December 3rd, 2013

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Tim Dlugos (August 5, 1950 – December 3, 1990)

Tim Dlugos (born Francis Timothy Dlugos) (August 5, 1950 – December 3, 1990) was an American poet.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he grew up in Arlington, Virginia.

In 1968, Dlugos joined the Christian Brothers, a Catholic religious order and entered their college, La Salle College, in Philadelphia. He left the Brothers in 1971 to openly embrace a politically active, gay lifestyle. He eventually left La Salle before graduating and moved to Washington, D.C..

Dlugos worked on Ralph Nader's Public Citizen and become heavily involved with the Mass Transit poetry scene. His first book of poetry, High There, was published by the groundbreaking Some of Us Press.

Describing his poetry in None of the Above, an early anthology in which Dlugos appeared, he stated: "1. I try to write out of the time & space I find myself in. 2. My best work takes the 'timeless' -- spontaneous goofs, flights, body motions -- & drags it onto timeline, the 'real world' where most of us live. I am 'successful' when the language (clean combination of words) takes me or someone else back to the original combination of feelings & perceptions 'out there,' or somewhere equally nice. 3. My work is part of the nostalgia craze; all of it reminds me of where I used to be. 4. Grace, in a very orthodox sense, is my major preoccupation."

Dlugos moved to New York City in the late 1970s where he edited and contributed to such magazines as Christopher Street, New York Native and The Poetry Project Newsletter. He read everywhere and with almost everyone involved in the downtown scene. Whether writing about pop culture, New York, being gay, alcoholism or AIDS, content always came secondary to style in Dlugos' poetry. His poetry was published widely in various journals including BOMB magazine, The Paris Review and the Washington Review.

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Vasili III of Russia (March 25, 1479 – December 3, 1533)

The responsibilities of hereditary monarchs have always been loosely defined, but there is one unquestionable requirement of the job: to produce an heir. Other achievements tend to be secondary, generally things like conquering or defending territory or, less desirably, preserving peace. Royal marriages have most often been for political or financial reasons and rarely for love.

It took the reluctant Grand Prince Vasili III of Moscow two marriages and over twenty years to produce an heir. His first wife, Solomonia Saburova, failed to conceive, so he blamed her for being barren and sent her off to a convent (where she soon had a child, probably not his). After the divorce he shaved his beard, signaling to other gay men of his time and place that he was one of them.

Under pressure from the powerful boyars, Vasili married Elena Glinskaya and did his best to create a son. He was able to achieve sexual intercourse with her only if one of the officers of the guard joined them, naked, in the royal bed. Glinskaya was concerned that this arrangement might call into question the legitimacy of any children that might result, but she did eventually bear an heir to the throne: Ivan IV, known to history as Ivan the Terrible.

Vasili III Ivanovich (25 March 1479 – 3 December 1533, Moscow) was the Grand Prince of Moscow from 1505 to 1533. He was the son of Ivan III Vasiliyevich and Sophia Paleologue and was christened with the name Gavriil. He had three brothers; Yuri, born in 1480, Simeon, born in 1487 and Andrei, born in 1490, as well as five sisters: Elena (born and died in 1474), Feodosiya (born and died in 1475), another Elena (born 1476), another Feodosiya (born 1485) and Eudoxia (born 1492).

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Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 12002-12012). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

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Rainbow Awards pre-party and 7th anniversary (Winners)

November 2013 marked the 7th anniversary since I opened my first journal, in 2006 on LJ, and the 5th anniversary of the Rainbow Awards. 190 authors, all of them in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, donated or an ebook, or a print book, and we used them for a Treasure Hunt. Every day, for all November, I posted 6 excerpts (a random page of the book). No reference to title, or author, or publisher. People had to match it with the book. So now it's time to announce who is the winner of the Treasure Hunt... qaf22 on LJ! 174 right matchings out of 190 excerpts, really GOOD achievement. But since this is a game, and I'm sure the authors wanted for everyone to have at lease a prize, I drew the prizes among all people who tried at least once and managed a correct matching, of course giving more prizes to whom guessed better, so in the end, here is the list of winners (with the number of prizes they will receive):

qaf22 (28)
strive4bst (24)
Suze (24)
KaylaJameth (24)
Maya (24)
vitajex (23)
ashley.vanburen (14)
Cia (6)
Julia (4)
Danny (3)
tiberius1 (2)
aurenenfae (2)
Otila (2)
Seiran (1)
Erica (1)
elingregory (1)
charj_90 (1)
revdeb (1)
farringtonadams (1)
jennysmum3 (1)
paulfahey_68 (1)
goaliemom0049 (1)
plainbrownwrapper (1)
Marie (1)
jean_reads (1)
loopylape (1)

I will contact with a private message the users on LJ or DW for a contact email, please check your email on those journals for my message.

