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I've been commissioned to write a book about the 2007 Teen Fringe Festival in Minnesota, due out from Flux in Fall 2008. This blog will recount my efforts--good and bad--along that path.
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1. I don’t want to go.

A very happy new year to you all!

I guess I’ll always look at 2010 as the year everything changed.  Moreso than any other year in memory, 2010 was a carnival ride of unfathomable lows (the loss of my mother) and unimaginable heights (my wedding, the sale of my middle grade trilogy).  There’s a line in the musical MY FAVORITE YEAR where the main character says that 1954 was the year that “separated my life into before and after.” I think that’s the best way to really see 2010 for me.  I’m going forward with the distinct feeling that nothing ever will, or can, be the same again, for better or worse.

This blog was set up to chronicle my road to becoming a published writer.  In that time, I’ve sold four books and continue to shop around a variety of other projects.  Just as I jettisoned my MFA blog when the program was done, I think it’s time to put ASSUME CRASH POSITIONS to bed as well.  CHASERS, my YA debut, will hit shelves in July.  I’ll be what I told my first grade teacher, Mrs. Weber, I was going to be: a published writer.

When I speak at writing conferences for work, I emphasize that the 21st century author faces unique challenges and opportunities that were hardly conceivable to writers 20 years ago.  The internet has given authors an unprecedented amount of autonomy when it comes to shaping a public image, engaging  potential readers, and taking a proactive role in the advancement of their careers as writers. I tell them: “Even if you hate to blog, you owe it to yourself to have a website.  It’s absolutely essential for authors today.”  In essence, I’m taking my own advice.

So, like any good Time Lord, my blog is simply regenerating. I’m pleased to announce the launch of my (oh dear lord I can’t believe I”m saying this) official author website: www.brianfarreybooks.com.  There’s not much there now but it will grow.  I’ll continue to blog there, offer updates on my books, and hopefully make a slew of new friends (while retaining all the terrific ones I’ve met online over the years).

Click the fob watch below to go there (and update your bookmarks because I’ll be taking ASSUME CRASH POSITIONS down in a few months).

Catch you on the flipside, daddio!

PS–Bet you all thought I was counting down to the new year, didn’t you?  PSYCH!


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8. SEVEN

 

Merry Christmas,  y’all!


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12. Time can be rewritten

AN OPEN LETTER TO STEVEN MOFFAT

Dear Mr. Moffat,

Thank you for not sucking. Series Five of DOCTOR WHO was brilliant. I’m eagerly awaiting  the Christmas special.  I’m even going to keep an open mind about the shark.  A very open mind.  Because….really? A shark?  I’m sure there’s a plausible explanation. I’m sure of it. Open mind.

Series Six can’t come soon enough. Thanks for helping me love DOCTOR WHO again.

Brian

 


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13. Come to me, son of Jor-El!!

If you get this and laugh out loud like you’re supposed to, you’re my new best friend.

Hint:  The shaggy haired one is Neil Gaiman.


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14. Ease on down, ease on down the road…

My friend Grimm will appreciate the irony of me posting this. But even I can admire how truly awesome this is.

 


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15. Yes! No, no, no, no, YES!…

Wow. All the busy stuff was supposed to stop after October. When did all the busy stuff come back?

Some odds and ends:

–Ridiculously excited about the upcoming DOCTOR WHO Christmas special. REE-DEEK-YOO-LUSS!

–Also on tenterhooks for series 6 of DW.  The leaks about what’s ahead are intriguing. Can’t wait for the Neil Gaiman episode.

–Got an ARC of CHASERS.  Very surreal. Very, very surreal.

–As I’ll soon have to be shilling my book, I’ve started…. Oh, God, I can barely say it.  I’ve started…. tweeting. You can follow me if you want. (Ugh, I feel so dirty.)

–Still no Facebook page.  I’ll go down kicking and screaming first.

–Saw TANGLED. Loved it. Saw HP7. Loved it. (Had minor issues–will they explain the mirror shard in the second part or simply try the Jedi mind trick: “You don’t need to know where he got the shard from or what it represents…”)

–Hope to have some fun news to share by the end of the year.

–Currently reading THE RING OF SOLOMON, the new Bartimaeus novel.  It’s official. Jonathan Stroud can do no wrong.

–Sad to hear of the passing of Leslie Nielsen. This blog was named for AIRPLANE!  Surely you can see he’s been in my thoughts….

–It’s that time of year again! Time to Hanukkvetch!


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16. That bwessed awwangement…that dweam wiffin a dweam.

Finally!  A few pix from the wedding. It was a wonderful day, all things considered. Great weather, lots of love and support from friends and family….

 


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17. I’m proud of the BBC.

Promise that wedding pics are coming. This  October’s been the craziest month of my life.  (Yes, honey, I know it’s my own fault for scheduling the KidlitCon the same month as our wedding.)

For now, I love this. A lot.

 


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18. You can be my best friend, I can be your right arm.

Pictures forthcoming.


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19. It’s like those French have a different word for everything.

Ack! I can’t believe I forgot this and now you have to pay the price. I’m so sorry.

