helgaleena says: Free Pussy Riot Map Project !

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helgaleena says: Free Pussy Riot Map Project.

Go here to read Helgaleena’s statement of support for #love, #freespeech & the beautiful Pussy Riot!! Join us!

via Amnesty International

Pussy Riot Supporters Map

Pussy Riot is a feminist performance art group who staged a protest during Vladimir Putin’s visit to a famous Christian basilica in Russia which was judged to be ‘blasphemy’. They have been jailed and some of them remain in prison. Ironic that this supposedly secular nation would have such a law. And ironic that if four young men without shirts had been upon those basilica steps, nothing would likely have been done to them!

All artists and proponents of free speech, feel free to put yourself upon the map of #love.

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Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden.

Originally posted on Druid Life:

Apparently I’m not the poor excuse for a woman I thought I was. This comes as a surprise to me. I’ve been reading Caitlin Moran’s book on being a woman, and it’s made me realise that I am not a freak. I am not some kind of walking feminine-fail. I’ve talked about gender identity before. About how even though I bleed, have breasts, have given birth, I never felt like a proper girl. In the last 24 hours I’ve turned a corner, and I wanted to share something of that.

So here’s the reasons I felt like a failure. I hate high heels, I do not covet them, I cannot walk in them. In fact, in whatever shoe, I do no walk like a girl, I don’t sashay my hips. It goes further, none of my movements, or postures, are sufficiently feminine. I don’t much like makeup. I don’t paint…

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WILLIAM MALTESE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL #22 “The Big and The Little … The Long and The Short”

As a writer, I’m not nearly as fond of writing short stories as I am of writing longer books. The reason, I suspect, is that a short story requires all the elements of a longer book—character development, plot, beginning, middle, ending—but that all has to be achieved, and not always easily, especially by me, in a condensed version of fewer words.

On the other hand, I can see why a lot of readers prefer short stories. It has a lot to do with today’s shorter attention spans. It has a lot to do, too, with a reluctance of readers to put out the larger sums of money to purchase longer books, especially in this day and age when more and more money is needed to buy them, when the reader might not like what he buys. Short stories, in ebook formats cost less and can, thus, make disappointments far easier to bear—financially and otherwise. Purchase of anthologies, whether in ebook or print format, wherein several writers publish short stories, side-by-side, pretty much assures the reader that for the price paid the odds are pretty good that he or she is going to come out liking at least enough of the short stories to make the purchase worthwhile.

As a writer who firmly believes in diversification, and in giving readers stories in whatever formats they prefer, I do, on occasion, write short stories. My whole BOYS’ REFORMATORY SERIES of short-short ebook tales, revolving around young men sequestered behind razor wire and in barred cells, offers examples of my short stories that can be bought individually, cheaply, and be read quickly. If you don’t like them, you’re only out a few cents.

Likewise, in that short-story-of-mine ebook category are:

IT’S MAGIC

SILENT NIGHTS

RENDERING OF SOULS

LUDUS SCAENICUS MORTIS RUBRAE

BOTTOMS UP

By way of anthologies, usually available in print as well as ebook formats, my short stories make their appearances in:

THE HONORABLE SILENCE

MELTING THE SLOPES

LOVE ME DEAD

WET SKIN

HARDWORKING MEN

SCARED STIFF

RED

ONCE UPON A FUTURE (mainstream sci-fi)

MORE WHODUNITS (mainstream mystery)

&

CHOICE WORDS: THE BORGO PRESS BOOK OF WRITERS WRITING

ABOUT WRITING (mainstream essays)

Finally, of course, there are short-story collections, all tales by one author, available in print and/or ebook formats, for those readers familiar enough with an author to believe they’ll find enough of his or her stories enjoyable to make the purchase price worthwhile … or for those unfamiliar with an author but suspecting they’ll still find enough of the writer’s stories enjoyable to make the purchase price worthwhile.

For any of you who would like to go that route, I’ve:

CALIFORNIA CREAMIN’

LOVE HURTS

YOUNG CRUISERS

SUMMER SWEAT

MALTESE & EKKEL

With a final few words about MALTESE & EKKEL and its 28 original stories by me  just “out” in ebook formats, soon to be out in an oversize (7.5” x 9.25”) collector’s edition, after over a year in the writing (I did say that short-stories are not easy for me to write, didn’t I?!)—

FROM THE PEN OF INTERNATIONALLY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR WILLIAM MALTESE, BASED UPON THE ARTWORK OF DUTCH ARTIST JOHAN EKKEL…

…MALTESE & EKKEL is a power-house male-on-male short-story collection, from MLR Press, with quality reproductions of the original drawing or painting that specifically inspired each story.

