Archive for September, 2009

Writers’ retreat in Wales


A one-week writing retreat at Tŷ Newydd, the National Writers’ Centre for Wales. Organised by Chroma (UK). £350£250 all in (not transport) with this year’s tutors,  Robert Glück and Achy Obejas, for

a week of workshops, one-to-one tutorials, winding rivers, wild Welsh seas and writing writing writing.

price includes tutorials, workshops, writing-time, great food, the sea, the river, long walks in the woods, inspirations, muses, and more!
Workshops with focus on the hard nut of story telling. Explore struggle and conflict, desire and stakes, and work towards framing questions to deepen the engagement with your work.

5 – 10 Oct 2009. Limited places left.

If only I wasn’t on the other side of the world. Achy Obejas, omg!


September 30, 2009 at 2:49 am Leave a comment

Rainbow Awards

Elisa Rolle, a reader from Italy and fan of gay-men fiction, is establishing a LGBT Award, tentatively named The Rainbow Award.

Further information can be found here, including categories, publishers and eligibility guidelines. :


1) Contemporary
2) Contemporary Erotica
3) Fantasy
4) Futuristic
6) Historical
7) Historical Erotica
8) Paranormal / Horror
9) Paranormal / Horror Erotica
10) Mystery / Thriller
11) Coming of Age / Young Adult
12) Comedy

Non Fiction
13) Biography / Memoir
14) History
15) General Non Fiction
16) Poetry
17) Travel

Special Category: New Author

All the categories are split in Lesbian (L), Gay (G) and Bisexual/Transexual (BT). Please if you submit a book specify if it’s for G, L, or BT (for example Contemporary Gay, or Mystery Lesbian).

Now is the time to fill up the categories with the candidatures (campaigning). For the 2009 LGBT Rainbow Awards I will consider ebooks or print books released between September 2008 (included) and August 2009 (Included). I’m not against the idea to consider also re-releases (maybe a previous ebook released in print, or viceversa; or a reprint of the same book from a different publisher).

Can you please help me in this task? If you are a publisher I’d like to ask you to forward the request to your authors, if you don’t feel to fill up the categories by yourself. And if you are an author, and you have a yahoo group or similat, I’m asking you to not being selfish, and to forward the request to your fellow authors. And if you are a reader, please try to nominate also books that maybe you didn’t like so much, but that someone else would probably like to vote.

Next Saturday I will post a blog for each category with the titles you have helped me to find. People will be able to vote for a month from Saturday and for t he first week I will also accept other candidature. It’s obvious that, books already in the categories have more chance to be voted (hint to publishers and authors to submit their books).

Categories with less than 5 candidatures will be compacted or deleted: if you are an author or reader of L and BT fiction / non fiction, please forward this message since I have not the same connections in those fields I have with the gay fiction community.

You can reply to this email, or forward my email address to whom you think could help or is interested. Instead, if you are thinking to post something in a public space, please give the link to this post

I would prefer to not see my email address too much exposed.

Thank you to you all, and I hope to hear from you or your colleagues soon.

Elisa Rolle

September 30, 2009 at 2:41 am Leave a comment

Re: #LLFfail

The LLF has released a statement in response to the uproar caused by their new Lammy eligibility guidelines (see my previous post). I’m pleased they’ve actually acknowledged the issue – reaction on the interwebs hasn’t been positive for them, y’know – but after I read the statement by Katherine V Forrest (long may she live), I’m still confused.  I’ll post my thoughts about the LLF statement in a day or two, this weekend has been too busy.

Clarification of Lambda Literary Foundation Policy Guidelines of Nominations, 2009 Lambda Literary Awards, from Katherine V. Forrest, Interim President, Board of Trustees

September 25, 2009The Board of Lambda Literary Foundation, under the leadership of Christopher Rice, spent much of last year discussing how our literature has evolved, and the actual mission of the Foundation given the perilous place we find ourselves in with our drastically changed market conditions. We also took into consideration the despair of our own writers when a heterosexual writer, who has written a fine book about us, wins a Lambda Award, when one or more of our own LGBT writers may have as a Finalist a book that may be the only chance in a career at a Lambda Literary Award.

