Sunday, June 28, 2009

Today in history-


It was forty years ago today that the Stonewall riots took place. To be perfectly honest, I didn't know until today that the riots lasted for six days. I wonder if that makes me a bad gay person, not knowing my own history. Oh well, I try. I never did excel in History back in school.
But the fact remains, that the riots were a pivotal turning point for the gay community. It almost makes me wish something similar would happen again to get people to allow us to marry who we're in love with. But I'm not a very violent person, so deep down I hope there's another way.
But if those fuckers don't listen soon . . .
I haven't done much today. It's been too hot to venture outside without the fear of my skin burning off my bones. I went to the gym this morning, then spent most of the day working on edits for The Rise of the Son. I could have finished all of them, but Steve's working again tomorrow night, so that will give me something to do.
Speaking of Steve, he came up with a great idea yesterday. As soon as we sell the house (which will be soon, which will be soon, which will be soon), we (Steve, myself and Buster) are going to get in the Jeep and take a two week vacation and drive up to Portland. On the way we'll stop at some camp grounds and camp a few nights, we'll stay in motels some of the other nights. We're planning on seeing Yellowstone National Park, which we're both excited about. On the way back we're gonna stop at the Grand Canyon. It should be a whole lot of fun. A whole lot of driving, but still a whole lot of fun.
So, another celeb-type guy died today (what the fuck is up with this week?). Billy Mayes, the OxyClean pitchman died in his sleep. Apparently (from what I read) he was on some flight from Philadelphia when the plane landed really hard and blew a tire. All the luggage fell from the rack and he was hit in the head. I guess they didn't think anything of it because he was quoted as saying, "All of a sudden as we hit you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping. It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head." But now he's dead at 50.
Very weird. Makes you remember to enjoy every day of your life, because you never know when it will be your last.
So that's Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson and Billy Mays in one week (give or take a day). Strange.
Well, that's it for today.
Be nice to each other.
Later-

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Day After-


Yesterday was pretty difficult for me, as was for most of the world, I'm sure. The passing of Michael Jackson was a shock. It was as painful as it was unexpected. One contributing to the other.
I remember when I was in high school, I would do Michael impressions in the halls, and I still do them occasionally at work today, complete with leg kick and crotch tug. Yes, I'm strange that way.
But, as they say, life goes on. While it is a terrible thing that happened, we must all deal with it and go on. Michael will be remembered by all in our own special ways.
My day started off much better than it ended yesterday. I received an email from the producer of Blue Moon informing me that things are going well and they are already working on the second draft of the script. I couldn't have heard anything that would have made me happier (well, other than the fact that we won the lottery, but you get the drift).
We also had some people come and look at the house again today, but we've heard nothing since. Tomorrow some more people are scheduled to come have a look. It's a pain in the ass, the selling process, but this won't last long, we're sure of it. It will only be a matter of time and the house will sell. Then it's off to Portland!
No, not really. Not just yet.
Oh, my sister called me today. Those of you who have read my 360 blog know that I haven't spoken to my sister more than twice since May of 2008, when she blatantly told me that she doesn't accept the fact that Steve and I were going to be married.
Yes, she's so caring that she calls because she knows I would be upset about Michael's passing, but she doesn't think I should be married to the man I've spent that last 18 years with. Two-faced . . . . Needless to say it was a short conversation.
Okay, that's it for now. It's late and I just got finished with mowing the backyard. I'm bushed.
Later-

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Horrible day-

We will miss you so much! Rest in peace. We love you!

