Video I love: Campaign for same-sex marriage in Ireland

Once a week, I post a video I’ve seen recently that I’m loving. So here’s this week’s Video I love …

I love this ad. It’s one of the better marriage rights ads around. I just hope it makes a difference.

I’d to like to send my best wishes to all the gay and lesbian couples in Ireland as they fight for marriage equality. View more on the MarriagEquality’s campaign for same-sex marriage in Ireland at

What do you think? Isn’t it lovely? Comment or send me an email.

Sloan Parker

Project Update: Lincoln and Jay really want me to finish

Once a week I post a brief update on my writing projects. Here’s this week’s update …

I have not written anything on The Whiskey Sipper in the last two days. That hurts … a lot. I’m pretty addicted to working on my writing. I did manage to edit some existing pages while riding in the car. I had quite a few family obligations to attend to as well as some painting to do for a major rebuild of our storage shed my partner insisted on doing this summer. And well, since summer’s gone, we have to get it done … like NOW. Our poor lawnmower doesn’t want to live in the garage this winter. He misses his shed where he can hang out with the other gardening tools. And our poor cars want back into the garage. Especially before it snows and the ice starts to build up. We made good progress, but it took most of my weekend and time away from my regular writing schedule.

My goal was to finish the first draft of TWS (Lincoln and Jay’s story) by the end of the day September 25. I have 5 writing days left. I might be able to do it. I know how the story ends. I know most of what happens leading up to the final conflict. And I know the basics of who does what to whom. I just have to write the How. This is the part I love so I’m hoping it’ll go easy — once I get my butt in the chair this week. This will have to be the highest word count for me ever in a five day period. Good thing I love this business of writing.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sloan Parker

For the love of: Dylan Ricci’s Photography

I’m loving Dylan Ricci’s Photography. His work is beautiful and inspiring. Visit the site at where you can check out galleries of his work. Amazing stuff, folks. Note: These are nude male photos. May not be work safe.

Here’s some text from the site:

“I have become regarded as a photographer of the male nude, although it is not the male nude per se that interests me. What excites and fascinates me and motivates my explorations of the innate aesthetic beauty of the male body are the very same elements of image-making that have obsessed western artists for centuries: the interplay of light and form.”

“Ricci’s images are stylish, classic with a sense of timeless beauty often lacking in contemporary male nude photography.”

What do you think? Which picture is your favorite? Comment or send me an email. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sloan Parker

Quote I love: Angel would kick the shit out of Edward

“I think Robert Pattinson’s really cool, [but] Angel would kick the s**t out of him.”

“He just gets shiny in the sun…Boreanaz would have him down in a heartbeat. No offense, ’cause he’s hot.”

Joss Whedon
‘Buffy’ and ‘Angel’ creator

Not that I’m picking on the Twilight movies. I just love Angel, and Joss Whedon rocks. I’m thinking when Angel goes all Angelus, it’ll be no contest. What do you think? Angelus vs. Edward? Comment or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.

Sloan Parker

In Memoriam: Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze was a big part of my teenage years, and his passing has hit me in a way the passing of other celebrities hasn’t (with the exception of Heath Ledger) . I was a huge fan of the television miniseries North and South (if you haven’t seen it, it has a serious bromance between main characters George and Orry). And of course, there was Dirty Dancing. I cannot tell you how many times my friends and I watched that movie. Nobody puts Baby in a corner. At the time, I could probably quote the entire thing.

And then there was To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. That movie impacted me in a way I wasn’t expecting. I was impressed with all three men who took a chance not many actors would. Here’s a quote from Swayze on his experience.


On playing drag queen Vida Boheme in “To Wong Foo” : “It was an opportunity to create a character who was truly an angel. But I thought playing a drag queen was a big ol’ lark, and I’d play a big old queen. But in rehearsal when I play-acted it, it didn’t work. I realized her job was to be the heart of this movie. {Miss Vilda} stands for every drag queen on the planet or for anyone who has been misunderstood. It turned out to be the most emotional thing in my entire career and I’m pretty proud of it.”

I think the best way to honor a celebrity is to continue to enjoy his work. I think I’ll go put in my DVD of North and South now.

Rest in peace, Patrick Swayze (you’ll always be Orry Main to me).

Sloan Parker