I have mentioned Cecilia Tan and Daron’s Guitar Chronicles before. Here is the blog about it. Because Cecilia is contracted to write two novels at the same time she hasn’t had enough time to post twice a week to DGC. The solution she came up with was that she would post on Tuesdays and she would let fans post something related on Thursdays. It’s been really fun to see what the fans have come up with to post over the last 4 months. We are just about done with the fan posts and will be going back to ctan posting twice a week again. I decided to do a post about Adam Lambert and Tommy Joe Ratliff. Check out my fan post by clicking the link below.
Here is a video of Cecilia Tan reading an excerpt from her Magic University series. The Magic University series is kind of like if Harry Potter had taken place in college and sex was magic. If you ever wished Harry Potter had been a bit more of an adult book you’ll love this series. She reads a sex scene from The Siren and the Sword (Book 1 of Magic University) then reads a short story she wrote called Draco the Wonder Ferret which is Harry Potter slash fiction. (If you don’t know what slash fiction is google it. And if you are curious here is her statement on fan fiction.) Draco the Wonder Ferret is both hot and hysterically funny which is not an easy combination to pull off. Enjoy.
My first introduction to Cecilia’s work was Daron’s Guitar Chronicles which I absolutely love. Daron is one of those characters that feels like he is actually one of your friends. I find myself wanting to tell people about what he is up to as if we all hang out together. It helps that due to the wonders of the internet that I can chat with Daron in comments and on Twitter etc. The story is an ongoing web serial. The storyline starts off in 1986 and Daron is now up to the early 1990s in the telling of his story. DGC is a wonderful coming-of-age story. Cecilia does a fantastic job of showing what growing up gay in the 1980s music scene was like. And DGC has been a really fun way to reminisce about the music of the 80s (and now 90s) as well as just remembering what life was like back then. Here is a short video Cecilia did a few years ago for a Kickstarter campaign that explains a bit about DGC.
The Kickstarter campaign was successful and you can now buy Daron’s Guitar Chronicles as real books. You can also get them as ebooks or read it for free online. If you choose to read it for free but would still like to support Cecilia she lists a few ways to donate here.
I’ve been trying to formulate a way to try to explain my intentions for this blog and my YouTube channel so people could have some idea of what to expect here. It’s hard because it encompasses so many different ideas, hence the “Anything and Alles (Everything)” tagline. There is no main thread that ties everything together except for the fact that they are all things that interest me. My original goal was to use this as a platform to interview people, and that is still a main goal. However, I also want to use this as a way to document things for myself. Whether it’s things I want to remember or just links and videos I want to be able to easily find again. I love being able to look back and see how my interests have evolved or how my ideas on things change with new input. And, in the process, if I can introduce someone to something they didn’t know existed or give them a new way to look at something, then that is just an added bonus.
Growing up my influences were talk shows and MTV (back when MTV actually played music 24 hours a day). I always wanted to be the interviewer. I thought MTV Veejays, Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey had the coolest jobs. Music was my first love, quickly followed by books, and I thought “how cool would it be to be able to interview whichever musician or author I was currently into?”. But I wanted to be able to interview whomever I wanted, whenever I wanted, from wherever I wanted. I never wanted to be tied to a location, production company, or a fixed schedule. Nor was I interested in having to interview people I didn’t care about simply for a show. I wanted freedom and control over what I was doing. And now with the internet and websites like YouTube I can do just that. I think that is pretty awesome. Now I just need to start telling people that GushOnline exists.