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Jan 20, 2014

Anchors No More #1: The Problem With Decisions

“Should we do it?” Holly looked at him with the same eager uncertainty, “I don’t know, what do you think?” He swallowed, his throat acidic, and he tinkered the switch lightly with a gloved fingertip. Gary hated decisions. They were always so defining. “We kind of have to,” he said, “It’s here. We did it.” […]

Jan 09, 2014

The Advisor #12: Killer Butterfly Spreads

  Tuesday San Francisco, 6:00 PM     Victor bolted up from his wooden swivel chair. It was time to call it a day. Ignatius Rowe felt like a morgue ever since Lucy Mincer’s death. The only upside was that the administration had loosened the screws on the trainees.  But that didn’t last long. He […]

Dec 29, 2013

Castro Bridge Mix #13: One No Trump

SFO Terminal 2 Waffles waited until the last possible moment before arriving at the airport terminal to catch his flight to LA. Somehow, he felt as if part of himself had been hollowed out and left for dead. “Your flight should be boarding any minute. You can proceed through the expedited security area, Mr. Madison.” […]

Dec 21, 2013

Body Packaging #14: The Lethal Marketplace

  The Grove/LA Farmers Market Los Angeles   “I don’t know what I’m doing here. But hey, my boyfriend’s dead and everything else’s all fucked up. So, what do I have to lose?” She barely breathed as she uttered one final sentence. “Except maybe my life.” Veronica Walters could have easily passed for one of […]

Dec 08, 2013

Castro Bridge Mix #12: Sacrifices

San Francisco District Attorney Office,  850 Bryant Street   Dereck listened intently with his office door closed.  It sounded like a faint pawing at his door.  Gradually the pawing sounds mutated into a sporadic knocking.  “Who’s there?” The door gradually opened and Dereck set eyes on a homeless man covered with dirt, his face completely […]

Dec 01, 2013

Castro Bridge Mix #11: Finesse

The Lookout on Market Street, Castro “I’m sure that I’m the last person that JT wants to see.” Lyrick leaned into the side of Dereck’s arm as they both peered out over the heart of the Castro from their perch on the Lookout bar’s outdoor balcony. “You saved his life, Lyrick. I don’t get why […]

Nov 24, 2013

Castro Bridge Mix #10: Holding Hands

“Is this heaven? It’s me, God. Margaret here. Whoops, wrong story. Sorry, Judy Blume. I mean it’s just me, JT.” Waffles could see everything around him in a soft gold and purple haze. He looked down at a magnificent burgundy rose and rolled its stem between his thumb and forefinger. He sniffed it intensely waiting […]

Nov 17, 2013

Castro Bridge Mix #9: Picking Up Tricks

The St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco Lyric’s November was definitely starting out with a bang. He turned to face this evening’s trick. “Yeah it’s very portable. Just like me, Master.” Lyrick smiled confidently despite the fact that he was cantilevering himself on a Door Jam Sex Sling while wearing a thick black leather dog collar. He […]

Nov 10, 2013

Castro Bridge Mix #8: Seven Hearts

  Mae’s was packed with revelers desperate to get into the city’s most sought-after Halloween celebration. The establishment had ridden the rising tide of the Castro’s long-lived run as the Halloween capital of San Francisco which had grown into a mob of several hundred thousand by 2006. Then, after shootings took place during the 2006 event, […]

Nov 08, 2013

Body Packaging #13: Out With A Bang

Bel Air, California “So, how did you manage to escape?” Veronica gazed into Philippe’s deep-set brooding eyes knowing in her heart that the impostor stripping off his clothes in front of her was probably responsible for Philippe’s murder. She feigned a smile as it finally sunk in that she would never see her true love […]

Nov 03, 2013

Castro Bridge Mix #7: Grand Slam

San Francisco, Halloween 2013   “Everyone has their purpose.” Tell Williams strolled down Castro Street wearing a striking creme-colored three-piece suit as he spoke to himself about a new addition to Castro Street who was busily soliciting donations. To the untrained eye, Tell appeared to be wearing a stylish garment rather than a Halloween costume. […]

