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August 7, 2012

Thanks for making 'Outtakes' an NPR Best-Of Finalist!

Hey Everyone!

I just wanted to offer my sincere thanks for all the voters who placed 'Outtakes of a Walking Mistake' on the NPR finalist list for Best Teen Book Ever.

Outtakes did not make the Top 100 books, but it did make the Top 200 and that says a lot for a book that's only been released just shy of a year. I'm so happy to see people have taken to the story, starring the openly gay, nutty, and love-crazed Tyler Morris.

My hope is that the book will continue to reach more adventurous readers, offering a laugh and a heart flutter or two along the way.

As for now, I'm finishing edits on my new short film titled The Cover, which will premiere at The 2012 Fabulous Independent Film Festival. Then it's back to editing my second novel, hoping to release sometime early next year.

Much love again.

AP
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Published on August 07, 2012 17:55

July 25, 2012

Outtakes makes finals for NPR's Best YA! Please vote!

Hey Everyone!

Outtakes of a Walking Mistake has made NPR's finals for Best 100 YA Books! Please take a minute to vote for Outtakes and your other favorites!

Much love;

AP

http://www.npr.org/2012/07/24/1570725...
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Published on July 25, 2012 10:07

June 28, 2012

New Cover to Celebrate 1000 Sold!

Hey Everyone!

Just a short announcement!

In honor of the first 1,000 copies sold of 'Outtakes', I have a new book cover! Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think. It was completed by pop artist Clay Olson! He's so talented and I'm so honored that he agreed to assist me with this venture. I wanted it to pop with color and I believe it does!

Link to cover: http://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/1...

I am so proud to have the support of my Goodreads friends and fans!

Can't wait to reveal details of my new novel soon!

Much love!

AP
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Published on June 28, 2012 18:50

June 19, 2012

Vote For Outtakes for Best YA on NPR! Let's get a gay protagonist in there!

Hey Everyone:

Please be sure to visit the link to vote for 'Outtakes' in the Top 100 Young Adult books! I'd love to see a few gay-leads like Tyler on that list!


http://www.npr.org/2012/06/18/1547960...

Thanks and love!

AP
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Published on June 19, 2012 13:24

June 10, 2012

New Book/Column/Short Film Update!

Hey Everyone:

I've attached the latest Dating Diet for your reading pleasure. The Dating Diet is in 13 papers around the US and can be found online as well. Just google it!

In book news, I'm editing the last 50 pages of my new novel now. I hope to lock on a publisher soon. Possibly going through Feelmagik again, but checking other options. Can't wait for you to read. Also working on a new short film that will premiere at The Fabulous Independent Film Festival this August. It's based on one of the Dating Diet columns. :)

Hope you're well. Thanks for reading and reviewing 'Outtakes'...it means a lot to hear your thoughts.

Much love AP
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ALL EYES ON YOU

My father’s new thing is he has absolutely no boundaries. I don’t know when we’ve come to this point in our relationship but I believe it started somewhere around the time he hit 65 and stopped giving a shit. I slowly became aware of the phenomenon through a long series of poorly timed dinner conversations regarding his girlfriend. Apparently nobody informed him that gay men don’t like to talk about vaginas when lifting forks to their mouths. So tonight, when I join him for spaghetti dinner, he insists she has a great ’hoohoo’ for a 55 year-old. Oh, and she’s still able to give birth. "Did you hear that? I can get her pregnant. You can have a lil’ brother," he says.

I choke. "At 55? Please. Who are you dating? Veruca Salt? Is she clutching her last golden egg?"

"It’s true. She’s ovulating." His eyes sparkle. "I saw a string up there."

"Yeah, left behind from 1992. Tell her to get a new line," I state, trying to keep my pasta down. "You know, conversations like this during dinner is why I have food aversions."

Aggravated, he twitches his head. "No, you’re just too good for food. You and your writer friends, living on coffee, all sleeping together."

Bidding him goodnight, I fail to remind him that I’ve been monogamous with the same man for a number of years. It’s not worth it. So I go to bed hungry, thinking of all the food I’ve eliminated from my diet. Pork. Beef. Eggs. Milk....