Says Maltese, best known as one of the vanguard writers of m/m fiction who helped launch that genre’s “Golden Days ” in the sixties, now with over 200 books to his credit, “Johan did two portraits of me for my Artists ‘ Do ’ author William Maltese art collection. After which, I bought several other of his pieces without me as their subject matter. When he showed me his black-on-white sketches, many of them erotic male-on-male, from among which my inspiration came for many of the short stories in MALTESE & EKKEL, I was simply blown away. ”

The collection’s stories, each tailored to complement the one inspirational illustration with which it is accompanied, take the reader into the world of male-on-male love, sensuality, passion, sex, vengeance, retribution, redemption, salvation, and even murder … with … surfer-types, their bodies perfect and tan, on the beaches of southern California (Boy on the Rainbow Towel) … the physically fit Army vet returning to the sun-lit shores of a private island on the U.S. east coast (Man of War) … a handsome matador trying to squeeze in love between the confining dangers and death he confronts weekly on the hot and blood-soaked sands of the Spanish corrida (Reines in Spain) … the stealthy and sinuous werecats possibly masquerading as mere jungle cats as they perform nightly on the sawdust of the center-ring circus cage (MANEATERS) … the unwitting aliens, with strong and boxy physiques, who perform their mating rituals on a brown-earth stage for the curiosity of unseen observers (I SPY, I SPY)…

These and more of the MALTESE & EKKEL collection offer a sensuous smorgasbord of delicious “Maltese” reading fare that, with their “Ekkel” visuals, by way of dessert, will turn you on to exceptional writing and exceptional artwork as never before.

Or, better yet, just turn you on … period.

WILLIAM MALTESE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL #21 “When Those Characters Just Will NOT Say Good-bye”

Like most writers, I’ve had more than one of my characters, on occasion, take on lives all of their own … even to the point where, at books’ ends, when I figured I’d had from them all they had to offer … they still managed to leave with me the distinct impression that I should have done better by them, given them more exposure, and wordage. Such feelings, experienced by me, have often resulted in “series”, other contributing factors often being the popularity of characters with readers who want to see them back, whether I’m all that fond of them or not, and/or a publisher so pleased with sales that he comes asking, please, for more of the same.

As a result, during my long career as a novelist—:

1. The very first book I ever sold (the second to be published), resulted in my “sci-fi space wanderer” series FIVE ROADS TO TLEN and THE GODS OF TLEN.

2. The second book I ever sold (the first to be published), resulted in my gay detective trilogy series ADONIS / ADONIS AT ACTUM / and / ADONIS AT BOMASA.

3. There’s my m/m “rebellion in hell” series DEMON’S STALK and DEMON’S CORONATION.

4. My southern-plantation novel, THE YOUNG MASTER, became a series with MASTER BLACK.

5. My mainstream sci-fi THE CRYSTAL OF POWER became a series with THE GALACTIC ARENA.

6. My mainstream THE ALIEN WITHIN became yet another sci-fi series with the addition of MICHAEL: THE MASTER.

7. I followed up my first A SLIP TO DIE FOR: A STUD DRAQUAL MYSTERY with THAI DIED: A STUD DRAQUAL MYSTERY, and, then, introduced Stud’s cousin, Vlad, into the series (with his own series) by writing SUCKS: BOOK #1 OF THE DRAQUAL VAMPYRE CHRONICLES.

8. I began my cookbook series with THE GLUTEN FREE-WAY: MY WAY, and followed that up with BACK OF THE BOAT GOURMET COOKING, and then EVEN GOURMANDS HAVE TO DIET. My DINNER WITH CECILE AND WILLIAM, as well as my SWEET AND EASY VEGAN DESSERTS are due out this summer.

9. I did my first WILLIAM MALTESE’S WINE TASTER’S DIARY: SPOKANE AND PULLMAN, WASHINGTON WINE DISTRICT, followed by my IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT PINOT G ON AUSTRALIA’S MORNINGTON PENINSULA.

10. Most recently, there has been my BOYS’ REFORMATORY SERIES of short-short (think 5 minutes of reading for only $.99) e-books (now numbering 15) about youth incarcerated (or about to be) behind barbed wire.

There should be even more, since my publishers keep telling me, as they check in frequently, to ask for sequels, “William, do try to remember that one book does not a series make.” So, somewhere up the road, look for sequels to my THE BRENTRIDGE GOLD (“The Pleiades Portals Series”), AFRICA: SPICE ISLAND LOVE (“The Seven Continent Series”), RIDE THE MAN DOWN (“The American Shaman Series”), and #1 BOOK OF ANSWERS (“First of the Flicker Series”). Finally, readers keep asking, and I’m on the verge of giving, the sequel to my DIARY OF A HUSTLER which seems to have everyone who loved the book wondering what eventually became of its two main protagonists. While I did follow up that one with a short-story “What-If” in my CALIFORNIA CREAMIN’ AND OTHER STORIES collection, I’ve been told that a mere short story doesn’t count as a series-maker.

