Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Man on Top of the World: Q&A #10

Was Roxanne just trying to get a record deal, or nah?

- Tanezia McAdams

Oh my, what makes you think that?! ;)

Roxanne had two loves: Izzy Rich and a hunger for being a superstar just like her man.


 (À la Angela Bowie, circa 1973)

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Man on Top of the World: Q&A #9

Does Leo work for the family business, or does he do something else?

- Tanezia McAdams

Yes, Leo works for the family business. Another reason why Jon wants to stay far, far away from working in the family business! ;)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Design For Living

I thank Cole Riley for mentioning Design for Living in his review of my book, or else it would have taken me even longer for me to finally get to reading and watching this incredible play and movie.



What I adore soo much about the pre-Code era was for how soo ahead of the times the films were in exploring human sexuality, feminism, and re-defining social norms, the things we hold so dear today unlike back then. Design for Living is everything that a 1930's threesome is and was: so sexy, carefree, daring, and progressive, and also banned and denied. It's surprising that for how so ahead of the times it was, this movie is so underlooked and underrated today. This movie tickled me at the same time that it truly made me swoon at seeing this trio embark on an "uncommon lifestyle" and giving it a go, having a ball with this great unknown.

I'd highly recommend getting a copy of the Criterion version of this for the essay by film critic Kim Morgan and the Joseph McBride interview that explores all of what makes Design for Living so unique for its time. To this day, this one is very special, and is now one of my favorite plays and movies.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Beautiful

And the reviews keep getting better and better, more generous and BEAUTIFUL.

I love a review that's chock full of film and book references!



 And it's always so lovely to know that a reader truly gets it!


And I'm glad that many are overall enjoying the story.



Thank you to everyone so far who has written their "take" on The Man on Top of the World. Each and every passionate interpretation has truly moved me and has helped make this book more visible.

Each and every single one of you, you're rock stars to me. Love ya!


Friday, November 18, 2016

The Man On Top of the World: Q&A #8

What would Jon have pursued career wise if he never ended up as Izzy's drummer? Would he have just fell in line with the family business or maybe look for something else to do?

- Tanezia McAdams

This was answered in the book in three scenes: in Chapter 3, Chapter 11, and Chapter 16 :). Jon always wanted to work with a famous musician, a rock star in particular. It didn't have to be Izzy, but he wanted to work with Izzy, that was his ultimate dream. If it wasn't Izzy, he would be with another celebrity artist. Being a drummer for a rock star was what he'd do whether he was with The Diamonds or not. The family business is his easy and guaranteed Plan B, but one he'd prefer not to do because as much as he loves diamonds and takes pride in being a Maxwell, the business isn't his thing. 


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Man On Top of the World: Q&A #7

The Man on Top of the World Q&A is back! Did you miss it? ;)

So far, questions have been asked about Jonathan, Roxanne, and Izzy. Now, here's one for Holly!

                                                                         ***
Do you think Izzy and Jon would have ever gotten together if Izzy didn't create Holly?

- Tanezia McAdams

Oh, definitely and absolutely they would have gotten together eventually. Holly helped launch their love affair, making it so much easier and faster for them to bare their heart, soul, and feelings to each other romantically and shamelessly. Holly wasn't an all-or-never-at-all gateway to them getting together, but she was convenient and arrived at the right time when Jon and Izzy were ready to take their relationship further. And if it weren't for her, Izzy and Jon wouldn't have been as honest, tender, and free with one another and not nearly as quickly and as effortlessly. She was their God-send!


Monday, November 14, 2016

From The Trump Rally....With Love

From the Trump rally at Washington Square, NYC with love.





And my little contribution:


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Unravel

While you are away
My heart comes undone
Slowly unravels
In a ball of yarn
The devil collects it
With a grin
Our love
In a ball of yarn
He'll never return it
So when you come back
We'll have to make new love


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

From Brexit To Trump: Where Are We Now?


There's so much and so many reasons why we have reasons to be worried, scared, disappointed, angry, and afraid. We all have every right to feel this way, and also have every right and reason to also try and be positive, optimistic, and hopeful, even with teary eyes and hanging by just a thread.

