Quotes I Love: Yes. This. A thousand times this.

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Today’s quotes came from this article: Positive LGBTQ representation in media really can change lives. This touching story proves it.

“…when a person has no one around her accepting who she is, it’s even more important that she can turn on the television and see that, at the very least, someone out there in the world will accept and love her no matter what.” -German Lopez

“I wouldn’t come out for a few years. But when I did, I can genuinely thank a show like Will and Grace for making it easier. It became less about waiting until my parents were ready and more about waiting until I was ready.” -German Lopez

Yes! This!

Books and TV have always been a big part of my life. I was a latchkey kid from the time I was pretty young. TV was my after-school and Friday night companion, and the shows that I chose to watch helped shape my values and worldview.

So it’s kind of neat to realize that, as I grew older, shows like Ellen, Will and Grace, Queer as Folk, and The L Word–as well as so many queer books that I couldn’t even begin to name them all–significantly changed my life. They allowed me to feel more comfortable with showing the people around me who I really was, and I will forever be grateful for that.

Fave Photo: Get Out of My Bed!

We have six cat beds around our house, but our two cats both LOVE this one. I guess he thought if he stared at her long enough she’d move. She didn’t.

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He’s the older cat so you’d think he’d try to kick her out, but he’s pretty passive and he’s a total sweetheart. I’ve had this cat bed for years and could never find another one just like it. Guess I should try looking again.

My Synchronized Cats, the First M/M Romance I Read, and More: Author Interview at Divine Magazine

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This week I’m the spotlight author at Divine Magazine, “an online magazine and a social networking website, tailored specifically for the LGBTQ community and anyone who supports the rights of its members.”

Stop by and check out my interview where I share a bit about my writing process, one of my favorite places, my cats, the first M/M Romance I read, and more.

Friday Photo: Someone Loves His (My) iPad

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My cat watching his favorite bird video on YouTube.

For Writers: Keep on Singing Your Song

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Sharing this today for all my fellow writers out there, or for anyone who’s having a bad day.

Writing for publication is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, but it does come with a few crappy days here and there. This business can really be tough at times. Choosing to put your work out into the world and share the results of your creativity and passion with others is hard enough. Add in all the criticism, the submission (and rejection) process, the unending business decisions that always seem to greatly affect your career, the pressure to produce more and more, the need to make every book better than the last, the struggles of everyday life (family obligations and responsibilities, depression, grief, the seemingly unending horrible news in the world)… it can all be very draining on the creative process.

The list below includes some of the songs I listen to on those bad days. I love them for their lyrics, their message, or even just the beat that doesn’t let a bad mood linger. These songs make me smile and remind me to focus on what I love about writing and not what others have to say about the result. They also remind me that no matter what, I just need to keep on singing my song and always write for myself first and foremost. That is the only way I know to continue telling the stories I want to share with others.

So if you’re feeling those pressures building, hang in there. You’re not alone in how you feel. We all have those days at one time or another, and sometimes they seem to snowball into more than a single day. Just focus on why you love to write and keep on singing your song.

Sloan’s Pick-Me-Up Playlist

Don’t give up! Keep on singing your song and living your dream.