Monday, June 22, 2009

What a Monday


Well, today was another day that really sucked. I've been having a lot of those lately, and I don't know why.
It started out with an email from the IRS (or so I thought). It stated that, after reviewing their records, we are due a $1, 800 refund. It looked really official, the links to the treasury department and contacts and other crap. There was a separate page to be filled out to receive our refund. All we had to do was provide all of our information: social security number, credit card number where the money will go to, etc.
Even though it was 6:30 in the morning, I thought, "Mmmm, shouldn't the IRS have our social security number?" and it didn't specify our names. So, I thought I would try the "contact" button to confirm the deal. No dice. Every button I hit, brought me back to the same page where I was to enter my info.
Aaaaaaaaaah-bullshit!
I copied the email address and sent a lovely reply.
So, if anyone out there gets one of those, don't fall for it. The IRS isn't giving away money!
Anyway, then I get to work and the crap hits the fan: Someone calls in, the computers aren't working, this is fucked up, that's fucked up.
All day long!
So, I figure I'm gonna come home and have a glass of wine (I'm not a big drinker, so one should do it). Before I pour it, I step into the backyard (102 degrees today, by the way) to water a couple of potted plants. I was out there for five, maybe ten minutes at the most . . . Wham! Two mosquito bites!
So, I go inside, put alcohol on the bites and pour away!
Other than that, not much has happened.
I did check out the new Harry Potter website for the new movie coming out next month. It's pretty cool. I have to say, last year, when the movie was bumped because of Twilight, I was piiisssseed! I had no idea what the fuck Twilight was, and I didn't care.
But ask me now . . . I can tell you when Edward Cullen was born, when he "died", how tall Jacob Black is (oooh, Jacob. Sorry), and pretty much a dozen other stupid teenage girlie things you'd want to know about the greatest vampire story ever written.
But finally, next month, Harry will be out and the wait will be over. It better be worth it (I think it will).
Mmmmm, that wine is starting to hit the right spots.
Steve is working tonight. That sucks. He's been working a lot of nights and I hate that. The only good thing is, when people call to see the house, there's usually someone here to get Buster boy and hit the bricks.
Well, that's it for now. Typing is getting a bit more difficult.
Be back soon.
Later-

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Gonna be a long day


Today is gonna be a long day. You see, we're trying to sell our house, and today we're having an open house. That means that we have to take Buster and vacate for three hours. Which usually isn't that bad, but Steve's working today, so it's just Buster and I alone. And we could usually go to the park or something, but it's going to be another 100 degree day so that may be out. I have no idea what we're gonna do.
Anyway, the picture on the right is one of my woodburnings I did for someone. Pryrography is something else I do on the side. Every once in a while I'll post my newest piece here for you to see. And, every once in a while they may be naked men. That's why there's a adult content warning before you open the blog.
When I was blogging at Yahoo360 I posted a piece called The Embrace, it's a picture of two guys, naked, holding each other. I had never done people before, just landscapes and animals, and wanted to try it because the picture was really pretty (for lack of a better word). And when I got done, I was shocked by how well it turned out. So I posted it and got chewed out by Yahoo for posting naked images. Anyway, I think I may be doing more in the future because I think the male muscular body is a thing of beauty.
So, that's what I have going on today. I am off to the gym first, then come home and get ready for the open house and do . . . whatever.
I'll be back soon.
Later-

Friday, June 19, 2009

So we meet again-


Hey, what's up? It's me again.
Since I've just started this new blog, I feel as if I need to let those who have no idea who I am . . . know who I am.
I'm a writer, living in Austin, Texas with his husband and their golden retriever, Buster. We (my husband and I, not Buster and I) have been together 18 years (Buster and I, 4 years). We were married in Canada last year (Steve and I).
I am the author of five books currently out. My four-book children's series:
The Magic Elevator-The Adventures of Johnny & Joey-
Back to the Elevator-The Adventures of Johnny & Joe-
Return to Animal Land -The Adventures of Johnny & Joey-
The Button That Should Never, Ever, Ever Be Pushed-The Final Adventures of Johnny & Joey.
(If I may plug myself , there's a great website, www.themagicelevator.com, that will give you a bunch more information about those books.
And I have also, my first published book, Blue Moon. This one is not for the children. It's the story of a man named Adam Keel and his transformation into becoming a werewolf and how he deals with it. It also happens to be a suicide note, written on the night of a blue moon-the only night Adam can take his own life.
There's a movie studio in California, and a wonderful producer who's been trying to get Blue Moon on the big screen. The first draft of the script is done, but the movie's a ways off still.
But that's cool, I have plenty to do. The second installment of Blue Moon will hopefully be out this winter. It's titled The Rise of the Son. There will be three installments in all, but the third is in the initial note stage.
I am also trying to get another of my books published titled Luthor. Although I have a few book out there, I'm at no point in my career where I can just snap my fingers and publishers fall at my feet.
But in time. In time.
Anyway, that's me for the most part. I'm just a guy trying to get up there. I work a day job until that happens, and when it does . . . see ya!
Okay, that it's for now. I will be back soon.
Later-

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Another day

Another day is almost through. Another tick mark off the counter. Not much happened today. Same shit, different day. My good friend Anjela (she does the artwork for my books) and I are more than half way through Breaking Dawn, the final installment of the Twilight series. We've both read all the books once before on our own (mmm, Jacob), but we have been reading books to each other for almost two years now and started re-reading the Twilight books shortly after we finished them on our own.
Needless to say, we're fans.
Other than a very exciting reading hour with Anj, I spent the rest of the day in a frantic blur trying not to quit five years out of retirement (one problem after another).
But that was about it. Whoopie!
Now, I'm sitting here, waiting for the 101 degree day to cool down just a bit so I can go out and mow the front lawn. Loving Texas right about now.

