As I was scrolling through my stats today I noticed that I had written 99 posts on this blog, making this my 100th post. I wanted to make it something special and I thought it might be interesting to share ways in which my life has changed as a result of blogging.
Hey guys! It’s been awhile, but I’ve been diligently working on my next novel. I took the day off today and have been lazing around the house, catching up on TV(I’m watching the season premier of Monica the Medium right now!), and trying to figure out how to return my new Converse low tops for a different size. While I’ve been watching TV I’ve been roaming through some of my favorite book blogs and YouTube book bloggers. I started thinking to myself, “You love books. You write books. You are constantly reading books and listening to books and reading book blogs and YouTube videos about books, so why don’t YOU start a book blog?” I’ve always believed that there are writers and there are book bloggers, but why not someone who does both? The decision has been made. Starting July 1st, once I’ve finished the final pieces of my next novel, I will have a book blog as an extension of this site. I will also be doing videos of book hauls, book reviews, favorite books of the month, etc. Make sure you check back and if you have any books for review, check out my contact section!
In the meantime, I’ve decided to complete this really fun Book Blogger Test I found on two of my favorite book blogs, CELINEREADS and MyriadInklings! (If you don’t know of these blogs please go check them out!) Check out the Book Blogger Test Below!
I’ve received a few emails and comments lately on social media wondering if I have another book coming out anytime soon, as well as posing other questions, like, will I ever return to making YouTube videos, how is my “diet/lifestyle change” going, and where in the hell have I been? Well, the answers are easy: Yes, Yes, horribly and right here, planning my world domination.
I’m still not sure what went wrong. I grew up with two, loving parents who told me I could be anything I wanted to be as long as I believed in it strong enough and put enough work into my dreams. I always wanted to be Wonder Woman. In fact, I wanted it so bad that for Christmas when I was four years old my dad made me a Wonder Woman costume out of a brand new pair of underpants and an undershirt. I even had a long piece of yellow yarn that I could throw around people as my golden lasso of truth, yet it never seemed to do the trick. I had been lied to all along. I couldn’t be anything I wanted to be; not really.
In the last week, as I’ve sat back and read article after article on gay rights either being smashed or questioned, I’ve come to a realization; I am sick and tired of having my sexuality used as a political tool to further the careers of politicians who don’t really give a rat’s ass about me or my issues in the first place. They are simply using our rights to gain public attention and leverage votes. First in the series of events was Trump’s statement that if elected he would work diligently to reverse marriage equality. Right on his heels were articles about Rubio’s consistent statements against marriage equality. The issue of transgender bathroom rights is on the news almost daily. And just this week, Michigan reinstated sodomy laws, which have already been ruled unconstitutional years ago. What exactly is going on in the United States? It isn’t a mystery that LGBT rights are not accepted by all, but this turn backwards seems to be a glaring statement that the conservative agenda is to degayify America, all in the hopes of furthering their political careers.
In trying to understand politics, I often attempt to put myself in the shoes of the politicians and try to understand their motives. While I appreciate that they may lean certain ways in regards to some issues, I do not understand why some politicians feel so strongly about LGBT rights. I never have and I never will. I have never in my entire life felt so personally convicted about any one issue that doesn’t personally relate to me on a daily basis, even those issues based on spiritual convictions, that I felt the need to work against those people and take them down. That is not politics; it is obsession. It is corrupt and it is evil. Why does a Governor stand so strongly behind his Christian convictions that he is willing to allow his state to flounder financially just for his own selfish beliefs. This is obviously not looking out for the good of all people. I do not pretend for one second to believe I could efficiently manage a political office on a county, state or federal level, but I do think I would be able to put my personal beliefs aside for the professional well being of the whole. Isn’t this the reason we hired these people in the first place?
As I’ve watched these stories unfold it became immediately obvious to me that LGBT rights will be THE issue which divides the United States. The further the conservative right push us into a corner, working to take away rights we have worked hard for and were finally given, will only anger and outrage the LGBT community. I believe it will push most of us further left, forcing a true division. Even those allies of ours who support our beliefs will be forced to make serious decisions. Do they support the human rights of their friends or do they support a need for a financial restructuring of the United States. If Facebook and other social media are any example of a microcosm of the world, people’s personal beliefs will force apart friendships and other relationships. Daily, people will be “Defriended”, but in real terms.
I believe the LGBT community will then rally together and start to take a more serious stand for their rights than has ever been seen in United States history before. Our power may not be in votes, but it is in many other ways. I think there is a conservative, stereotypical view that gay men are hosting dinner parties at home watching RuPaul’s Drag Race and lesbians are holding down fort as intellectual academics on college campuses. While these stereotypes do hold true in some areas of our world, we are so much more. We are farmers, doctors, teachers and lawyers. We are fast food workers, meter maids, stockbrokers and artists. We are writers, entertainers, singers and actors. We are construction workers, hair stylists, auto mechanics and contractors. We are counselors, ministers, rabbis, waiters and waitresses. We are chefs and cooks, police officers and members of the armed service. We are African American, Latino, Asian, White and any possible ethnicity imaginable. We are 10, 20, 30 and 40, yes, but we are also 50, 60, 70, 80 and even 90 and 100. We are politicians, voters, and yes, we are human.
We are different in many ways, but we are Americans, and we are human.
I do not believe we will sit idly by and have our rights ripped from our hands as we yet again watch the careers of politicians soar on the wings of our lives. I think this time, we’ll take a stand. I think we’ll use our differences, united, to force change in this country. LGBT Pride will be seen like never before. The initiative to force us back in the closet will in affect force us to sing us from the highest mountain. I think it will be beautiful and I think it is time. Love will be the language we speak when our whispers grow into a roar…I am human and I deserve rights too.
It is time.
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Do you have Audible? Do you like to listen to audio books? Do you like to get free stuff? Have you thought about trying Audible but haven’t yet? If so, I’m giving away 20 copies of the audio version of my book The Before Now and After Now!
The Before Now and After Then
by Peter Monn
**Elit Book Awards Silver Winner for LGBT Fiction – 2015**
Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical, twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself. With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous gay uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two aging punk rocker parents and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.
All you have to do is email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me you’re interested and that you’re willing to rate it and give a review on Audible! I’ll forward you the code and bingo…it’s all yours! You don’t even have to like it(although I hope you do!!!)
Hope to hear from you! Love ya!
When I was 17 years old I went to St Martin with dad and my stepmom, Debbie. Little did I know it at the time, but parts of that trip would define me for the rest of my life. We stayed in this incredible bungalow twenty feet off of the beach at this isolated resort called La Samanna on the French side of the island. We had rented this crappy little jeep that would take us up and down the deep and narrow mountain roads of St Martin. If you’ve ever met my father then you know he isn’t really a “tourist”, he’s a traveler. I think to some degree I’ve adopted this mentality. When he goes on a vacation he refuses to do touristy shit but instead chooses to enjoy what anyone from that place would enjoy. I think a trip to London and the English countryside at Christmas a year before to see Oxford, the Crown Jewels and many other sites might have been better titled, “Best Pubs of London”. When I was a little kid, he went alone on medical mission trips living on a sailboat in Honduras and hiked the Canadian Rockies by himself. But that is what I love about my father. He does what he loves and he doesn’t make excuses. He is truly unafraid. Unfortunately, for him, he had to compromise in St Martin for me and Debbie.