, changes us, influences us in our future endeavors.  this is a concept that is rarely as evident as with the hit ‘party rockin’ so i felt it worth noting.  you can very easily see the influences that created the song and to be honest, the song is a lot better for it.  would i like this song nearly as much if it used a different sample?  no, because it wouldn’t be the same song.

sometimes i think that the only difference between pop culture and plagiarism is showing your sources.  what do you think?  does this song deserve to be ‘summer jam ‘011’?  stay tuned as i talk about my other favorites from this summer..


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