"Good thing penis is still on the menu," my bud Jake comments the next day. I grunt in agreement, continuing to be clouded by the dinner chat. "What’s wrong?" he asks.

"Apparently my father thinks I’m sleeping with my friends."

"That’s because he wants to sleep with your friends. At least, the girls."

"That’s true."

"But he is kinda on to something," Jake suggests. "I mean, most of us do sleep with our friends. At least, at some point...in between boyfriends."

"Really?"

"C’mon Anthony. Where have you been?" he laughs. Joining me for a drink at a downtown bistro he tells me that he’s actually getting propositioned by one of our friends now. "It’s normal," he says, nonchalantly.

"Normal? I don’t know if I would call that normal."

"It’s no big deal. He found me on Grindr."

The story goes that Jake began receiving pic requests from some random guy with no profile pic. The guy wanted penis shots and maybe an ass shot or three. Jake found this to be normal except it started getting weird when the guy seemed to have more information on Jake than shared. He figured the guy was a Facebook stalker or something like that so he let it go until the guy began referring to Jake by a pet name that only really close friends would know. It seems Jake’s friend had created a fake profile to get some jack material of Jake.

"You don’t think that’s odd?" I ask.

"No. I think it’s flattering that he’d go to such lengths to see my dick."

"So did you send him a pic?"

"Of course not. I’m going to tease him."

In sum, Jake plans to have a close friendship with him in the real world while simultaneously having a voyeuristic, pornographic relationship in cyberspace. Yet he won’t admit to knowing that both worlds coexist. It will be his dirty, little secret. He claims to get off on it even though he has no attraction to the guy. It grants him control. He likes being in the position seeing as he’s single and not interested in exclusively dating anyone.

Is this common in the current singles scene? Have apps like Grindr or Scruff thinned the line between friends and lovers? I recall a time when dating or hooking up was more personal, when friends weren’t able to follow your every slutty move on the Internet. They’d just gossip about it behind your back, like they should. Now, not only are they watching but being active participants. Did I miss the memo when it became ’normal’ to manipulate friends into showing them your dick? I don’t recall that component of taking on a friendship. I thought friendship was more sacred than that.

Still, dad thinks I should take it where I can get it because the majority of my friends have hot bodies. Of course, he’s talking about the women.

"So they show you some tit now and then. What’s wrong with that? Everyone wins," he says. But he doesn’t see the other side of Grindr, the time when my friends turn the app off and feel empty, longing for something more, something real - a love that everyone can witness. As of now, I don’t think they’ve created an app to satisfy that.
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Published on June 10, 2012 10:10

March 10, 2012

March Dating Diet Column

Check out the latest installment of The Dating Diet! Now in 13 papers and online outlets. xo


Williams So-No-Oh-Oh-Ma

Anthony Paull


My friend Josh has a dilemma. Single for two years, he’s graduated from making love to kitchen utensils. It won’t do anymore. It’s Black Friday. His love is on clearance, but there are no buyers and he won’t settle. Sex with closet cases who hate flamboyant gay men isn’t enough. He wants a nice guy who won’t be embarrassed to be seen with him at the grocery store.

"Then go stand in the organic fruit aisle and cry vegan," I say. "You’ll have a man in no time."

"It’s no joke," he states. "I hate waking up without a boyfriend. You know, my ex, the woodpecker. His penis was my alarm clock. His drill, the promise of a new day."

I roll my eyes. "Can you be more dramatic?"

"It’s true." Frowning, he kicks at the floor. "How am I supposed to find someone? Where do I meet new people? I’m done with searching for a man on a phone app."

"What’s the problem?" I ask. "You have a referral source. What about getting set up by a friend?"

"Good idea," he replies. "Can you? Please. Please. Please."

"No."

"Why?"

I recall a drunk text, where Josh confessed to having an intimate experience with a spatula. I’m not sure what he did but he had a hard time wiping his ass that week. All he’d say is that his bad behavior would make a rolling pin blush. "I know too much about your kitchen tools," I explain.

"That was one night," he defends. "One lonely night."

"You wouldn’t like my friends," I state. "They’re too superficial for you. You want a traditional guy."

His lips curl with the thought. "Right. A traditional guy."

