Sometimes writing takes incredibly long time - or, in this case, editing. I'm working on the sequel to A Russian Bear, and Tom is getting better at his karate. Better than I am, in fact.
That means that I've just spent a long time researching that incredibly difficult kata I once learned at a seminar (or, rather, attempted to learn, but let's not dwelve on that). That in itself takes quite a lot of time (I didn't know that you may use it for your second dan grading examination, for example). But then there are all the other interesting things you find when you Google something: Original videos featuring Kanazawa, syllabus, and oh, I know that guy, I just have to see what he's been doing lately...
In other words, research is interesting, but time-consuming. And then we're not even talking about the stalling. But hey, I found a yummy-looking bread recipe, so at least I won't be starving.
Gay romance isn't real romance.
Sigh. Yeah, it's 2012, but there are still people out there who don't believe that gay romance is "real" romance. I guess that shouldn't surprise anybody.
What did surprise me is that this discrimination takes place in the romance writers' own organization, Romance Writers of America. The Tulsa Chapter's contest judges are (quote) "uncomfortable" with same-sex pairings - and they have therefore banned same-sex entries to the More than Magic contest.
I can't even begin to explain why this makes me sad, so let me keep to the professional reasons: Gay romance allows the writer to explore entirely new dynamics when it comes to the characters' interaction as well as plot development - dynamics which aren't there in good old "straight" romance. There's a reason why so many straight women read gay romance.
If you disagree with this decision, please go here to sign author Sara York's petition to the RWA.
Meet me on Torquere's blog tomorrow
I'll spend tomorrow on Torquere's blog, guiding everybody on a tour through my favorite fictional men. Well, some of them, anyway. I had to stop myself when I got to the fourth post, so I never got to tell anybody how much I love Andy and CK.
Come and join me and talk about your favorite men.
I read and I write - everything from corporate to kink. My naughty fictional friends are always there to make my life interesting. And pester me, of course. Pesky creatures.