Hey Sunday Brunch lovers – Some of you may notice today is not Sunday. You are getting sleepy… Very sleepy… Today is Sunday… Today is Sunday…
I spent the weekend at Bent-Con in Los Angeles with one of the worst head colds I’ve ever had. I actually spent the weekend trying not to give my germs to my author friends Belinda McBride, James Buchanan, E.M. Lynley, Kimberly Hunter, Lou Harper, LE Franks, Sara York, Damon Suede, Shira Anthony, Rhys Ford and rest of the gang from Dreamspinner, who were also there AND the rest of the attendees. I bonked on scheduling this Sunday Brunch post correctly. Entirely my fault!
Here’s how my Sunday Brunch Blog works: Â I invite a couple of your favorite authors to my blog and ask them a question. Sometimes my questions are silly, sometimes they’re thought-provoking.
My guests will share their answers with me and you, gentle readers, can give your answer to my question in the comment section below. I’ll choose one random person from the comments and reward them with an ebook surprise, it’s that simple!
Last Week’s winner? Barb! I’ll be getting in touch with you soon.
Tell me what your answer to today’s question would be in the comments, and you could win an e-book!
This weeks question is:
IF you could live on a ride at Disneyland, which one would it be?
Can I just live in the entire park? No, well okay. There are plenty of rides I could see myself living – The Haunted Mansion, Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, the Great Movie Ride. Disney has so many amazing rides in their parks, which is probably why so many people go to there. But I think if I had to choose only one to be my home, I’d have to go with the Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
On one hand, you get to scare the living crap out of all the tourists. On the other hand, you get a lovely view of the park and surrounding area from the elevator, at least until it drops you to your death. Plus, it reminds me of getting stuck in the elevator at GRL 2013! (Which was quite amusing once we finally got out.)
Although, I’d much rather live in one of the Harry Potter rides over at Universal Studios…–Author William Cooper
I have to admit, I havenât been to Disneyland for a while and donât remember a lot of the rides, but then, maybe itâs because every time my family visits a Disney property we have some sort of Traumatic Moment. Happiest place on earth, my day-glo white ass. So Iâm reinterpreting the question as favorite ride, but even then Iâm playing fast and loose with it. My favorite ride was a 1989 Dodge Minivan with fake wood paneling. Yeah, itâs all about the woody.
Classes at UC Davis always to start on a Thursday, at least for the fall quarter, so three friends and I hatched a plan. As soon as the last one of us got out of our last class on Friday, we were hitting the road. So my favorite ride at Disneyland? The Disneyland Expeditionary Force of 1990. One friend had been my best friend since seventh grade: we told everyone we were cousins so theyâd stop accusing us of fucking while we were in high school; one friend was the first person I came out to; one of them is now dead.
While names and details have been changed to protect the innocent, EsmÃ©, Margaret, Greg, and I piled into the minivan and hit the road that Friday afternoon with two ice chests and a cheap CD player (because the radio in the minivan was even cheaper) and hit the road. The drive south was unremarkable, and if youâve ever drive south in I-5 through the Great Valley you know why. That it was dark helped immeasurably. Thatâs the kind of dumb thing you can do when youâre twentyâdrive all night and check into a hotel in Anaheim after midnight. Anaheim looks better in the dark, too.
Greg and Margaret, renamed the Greg and Peg Show by my parents due Gregâs habit of turning summersaults on the furniture and MargaretâsâPegâsâfutile efforts to stop him, took one room because they were dating. EsmÃ© and I took the other one because we werenât and she knew she was safe as a kitten. More to the point, so did her boyfriend who was doing his year abroad. Once he found out I was gay, he became a big fan of her spending time with me.
Another advantage to doing dumb things when youâre twenty is we were there before the park opened, ready to run amok, and did we ever. Margaret ran varsity track, Greg played rugby, I swam, and EsmÃ© just kept up with us. Iâm sure Greg and I scared a number of people out of our wayâ¦Iâm freakishly tall and Greg, while of average height, was built like refrigerator, and we wore mouse ears and maniacal grins.
I think the best part of the weekend was trying to let Margaret know I had something to tell her and then chickening outâ¦over and over and over. When I finally came out to her at the Fosterâs Freeze just north of the Grapevine she looked at me and yelled, âThatâsÂ it? I thought you wereÂ dyingÂ of cancer or something!â Then she slugged me. For such a short woman she had a really good arm.
But all good things, as they say. Margaretâs now a deputy state attorney general. EsmÃ© is now a housewife in the OC and doing her best to subvert her sonâs Boy Scout troupe with liberalism. It doesnât seem to be an issue with her daughterâs Girl Scouts troupe, for some reason. And Greg? Gregâs dead. Itâs been a few years, and itâs still a shock to the three of us.
In honor of Gregâs boisterous personality, I give youÂ Tipping the Balance, because Brad Sundstrom, too, has such a personality. — Author Christopher Koehler.
Okay yeah. Sigh. Itâs a Small World. Yep. Thatâs the home for me. I am just that ridiculously lame — and optimistic and sunny and all the crap that no writer of super sexy MM romance should be. Iâve lived and traveled all over the world. I started as an Army brat and just never quit. So that part of Small World makes sense.
I also decided as a very small child, that if there was a God, he/she loved us all the best. And if that wasnât so — if there was âone wayâ to the truth of living — then I wanted nothing to do with any deity that was so screwed up. So yes, there is âjust one moon and one golden sunâ in my world and they shine on us all equally and with love. I believe in true love. No, more than believe. As Jung said, âI know.â
Thatâs what I write about. I feel amazingly lucky to get to share that experience. And, like A Small World, I hope Iâm a catchy (slightly crazy-making) tune that never leaves your head.Â LOL : ) — Author Tara Lain
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