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New Release Blog Tour: LOST & FOUND by Z.A. Maxfield

Today my guest is ZAM (aka Z.A. Maxfield) and I ask her: "Are pets part of the family?"

First of all, I want to thank Elisa and all her readers for having me here today! Elisa, whom I’ve had the privilege of spending time with on several occasions now, never ceases to amaze me. She’s a first-rate scholar of romance literature with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of m/m. Plus, it’s not hyperbole to say she literally launched my career by posting a review of Crossing Borders the day after it came out.

I’ve written a lot of books with pets in them, and I’ve been accused of being rather hard on dogs. In The Long Way Home, we see the main character’s beloved dog die in the opening scene, in Drawn Together, the psycho who is stalking Yamane murdered his dog. In Secret Light the dog, Mookie takes a hit for the main character Rafe. In My Cowboy Heart, a dog gets hit by a car, and in Lost and Found, Gavin’s chocolate Lab disappears.

What can I say? People love their pets. When I’m writing, I’m looking for a way to say, check this out, this man has compassion without actually using those exact words. How much nicer is it to see him pining for his lost pet, or to see him caring for an injured animal. It’s way nicer in books to be shown things about a person’s character than to simply tell them. Plus, I really like a guy who is nice to animals.

My father always carried water and a dish and a spare lead in the trunk of his car, and he wasn’t above running into traffic to rescue a frightened animal. He was on first name basis with the vet, having taken a number of strays there over the years, including a duck from the park with a broken wing.

I’m fascinated by men who are strong enough to be gentle. My dad was one such man, and so are the men in my books. I want to raise children, boys and girls, who have empathy and compassion, so in real life, I’m always watching how people treat pets to see what kind of person they are. Pets bring joy and companionship. Wild animals are to be respected and protected and left alone.

How beautiful is it to see a child running along with a dog or carrying a cat around on his or her shoulders? The sight of my little boys playing with our dog used to bring tears to my eyes.
Our family pet, a black lab mix named Pepper, is the sweetest thing. She put up with an awful lot when we brought her home from the shelter: the ineptitude of her new human staff and the curiosity of little boys. We gave her things to chew but then we got mad at her if she found something to chew on her own. (Goodbye purple Birkenstocks, I loved you.) Inexplicably, twice a year, we changed her schedule jumping forward and feeding her an hour early in the spring and then dragging things out and feeding her an hour late in the fall.

At first we thought she wasn’t the brightest bulb on the tree, but then we realized she’s trained us to do everything she wants while not once playing along our agenda. So… maybe we’re the ones… Nah… can’t be.

Our furry friends teach us so much. I know my children have been enriched by our life with Pepper. They treat her and all the animals they meet with compassion. She’s there when they’re feeling blue, and they delight in show her how much they care about her. She gets they biggest, smiliest greetings from the college kids when they come home, not the humans.

It’s a big world and we share it. At my house, at least, we’re in it for love.

Lost and Found by Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (November 30, 2013)
Amazon Kindle:
Lost and Found

Lost: one dog and two men in need of each other. Found: love.

RV resort security chief Ringo never believed in love at first sight . . . until he saw Gavin playing his sax on the beach for the tourists. But their on-again, off-again affair—even counting all the great makeup sex—doesn’t come close to the relationship he wants. All he really wants for Christmas is a commitment from Gavin.

Instead he discovers that Gavin has had surgery without telling him, so he lays down a relationship ultimatum while Gavin recuperates. Complicating matters even more, Gavin’s beloved dog Bird runs away, and Gavin blames Ringo for the disappearance.

While Ringo throws every resource he has into finding Bird, he learns deeper truths about Gavin—how hard it is for him to trust and how little faith he has in love. Maybe if Ringo can find Bird, he can salvage Gavin’s faith. Maybe this Christmas, they can all find each other.

Publisher’s Note: 20% of all proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.” To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit


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About the Author

Z. A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.

If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”

You can find ZA Maxfield at


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