Headphones was an experiment, a story written in "snapshots", a serial, a comic in word form-- call it what you will. It ran for one year plus one day-- January 1st of 2015 to January 1st of 2016. It was the story of a group of friends who took in a damaged girl and helped her find herself. But on the way, she helped them fill the holes in their own lives. I've pulled it now with the hopes of rewriting it into a book. Each day was matched with a music video and each month's mixes are still here. So if you've stumbled in, enjoy the music, and hopefully I'll be able to post updates occasionally!


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Rainbow Snippets*-- Off To Work I Go

I had hoped to have my first edit of In From the Cold done this weekend, but the boss roped me into working, so I doubt I reach my goal. I need to learn to say no. (Usually, I'm good at the no word, but not when it comes to extra hours on the paycheck!)

I've lost count, but I think Peppercorn is 16 weeks old. And completely full of spit and vinegar!

This week's snippet is the first day after Scoey moves into The House (a sort of communal boarding house):

It turned colder during the night and the drizzle from the day before morphed into something more solid. The snow fell in lazy swirls, big flakes that covered the ground like a white blanket. Scoey was working the evening shift, but for the moment he was by himself in the old mansion. Marcus, Bets, and Honey were at their office, Lenny was on campus, and he suspected that Headphones was spending her morning at the bar. The soft flop of his stockings on the wooden floor was the only sound as he explored. He’d been here several times with Richard and Jay, but he’d only been in the basement and a few rooms on the ground floor. He hadn’t realized how large the place was. 
Eventually, his explorations led him to a small parlor at the back of the building and the weight of the empty rooms pushed down on him as he gazed out the big bay window. He hadn’t bothered to turn on a lamp. He didn’t need to as the snow reflected the muted light coming from the grey sky, casting enough of a glow for him to see everything clearly. Most of the first floor had been remodeled but this small room was still paneled in the original pine, creating an ambiance of warmth and comfort. It even smelled cozy with the scent of wood that hung in the air from the walls, furniture, and logs stacked next to a stone fireplace. Well read books with cracked bindings overwhelmed the bookcases that lined one wall and a worn soft leather couch was draped with natty hand-crocheted afghans. Scoey ran his hand over the back of the couch and decided this was going to be his favorite place.

*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share snippets from a work of fiction–-a WIP or a finished work or even a book recommendation. If you're interested in following a diverse group of authors, check it out here.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Rainbow Snippets*-- Games People Play

A break from Peppercorn this week. Instead, I thought I'd introduce everyone to Squirt, who took a while to warm up to our newest addition, but finally decided he can be fun to play with.


I like the "writing games" on Twitter where there's a theme word and we post a sentence or two from our work. It's fun to do a search, see if the word is there, (or if it's been overused!). I tend to use it as an editing tool. But it can be limiting. One, maybe two sentences out of context. This week's #FridayKiss was #beautiful. And here is my Tweet--in context! It does make for a longer snippet, however. 

From In From the Cold. Mick and Headphones are at Thirsties, the bar the group hangs out at: 

Mick hadn’t seen Headphones earlier, but he startled when he turned his head to find her standing next to him. “Holy shit, woman. You’re too quiet.”
Her smile was wide, showing the white of her teeth as she silently laughed at him. When he slid off his stool her smile relaxed but didn’t entirely disappear as she held out her hand. 
“What have you got?” he asked.
She unfolded her fingers slowly one at a time, revealing the contents as if it was a secret. Nestled in her palm was a joint--newly rolled paper, crisp and pristine. Beautiful in an ‘I-used-to-be-a-junkie’ sort of way.
“Where did you get that?” he growled.
Tilting her head sideways, she indicated a young man standing off to the side, intensely focused on them. He was too far away to hear their conversation, but he gave Mick a hopeful grin and took a step forward as if he’d been waiting for an invitation. But his momentum faltered when Mick stepped between him and Headphones, his glare turned over-protective. It only took the guy an uneasy moment to conclude that his company wasn’t wanted; he’d lost both the spliff and the girl, and he took a decided interest in the jukebox.

