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Jan. 29th, 2011

brian & justin smooch

I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!!!!

Not wanting to sound toooooo much like the white rabbit, but I missed a VERY VERY VERY important date....... it was indigo_5's birthday this week, and alas I was travelling back from Tasmania (southern state of Australia for those who don't know) on holidays and couldn't not wish her a very very very happy birthday. Rache you know how much I've appreciated your fic over the years and can't wait to see what the future holds for you.

Many happy returns darlin'

xxx
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Jun. 13th, 2010

brian & justin smooch

Gay fiction reviews

I've been spending a lot of time recently over at goodreads, particularly the mm romance group, which is kind of like a book club for those with an interest in the mm genre.

Rather than posting books I've reviewed here, I thought I'd try out this widget and see if it works.





Luvflix's bookshelf: read


PurgatorySnowed InHeavenThe One That Got Away - Second EditionLove Means... No ShameMastering Toby

More of Luvflix's books »



Luvflix's  book recommendations, reviews, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists


If you click on a cover of a book, it will take you to my review in case you're interested.
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Apr. 1st, 2010

single candle

I'm bored with soaps!!!!

I know, I know, shameful thing to say really, seeing they have brought me such pleasure ... in the past. But more than a little frustrated with the lack of seeing anything decent from either Nuke or Kish that my tapping fingers have been wandering around the internet and have discovered...SHOCK HORROR!!! MM Romance! Well, DUH!!! I know, I've never been very quick on the uptake here.

Anyway, after an interesting thread over at the Kish boards about authors/novels people liked I thought I'd take note of the ones I fell in love with. As all you authors out there probably recognise, my favourite stories are those with heartfelt romance with hot, sizzlin' lovin'. BTW I've bought most of these from Books on Board in their digital editions in case any of you haven't come across this site - fantastic books... and very affordable!



This was my first from this prolific author and I'm still working my way through all her works, but Joey and Arron will forever hold a place in my heart. Aaron is a paramedic with a jaded outlook on life, who meets Joey, a social worker who always sees the glass as half full.




I should mention these three novels from K.A. Mitchell form sort of a series, with characters interlinked. This I believe was her first in her series and brings to life Noah and Cameron, men that have known each other since they were kids. But it's what happens now they're adults that's far more interesting.




Another jaded character, this time in the form of Kim Jae Sun, an ER doctor and Shane the divemaster (among other things), who meet during a diving holiday. How this author manages to write the hottest scenes on the planet in three separate books and still makes them unique is beyond me!




This author is definitely on my 'must read everthing she writes' list as this was an incredible mix of character development, coming out issues and an interesting twist (and you guessed it, hot, hot, hot lovin'). This story is about Matt who moves to a small town in Colorado and makes friends with local shop owner Jared who is not living up to his full potential, but then neither is Matt.




This is a short story, that personlly I would love to see with a sequel, that involves the heart ache felt by two men when they lose Simon; Wade, Simon's lover and Dylan Simon's brother. This novella is heartwrenching but leaves with you a definite 'feel good' feeling (but not sappy) at the end.



I have a feeling I'll be adding to this list in the very near future. If you've any to add I'd love to hear from you.
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Mar. 8th, 2010

shelter

Shelter

As you guys know, I don't normally post a lot of stuff, (apart from lurking and commenting around various comm.s!) but found this on youtube and just think it says so much about how straight guys can approach gay sex scenes. It's from the movie "Shelter" which I think is just one of the best quality love stories I've seen recently (of course Brokeback Mountain is always a fave!)

It's an interesting take on acting outside your comfort zone, particularly as with other gay stories I follow/have followed (Brian/Justin, Luke/Noah, Oliver/Kyle) there seems to be one actor that identifies (or has been identified) as gay, whereas in this movie they are both straight.

Would be interested to hear any others points of view.

The youtube link is...

http://www.youtube.com/user/GPPictures#p/a/u/2/MqBcM6gCs8M

(sorry, wouldn't have a clue how to post youtube here - if you can't find it with this link, go to youtube and search for "SHELTER - The Making of a Gay Classic")
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Jan. 27th, 2010

summer flowers

A BELATED BIRTHDAY WISH FOR INDIGO ....

