Oct. 16th, 2017

david stein: tribute to a slave, writer, publisher, and friend

[Note: This post includes not-safe-for-work links.]

I cleared out my leather life this fall. Technically, all I was doing was donating my leather library – hundreds of vintage leather/BDSM magazines and a few books to the Carter/Johnson Leather Library, a travelling historical library that I had volunteered for in the 00s. But this was also a way for me to say goodbye to the period – 2004 to 2007 – when I'd belonged to the leather community. I proved to be a square peg there in a pentagonal hole, but I'd never had the opportunity to formally leave the community. This would be my opportunity.

At a certain point, I passed on some books by david stein (his name is lowercased) to my apprentice, who is a member of the leather club La Garou. It occurred to me then that I ought to drop a line to david. I'd fallen out of touch with all my friends this year, but I knew that david was ill with cancer, which made it especially important that I stay in touch with him.

Then the urgency of my current task – I was cutting back on my belongings because I faced an imminent inspection by my landlord – caused that thought to slip out of my mind.

I donated the magazines and books. On Twitter, I thanked the Leather Library, as well as the Leather Archives & Museum, which had originally sold me most of the magazines. Then I tweeted, "(*Quietly closes a door on that chapter of my life.*)"

Seventeen days later, I emerged from the bathroom to find my apprentice standing with his smartphone in hand, looking grave. "I think you should sit down," he said.

Thus I learned of the death of david stein.

david stein

Safe, sane, and consensual )
Community )
Publishing )
Romance )
Friendship )
david's writings )
Other tributes to david stein )

Jan. 8th, 2015

Scribe Mozell (1958-2014): m/m author, fanfic writer, and early writer of original slash/het

I missed earlier announcements about this, so I only recently learned that Scribe (aka Scribe Mozell, Scribescribbles, and Miss Mozell) died last March 29 at the age of 55. I don't know the cause of death, but she had been in ill health for many years. She was a published m/m author but was best known for her fan fiction and for her original slash/het fiction, which dates back to at least the beginning of this century. (I'm not certain when she began posting her writings.)

I've linked at the bottom of this post to the death announcements and to her profiles and writings. (Her publisher's announcement of her death includes her offline name, which she never troubled much to hide; some of her writings contained both her offline name and one of her fan names. So I've linked to everything I could find.) But I'd like to say first what Scribe meant to me.

Read more... )

Apr. 24th, 2011

Daily life: Time for my next relapse

"When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain,
Before high piled books, in charact'ry,
Hold like rich garners the full-ripen'd grain;
When I behold, upon the night's starr'd face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love!—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till Love and Fame to nothingness do sink."

--John Keats (composed in 1818; published posthumously).

How I reply to comments at this blog.

Deadlines and schedules )
Eve of my relapse )
A tribute to Sarah Jane Smith )
Stepping off the cliff )
And it begins )
So far, so good with my health; plus, Torchwood and Doctor Who )

Apr. 18th, 2011

Memorial: My beta reader's son

I've just learned that the nineteen-year-old son of one of my beta readers, Kathleen Livingston, was brutally murdered last year. (She gave me permission to mention her by name here.)

Ms. Livingston, characteristically, responded to my note of sympathy by expressing concern about my own health issues. We got to talking about the finiteness of life, and how important it is not to dilly-dally in accomplishing goals, because who knows what tomorrow will bring? I said to her:

"I wrote an Eternal Dungeon story five years ago in which a character says: 'That's what I need. . . . A small chance of dying, every now and then, to remind me of how great my fortune is.' Perhaps your son's death will serve as a reminder to others of the fleetingness of life, and he'll have enriched the world thereby."

Last year, just a few months before the murder, Ms. Livingston betaed my latest novel, Law Links. (She was also one of the beta readers for Blood Vow and my upcoming Three Lands novel Law of Vengeance.) If you happen to be reading Law Links (which, by horrible coincidence, features a teenager embroiled in bloody events), I hope you'll spare a thought for Kathleen Livingston and her family in their time of mourning.

Jul. 25th, 2009


In memory of my mother, who died a year ago this week.

Jun. 21st, 2009

Stuart Carroll (Minotaur), 1964-2009

Some of you will have heard this already - I only just received this news - but Minotaur, a member of the slash community and of Gaylaxicon, died on June 14.

The entry on him at Fanlore, with related links. See especially the testimonials section.

The details of his death, as posted by his roommate, and news about memorials in his name.

I owe a lot to Minotaur; at the time I entered the slash community, in 2002, his Slash Page Database Project was one of the few Web directories collecting links to original slash and original yaoi (as well as many other types of slash and yaoi). The database helped me to find other original fiction sites and to get the word out about my own.

I also crossed paths briefly with Minotaur through his appearances at Connexions and Con.txt. I was very sad to hear of his death.

May 2018




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