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Blog for updates and musings for author Michael R Collins. Also the home for his radio show Saint Zero's Headphone Bleed.
Blog Added: October 12, 2014 02:47:19 AM
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The Author’s Show – Interview

Coming up on JULY 25th, The Author’s Show will be streaming my interview.  I talked a little about myself as a writer and a whole lot about In Shadows of The Wicked. We discussed what it was about and what the hell possessed me to write such a thing. So – on JULY 25th go … Continue reading The Author’s Show...

Coming up on JULY 25th, The Author’s Show will be streaming my interview.  I talked a little about myself as a writer and a whole lot about In Shadows of The Wicked. We discussed what it was about and what the hell possessed me to write such a thing.

So – on JULY 25th go to www.wnbnetworkwest.com, click on my name, and be delighted at the new things you’ll learn.

Audioally yours,
Your Weird Uncle Mick



A Wee Pride Post

June is the month of Pride. For all us LGBTQA’ers out there, this is the month where we get out there and show the world that we are here, we are queer, and there ain’t a damn thing they can do about it. Unfortunately they can, they do, and they do it often. I was … Continue reading A Wee...

June is the month of Pride. For all us LGBTQA’ers out there, this is the month where we get out there and show the world that we are here, we are queer, and there ain’t a damn thing they can do about it.

Unfortunately they can, they do, and they do it often.

I was going to make this long diatribe on togetherness, dealing with oppression, being true to yourself, and building community. But this isn’t new ground for any of us. We’ve been doing it for a long time now. Or at least trying to. Sometimes we get in our own way. Not all the letters of LGBTQA get along, but now, more than ever, we HAVE TO stick together because we’re on the same side. The same can be said for our allies. They are fighting for us when they could just as easily keep quiet.

But Pride isn’t all about us vs. them. It’s a time when we can really step back and look at our community and strengthen ourselves. We have rampant health issues, depression, and suicide. We have gaps in our community that people fall through. This isn’t a club with a secret handshake and membership dues. It’s a group of people who are fighting to live their lives unobstructed and build a world of inclusion.

It’s really scary right now for everybody. We’re all afraid. Queers are afraid because of the progresses of the last few years being rolled back. Women and non-white folks are afraid because racists and misogynists are coming out of the woodwork like angry little termites. Those of us that can’t afford that vacation house in South France are afraid because we make less money the harder we work. The disabled, sex workers, elderly; the list goes on and on. Yet I take one slight umbrage in the fact that the proponents of hate and ignorance are just as afraid. They are afraid because we fight back, because we no longer sit in silence and inaction. Their fear makes them dangerous, though, and we are seeing more and more backlash everyday.

We have a morally bankrupt, egotistical, racist, misogynistic toddler as a president. Our elected representatives are so self-assured of the lies and back room deals they’ve been doing for so long, they blatantly shove it in our faces now. Things are going to get worse before they get better. I hate to say it, but it’s the truth.

But we cannot back down. Let me repeat that: we cannot back down.

We need to celebrate, though. Party our asses off in celebration of all our diversity, the battles we have won, and those that paved the way for us. Let’s celebrate and enjoy life. Then let’s get down to business because there is a lot of shit still to do.

Pridefully yours,
-Your Weird (Bi) Uncle Mick



OFFICIAL RELEASE – In Shadows Of The Wicked

FOURTEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING!! In Shadows Of The Wicked is officially out. Released to the world, this ghost story is a tale of terror unlike any other. Of all my releases, this one seems to mean more than the rest. I started this story in 2004 and I’ve lived so many lives since then. … Continue reading OFFICIAL RELEASE – In Shadows Of...

FOURTEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING!!

In Shadows Of The Wicked is officially out. Released to the world, this ghost story is a tale of terror unlike any other. Of all my releases, this one seems to mean more than the rest. I started this story in 2004 and I’ve lived so many lives since then. I’ve hit rock bottom, I’ve risen to the top, and now here I am with the one thing that stayed an inexplicable constant.

I do have high hopes for In Shadows Of The Wicked, only because I feel its my best writing and its an amazing story. In places the metaphors are very personal, though I hadn’t intended it at the time. Each of The Family, as well as their ‘Other Place’, and the Darkness are allusions to parts of myself. Most specifically in regards to depression and those dark parts of myself that I have battled over the years. But over all I think its a fun and scary ride that I know readers will enjoy.

Available in ebook and paperback! The Family is waiting.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/198100114X

Excitedly Yours,
Your Weird Uncle Mick



Book Trailer – In Shadows Of The Wicked

Here you go kids, the book trailer for In Shadows Of The Wicked. If you wanna know what it’s about, then this should give you an idea. Watch at your own risk. The Family is waiting. Spookily Yours, Your Weird Uncle Mick  

Here you go kids, the book trailer for In Shadows Of The Wicked. If you wanna know what it’s about, then this should give you an idea. Watch at your own risk. The Family is waiting.

Spookily Yours,
Your Weird Uncle Mick

 



Cover Reveal – In Shadows Of The Wicked

Here it is!! The cover for the long awaited reading extravaganza, In Shadows Of The Wicked. Stay tuned. There will be more information coming in the very near future. Illustratedly Yours, -Your Weird Uncle Mick  

Here it is!! The cover for the long awaited reading extravaganza, In Shadows Of The Wicked.

Stay tuned. There will be more information coming in the very near future.

Illustratedly Yours,
-Your Weird Uncle Mick

 



Queer books for teens

While I’m frantically working on getting the finishing touches for ‘In Shadows of the Wicked’ completed (expect updates soon), I do have some news on Pale Winter Sun. There is a website called queerbooksforteens.com, which is a database to collect and categorize queer books for teens. I think this is an awesome idea because it … Continue reading Queer books...

While I’m frantically working on getting the finishing touches for ‘In Shadows of the Wicked’ completed (expect updates soon), I do have some news on Pale Winter Sun.

There is a website called queerbooksforteens.com, which is a database to collect and categorize queer books for teens. I think this is an awesome idea because it makes it easier for teens to find books that they can relate to. As queer lit and queer teen lit, grows, having these sort of resources is important. The other cool thing is they break the stories down in terms of who is represented, how they’re represented, and to what degree. This makes it easier to find stories to connect with.

Pale Winter Sun has been included on Queer Books For Teens, which is awesome. Previously, they only listed books through publishers, but recently opened it up to self-pub. I’m glad they did because there are a lot of fantastic works out there that are being created through self pub.

It seems that as the cause moves forward, for every two steps forward we have to take one step back. That’s why it’s important to have these sort of resources. Local community centers, organizations (such as BiNetUSA), and social media groups are just as important. We need to utilize, and support, all our resources if we want to keep the forward momentum going.  We have to keep forging ahead for ourselves and for future generations.

Speaking of which, don’t forget that Our Stories is still collecting and posting experiences of our Bi and Bi+ community. A project of The Bicast, Our Stories believes that its important that our community shares its experiences (good and bad) with each other. Feel free to submit your audio recordings, or emails to ourstoriesbicast(@)gmail.com. If you are not comfortable with recording your own, then I’ll record it for you and you can listen to it in the sultry sound of my voice.  🙂

Queerly yours,
-Your Weird Uncle Mick



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