By Jeff Walsh
Easier With Practice is one of those movies that is impossible to review on a gay site, especially for someone as spoiler-adverse as me.
Because the distributor sent me this with another title, and I didn't even bother to read about it in advance, I just converted it so that I could watch it on my iPad and review it on the plane to or from Hawaii. And, for 90 percent of the movie, my thought was "Why did they send me an interesting, albeit seemingly heterosexual movie?"
In the back of my mind, of course, I thought, "The only way this would be a gay movie is if..." and, of course, that is what ends up being the case. So, we have a gay movie that is sort of a twist gay movie, except to review it on a gay website almost requires you to tell people the twist, so that it actually seems like a gay story.
The question I have, of course, is... if you watch this movie based on knowing it will eventually be a gay movie, even though it doesn't seem like it for most of the film and, because of that knowledge, figure things out in advance that you otherwise wouldn't or shouldn't, is it still a satisfying movie?
And I don't know the answer to that question.
"Strings Attached" by Nick Nolan is a great story of how a closeted teen's life changes and he becomes a man (see review below).
We have three copies of this book to give away. One grand prize winner will get a signed copy, and two others will win copies of the book, as well.
To enter, send me a private message with a subject line of Strings, before July 6, and you're entered. Only one entry per member. And, of course, if you enter, you have to be Ok receiving a gay book in the mail, obviously.
By Jeff Walsh
Nick Nolan's "Strings Attached" is a fun beach read of a book. I can safely say that, as I read it on a beach all day today. But seriously, this novel starts out like your typical gay young adult novel, but then adds a lot of additional layers and metaphors to make it an even more compelling read.
When the book starts, Jeremy has to call 911 for his drunk mother, who almost died... again. He ends up living with his aunt, with whom his mother had a falling out after the death of Jeremy's father. This aunt is incredibly rich, with butlers and a huge mansion overlooking the ocean. In short order, Jeremy goes from poverty to posh.
As you know is a gay young adult novel, you start lining up all the things that will likely happen, and most of them don't. Or few things happen as you initially suspect. If anything, I'd go as far as to say Jeremy's awakening about being gay, while integral to the story, is less dramatic than the family drama around which it is set.
This is just about hopeless. Starting a business will take a long time to get stared. Alot of obsicle to dodge and jump over. Alot of money to spend, and alot of shit to worry about. This requires alot of patience.
First two issues to draw the people in. Would need at least 50-200 readers to take on reading the magazine and hopefully they would be able to suggest or subscribe for the rest of the issues.
So i was online today totally bored because school closed 3 hours early due to inclemit weather. I was checking people's aim profiles, but not talking to them just reading the jokes and stuff, and my freind's profile had a link to a test about your love life. i had just gotten off of thespark.com (killing more time) so i was in a test taking type of mood. So i took the test cause what harm could it do? The questions were like, "what is your name", "what is your crushes name" and a bunch of questions about being a virgin or not.
These are links to my diary sites, I don't feel like copying and pasting all of the words and pictures over.....
This was what may have happened about a year ago... if it wasn't for friends...
There is an incredibly huge chance of me coming out to my english class tommorrow. Mixed exitedness and nerves, but mostly exited. The reason this all comes up is Im giving a speech on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, the pinicle of American stupidity. *rolls eyes*
Okay, so two months ago a guy from my real life who barely knew me told me over the internet that he liked me. Against my no dating policy at the time and my better judgment, I told him I liked him too. All was happy.
Two weeks later, after talking online and basically deciding that we would be dating when school started again, he said that it wouldn't work and that we would be better friends than boyfriends. He had no real reason for the change of heart, and I was hurt.