I did read something interesting today, though:

"Obama signed a memorandum on Wednesday to extend healthcare and other benefits to unmarried domestic partners of federal workers".

Okay. That's does what for me? For most of us? Luckily I work for a city that already recognizes Steve. So that memorandum is just doing what should have been done a long time ago?

WHAT ABOUT ALLOWING OUR MARRIAGES TO BE RECOGNIZED THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY?!!!!

Steve and I had to go to Canada to be married. And we felt more welcome there than we ever did/do here.

You know, I've never been very political, but over the last few years, especially after Steve and I were married, I've been following it more. Of course I'm partial to the political word or the gay side of life, since that's what pertains to me. But it's amazing, and hurtful, to realize how many people just don't give a shit that we're humans beings. Human beings in love.

There are breeders out there who are mean to other people. Cruel. Who may even kill other people. But when they want, they can just say "Let's get hitched" and there you go, they can go get hitched. Nobody says anything about them or what type of person they may be. They're straight, "Oh, that's okay, you may pass, we don't care about anything else".

Or what about the people who've been married two and three times. The ones who think marriage is a game. While we're on the subject, why don't we have a few dozen fucking reality shows about people meeting that one special person, falling in love with he or she in two weeks and then winning a marriage? That would be great entertainment!

Well to us it's not entertaining.

It's our lives. It's our partners. It's our husbands and wives.

It's our civil right.

Okay, I'm done preaching. But I plan on making this blog something to read. So if I want to rant and rave when I'm in a bad mood and I'm feeling a bit pissed, I'm gonna do it. But I hope that won't be too often.

Good things are coming. I can feel it.

Later-

Monday, June 15, 2009

Feeling at a loss

Well, today I had a big let down. Of course it's my own fault. I do this to myself constantly. I get myself all hyped up about something that will take more work than I actually give it credit. But that's how things get done, right?
Let me explain.
You see, I'm sick of Texas. Nothing against the Lone Star state, but I've been here for half my life and I'm ready for a change (not to mention that it is 103 today, and it's June). Actually, when Steve and I got back from our wedding trip to Canada we were both ready for a change.
For a while it was Canada, but there were too many hoops to jump through.
Then, we found Portland, Oregon! We saw a show about it on Logo. They talked about how it was the most gay friendly city in the country. And that fit us just fine. Anywhere where we can feel more welcome, is right up our alley.
Anyway, we've been dreaming of Portland for a while now, and I thought I had put together a plan.
You see, we're selling our house (something we've been trying to do on and off for the past year), and that would open us up for a move. But I'm five years away from retirement with the City of Austin, and that little nest egg is something I can't let go of (security, you know).
Anyway, I had a plan. As some of you may know they've been working on adapting my book Blue Moon into a movie. When principal photography starts, I will get some money. Of course that's still at least a year away, possibly more, but it's still there. And of course there's always the chance that things won't happen and the film won't be made at all, but we don't talk about that possibility in this house.
So, my plan was to use that money to buy whatever years are left of my retirement. Then we'd have that and we could move to Portland and we could both get chill, non-stress jobs and enjoy our new life.
But nooooooo! I called today to get an estimate on how much each year would cost to buy: 45% of my annual income! What the fuck? (Hey, I can curse, there's an adult content warning before you open my blog). So, what the fuck?! It would cost me more to buy the retirement than I actually have in retirement!
So, we're stuck here. I feel as if I'm a prisoner who has five more years on his sentence and had the chance to be released early but just lost an appeal.
That's okay, it just pushes me harder to get my other books published and get the money I need. If I could at least buy two years, then I could be out in three!
Well, that's it. That's why I feel at a loss. Kind of crushed, but at the same time, determined. We're gonna get to Portland if it's the last thing we do!
Stay tuned-



Sunday, June 14, 2009

Let's see . . .


Okay, let's see how this works.
This is my first blog entry in this blog site. I have about two years worth of posts on Yahoo360, but that's closing toward the end of July. I went to the new site they have and I don't really like it, so I went out looking for a new.
Here I am.
Who am I? My name is Pol McShane. I am writer living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our golden retriever.
At the moment my writing career is a bit on the slow side. We're in the process of doing a movie based on one of my books. I've just finished the sequel to said book and now I've been working my ass off doing wood burnings. Yes, wood burnings. I've done quite a few so far and have been doing quite well with it lately. The picture above will be my next one.
Well, that's all I want to say for now. Just testing the waters.
Until next time.
Later-