Friday, December 3, 2010

Happy Gay Friday & Seasonal Shorts

This is how it is then, another Happy Gay Friday. Just as it used to be, only not as happy...
...because my thoughts are still every minute of the day with my dear friend Leontine, who wrote a heartbreaking post about what happened to her.

I find myself having a bit of a hard time getting back in the flow of visiting blogs, chatting about books and other fun things, after this devastating blow to a friend and being offline for more than a week. So, I apologize in advance for not leaving that many comments on your blogs yet, nor being on Twitter that much. I'll get back to that, eventually. I don't know how long it'll take me but for the moment I'm more comfortable just reading a lot, including all the blogposts I missed.

One thing I did take notice of though, is the launch of a new website this week: Brief Encounters Reviews.
It's dedicated to short m/m romance stories and run by the two seasoned m/m romance readers and reviewers Jen and Tam. I'll be checking out their reviews frequently because the short story is definitely a genre I could use a little help at trying to pick the good ones from the huge supply out there.

Talking about shorts: I'm tasting a few short stories and novellas myself this month. All are part of the Naughty or Nice Advent Calendar Set of Dreamspinner's Press, a collection of 31 stories that are available since this Wednesday. My plan is to read them all this month and review a selection of them each week(end). I'm looking very much forward to reading these seasonal stories.

How about you? Do you enjoy reading seasonal books this time of the year?

Happy Friday everyone!


  1. Her post was heartbreaking. Give her a hug from me when you see her next, ok?

    I can understand it being hard to get back to things after all that. But it's always good to see you out and about!

    Well, since I've already read several Christmas short stories this month... :)

  2. You'll get there. Just give it some time :-)

    Hmmm yummie eye candy!

  3. Take all the time you need *hugs*

  4. How very very sad. My thoughts go out to Leontine during such a difficult life-changing moment.

    Thanks so much for the shout-out hon. I do enjoy seasonal stories, Christmas, and Halloween and I do read them year around. Although obviously more at Christmas. I have to get going on my Daily Dose, I've been kind of busy and am falling behind already. :-)

    Hope you have a good weekend.

  5. My thoughts are with your friend. What a devastating loss and a truly heartbreaking post. I can understand how it would be difficult for you to go back to blogging. Take your time and come back when you're ready.

    The good thing about December is that because of the holidays everybody tends to slack off on blogging and blog-reading (and exercise, and eating right, and saving money, and almost all other good habits, ha, ha!) so there's plenty of time to make a come-back in January.

  6. Janna, it understandable that you're feeling this way. Leontine's situation is such a tragedy. Big hugs to you both.

    I do enjoy seasonal stories, especially Xmas themes, and will read them all year round.

  7. Disregard this comment. I had problems with the follow up. :)

  8. Take all the time you need Janna. Please give Leontine hugs for me. It's so great that she has you to lean on, and I know that you'll need support too! Reach out if you need anything! *hugs*

    Oh - and thanks for the Friday eye candy!

  9. *hugs* What you're feeling is totally understandable. Take your time, hon.

  10. Hugs to you honey. You know where my heart, thoughts and soul is... You all need my hugs!

    It will all come in time honey! And you know we will all be here when you get around. I love you and Leontine. Hugs and kisses to you all!

  11. @Chris: Thanks, Chris! I'll do that.
    It's just that I don't feel very 'out-and-about-y' atm (more like flu-y *g*), but it's sweet of you to say that.
    I enjoy the Christmas stories very much atm with all the snow outside. :D

    @Lis: I just need some more vitamine pills and pain killers to get me out of that very comfortable corner of the couch. ;)

    @Blodeuedd: Thanks, hon. :D

    @Tam: YW, Tam! It's a great site!
    I also read the seasonal stories all year. That I'm reading so many now is sort of new for me. So far I'm enjoying it a lot. :)

    @Val: Thanks, Val.
    I hope it won't take me the whole month to get back to bloghopping, that would be so depressing... No, I don't think it will take me that long, no, I'm positive. :D But you're right that the December-slack will give me an excuse and some extra time. ;)

    @Lily: Thank you for the hugs, hon.
    I read them all year round as well, but only one story every now and then. Atm I'm reading a few in a row each time and that's even better! :)

    @Tanya: Thank you Tanya. I actually can't do much for Leontine. With a tragic loss as this, time is your only friend, I'm afraid... *hugs*

    @Eyre: Thank you, sweetie. :)

    @Cecile: Hugs to you too sweets. Your support is heart warming. Thank you for that. xoxo

  12. My thoughts are with Leontine...and with you. *hugs*

    Oh, and grief has a way of creeping up when you're not looking, so you should take all the time you need.

  13. Yea you're back!! I've missed you! *hugs* to you and all that's been going on.

    I have read a few seasonal anthologies over the past couple of years, but I don't seek them out. In fact I've read some not at Christmas time!

  14. @orannia: Thank you for sending Leontine your thoughts. *hugs*

    @Jen: *g* You're a sweetheart, Jen!
    The Christmas theme is nice and comforting when it's so dark and cold outside, but I do enjoy seasonal books in summer too. :)


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