We had some interesting discussion. She had much to say about her grandchildren and about the sewing projects she was working on. She's doing an afghan with a NASCAR design for one of her sons. "Yes, people really get into that," I said. It turns out she's really into it. I like watching horse racing, but am not into car racing. I wrote that my milage varied on that one. I guess it does.
The discussion on pen names continues on AE. It's not that bad there, because most of the people are coming to it from a good-hearted perspective, so I believe. Ulysses explained his viewpoint very clearly. I don't agree with that viewpoint. He's quite a decent writer, though. I'm doing my best to keep my comments civil, and think I'm succeeding, though I felt very baited when one writer started talking about men not wanting to be "fetish objects" and talking about feminized and "heterosexualized" men in m/m romance books. I've given my opinion on feminized men in several places. I said that I didn't think any of the people who post on that forum wanted to read about feminized or "heterosexualized" protagonists in their m/m books. I don't think I'll be getting that author's books, though. It was all too much of a re-hash of old prejudices, in my opinion. My meaning is that it seemed to be quite exactly pre-judging.
Later: Uly went back to talking about the books themselves and said that he loved Family Unit. I'm sure Z.A. Maxfield will be getting an enthusiastic e-mail from him very soon, if she hasn't already. I re-read it and I could see why he loved it so much. I had told him the protagonists were older. One character, Richard, is a grandfather raising his nine-year-old grandson. Uly has children. I think he could really identify with Richard. And who wouldn't want a hero like Logan? I enjoyed the book when I read it. I'm not usually that into books with children in them, but Nick was okay. You could understand his behavior, and he was well-written. The whole book was well-written.