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Mixed Bag

I was going to continue the trend of posting information about my published works today...and then last night I got the word from the GLBT Bookshelf that they are closing their bookstore. That means my final two stories are again unavailable.

So instead I'll talk about my sequel for The King's Tale. Entitled The King's Heart, it wraps up the aftermath of Dafydd dealing with his imprisonment in Strasnedh. He harbors fear and ill feelings, and it is up to Christopher to help him come to terms with it. It is also a way for me to address homosexual historical inaccuracies, however I still do not plan to have Dafydd and Christopher in fear for their lives. They retain the privilege of being hand-fasted mates living openly in their own "kingdom" of Lysnowydh.

As a side note to the story, yesterday I did some online research about Medieval torture devices. Wow. Yet another reason why I didn't want my main characters to be persecuted, there were some rather gnarly torture methods for homosexuals during that time frame. It did, however, give me an idea for a portion of the 3rd and final sequel in Christopher's story, The King's Son.

While on that topic, sometimes I get very wrapped up in my writing. It's like after I write very intense (for me) scenes I feel disturbed, or "out of my body"...it's hard for me to get some people to understand that.

And finally, I have a story about Jury Duty. I flashed on this memory yesterday.

I've unfortunately had to serve jury duty several times, including once when I was selected on the jury for a child molestor. I was disgusted with the process when this man went free.

About 8 years ago I was chosen on a panel for a murder case. This crime took place in Venice, CA on the beach. Some teenagers went down there hoping to score some illegal drugs, and instead were approached by some homeless men. One of the men offered to give one of the teenagers a blowjob, the other homeless man overheard and promptly killed the first homeless man...because he was a homosexual.

The prosecuting attorney, and the defense attorney both gave instructions to the prospective jury before we entered the stand to be questioned. The defense attorney said everyone has biases. She said her bias was that she didn't like people with scuffed up shoes, and that when she saw someone with scuffed up shoes it made her distrust them.

Eventually it was my turn. I stated all the information they wanted, and then when they asked if I had any biases, I said yes. I said I have a bias against people who are intolerant of homosexuality.

You could hear a pin drop in the courtroom, all eyes were on me. Then, the judge dismissed me. The attorneys didn't have to "waste" their refusals on me, I was dismissed directly from the bench. I got a lot of strange looks from the rest of that panel whenever they encountered me in the jury room, but the thing was I hadn't said it just to get off the case, I'd said it because I meant it.

This, by the way, was well before I was a published GLBT author.


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Apr. 3rd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
It's sad in a way that people react like that. Good on you for standing up and coming out with it. After all, it wouldn't have been 'fair' to have someone on the jury who might not have thought it was okay to have those biases *snorts*.

Research can be interesting but yes, there are some nasty torture devices out there. I'm glad you're giving your guys a happy ending, and a way to still live together openly. It sounds well deserved after a rough ride to get there.
Apr. 3rd, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
The American jury system is a mess, imo. I've been on other juries where the prospective jury members swear they've never done drugs before, but get to the back to deliberate the case and the first words out of their mouths are "I've bought drugs packaged like that before, it doesn't mean he meant to resell them." :O

My heroes had more "good" than "bad" I think...it's just that the "bad" was really bad. ;)

Apr. 3rd, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of characters having to do a bit of work for their happy endings but then I have a weakness for well written hurt/comfort. The comfort side of that is a must though and I need my happy ending.

Apr. 3rd, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
*g* The knock I seem to be getting is that they had their happy ending in the first book, and people seem to think I'm torturing them unnecessarily...but i don't know...it's real life man!

Everyone dislikes my Christopher, but in my book he's fantastic with the comfort side. *swoon*
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