Yesterday Girl

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Digger did show up at the party. Not a big surprise. He weaseled his way in some way or another, whether through connections or sneaking up the fire stairs, who knows.

But I would not have predicted that he wasn’t the uninvited guest who would cause the biggest ruckus.

That would be a woman named Janessa. Do you remember that name? I don’t blame you if you didn’t, because I didn’t. Continue Reading »

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Don’t Get Me Wrong

(Welcome to September! We’re back on our Tuesday/Thursday posting schedule! And don’t forget the deadline for the meme contest —click for details— is September 9th! -ctan)

So the thing about live music is that it’s live. It’s not always predictable. And shit happens. A cracked toilet at the venue makes a flood that shorts out the lights. A dog gets loose and jumps into the grand piano and knocks it out of tune. People get sick or injured. This is one reason why, to me, it’s so important to stay sharp and not just fall into a rut of expecting it to be the same all the time. Because something is always going to make you change or adjust.

On this particular night some kind of a lighting problem hit us just at the end of a song, right before we had planned to do “Wishing Well,” and to get us and Louis and the show in general back on track we skipped it and decided to insert it later in the set. Fran was fine. Once the show started any nerves she had were blown away and she had given me that circle motion with her hand that meant “move on.” Continue Reading »

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The Wonderful World of Webcomics. Recs by Lenalena

In this last one of my contributions to the Daron fanposts this summer, I will present you with a few free LGBT-themed webcomics (earlier, we’ve done free short original fiction and free epically long original fiction). There are many, many, many LGBT webcomics, and I encourage you to explore as many as you can. There is a great, comprehensive, list (though not complete, new ones start every day, after all) right here, or you can poke around on Smack Jeeves, for instance, where you can do searches for BL (boy’s love), m/m, gay, transgender, or any other flavor of the rainbow spectrum.

New webcomics get started every day, many of which will be works-in-progess (WIPs) for a long time. Many sadly get abandoned, and some actually finish.

Eventually.

I have selected a few that have managed to keep my attention for several years.

 

Ones that are Finished.

 

For those of you that hate WIPs (really? And you’re reading Daron?)

The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver

In the span of a single day, Amal calls off his arranged marriage, comes out to his conservative parents, promptly gets disowned, goes on a bender… and wakes up the next morning to find TJ, a lanky, dreadlocked vagrant, frying eggs and singing Paul Simon in his kitchen.

TJ claims that the two have made a drunken pact to drive all the way from Berkeley to Providence. As it happens, Amal promised his sister he’d be there for her graduation from Brown University. And TJ, well… TJ has his own reasons… Continue Reading »

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Drifting, Falling

The Digger drill had been depressingly predictable, though I guess there’s a comfort to be found there. Since I wasn’t surprised by anything he said, I also wasn’t deeply affected or hurt by it, merely annoyed as shit. Continue Reading »

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The Other Side by Chris

Based on Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, Chapter 38 “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight” by Cecilia Tan

He stood staring into his closet as if it held the secrets to the universe. Would choosing the right outfit really make a difference to what he had planned? He glanced over his shoulder at his bedroom. He had a comfortable bed, currently occupied by his big furry dog. Various hair and skin products littered the dresser. A small jewelry tray sat on top of the chest, filled with a combination of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and watches. Hats and shoes were liberally strewn around the room. Everything seemed so normal. Continue Reading »

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Crowded House

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There were some press people there during soundcheck and I think possibly to impress them Remo had us do a couple more songs than usual. Which is to say it was one of the few soundchecks where he actually ran the soundcheck instead of me. It being Remo “running” the soundcheck meant he said some things like “Hey, what do you think about running through such-and-such?” and “Why don’t we take another song for a spin.” Like in New York, in LA there were always a lot of extra people around: hangers on from the record company and people with connections and who knows what else.