Oct 27, 2013

Castro Bridge Mix #6: Conventions

San Francisco, Halloween 1959 “Pardon me, y’all.” Lullabelle Fitzsimmons squeezed her slender body costumed in a gold sequined flapper’s dress into the legendary Black Cat Cafe. It was certainly not an acceptable place for a proper young woman to spend Halloween, but she didn’t give a damn. Halloween was rapidly evolving into the quintessential gay […]

Oct 22, 2013

Body Packaging #12: Bloodshot Eyes

Simi Valley, California Dede Storm looked up at Melange as she held her blade inches from Nienadro’s throat. She screamed at the top of her lungs. “Is this what you want, you crazy fucked up broad?!?” Melange paused for what felt like an eternity as sweat began dripping down Nieandro’s forehead. “No. It is not. […]

Oct 20, 2013

Castro Bridge Mix #5: The Long Suit

“You came along. Just like a…” Lyrick watched out of the corner of his eye as a cable car pulled its way up mountainous California Street towards exclusive Nob Hill. He was a well-dressed man in his mid-twenties. Based on his slick and chiseled veneer, he could have been a junior associate in a top […]

Oct 16, 2013

The Advisor #11: Inequities and Insecurities

  Tuesday San Francisco   5:00 PM Jared and Leo Hayes jogged through the postage stamp-sized Yerba Buena park leading up to the Metreon, a spectacular all-glass complex situated in the heart of San Francisco’s booming South of Market district. Leo abruptly stopped when he spotted a hot dog vendor stationed along the park’s periphery […]

Oct 13, 2013

Castro Bridge Mix #4: Openings

The lines leading up to Odyssey were longer than ever tonight. Rumors were circulating that Lady Gaga and Madonna were planning to use the incredibly hot venue to debut their duet one night before it was downloadable worldwide. Only VIP guests had any chance of getting into the club. Dereck had made a point of […]

Oct 06, 2013

Castro Bridge Mix #3: Two Clubs

  “And no tour of the Castro would be complete without a stop at One Mae Way. Welcome to the home of Mae’s New World Bridge Studio — a Castro landmark which has survived for over five decades.”  The large group of tourists huddled around a swarthy tour guide outfitted in a khaki vest, matching […]

Oct 05, 2013

Body Packaging #11: The Ultimate Test

Simi Valley, California   “Holy fuckballs! Is that me?” After years of making her preeminent reputation by wearing breathtaking disguises, Dede Storm didn’t even recognize herself. She looked quizzically at her own reflection as Melange finally revealed her appearance within the confines of a large oval mirror. “It’s damned lucky for you that we had […]

Oct 02, 2013

The Advisor #10: Welcome to Sex Ed

Tuesday San Francisco   4:00 PM       South of Market (SOMA) District, 9:00 PM   It looked just like any other warehouse you might see in San Francisco’s South of Market area known for restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Unlike all of the very popular clubs in the neighborhood, there was no line outside […]

Sep 27, 2013

Castro Bridge Mix #2: Rubber Bridge

No matter how much he tried to change his looks, JT Madison had a face which always risked instant recognition. The thirty-six-year-old superstar had appeared on the covers of countless magazines and tabloid newspapers and had been featured in television, movies, and on Broadway. His daily workout regimens with a top personal trainer ensured that […]

Sep 27, 2013

Castro Bridge Mix #1: First Hand

Marc Nesbitt shot through the crowded Montgomery Muni underground station like a human bullet.

Jul 09, 2012

Body Packaging #10: Welcome To The Other Side

Simi Valley, California At first, the only sound audible was an incessant hissing.  It possessed the fury of a thousand snakes circling.  Suddenly, a muffled voice burrowed through her right ear drum. “Most of us fear.”  There was a pause which felt like it lasted a lifetime. Then, the voice began again. “We fear the […]

Apr 29, 2012

The Advisor #9: Sex On The Line

Tuesday Millbrae, CA   1:00 PM (Market Close) Just as Jared thought that his car was about to head into an oncoming car, he suddenly was able to regain the use of his steering wheel.  With one frantic twist, Jared pulled over to the side of the road.  He sat in his car hyperventillating as […]

Apr 11, 2012

Body Packaging # 9: Severing Heads of State

Beverly Hills Dede Storm was dead.  She hadn’t reported back to any of her closest friends or even her cousin Veronica after her confrontation with Cole Majestic.  But at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the only thing on all of the guests’ minds was finding ways to interact with the A–List celebrities and heavy hitting politicians […]