The next day he takes to his cell phone, making the rounds. He calls seven of his friends but no one is willing to hook him up. They all make excuses, stating their friends are coupled or too critical. Only one friend, Seth, is able to provide a lead. "His name is Rudy," Seth says. "But you have to go slow. He was just in a relationship. He’s sensitive. Don’t try sleeping with him. He’s better than that."

Josh agrees, leaping at the chance to meet a guy who wants more than sex. The good news: the date is a success, filled with academic conversation, romance, and hints of intrigue. The bad news: Rudy reveals that he used to date Seth, and Seth has a jealous streak. You see, even though Seth introduced the two, he isn’t willing to give up what he had. Is that common for gay men? Are we territorial even if we have no rights? For Seth, it makes no difference that he’s merely Rudy’s friend; he still owns the property. Rudy is on lease. So what if he wants to join Josh and Rudy on dates? Between boyfriends, Seth doesn’t like being alone.

"Dude, you can’t come out with us every night," Josh tells him.

"Why not?" Seth asks. "I saw him first."

"Huh?"

"I introduced you to Rudy. Remember?"

"Yeah, and we’re dating now. So we need space to get to know each other."

Seth smiles in agreement but doesn’t take the idea well. This new relationship is cutting into his ’friend’ time. So he begins texting Rudy to win him back. Soon, the texts take a sexual turn, entering the realm of ’what if.’ Do you think we still have something? I miss you in my arms. But Seth doesn’t want Rudy. He just wants to know Rudy’s there.

On his birthday, Josh breaks it off when Rudy delays their plans for a beach day with Seth. "So much for meeting a man through friends," Josh says, calling me. "I’m back to ground zero."

"Hey, you took a chance," I say, cheering him up over dinner. "There are a lot of guys out there."

"Yeah, but they have friends. So even if they’re single, they’re not really single."

I wonder if he’s right, if we’ve become a society without boundaries, travelling in packs in fear of being of alone. Friends or lovers, it seems we may have lost touch with the notion of deleting someone, feeling guilty for it. Even if the ex-flame, the ex-friend is no longer in your life, they’re still looming on Facebook, waiting, watching.

I like to think I’m not like that, that I draw a clear, visible line when in it comes to friendship. So we eat dinner and I give Josh time to spend alone. As a friend, I know he’ll need it to go shopping. For his birthday, I got him a Williams Sonoma gift card. Friend or not, I have no intention of asking what he buys with it.
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Published on March 10, 2012 20:11

March 6, 2012

New Book

Hey There!

Just a short update.

I'm working on edits for my second novel.

It's edgy chic lit.

I hope you dig it.

The characters are crazy and slowly taking me with them.

Why can't I write about normal people?

Ha Ha.

Chat soon.

xo ap
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Published on March 06, 2012 08:39

January 27, 2012

'Outtakes' is M/M Romance February BOM!

Hey!

I'm so excited I forgot to flush!

I just realized that 'Outtakes' has been voted as M/M Romance February Book of The Month! Thanks so much! I'm glad to see that a Young Adult selection was chosen. I hope that I won't get eaten alive for keeping the heated scenes a tad 'edited' for young audiences. ;)

Oh, and congrats to Kaje Harper for being selected as well! I'm in great, sexy company....

As for an update: I'm editing my second novel, which is set to be released in June if I can stay on track. I'm assisting with the press and PR component of The 2012 Harvey Milk Festival in Sarasota so that will take up some time. Heading to SXSW in March to complete some interviews on film and music.

Oh, the life of a budding writer....you never know what position you'll end up in next. Hopefully a hot one though. Hubba. Hubba.

xo ap
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Published on January 27, 2012 17:42

January 20, 2012

Last Night to Vote For Outtakes

Hey Guys:

Tonight is the last night to vote for Outtakes for Book of The Month for M/M Romance. I need your support to to get my YA title in there!

Link below: Second poll down! Tell your friends!


http://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/20...

AP
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Published on January 20, 2012 17:31

January 16, 2012

Vote 'Outtakes' for BOM!

Hey Everyone:

'Outtakes' has been nominated for the February M/M Book of the Month! Please vote! It would be great to see a YA novel up there! Much love. AP

Second poll down!

Here's the link!

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/20...
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Published on January 16, 2012 19:56