We discussed two essential questions: who we are, what we are here to accomplish. We discussed every single word of this, our Mission statement: The Lambda Literary Foundation is dedicated to raising the status of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people throughout society by rewarding and promoting excellence among LGBT writers who use their work to explore LGBT lives.

Lambda Literary Foundation is a service organization for our writers. Our LGBT family of writers. We celebrate those who support our writers, those in all the allied areas of our literature: our readers, publishers, booksellers, publicists, agents, etc. We celebrate straight allies of every kind and always have throughout our history, with the Bridge Builder Award, Small Press Award, Publishers Service Award, Editor’s Choice Award, among other awards and acknowledgments, and we’ll continue to do so.

Today we continue to be excluded in heterosexual society as we have been historically. Our books are taken from the shelves of libraries all over the country and even from the website of this year. It is more difficult to be an LGBT writer now than it has been in many decades, more difficult to make any income from our written words, much less a living. Publishers have closed, stores have closed, the markets seem to be shrinking with each passing day. It seems more urgent than ever that LLF be as active and supportive a service organization as we possibly can be for our own writers, and that’s what we’re working on, with a Board that could not be more passionate in our commitment. We will soon have a new, far more comprehensive website connecting all segments of our publishing world, and we’re determined to restore our Writers Retreat for emerging writers, the single most important initiative we’ve undertaken next to the Lambda Literary Awards.

As to what defines LGBT? That is not up to anyone at Lambda Literary Foundation to decide. The writers and publishers are the ones who will be doing the self-identifying. Sexuality today is fluid and we welcome and cherish this freedom. We take the nomination of any book at face value: if the book is nominated as LGBT, then the author is self-identifying as part of our LGBT family of writers, and that is all that is required. There are many permutations of LGBT and they’re all welcome as that LGBT term we’ve all adopted makes clear.

We hope this will clarify our policy and answer some of your questions and concerns. We welcome your comments.

Contact: Tony Valenzuela,

This appeared the same time as the announcement that the President of the Board of Trustees, Christopher Rice, had resigned immediately and that Katherine V Forrest was the acting President in the interim. The Board is being advised by an interim Executive Director.

September 28, 2009 at 1:27 am 2 comments

Delay means dead? Judge postpones hearing into Google Books settlement

The NYTimes thinks that by Judge Chin allowing a four-month stay requested by the Authors Guild and the APA, it means the settlement is as good as gone. I don’t know about that.  I think Judge Chin is waiting to see what comes out of the French case against Google when it recommences in December. In the meantime, you can bet Google will try to salvage it, and we’re in for another scrutiny of the next set of settlement terms.

[via AFP]

September 25, 2009 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment


Sydney, heck the state of New South Wales,  got a gritty taste of the outback today. A low low pressure system whipped up high winds and brought tons of dust to the east. You can see pictures here and here. The colour is real. Brisbane is affected too and possibly New Zealand tomorrow.

We also got some hail and a couple of small earthquakes hit Melbourne.

September 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

Is this cheating?

In the same way Viagra was supposed to help men with sexual dysfunction, this orgasmatron is designed for women who can’t orgasm. But as history shows, we know who’ll be rushing to use it and it won’t be them.

The Spinal Orgasmatron lets users come at the touch of a button. Instant happy, as they say, but unlike vibes, you won’t have to wait for the buzz to get you there because the device is connected to your nervous system via wires inserted into your spine! I think a User Caution should be printed in large letters on the box, also insertion by medical professional should be advised.

Price could be around USD12K but you’d save on dinners and intimate apparel. Perhaps there’ll be an iPhone app that lets you set it off remotely ‘coz this one doesn’t quite do the job on location. I can just hear it now, “Dammit, out of batteries!”

[LA times via other places.]

epic fail pictures
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September 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

E-books on the iPhone (pt 4)

I’ve been pretty faithful to iphonebookshelf for mobile reading but it couldn’t handle a couple of badly designed PDFs (not it’s fault), so I’ve decided to give Stanza a whirl now that their beta desktop app is more stable. For the curious,  the eReader app is also on my phone but I haven’t used it yet. I’ve been reading on paper so yeah I’m bouncing between formats. I’ve always got a book or magazine in my pocket.

September 21, 2009 at 12:18 am Leave a comment

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