The truth be known, I’ve always found writing any sequel profoundly more difficult than writing the original book in any series, in that sequels have to adhere to a lot of information and description already carved in stone, by way of hard-to-remember background provided in the first book, and readers are famous for finding each and every mistake and not being very silent about it.

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WILLIAM MALTESE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL #20 “The Knives in My Lives”

At one time or another, you’ve likely experienced that Psychological phenomenon known as déjà-vu, wherein you have the distinct feeling that something supposedly experienced for the first time has, in fact, actually, been experienced by you before, whether in this lifetime or in some other. Certainly, I’ve had more than my share of such experiences with places, people, and things.

At the end of my climb of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, I looked out over a genuinely familiar landscape wherein ruins were suddenly, momentarily, converted, as if by some complex mental computer, into the magnificence of their originally completed structures. While gazing over the escarpment at Machu Picchu in Peru, I had the distinct impression that I had been there before when I’d channeled the frustrations of Spanish conquistadors destined never to find me or the mountaintop whereon I hid. Within a ruined small temple enclosure in Olympia, Greece, I not only felt as if I’d been there before but actually imagined a foul-smelling mist and a drugged Pythia whispering in my ear, “You will write many books and lead an envied existence.”

Of peculiar interest, however, has always been the way by which I’ve found my knives for ceremonial procedures and/or for magical incantations. Or, rather, the way, they’ve found me. Or, rather, the way we seem to have found each other.

While perusing the goods and services available in a native bizarre in Fes, Morocco, I was possessed by the strange feeling that I was being called by someone from afar, the sound increasing and decreasing as I meandered this way and that through the maze of stalls, eventually ending up in a murky little backwater, in front of a small hole-in-the-wall establishment that seemed so familiar I felt as if I must have passed it several times before. Other than that, I couldn’t imagine it being of any real interest, unless I’d been in possession of some old pot, pan, or other metal kitchen utensil in need of repair. The proprietor, who sat at a small table, with hammer, pounding out the myriad dents of one metal container, looked up and said, “Ah, you’ve come to buy the Jambiya!” Before I could venture a contradiction, he got up, passed through the lone blanket that hung the doorway, in lieu of a wooden door, and returned shortly with a white metal-dagger, mounted on a wooden hilt, with engraved white-metal scabbard.

In a quaint English antique shop in Leeds, I came across a dagger with an ivory handle and four-sided blade. Drawn to it, as if I’d seen it somewhere before, I thought it was the store clerk who came up behind me to relate as to how the dagger’s blade had been specifically designed to inflict wounds that wouldn’t easily heal but would, rather, become infected, fester, and eventually be fatal. As it turned out, the clerk was across the room, at the time, no one at the counter in question but me.

In Monterrey, California, I stopped by a cutlery store, not because I expected to find a ceremonial dagger, but because I’d shopped there before and was on the lookout for a belated wedding gift. The store owner was amazed to see me, having just the day before thought he should contact me as regarded an ivory-handled custom-crafted dagger for which he’d been asked to find a buyer.

While strolling the streets of Bandung, West Java, I stopped at a crossroads that looked vaguely familiar, where I was almost immediately accosted by a little old lady who insisted she had a kris, owned by her late husband, and that the knife had literally spoken to her with instructions that she should turn it over to the man she would find exactly where I was standing, when I was standing there, the dagger having gone so far as to have described me as wearing an American “cowboy” hat (I was wearing my Stetson at the time). Thinking hers was merely a novel approach, compared to the other vendors out 24/7 to lure customers into their shops, I decided to go where she persistently tugged me, finding it wasn’t to a shop but to her home where the display case in which the weapon was positioned was quickly opened, the knife turned over to me. She refused any payment, saying the kris had chosen me and that was that. She gave the decided impression that she was actually glad to be rid of it, which had me uneasy for a very long period of time, knowing as I do that some krises can bestow bad luck on the people who possess them.

More recently, I attended a dinner party to which my cousin’s son brought a female “friend” who looked so very familiar that I thought I’d met her before, and she thought the same. Turns out, it hadn’t happened. She’d only been in town for a short while, having followed her boyfriend there, and she was in the process of packing up to head on back to Nevada, having decided the guy to whom she’d hitched her wagon wasn’t really right for her. She wanted to return to where she’d left most of her family and friends. Returning to Reno by plane, having driven out with her boyfriend, she was in the process of jettisoning much of what she’d brought with her by car. Spontaneously, I asked if she had any knives she planned to leave behind. As it turned out, she didn’t. However, the next day she called to say that, while packing up her things, she had come across the meteorite she’d found in Nevada, had brought with her, and had had all intentions of taking back to Reno with her, until she’d had this sudden inclination to call me to see if I’d be interested in buying it. On impulse, I did buy it, and, that very night, dreamed of how it should be melted down for its iron to make steel for the blade of a knife whose design hasn’t fully yet materialized but is getting closer and closer to doing so in my mind’s-eye.

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