So Donald Trump won. He is our new president. He needs to redeem himself somehow. "Make America Great Again" has to start with him. He can't run our country under such toxic and dangerous hate, bigotry, and fear that has made this election more painful and scary than any election that has come before. All the people who voted for him can't have it both ways either. If they want to "Make America Great Again," it has to start with them too, with all of us, but especially them and him.

I'm by no means telling anyone what to do and how to feel. How I feel and what I do is me.  This country has a whole lot of healing ahead from all the negativity and pain this election caused, and it starts today, on ironically the same day when 27 years ago in 1989, the world celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall. And now we have a new president who wants to build one. Isn't the irony chilling?

This new president and AmeriKKKa will NOT erase the good that's in this world and in this country. They may fuck up with the progress that was made, but I will NOT give in and let them take over, or else this win for now will be a win forever. Fuck that. Never that. Fighting and keeping things positive, hopeful, and optimistic doesn't make me naive - it's hard, it's a balancing act, it's something that I've trained myself to do all at once, and I will still keep fighting, believing, and hoping, online as well as actually doing something about it offline and face-to-face, as if it's easy when it's not, regardless if people agree or disagree with me. This isn't about me. It's about our future. Our future deserves to keep the faith, hope, and belief that hate may have won for now, but it won't be a winner forever. Never forever. This we can be sure of admist all this fear and uncertainty:

Hate, from time to time in history, wins. But hate never wins forever.

The progress is never for nothing. It only continues, but we only fight harder, to make our convictions, and us, even stronger than before. And this we know as well:

As scary and fucked up this all is, I know that I'm still loved, that my LGBTQI community is still loved, and that love still exists, that love, no matter what, is still real. Love is as valid as you and me.


We have survived before. We've never stopped, we never will. We will survive again.


And we must remember this too:

Our self-love and self-care more than ever matters. Nobody is alone. We have each other.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Spread Your Take/Interpretation!

And The Man on Top of the World reviews keep coming!



I truly appreciate them all. I know that realistically not every single person who reads Man will also review it, but anyone and everyone's "take" on it does matter to me - I do not take it for granted!

You can review Man just about anywhere on the Internet where a review can be posted.

The Top 3 Places:

Amazon  / Amazon.co.uk

Goodreads

B&N

Everybody's take/interpretation of any book is going to vary because we're all just so different with too many unique tastes. There's no book out there that's for everyone, but...with the millions upon millions of books in the world, we're never short in finding a book that's fitted just for you. That's why I appreciate reviews and also all that every book has to offer in our beautifully diverse world.


(David Bowie, NYC 2013, Jimmy King)

To all who have been spreading the word and your take so far - THANK YOU! LOVE YOU!

And to those present and future who will - I can't wait to hear your voice!

THANK YOU. LOVE YOU.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Man On Top of the World Q&A: To Be Continued...

... on November 16th - which would make it 3 months since The Man On Top of the World has been out! ;) Since the election is coming fast and soon, I thought it best to continue on with the Q&A then.

Long before this Q&A started and since it began, I'm truly amazed at how incredible my readers are - y'all are something pretty awesome. The questions that have been submitted so far have been so thoughtful, inspiring, intelligent, sexy, and oh so much fun! Let's please keep this spirit going!


As a friendly reminder: this Q&A is an ongoing thing. Any questions that you have for the book, its characters, or for me, I'll answer them. There's no rush. There's no deadline here. This Q&A will keep going for as long as people contribute questions to it, and I'm not planning on stopping either! No matter how busy I am, I will always make the time to post the Q&A here.

To all who have participated so far, Scarlett Knight, Tanezia McAdams, Marie M, and Chaz Martin: thank you for your gorgeous questions and thank you also for reviewing the book on Amazon and Goodreads.

I know that not everyone is into reviewing, and that realistically not everyone who reads this book will review it as well, but your interpretation/take on it does matter: readers do read them and I do appreciate all of them. Bad review or good review, I don't take any review or reader for granted.

Love you all, all you real rock and rollers.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

"I Want A Dyke For President"

I saw this Zoe Leonard billboard at NYC's High Line yesterday. It's so powerful. Makes you stop to read it more than once. And most of all, THINK.


Mykki Blanco performing "I Want A Dyke For President" is as moving as the words written and now spoken.