five things on friday

2013, man. Not going as planned. Weekly wrap-up:

1. Tentative announcement: ink is drying on the contract for the romantic comedy I mentioned here. I thiiiiink it’ll be out June-ish.

2. The Rainbow Awards are open.

3. I had a very nice day last Sunday; my mom came into the city, and we had brunch and then went to the Met. (I love the Met. I’d go every weekend if it weren’t on the East Side and therefore a pain in the butt to get to.) I got home in the late afternoon only to find that the power on my whole block was out. This was completely unrelated to last weekend’s storm; my roommate reported that smoke and sparks came out of a manhole across the street. So the whole block was out until Monday night. I feel like I’ve been running two days behind ever since.

4. Did anyone else see the episode of What Not to Wear that aired last night featuring a trans* woman? What I enjoyed most about the episode was how the fact that she was trans* was treated like a totally mundane fact. The show handled it like they often do with, for example, women who have lost a lot of weight and haven’t bought new clothes yet. (I actually missed the beginning of the episode, and when I started watching, the woman, Casey, kept commenting on how she didn’t have hips, and it didn’t occur to me that this was unusual, because a lot of women have narrow hips.) Casey was basically every woman who has ever been on the show—she dressed poorly because she didn’t know what to do with her body. (And, really, none of us do, honey.) And she seemed so happy at the end of the episode—like, couldn’t-stop-smiling happy—because Stacy and Clinton had made her feel feminine. I eat that kind of stuff for breakfast—I love a makeover show—so that was really nice to see.

I hope that things like this do something positive for trans* visibility. It’s a good episode; I recommend trying to catch it when it reruns.

5. It’s Friday and I’ve had a headache all day and I feel like my brain is about to dribble out through my nose, so I’ll wrap this up. My schedule for March is a little crazy: I’m going to Philly the first weekend, coming back in time to read at Lady Jane’s Salon on the 4th, and going to the Liberty States Fiction Writer convention in the middle of the month.

Anyone ever been to the Philadelphia Museum of Art? It looks pretty. Worth the visit if I can work it into my 2-day stay?

The Next Big Thing

I was tagged by Zahra Owens to participate in the Next Big Thing blog tour. So read in to learn a little more about one of my works in progress!

What is the working title of your book?
Save the Date

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Funny story! A couple of months ago, I got the invitation to the wedding of my ex-boyfriend. I joked on Twitter that, if my life were a romance novel, I’d go to the wedding and meet the love of my life. And thus a plot bunny was born! (The book is about a man who has to find a date for his ex’s wedding, and he does end up going and learning something about himself in the process. If you’re curious, I ended up not going to the wedding.)

What genre does your book fall under?
It’s a romantic comedy novella.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
I don’t cast my books because I picture my characters, I don’t picture actors playing them. But for the sake of this exercise, let’s pick some actors. My hero, Tristan, could be played by Ryan Gosling. I think his sporty love interest might be played by Chris Evans. I mean, assuming they’d play gay. 😉

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
Tristan needs a date for his ex’s dreaded wedding and when he’s looking, he finds love in an unexpected place.

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?
I’m not currently represented by an agent (I’m hoping that will change in 2013, actually) but this one is already earmarked for a publisher I have a relationship with.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
One week. (Don’t hate me. The first draft was 29,000 words. And I’m only now, six weeks later, wrapping up revisions.)

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m not sure. It’s really more an homage to romantic comedy movies and is meant to be light and funny and kind of like every Julia Roberts movie you’ve ever seen. There isn’t a lot of comedy in this genre (that I’m aware of) but the first author who came to mind when I thought of m/m comedies was Ethan Day. His books are all both heartfelt and hilarious.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
That whole wedding thing was a major inspiration, obviously. These are also some regular-guy characters; both heroes have regular jobs, hang out in a sports bar, love football. I like to play with character types you don’t see a lot in the genre, so here are some guy’s guys who just happen to be gay.

What else about your book might interest the reader?
It’s set partly in New York and partly in Boston. It’s also really about letting go of the past more than anything else; Tristan goes to his ex’s wedding and has to figure out how to deal with the hand he’s been dealt without lingering in what used to be any longer.

If all goes to plan, Save the Date will be available by wedding season this spring. 😀

I tagged a few people, so if they follow through and post their blogs, I’ll add their links below when the posts go live.