Erik Orrantia

author of Normal Miguel

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Thanks for the Warm Welcome!
Hotel California
erikorrantia guys at Cheyenne Publishing do seem to be a pretty tight knit group!  It certainly makes me proud to be a part of it...'s a stupid question: how is this blog different from facebook?  I'll be some people have LiveJournal, Facebook, maybe even myspace!  How do they compare?  How do you keep up with them all?

As you may have read in my biography on Cheyenne, I live in Tijuana.  Lots of people wonder what it's like, so what can I say?  In lots of ways, it's not that different from the US--I rent a little 3BR, 2 1/2bathroom house, I shop at the grocery store, we go to the movies, etc., etc.

Of course, there are a few differences: there are police all over the place that drive around in caravans of pick-up trucks with their weapons hanging out (literally).  The internet is a little slow and the television sucks.  Blockbuster is a profitable business.  The street food is wonderful--tacos, tortas, seafood, tamales, etc.

Other than that, life is rather normal.  Well, there isn't nearly as much entertainment in Tijuana as in San Diego, but I'm a bit of a homebody anyhow.  Drinking age is 18 and the bars are funner.  People are less worried about driving drunk and breaking traffic laws which is a worry for me.  I guess after 12 years, you can get used to anything.

I know some of you live on the other side of the world...what's your life like?


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I don't get Facebook at ALL. i REALLY don't care that people are eating an orange. I like to read posts like yours where there's something to read. For me, LJ is like a daily newspaper of all my friends' news. Most people post maybe once a day (some a lot less) but not the constant babble at facebook - and on facebook, as far as I can see, you can't unilaterally friend, if someone wants to friend you, you HAVE to friend them back, or they can't read your news. On LJ, anyone can friend you, but if you "friendslock" your post they can't read it - handy if you want to say something that you'd rather Joe Public doesn't need to read.

I've been with LJ for 7, maybe 8 years? and I love it, can't see me ever moving - however I do mirror post most of my LJ posts over at my website blog. (which then feeds into my Amazon Author page)

I live in the UK - near the Norfolk Broads, system of man-made lakes that happened after massive peat cutting in (I think, the medieval era) very pretty, lots of birds and wildlife. I don't work now, I care for my dad, which consists of me working on my laptop, and him bringing me tea every half and hour and asking me which day it is.

Is it OK to wish you happy Cinco de Mayo? Hope so - I was just reading up about it today - why isn't there any gay historical fiction around that war?

I'm looking forward to reading your book.

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