Fran was in fine voice but she seemed a little nervous, and Clarice’s reaction to that was to tease her mercilessly about it. “Look at you, you’d think you never saw a microphone before. It ain’t going to bite you,” that kind of thing. Continue Reading »

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Fan post: Chat Transcript

As some of you know, Cecilia’s on a cruise to Alaska right now. But if you missed last week’s chat with Daron and her in the DGC chat room, here’s a transcript!


    Daron M.   Nine minutes. Go gather the troops. I’ll post on twitter.


  • Amy Crook Are the cats the troops?


  • Cecilia Tan LOL. I better keep them out actually. Or they’ll walk on the keyboard and such.

  • Amy Crook It’s cute when they show up in the videos though ;)

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California Uber Alles

(Site news: If you missed it last week, we launched a contest for more memes! Grand prize winner gets a $25 Amazon gift card and a pack of DGC swag and books, plus 5 runners up get swag bags. Details here: Meme Contest Rules -ctan)


Confession time. (I know, I know, that’s all the time. But this one is special.) I had a little bit of a fantasy from time to time that without me Ziggy was leading an out of control diva workaholic life, in which he was being slowly driven insane by the pressures of fame and the alienation, from which of course the only rescue or relief was to be found in my arms. This was partly how I explained to myself stuff like, oh, him showing up solo at a random airport hotel seemingly just to see me: that was him escaping from his celebrity tabloid life and getting a good solid dose of down-to-earth Daron medicine.

I know there were times he was trapped behind the wall of his entourage, or by his public facade. I liked the idea of coming to his rescue.

I’ll let you decide who came to whose rescue, though, that particular morning in Los Angeles. I woke up with with my arms full of him and for a while I couldn’t remember where we were or why we were there or where we needed to be next. Continue Reading »

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Any way you want it… by Amber

And as if he were proving my point of last night, Ziggy was bristling with manic energy, throwing himself from place to place on the stage while he sang; the wireless mic freed him to whirl like a dervish, to collapse at my feet. I played looking down into his eyes while he lay on his back and sang. I taunted him with riffs, exchanging looks and music until he narrowed his eyes. Whatever game we were playing he seemed suddenly sure he could win it. As he began to sing the next chorus, the look in his eye changed from maniacal to feral and the meaning of that look struck me full on as if he’d mouthed the words “fuck me” right there. I felt a surge of energy up through my spine and I closed my eyes as I went to my knees, the part of my brain that wasn’t pulling the solo out of my fingers wondering if Bowie had ever taunted Ronson like this.

The quote above is from DGC Chapter 73-Any Way You Want It.

Since we can’t actually watch Daron and Ziggy’s stage antics I thought it would be fun to post some videos of Adam Lambert and Tommy Joe Ratliff. These are mainly fan made videos where fans compiled their favorite “Adommy” moments taken mostly from the Glam Nation Tour Adam did in 2010. I tried to keep the list short but, yeah, that didn’t happen. I actually started with over 40 videos (I could have had more but I forced myself to stop looking on YouTube) and pared it down to 23. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks to all the fans who filmed these and edited them all together. And the biggest thanks to Adam and Tommy for the fan service. And thank you to ctan for letting me post it here.

Beat Me Up-Allison Iraheta (I think Daron could definitely dedicate this to Ziggy.)

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Ready, Steady, Go

Photo by Ted Carter, TC Photography, New Orleans

Photo by Ted Carter, TC Photography, New Orleans

(The DGC book 7 ebook releases today!! Get it on Amazon, B&N, or Smashwords, and join us tonight for book chats! 8-9pm eastern right here on the DGC Site Chat Room and then 9-10pm on the Cecilia Tan YouTube Channel! Post your questions for Daron or me below! -ctan)

The oh-my-god-what-ARE-we-going-to-play panic finally hit at about four in the morning when we were stuck in traffic on I-10 westbound. There had been some kind of accident and even though it was the middle of the night cars were backed up for miles. It wasn’t moving at all. The panic was like in those dreams where you have to take a final exam but you have no pants or you didn’t learn the instrument your recital is supposed to be in. Except this was real. Continue Reading »

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