To our wonderful Rachel,

Apologies for the lack of colour and glitter which you so richly deserve on this special day (am typing this belated message in the midst of piles of paperwork!)

May all of your dreams come true this birthday, as you have offered so many of us all we could hope for in your wonderful fanfic!

Although life is on speed dial for me at the moment, and therefore unable to read any of your online stuff, you know I have a special place on my bedside table reserved for your fic...thanks for everything sweetheart - have a fabulous year!!!

Mwuaaaahhhh.

Kerryn
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Dec. 27th, 2009

brian & justin smooch

Wishes to all and an update....

Merry belated Christmas to all on my flist and my deepest wishes for a safe and healthy new year to you and your families!

It has been an incredible year, filled with some professional highs and some personal lows. This has been my first year of teaching after returning to uni as a mature age student. In short, I have had the best year of my life when it comes to working. I LOVE teaching - the kids are so full of fun, new ideas and amazing potential and to be part of their lives is truly humbling.

However, as many of you know, on the home front, it has probably been one of the worst years of my life, but with hope building around every corner. Late last year my (then) 11 year old daughter had a bleed to the brain from a malformation of her blood vessels (in short, there was high pressure blood pumping into a low pressure area, causing a rupture, thus the bleed). Due to the site of the bleed she couldn't have an operation as it was deemed too dangerous, so at the beginning of this year we had to have some radiation to try and reduce the size of the AVM (the site of the bleed). 6 months later I posted in my journal that although the AVM had yet to shrink, the feeding vessels into that site were showing signs of reduction.

Having just had a follow up MRI this month we have now found out that the AVM itself has shrunk by 2mm's!!! That doesn't sound like much, but it is a very hopeful sign according to my daughter's doctors (who by the way, is the same team of surgeons who separated the conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna - makes you feel you're in safe hands and very blessed to be living in Melbourne near the world renowned Royal Children's Hosptial).

So, once again I want to put out my thanks for those who thought of and prayed for us over the past 12 months or so. Even though I've never met any of you face to face, it means a lot to me to have people on the other side of the world sharing their lives with me. And also sharing your fic with me (!!!)- as you know I try to comment on all that I read as just a small thank you for making me smile and allowing me to get caught up in another world when life in this one seems too hard.

Christmas and New Years blessings to you all.
Love and thanks,
from Kerryn
xxxxxxx
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Jul. 19th, 2009

summer flowers

Cautious good news!

Have just received an update on my daughter's condition and can now afford to be cautiously optimistic!

For those who remember, she had a bleed to the brain last October, and was diagnosed as having an AVM, which is basically a cluster of vessels in the brain that are susceptable to bleeding.

Treatment earlier this year involved giving her an extremely high dose of radiation to the site of the AVM, a 'normal' ongoing dose for a breast cancer patient would be around a grade 2 or 3, my daughter had a grade 15. The aim of the radiation was to eventually shrink the AVM thus minimising the risk of a rebleed.

She had an MRI a few weeks ago and after the discussion with her neuro surgeon last week, they found that the 'feeder' arteries (the arteries going into the site of the AVM and supplying it with its blood supply) are showing signs of decreasing in size (which is extremely good news at this early stage in the game). The other amazingly positive news is there appears to be no damage to the surrounding brain tissue from the radiation. It is too early to see the AVM itself shrinking, and probably won't see progressive signs of this for another 18 months to 2 years.

But all is very positive with this latest news.

Thank you so much to those who have been sending prayers and positive thoughts our way. Some have been IM'ing me which I am unbelieavably touched by. Many of you have probably noticed my absence in commenting in some of the communities at the moment. Life has been busy on the work front of late, so have not had much of 'me' time recently but will resume commenting once I have some time to myself to read all that's going on out there.

xxx
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Dec. 29th, 2008

brian & justin smooch

Long time no speak and ... thank you

Hi there to one and all and any who decide to read!

I just thought I would update on how this year has been for me. It started promisingly with what has been my final year of a Primary Education degree (for those in America, read: Elementary Teacher) and I have landed a job teaching Grade 4's (9 year olds) next year in a school only 15 minutes away - so that is exciting and nerve wracking at the same time.

