Hello everyone

Hello everyone!!! I know I have been absent for a long time. Life has just gotten crazy to the point where I couldn’t keep up with my author life and my real life. And as much as I wanted to sink into my writing, it just wasn’t possible. But as hard as it was to walk away, please know that it was nothing against anyone. The M/M community is one of the best I ever could have asked to be a part of. And that is why I want to share my journey of a lifetime with you.
This whole thing started last year. My ex dumped me after he had already given me a ring. It devastated me. But little did I know that was the catalyst for my life changing. My best friend, whom I happened to work with, was there. K was my rock, holding me up as my world crumbled around me. Somehow things didn’t seem so bad and my life didn’t feel like it was ending. Group events slowly turned into non-dates hanging out on the sofa and talking about our lives. And it wasn’t long before we crossed that line from friendship into something more.
For us, it didn’t take long before we realized we had something special. The fact that we had been friends first just gave us the best foundation you could ever ask for. We started to spend more and more time together. It wasn’t long before he asked me to marry him and we bought a house together.
Now if that were a sappy, cuddly romance novel it would end the story. But we know (and often write) that romance is never that easy.
You see, as all of this happiness was going on there were serious issues going on that I was only vaguely aware of. My family grew more and more cold towards K. The holidays were a disaster and they always seemed to separate us. This all came to a climax in May when I called them out on it. Long story short, I was forced to make a choice. My blood family or K.
Now naturally, I chose K. But what is not always clear is just how much you give up. My entire family turned against me. I had to give up a lot of things from my childhood, left behind in my parents’ house. I don’t feel comfortable going to any place I did when I was growing up for fear I will see them and it will cause problems. But that was all worth it because I had him. I just wanted a happy life with him.
But sadly, that was not the end. Soon after, I discovered my parents had not stopped there. They started spreading horrible rumors about us that cost me my friends and all of my mutual connections with my parents.
Now please understand I am leaving a lot of details out. I am telling all of this not for advice or judgement just so you understand the basics. It has been a rough few months that has made it hard to get back into writing.
But through all of the stress and heartache, in some ways this has also been the best time of my life. I get to wake up with my best friend everyday. I have someone to cuddle with and love. And if that wasn’t enough we even got a little puppy we can love and raise together.
Now things are still hard for us. We are still fending off horrible rumors and people we barely know are passing judgment on us when we least expect it. But we are fighting on. We are bound and determined to have a wedding that is special to us no matter how few people we invite. It has not been easy, especially considering how low our funds are from starting out and now having no familial support. But we will survive. We are bound to be together and we will never stop fighting for happiness.
So that’s my story. I hope that explains were I have been. I don’t quite know when I will be back to my full author status or when I will write again. (It’s hard to write romance novels when you are trapped in one.) But know that I am still here in spirit and I never forgot about any of you. Thank you for listening.

A powerful statement below about the Paris tragedy from a group of extraordinary people whom I respect so very much

A powerful statement below about the Paris tragedy from a group of extraordinary people whom I respect so very much. About September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows:
“September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorro­ws is an organization founded by family members of those killed on September 11th who have united to turn our grief into action for peace. By developing and advocating nonviolent options and actions in the pursuit of justice, we hope to break the cycles of violence engendered by war and terrorism. Acknowledging our common experience with all people affected by violence throughout the world, we work to create a safer and more peaceful world for everyone.”

An emotional weekend of remembrance as we follow in the footsteps of our World War II Canadian military heroes of Operation Switchback

An emotional weekend of remembrance as we follow in the footsteps of our World War II Canadian military heroes of Operation Switchback, along the liberation route to Knokke-Heist, Belgium. The Canadian Liberation march is an annual celebration of one of the more significant events in our history: The Liberation of the Scheldt Estuary by the First Canadian Army in the fall of 1944. We were privileged to join the Canadian Forces Contingent on the 33 km day-long march through the countryside and liberated towns of the Netherlands and northern Belgium on Sunday, greeted with fluttering Canadian flags and a heartfelt welcome from the Dutch and Belgium citizens lining the route to greet us. We are honoured to live here in Holland as civilians with the Canadian Forces in Europe, and this proud weekend of remembrance and message of peace will be forever in our hearts and our memories!

The Seven Sisters Rain Prayer Ceremony yesterday was a blessed event

The Seven Sisters Rain Prayer Ceremony yesterday was a blessed event! Prayers from Verlinda Montoya & her wonderful singers, Mbali Creazzo & Lis Addison helped us raise the energy beautifully. What we witnessed: Rain clouds circling us overhead, rain directly overhead at the energetic culmination of the ceremony, and an uncanny rainbow the likes of which I’d never seen! Blessed thanks to you, sacred women, and the hearted women and men who joined us, taking time out of their weekend to serve the land & the people. Thanks to Maura Torkildson for her assistance photographing. Here’s the rainbow!

