Jace’s Place is more about the music of the 70s and less about swimming and sports. It is the second installment in the Tim Castle saga of growing up queer in the mid 1970s. Blog 1, Tim at Swim, ends with 16-year-old Tim Castle reconciling with his first boyfriend, Scott Watt. Scott finds his feelings for his first girlfriend, Lydia, are stronger than his feelings for Tim. Scott and Tim had been inseparable after Tim saved Scott’s life, including various sexual experiences with girls and each other. They are members of the high-powered Hurricane Swim Team at the University of Miami. When Scott hides from Tim the beginning of his sexual relationship with Lydia, Tim questions his focus on being a jock. Enter neighbor Robby, the neighborhood pot dealer. Tim finds a different crowd of peers that accept him as he actually is. He had already smoked pot with his older cousin, Joey, in Blog 1. Robby’s adventurous spirit is kindred to Tim’s need for attention and to take risks. Blog 1, Tim at Swim, ends with Tim expecting he can keep Scott as his best friend and stay on the swim team where his friends are younger than he is. Robby has other plans. Many risk-taking adventures culminate with a formation of a band to perform rock n roll with his new friends.
Blog Two has been posted for a while, as has Blog Three. Blog Four (Aimless in Iowa) finally found its direction. It details Tim’s junior year in high school. Blog 5 documents Tim’s college life. Blog 6 thrusts Tim into the adult world of work. The title of the full series is False Gods, the garage band created by Tim and his stoner friends. I am told it seems autobiographical, which is true about the times and settings. Tim is an entirely fictional creation. Many of the other characters are similar to actual people but the events are completely imagined. All of the personal experiences are certainly from my own imagination, especially the sex and drug taking. Another comment is the drawings are crazy, which I take as a compliment. I am not an artist and the sketches are only meant to provide a visual component. The YouTube music videos are also to enhance the plot and setting. False Gods is a song written and performed by the LA Punk band Men in Black (MIB). Several other actual MIB songs are included as the fictional False Gods meets their Hollywood peers in the late 1970’s. There are quite a few characters who are public celebrities/people, living and deceased. All the events are entirely fictional. Some everyday events are taken from my real experiences in Hollywood
For those less interested in the intimate details of 70’s decadence, an abridged version, Teen Jesus, follows the life and afterwards of Tim’s bandmate Jace Conning. Remember, the best rock n roll is created from your youthful experiences. Youth is about making mistakes until you grow up.