Unfortunately this has all been tainted with what has been the hardest few months of my life. In late October my (then) 11 year old daughter (turned 12 on Christmas Day) had a severe headache which caused her to lose her balance and ongoing vomiting for 12 hours. After visiting the doctor the next morning, we went to the local hospital to have her checked out. It was then discovered that she had bleeding to her brain and then we were transferred via ambulance to the Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne). After numerous scans and tests it was found that she has an AVM (arterial venous malformation) which is basically a cluster of vessels in her brain that haven't formed properly and spontaneously bled, and could bleed again. The AVM is too deep set in her brain to operate on, so we have to try and treat it via stereo tactic radiation, which hopefull will start in February. The good news is she hasn't had any further headaches since early November (after spending a hellish week in the hospital) but now we just have to wait for the treatment (which has no guarantees unfortunately) but we are trying to maintain a positive outlook and keep ours (and hers) spirits up. Needless to say this has been quite a shock as both of our children (both girls) have always been very healthy - the saying "I never thought it could happen to me" has never been more true and never so personally realised.

There is nothing more stressful than having a sick child, particularly when doctors are using words like potentially fatal bleeding and potential paralysis (due to treating the area of her brain that controls her mobility). I have sort of withdrawn from my usual hectic social life and just avoiding life in general, partly so I'm around for my family and partly as it just hurts too much to keep on talking face to face with well wishers.

So this is where my thanks come in. To all the writers at various live journal communities - you have been my sanity. I know I can't escape real life on a permanent basis, but to withdraw for even a little while and to escape reality through fanfic (and the ongoing dramas with Luke & Noah!) have helped get me through some pretty dark times. I wish I could write fiction like you do, to be able to offer something back to those communities that have allowed me to lose myself in them, so I try to comment on those fics that are truly wonderful as its just one way of saying thanks for the efforts you put into creating a world in which I can get lost.

So here's to a happy and healthy 2009 for us all....and again....thank you!

Kerryn
xxx
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Sep. 25th, 2008

brian & justin smooch

HOLIDAYS!!!

Hi one and all!

Am just backing up all my stuff before heading off to country Victoria for a camping trip in the beautiful Bright. Will have to keep feeding my addiction for my fan fic and vids when I return!

xxx
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Sep. 23rd, 2008

brian & justin smooch

YouTube Links to QAF vids

Was commenting on we dreamerz wonderful vid the other day, and realized as much as I love reading her (and others) fic that I hadn’t watched much of the show recently or some of the amazing vids out there for awhile.

 

Was in an upbeat and horny mood, and trolling through my favourite vids on youtube and thought I would share. I have decided to leave some of the ‘slower’ ones for a later time (no ballads here), as it’s just not where I am at the moment.

 

Here are some of the links to the vids.

 

NOTE:

  • These videos may not be suitable for minors.
  • These are not my videos, check out the links for the makers.

 

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=RTw6ssdZioQ

(song: Rape me by Nirvana)

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=nPbEBttAcB8

(song: I Believe by 2 Vibez)

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=G6u2JitfAeY&feature=related

(ok maybe this is a little slower, but love Heather Small singing “Proud”, and has some amazing promo shots of the qaf gang) (***this one's especially for you Ms Sexy Pumpkin - for being PROUD)

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=b4qsNiJBWzk&feature=related

(song: I wanna MMM by the Lawyer)

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ff1CbQHxjCk

(song: I Know You Like Me by Mr Skillz – made by a fellow LJer ‘pixiebullets’)

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=i3YmtlhX43c&feature=related

(Song: Chained to You by Savage Garden)

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=yocrlfROroc&feature=related

(Song: We Belong by Pat Benatar – ok slightly ballidish but the vid is fantastic!)

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=EG_cdkcbLoM&feature=related

(Song: Break Me Shake Me by Savage Garden – ok getting nostalgic for 90’s music here)

 

Here’s also a link here to a short 3 minute clip of 214 where Justin tops Brian – I know we’ve all seen it before, but it never hurts to be reminded!!!!

http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk73pONthHA&feature=related

 

Ciao for now

K

xxx

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