My friend Michele’s one woman show, PARDON MY FRENCH, is running at the Minnesota Fringe Festival this week. You missed opening night (can you ever forgive me?) and now you only have FOUR chances to see her at her wackiest. Disclaimer: I have not seen the show yet (soon to be rectified) but knowing Michele, it is wacky. There may even be a mental breakdown involved.  And nobody does wacky mental breakdowns like Michele (and if THAT’S not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is).

Her show is based on her experiences as a high school French teacher and I understand there is a segment were she teaches you how to swear in French. What more could you ask for?

Find out more here then go see her show. If you live in the Cities, I mean.

Oh, and anyone who can tell me what the line in the subject header is from (without Googling it) gets a cookie.


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20. Land of the misty cloud, land of the tempest loud

The Edinburgh Tattoo turns 60 this year! Why am I not there?

Why? WHY?? 

I need show tickets and a plane ride, stat!


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21. Zaphod’s just this guy, you know?

Feeling very HHGTTG nostalgic lately…

ARTHUR: You know, it’s at times like this, when I’m stuck in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, about to die of asphyxiation in deep space, that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.

FORD: Why? What did she tell you?

ARTHUR: I don’t know! I didn’t listen!


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22. I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike.


My buddy Jeff is training for a 3 day bike ride from Boston to NYC as part of Braking the Cycle, an event that raises money to support the HIV/AIDS services of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in NYC.  I’ve always wanted to do something like this (like the Red Ribbon Ride) but something always stopped me (bad timing, injuries, a paralyzing fear that I couldn’t raise the m0ney, etc.). I’m so proud of Jeff for committing to this and doing the training necessary to get the job done. (Lemme tell you, training for this sort of thing ain’t easy.)  I hope someday to announce that I’m training for something similar.

In the meantime, please consider supporting Jeff by making a pledge for his ride here.  It’s a very simple process to give online. No donation is too small and the money is desperately needed.  Thanks!


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23. Populism, yea, yea.

I know nothing about the forthcoming Broadway musical, BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON.  The music on the website is interesting and it’s gotten some good reviews.  All I know is that the slogan, tastefully stamped on the guy’s butt, makes me giggle.


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24. Now here you are with your faith and your Peter Pan advice

Where my head is right now:

  • Less than three weeks until the wedding and still a million tiny details to attend to (like finding a pianist after the one we had was forced to back out)
  • Trying to secure permissions to reprint an excerpt from Keith Haring’s journals in my book (which feels more and more like a private circle of hell reserved just for me)
  • Going over production details for my book (title, cover, etc.)
  • Stuck in Contract Hell at work
  • Way behind on reading manuscripts and writing ed letters for my wonderful authors
  • Helping to plan/coordinate KidlitCon 2010 here in the Twin Cities, which takes place just a couple weeks after the wedding
  • That first one? The wedding stuff? I wasn’t exaggerating when I mentioned millions of tiny details.  And every day, something that we didn’t think of seems to crop up. That bullet point alone takes up about 80% of my brain run time right now.


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25. Draw a line in the sand and then make a stand.

This has got to stop.

This. Has got. To stop.

In the past month, five gay teens have killed themselves. That we know of. Five cases where the torment inflicted on them just because of their sexuality proved far too much to take.  That’s just last month, nationwide. In Minnesota over the past year, possibly as many as another five gay teens killed themselves in  harassment related incidents.  Many of which occurred in the Anoka-Hennepin County school district where school officials have asked teachers to turn a blind eye to homophobia.

Don’t believe me? This is what the district spokeswoman, Mary Olson, had to say.

“It’s very difficult. We have a community that has widely varying opinions, and so to respect all families, as the policy says, we ask teachers to remain neutral.”

Ignoring harassment isn’t “respecting all families.”  It’s not even acknowledging those widely varying opinions. It’s turning sycophant for the ultra-conservative members of the community who have ONE opinion.  An opinion that promotes hatred and violence.

Every day the homosexual community is denied the right to marry, the right to serve openly in the armed forces, the right to live and work in an environment safe from harassment, is a day that the message is sent that it’s all right to torment and oppress. I can’t imagine how hard things are for my future brother-in-law. He and his partner are raising two girls. The message those girls get every day from within the home is to love others, to respect differences, and to honor everyone as humans. But the message these girls get via any exposure to the media or any conservative soapbox is that their fathers are in some way inferior to everyone else. That their fathers are to be hated and spurned. I can only hope that the message from home is the one that rings truest. Because the messages from the outside are louder and more prevalent.

Kids are dying. Kids who’ve been told they’re not as good as everyone else are not able to deal with that fact and they’re killing themselves.  And the majority of the population allows this to happen. Sanctions it.

Please consider supporting the Trevor project, a 24 hour hotline for LGBT youth who need someone to talk to. 866-488-7386.  If you’re gay, consider making a video for Dan Savage’s It Gets Better project. Because, basically, we have to look out for our own. That’s what our government has told us.  Change isn’t coming from Washington. It’s gotta come from us.

UPDATE: More organizations dedicated to helping LGBT and/or bullied youth, courtesy of Ellen DeGeneres–http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2010/09/resources_to_help_stop_bullying_0930.php


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