Monday, April 7, 2014

Quotes That Keep Me Going

"A writer's courage can easily fail him....I admire anyone who has the guts to write anything at all."
                                                                                E.B. White

“The only way to rise above the pack is not be a part of it.”
   Don Hewitt
   Creator/Executive
   Producer 60 Minute



“The idea that your career is your life is a great misconception. Your career is just one of the tools to help you have the most fulfilling and successful life possible.”
   Ken Kragen
   Life is a Contact Sport


 “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
  Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
   Maya Angelou


 “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
 

  J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye




Writing is a business, but first it's an art. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dirty Sugar

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Last week I did a photo shoot with Founder and Principal Photographer of Dirty Sugar Photography, Jason Weston.  He and his amazing team created an atmosphere that beckoned freedom, fun and intimacy, a winning combination for anyone stepping in front of the camera. I've done dozens of photo shoots over the years and never before have I witnessed such seamless transitions between looks and teamwork to ensure comfort and unity. Stay tuned for more amazing shots and if you are looking for a dynamic photography studio to shoot with, look no further.

Dirty Sugar Photography
1717 troutman street, suite 218
ridgewood, new york 11385

Saturday, March 1, 2014

I'm Still Here!!!!



Hello Life After Amway followers! I know it’s been a few months since my last post, but I had to make some choices about where to put my creative energy.  I started my second book, revamped the Life After Amway screenplay, and gave my first book what I hope to be a final round of rewrites. A shout out to my literary agent Jeff Ourvan at the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency for his continued belief in me and my work. 

I’m also working on a television pilot I’ve written, getting back in front of the camera and I have continued my work with GLSEN-NYC and Life After Bullying to make our schools a safe place for all.  I truly miss writing editorial pieces and blogging! There’s so much happening in the world that I want to write about.  Bans on gay marriage getting struck down left and right, The Rights for Religious Freedom bill having been vetoed in Arizona, the Chris Christie scandal, and the horrific, inhuman crimes against my gay brothers in Uganda.  My prayers are with you.
However, I have been inspired by a new wave of articles about a subject I touched on in my last piece, AIDS in New York: Then & Now.  It’s the issue of judgment within the gay community towards those who are HIV positive.  It’s been a growing divide between negative and positive and those with the virus are looked at as everything from sick to stupid, unworthy, less than and unsexy and damaged goods.  Please take a moment to read these articles so well written by my fellow writers for the Huffington Post.  This is not how it’s supposed to be and this is not how it’s always been.We need a change in perspective in the gay community.




And finally, today I have the great honor of joining the So Gay So What campaign! Founder, and friend, Darren Melchiorre has invited me to strike a pose in their new ad. 10am photo shoot this morning, can't wait! "Like" their Facebook page to follow the great work this organization is doing and look for me in their upcoming ads!


It feels great to post on my blog again!  Thank you for all of your support and reading my work. It’s what gets me up in the morning.

James