In which I am old and TAF gets a new release (probably, eventually)

Taking a brief vacation from the new vlogging obsession, I thought I’d compose a short post that actually pertains to writing – ho ho. I recently realized that my first novel,┬áTalking About Fungus, passed its ten-year publication anniversary last year, and that is both impressive and deeply, deeply unsettling, for it further underscores the fact that I am old. Old. Old. OLD. So, yes, in … Continue reading In which I am old and TAF gets a new release (probably, eventually)

Results of the Chosen giveaway

As promised, the results of the Chosen: Book I giveaway! After compiling all the names of those who entered, I enlisted the help of Benny, my faithful feline companion, and Emily, my faithful friend and punster, to select the winner in the most scientific way possible. By putting each name on a little strip of paper and drawing a name out of hat. Here you … Continue reading Results of the Chosen giveaway

Last chance to win a signed copy of Chosen

ATTENTION, PEOPLE OF THE EARTH! Be advised that tomorrow is the final day to enter to win a signed, advance reader copy of Chosen, your new favorite LGBT fantasy novel! It has magic! It has emotion! It has daring action scenes and not-so-daring scenes where the characters, like, talk together and stuff! IT HAS EVERYTHING! ENTER TODAY or regret it forever. When a mark on … Continue reading Last chance to win a signed copy of Chosen

A glorious announcement and a chance to bombard my inbox with awkward questions

Friends, I have some truly glorious news. I have accomplished something today that I never dreamed possible, something that I feel is the very pinnacle of human achievement. I HAVE FINISHED ALL OF MY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. My Christmas shopping style, it should be noted, generally involves a frenzied rush through the shops two days before Christmas, followed by a sleepless night of wrapping and papercuts … Continue reading A glorious announcement and a chance to bombard my inbox with awkward questions

Win a signed copy of Chosen, Book I

Hey, whoa, it’s giveaway time! The prize: A signed, advance reader copy of my upcoming LGBT fantasy novel, Chosen, Book I: The Hayel. How To Enter: Like my Facebook page. And? And…that’s it! Just like my Facebook page, and you’re automatically entered. http://www.facebook.com/tjbaerofficial And if you’ve already liked my page, first of all, congratulate yourself for being awesome, and then sit back and relax, because … Continue reading Win a signed copy of Chosen, Book I

Chosen cover reveal!

Despite my lingering headache (and growing certainty that I really shouldn’t have eaten that extra piece of chocolate), I’m pleased to offer you all a first glimpse of the cover of Chosen! Long-time readers (and psychics) will recognize Chosen as the LGBT fantasy series I’ve mentioned approximately 75,000 times since starting this blog, and others will not recognize it at all, because the world is … Continue reading Chosen cover reveal!

Self-publishing and the avoidance of cooties

As many of you already know, I’ve recently finished my final draft of Chosen, the first volume of an LGBT fantasy series I’ve been working on since I was a wee gel of fifteen. And while considering agents and publishers as of late, I’ve found myself rather seriously thinking about… Self-publishing. I know, I know. But hear me out. Now, I know that self-publishing sometimes … Continue reading Self-publishing and the avoidance of cooties

On my doings as of late.

Hey. Hey, you. Yeah, you. Now that that’s out of the way, on to business. Nearly a month has passed since my last update, and you may be asking yourself, “What has T.J. been doing all this time? Why did she leave us for so long? Does she not realize that her absence plunges us into a chill, unending darkness that never abates until she … Continue reading On my doings as of late.

Coming Out Day and the Disney Princess of “Chosen”

First of all, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy Coming Out Day! May it be filled with rainbows and unicorns and glorious, glittering gayness. <3 Coming Out Tip: If you dress up like Batman and Robin and proceed to do a jaunty dance together, your friends and loved ones may get the message without your even having to say, “Hey, we’re gay.” Just … Continue reading Coming Out Day and the Disney Princess of “Chosen”

Paranormal lesbians and the pizza to end all pizzas

First, I’d like to offer my heartfelt gratitude to those individuals who’ve liked, commented on, or followed this blog. You guys rock! In other news, it’s somehow Sunday evening again, meaning that the entire weekend has vanished into a sad little puff of smoke and Monday morning looms all too near. Where did the time go? What happened to the weekend? Why won’t Monday just … Continue reading Paranormal lesbians and the pizza to end all pizzas

Which is all about fungus.

Good news, fungus fans! After a lengthy wait of approximately five thousand years, the print version of Talking About Fungus – now with a spiffy new cover that actually relates to the book – is now available! It’s currently available on Amazon’s “Createspace” site, and will be up on the Amazon main page within, if the legends be true, 3-5 business days. And if that’s … Continue reading Which is all about fungus.

In which Kaine searches for peanut butter.

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been working on the writing of Chosen for approximately all of recorded time – or, more accurately, fifteen or sixteen years, since I was a Dragonlance-obsessed teenager longing desperately to write my own fantasy opus. The story has gone through dozens of different incarnations, though always with Nicholas and Kaine (and their relationship, be it BFF or something more) at the heart of it.

This morning, friends, I came across a version of Chosen that I would very much like to share, as it has given me great amusement on this otherwise irritating morning.

I call it: Kaine Searches For Peanut Butter

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Okay, not really. But that’s the general gist of this two-page start to a story that never got off the ground. Rather than setting the story in an alternate fantasy world, Past Me decided to play around with the idea of Nicholas and Kaine living in the modern world. More specifically, in Chicago.

Here is the result:

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