Excellent work by Martha McCulloch and Paul McCulloch on Granny Doris’ family history

Excellent work by Martha McCulloch and Paul McCulloch on Granny Doris’ family history. What an interesting bunch they were! Emily Lloyd is especially fascinating, she seemed like quite the young lady in her time. There’s definitely a book, or even a BBC period drama, in here somewhere 🙂
https://www.pinterest.com/harrykerr/family-history-research/
Harry Kerr Dorothy O’Connor Joan McLaughlin Unafred Sullivan Michael Williamson Shona Bull Kevin Francis O’Connor Seán O’Connor Lindsay A O’Connor Amanda McCulloch Aoife McCulloch Hamish Mcculloch Nicola McCulloch Sorcha NicLochlainn John Mclaughlin Liam Poet Mc Laughlin Siobhán Nic Lóchláinn Matthew Mclaughlin Michael Mc Laughlin Caitriona McLaughlin Cahal O’ Sullivan Luke O’Sullivan Ryan O’sullivan Dorothy Doherty Jim Doherty GraceMc Carron
(Sorry if I’ve forgotten to tag anyone, it’s hard keeping track of everyone! If someone could kindly tag any clan members I’ve missed in the comments that’d be great, cheers.)

Scott

Scott,
Finished your book… Good stuff! Of course I like the Civil War aspects of the story… but I think the angel scenes worked very well. The Angel of Death character/action was very good. The way you handled him and the scythe and the souls going up to Heaven or down to Hell was very good. Almost on par with Phillip Jose Farmer’s “On a Pale Horse”. Both you and Farmer play up the significance of the Angel of Death’s role in the grand scheme of things very well. A little more description of some of the Civil War commands and phrases would be a good addition. I liked the ending with everything getting wrapped up story wise. (Including the wagon ride at the end…great stuff.) My only complaint is I wanted the book to go on some more… good story… good read! I also would like you do more Civil War fiction, (I’m a fellow Civil War/history nut what can I say?)
Keep ’em coming!
-Chuck
Thank you, Chuck for reading my book and giving me your great input.

What a lovely and moving surprise arrived in my mailbox today (brought a big smile

What a lovely and moving surprise arrived in my mailbox today (brought a big smile … and a tear to my eye) – a postcard from my dear childhood friends Bee Vall & Renata Vydrová Kimmerly – all the way from Prague where they were visiting. The postage stamp is especially significant – it is the first stamp honouring Sir Nicholas Winton (since his death July 1 at age 106), the dear man who brought my dad and 669 other Czech Kindertransport children to safety in the UK in 1939. And of course, a wonderful, whimsical kitty on the front. Love you 2 ladies – my sestras! I will treasure this.
cc Pattee MJ LewisVezina Nicky’s Family The Kindertransport Association If it’s Not Impossible: The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton Česká pošta The Prague Post Maidenhead Advertiser

From daisy: I will miss you buddy I know that this isn’t ur fault that you flew out the window

From daisy: I will miss you buddy I know that this isn’t ur fault that you flew out the window. I hope that I have made the last six years the best of your life because I am not as hopeful as I should be that you will survive in the big city. I hope that you will find your way and live a happy rest of your life because we all love you and we all want you to be happy.❤️ For anyone that ever spots him
Breed: love bird
Color: green body with peach face
Sex: boy
Size: small bird
If everyone could please pray for him tonight it would honestly mean the world to me ❤️ and keep him in your thoughts that he will hopefully be ok
I love you to the moon and back for infinity times
❤️stay strong❤️ I love you
Also please share this with anyone you know in the city #findrainbow

I usually stay away from the politics here

I usually stay away from the politics here. But when I read something thought provoking, I like to share. I have a lot of family and friends who love their guns and are incredibly conscientious in how they keep their firearms. So I’m posting this, as it’s written by someone with a similar upbringing. And perhaps my many friends that favor gun control can learn something from it too. Middle ground, and a willingness to listen to opposing views, is something we’re missing these days, it seems to me. Of course it always helps when the conclusion is one I agree with!

November 7th we have Maura Weiler as a speaker at our Conference

November 7th we have Maura Weiler as a speaker at our Conference. Check out her quote on writing!
“Creative writing is ridiculously difficult to make a living at. If you are equally interested in writing and some other thing, do that other thing instead, because writing can break your heart.” This is an excerpt from an interview I did on Andilit.com
That said, if you, like me, can’t not write, then make sure you do it. You know who you are. Even if you’re a champion procrastinator, you’re also the one who loses track of time and space once you get started, don’t want to stop when you have to, and get a profound sense of satisfaction after having done it. Besides, if you’re in this category, avoiding your need to write requires more energy and causes more misery than actually writing, scary as it is. Along with the heartbreak, writing has brought me more joy than I could have imagined.
Finally, be confident in yourself. I’m not saying scorn constructive criticism or be sloppy. I’m saying put in the time and work hard, all the while believing in your core that you can write as well as anyone else. You wouldn’t feel so driven to do this if you weren’t good at it.”
http://castlerockwriters.com/…/annual-conference/conference/