I Have Just Met You, And I Love You

Mark and I are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Story Katherine Kalmes!

Story was born at 3:35 AM on December 27th, and promptly reduced our life to a continuous series of diaper changes, feedings, and making goofy faces. We do have one episode in the can, reviewing Sector C by Phoenix Sullivan and interviewing Charles M. Pulsipher of The Crystal Bridge. We’ll have it up just as soon as Mark can find a spare moment to edit it.

Sinus Infection + Late Term Pregnancy = Fewer Episodes for a While

A while back, a friend, who was about three months ahead of me in her pregnancy, told me that I shouldn’t count on getting a lot done during the last month. I seem to remember she said something along the lines of, “You’ll have less energy than you might anticipate.”

I did not believe her.

It wasn’t that I doubted her veracity. But she was carrying twins and I wasn’t, and this, I reasoned, would make a big difference. Also, as a result of the aforementioned twins, she had been dealing with a number of health difficulties that seemed like they would sap anyone’s vim.

Fast forward three months, and I am looking at a due date coming at me in just four weeks, plus dealing with a persistent sinus infection that is not only turning all my t’s into d’s (not so great for podcasting), but also sending me to bed for naps at least once, if not twice, a day.

So, for the time being, we’re going to play it by ear with the podcasts. We still hope to get back to a weekly schedule, but for now, people probably shouldn’t expect more than one episode every two weeks.

Our next episode will include a review of The Crystal Bridge by Charles M. Pulsipher, as well as an interview of author Seth Harwood. Look for it no later than next weekend.

No New Episode This Week

My co-host, Mark, has a ton of business tasks on his shoulders this weekend, which means that we won’t be able to put together an episode as usual. We’ll be back next weekend, though, when we’ll be reviewing The Black God’s War, a fantasy by Moses Siregar III.

Seeking YA with LBGTQ characters

So, there’s been a bit of internet flap lately about a pair of authors who say they were offered agent representation–but only if they agreed to “straighten” a prominent gay character.

Now, there are two sides to every story, and the agent’s is worth reading. She claims she suggested the gay character’s viewpoint be removed, but not because he was gay–because the book had too many viewpoint characters, and presumably he seemed like one who could be reduced to a supporting role.

Maybe there was a misunderstanding, or maybe someone is being less than honest. Either way, it’s gotten me excited about the possibility of reviewing a YA with prominent LBGTQ characters for the podcast.

Because if agents/publishers are avoiding such characters, it doesn’t really sit right with me. Nor does it seem to accurately reflect an understanding of what readers want. As a reader, it’s honestly never mattered to me whether a character is gay or straight–what matters is whether he’s interesting, admirable, and worth spending time with.

So if you know any titles you can recommend, please, please send them my way.