He Actually Did It! And I’m Advocating it Here!!!

spermiesThink of Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” as you watch Brian’s sperm go marching on towards their future surrogate ovum! (How was that  for inspiration? Woohoo!)

Isn’t it really freakin’ cool when you get to advertise something on your blog that is so unusual that you can scarcely believe it’s actually real? Or when you have friends who are unique enough in their life goals that they actually provide the opportunity for you to enliven your blog with such an advocacy? Well, this is one of those blogs, and my longtime bud Brian Rebmann (that’s two n’s, people!) is one of those friends!

Now granted, it’s not unusual in any way to hire a surrogate mom to provide the ovum and gestating womb for your child. But… how often does a single man  start a private funding campaign to raise the cash to afford a surrogate mom? Yes, you read that right! I’m telling you, say what you want about my friend Brian (chances are you won’t be the first!), but to use a popular expression, he has more balls (apropos pun fully intended!) than most of the rest of us guys will ever  display (the majority of us have only two, I presume! Yes, that’s all!), either in private or during a “lower selfie” sexted  to our significant other over our cell phone. He deserves credit for that. Whether or not he actually deserves donations  on top of that kahuna credit, however, will ultimately be up to everyone who sees his GoFundMe campaign to decide.

I ask everyone who can spare a bit of cash to donate, just as I have. Hey, I wouldn’t ask for any such thing on his behalf if I wasn’t willing to take the plunge (so to speak) myself! If you need further convincing, and chances are you do, then please take the miniscule amount of time required to watch this less-than-2-minute clip from a classic episode of The Brady Bunch. This is the ep where Peter Brady’s brothers convince him to dress up as one of the Sunflower Girls (think Westdale’s answer to the Girl Scouts) and go door to door selling their personal brand cookies. Recall the incredulity expressed by the man who answered the door when Peter puts his neck out to get this guy as a customer, as this feeling is quite possibly now being expressed by you as my bud Brian asks for a similar allotment of loot. Remember what happened at the end of that scene? Is it really a spoiler if I mention it due to the fact that you likely didn’t bother to click on the above hot link and watch the clip? (I mean, despite how many decades ago that show was on the air, it’s never  been out of syndication since, so you are equally likely not to have needed the refresher in the first place!)

Okay, here’s the spoiler: The incredulous dude, once it became clear to him that Peter wasn’t putting him on, bought a box of cookies from him despite his admission that he hated cookies* out of admiration for Peter’s nerve! Let’s face it, doing what Peter did during the early 1970s, when homophobia was actually popular and considered a legitimate American pastime, took about as much balls as what my friend Brian is doing now. He’s putting himself out there to achieve a dream, and asking for the largesse of the public to help with that (and hell, all Peter was trying to do was show up his sister Marsha because he and his brothers had a sexist dislike of her determination to prove what girls are capable of by joining Greg’s cub scout group). Celebrities may have turned down Brian’s request for a donation, but because he’s now put his name and face out in the public (and yes, I did try to discourage him from using a pic where he looks like he’s sitting on the porcelain throne and attempting to force out a load, but he ignored my concern, so don’t blame me for that!), I think we should give him all due consideration to his fund for this. Which is why I am proud to be the first donor 😉

[* Dude hated all  cookies? It’s not like there aren’t a gazillion different varieties out there! Ah well, I understand he had to make that statement in order for the laugh behind scene to have its full effect… I wonder if that was one of the unrealistic things in the scripts that Robert Reed raised hell with Sherwood Schwartz about behind the scenes.]

So go check out his fund (here’s the link again in case you’re too lazy to scroll back up!), consider all of the above, remind yourself if need be that what you’re reading is a totally legit fund, note that you heard about it here first (plug, plug, and another shameless plug!), and strongly consider donating! My homie Brian may very well be the official Sunflower Girl equivalent of his generation! And since homophobia is thankfully no longer in vogue, I can use such a comparative pop cultural analogy without besmirching his solid manly image in any way! W00t W00t!


Interview With the Mega-pire: Author Megan Elizabeth Morales

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Disclaimer: Blame the interviewee for the above pic, not the interviewer LMAO!!

This blog is the first of a series of interviews for other authors I hope to conduct on a regular basis. Consider this space open to those writers who may request it. I’m proud to have my first interview blog going to the up-and-coming published author Megan Elizabeth Morales. She’s accomplished what so many others have only dreamed of accomplishing at 18, and she did this despite dealing with the symptoms of epilepsy every day. Considering the years I dealt with another debilitating illness, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), I can certainly relate, and I hope her success and determination can make a major point clear to other aspiring authors who suffer from a chronic illness or disability: You can do it. Megan’s endeavors to raise Epilepsy Awareness are also quite admirable, I should add.

And without further commentary from me (I tend to talk enough as it is!), here is my first 9 Q & A interview with Megan:



1) As your appearance on my blog clearly indicates, you can appear pretty much anywhere, and at any given time. No part of cyberspace is safe from your presence – muahhahhah! So please tell the adoring public: how cool is it to be so unpredictable, spontaneous, and ubiquitous?

Well, sometimes I disappear for a few days because I forget about my WordPress blog, and then it appears like I’m just doing random posts. But, it’s actually because thoughts just appear in my head. It’s weird. But, I do think it’s very cool to see how many people like my stuff within minutes or even seconds after I post them!


2) Do you love being a writer?

It’s conflicting; I love being a writer, but then I get so frustrated and I stop for a few days. And then my editor is like, “What are you doing?”



3) Please tell my readers about some of your upcoming projects. Pweeaasssee…!

I have around five more projects coming out; two are soon to come out in book stores, another two just need their contracts, and one I am working on at the moment.


4) What genres of the literary world do you prefer to put your writing efforts into?

Horror/SYFY and Fantasy. (Interviewer note: Notice how Megan spelled “sci-fi” the way the Sy-Fy Channel currently does! How cool was that? Has that channel started a new grammatical trend? If so: Woohoo!)



5) Super-heroes are cool! (At least I freakin’ think so!) Rumor has it you have a new super-hero character called Strobe who is destined for publication. Can you tell us a bit about her?

Well. I based her off a little girl named Caitlin who has epilepsy because my friend Jason requested for my character to be named after her. Caitlin has a separate identity during the nighttime, and at the end of the story, you know everything is going to be alright. The theme song for this story is “Cartoon Heroes” by Aqua.



6) You’re into the cosplay sartorial phenomenon! You once made an incredible Harley Quinn! Who or what will you be at the Comic Con this year?

Originally I was going to be the Black Canary, but it didn’t come together really well once it all got pieced together; so I’m going to go as a sexy/sassy storm trooper.



7) You’ve done quite a bit to raise awareness for epilepsy. What are some of the challenges that you deal with on a daily basis due to having epilepsy that you think people should be informed about?

Well… I have to deal with the shame of having seizures in public, because people still make fun of those who have this disability, and I also can’t drive to places, which basically makes me a hermit.



8) What can those who want to do their part for raising Epilepsy Awareness do?

They can donate money to the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation, as well as participating in walks/runs once those kind of events come to your town.



9) This closing question is one I really feel compelled to ask, due to, yanno, you being you… Do you ever foresee yourself possibly ruling the world? (I do! I do! But I’m asking you LOL!)

I wish! I could see myself ruling the world of rabbits, though… and if they ever tried to overpower me, I’d eat all of their lettuce and carrots in front of them.