Friday, April 29, 2011

Good News, Bad News

Meet the Author
That be me, of course.  Dreamspinner Press has its own discussion group at Goodreads, and on Sunday afternoon, May 1, I'll be holding court hanging out in the "Meet the Author" forum (click on post title to get there).  So stop by and bitch at me if you'd like, or ask questions, or just ramble about anything book-related that's on your mind.

You Can't Buy This Kind of Promotion! 
One of my former fellow authors at Ellora's Cave, Judy Mays, is a RL teacher whose second career as a writer of erotic romance was outed.  You can read the ridiculous news item HERE.  This story has received gobs of attention on the Interwebz and, as a result, Judy has received gobs of support, including two dedicated groups on Facebook.  A little birdie told me that her books are now selling quite well, thank you very much, and her supporters can expect to receive postcards sent from her world cruise.  (Okay, I made that last part up.)  Go, Judy!

A Beautiful Blog.
If you haven't yet visited 2boysinlove, get over there.  It's charming and heartfelt and will make you feel so, so good.  Really, it's absolutely lovely -- and, I hope, will prove an inspiration to other gay teens.

A Fond Farewell.
This update is the hardest one to write.  Very early Tuesday morning, my best friend, Jerry, died suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep.  He's the same person responsible for my "Jokes from Jerr" posts.  Nobody knows precisely what happened, but speculation leads to a grim conclusion.  Jerr was on a lot of pain meds (long story involving accidents and such) and was also very fond of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.  It's possible he indulged too much in both before turning in the night before.

Jerry was an almost legendary figure in this county.  Hundreds of people knew him.  He was also one of the most good-natured and generous individuals I've ever known.  Never, ever did he refuse a friend anything it was in his power to provide -- housing included.  The person he was putting up at the time of his death was a local woman whose alcoholism likely provoked Jerry into drinking more than he normally would have.  That this tragic turn could have been prevented is the toughest part to take.     


Chris said...

Oh, I'm so, so sorry to hear about your friend Jerry. *hug*

Can I add to your good news and congratulate you on just winning a book over at Wave's place?

Jason said...

So sorry to hear about your friend's death. It sounds like he will be missed.


K. Z. Snow said...

Thanks, Chris. BTW, I just "threw the book back" at Randy. I hadn't intended to enter the drawing but just put in a good word for Ariel. She's pretty remarkable.

K. Z. Snow said...

Love and appreciate your smooches, Jase. <3

Now I have to edit my post. I just found out Jerry's funeral is on Saturday, so I'll be at Goodreads on Sunday instead.

wren boudreau said...

My sympathies on the death of your friend, KZ. Sending you hugs and warm thoughts.

Tam said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. He seemed like a wonderful guy even from the few things you said about him. A shame that it happened. Hugs.

I'll try and drop by on Sunday. I always forget. Weekends kind of pass in a cloud of oblivion for me sometimes.

When you said "beautiful blog" and in my head I was putting it in my head with Facebook from the post before and it seems that has been kicked off Facebook. Their page was just suddenly deleted. Seems Facebook has suddenly turned anti-gay. The good and the bad of Facebook, support for Ms. Mays, blocking the gays.

K. Z. Snow said...

Hi, Wren! Thank you.

He was a wonderful guy, Tam. We used to commiserate about our love lives, talk about gardening, party together, but usually just kick back and watch the world go by from his deck. We could talk to each other about anything.

Ptooey to Facebook. Frankly, I'm really getting fed up with them...but that's fodder for another post.

Jenre said...

So sorry to hear about your friend, KZ. He obviously had a great sense of humour if the jokes you posted were any indication of his personality.

It's hard when things are so sudden like that.


BlueSimplicity said...

Not much to say really, except I'm so sorry for your loss.


K. Z. Snow said...

Thank you both. The funeral was yesterday. Sucked.