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So, I've taken a lot of time over the past few days to work on my new pet project, The Internet Gay Fiction Database. I've added a few more books, including a mainstream chicklit novel that exemplifies the work I want the IGFDB to accomplish. I mean, if you read the blurb on the back of Call Me By Your Name or At Swim, Two Boys (both also included already in the database), you know from the get-go they're gay. But The Beach House sounds like this happy little heterosexual chicklit novel, and it is; but it's got a gay character, and without something like the IGFDB, nobody will know that unless they happen to flip through the pages and see the word "gay" popping out at them (which is how I found out about The Beach House).

Anyway, head to it and let me know what you think. Like I said, I added a few more books (three or four), and I wrote up a how-to-add-a-book page, a brief description for the main page about the site, and I tried to flesh out the Intensity scale a bit more. I know it probably won't happen, but I'd like to see this thing take off. I really believe in it, and I really think it could provide a very important service to the world. Especially after reading articles like this one.

If you read gay books and have a spare moment or two, try to add a book into the database. Follow the how-to guide I wrote on the site, and let me know if anything's unclear or confusing. And if you're having trouble, please let me know. You should be able to add pages even without a Wikia login, but it's free to sign up, so you should go ahead and get an account, too. :)

(As an aside, I don't like the Wikia site very much, and I'm going to explore tomorrow translating the IGFDB from Wikia to Wikidot, which is the wiki platform I got accustomed to over the past few years. Incidentally, I'm also working on a private wiki at Wikidot that'll house all my creative writing, as a portfolio of sorts, and when I finish it, I'll send out an email to a few people I trust with the password.) But anyway, Wikidot seems to be much more limited than Wikia, so I may just have to suck it up and deal. The Wikia ads are horrendously unpleasing to the eye, though, and Wikidot's are very small and innocuous. Sigh.)

Not to backtrack, but also, if you do decide to add something ot the wiki, you should leave me a comment here so I know. And so I don't add the book myself, just in case. (Also, please make sure you've actually read the book and have the familiarity to fill out the required sections in the entry. This isn't an amazon Listmania, after all.)