*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share snippets from a work of fiction–-a WIP or a finished work or even a book recommendation. If you're interested in following a diverse group of authors, check it out here.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Rainbow Snippets*-- Happy Exceptions

We have two other cats, Squirt and Pip, who are both nearly 5 years old and we worried how they'd do with Peppercorn. Being a kitten, if he's awake, he's running and into things. And thankfully, the "oldsters" have accepted the idea that he's here to stay and have actually started to play with him. I really didn't want another cat--two in the house is plenty--but sometimes exceptions are made and we're glad for it!

This week's snippet, from Sunshine Smile, is the conclusion- part 4 of 4.  (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)  A little background on Annalise--she's Marcus' on-again, off-again girlfriend (Marcus is one of the housemates) so everyone puts up with her. She does nothing without it benefitting her in some way. She's really not nice. And she tends to dismiss Headphones, calling her the group's pet monkey. Headphones has every reason to dislike her:


With a flimsy story about not waiting for Marcus anymore, Annalise headed up the stairs and out of their company. Breaths were held until they heard the slam of the front door and amused smiles circled the room when Headphones threw her head back and laughed, arms still around Mick.
Honey raised her glass in a cheers salute. “See, I told you. Nothing to worry about,” she said with a chuckle. “But, uh, how far were you two willing to take that?”
Her only answer was more laughter from Headphones before she grabbed Mick’s face and kissed him again before slipping off his lap. To the girl’s delight, she heard him mumble, “As far as I needed to.” 

*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share snippets from a work of fiction–-a WIP or a finished work or even a book recommendation. If you're interested in following a diverse group of authors, check it out here.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Rainbow Snippets*-- But Is It Perfectly Normal? (find out next week!)

Peppercorn (11 weeks) Not the best picture, but I was trying to get one that would show the changes in his fur. His head, legs, and tail are black and have lost their fuzz, while his body is a reddish dark-brown and still long-haired. It'll be interesting to see how it all settles over the next few months. Oh, and the meds seem to have worked. Still the occasional sneeze, but no more matted eyes.

This week's excerpt is part 3 of 4 from Headphones: Sunshine Smile. Annalise is the lead singer in another band and one of the housemates' girlfriend, although their relationship is rocky at best. She's not a pleasant person. Read part one here and part two here

Mick was courteous to the brunette over the course of the next couple of hours, listening politely when she made suggestions. After the instruments were put away and the crew had grabbed their favorite beverages and perches, Annalise found a spot on the couch next to him. He threaded his fingers into the back of Headphones’ shirt when she brought him another beer and pulled her down onto his lap, his free arm possessively holding her against his chest.
The girl sensed his silent laughter when Annalise threw black looks their way; her unease was evident when he began nuzzling into Headphones' hair. Headphones wriggled on his lap until her butt was sideways between his legs, her knees bent over his thigh and her feet flat on the cushion between the two singers. With her arms wrapped around his neck, she kissed him, all tongue and growly noises vibrating at the back of her throat. The unwanted guest covertly glanced around the room to see who else was shocked by the young woman’s behavior, but they continued their conversations, drinking and laughing as if it was perfectly normal.


*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share snippets from a work of fiction–-a WIP or a finished work or even a book recommendation. If you're interested in following a diverse group of authors, check it out here.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Rainbow Snippets* --Stay Safe, Friends in NOLA!

The day job is still taking too much of my time and energy so I didn't get very far on my editing. I've got two projects floating around in my head that I've been trying to take some notes on. One is a Christmas novella and the other is a short story for an anthology. I need to figure out a good way to divide my time and accomplish EVERYTHING.

And still have time to splash around in my pool!

10 week-old Peppercorn has a bit of a cold, so there are matted eyes and kitty sneezes. Hopefully, the medicine will work quickly.

Last week Headphones was having a breakdown. This week, Lenny and Honey talk her down: 

“Okay, hon, backup and explain what’s going on to us less enlightened beings.” Honey took her hand and pulled her to the nearest chair, pushing her onto it with the hope that she could calm the girl down. 
“Yeah, okay.” Headphones took a deep breath and gathered her thoughts. “Ever since Mick was in the hospital Annalise has been hanging around. Get it?” Honey and Lenny glanced at each other and then back at Headphones with little shakes of their heads. “She’s trying to get close to Mick. I don’t know why, but I’m not imagining it. Every time I turn around, she’s there. I want her to go away.” 
“Oh, my dear, we all want her to go away!” Honey laughed, but there was a flash of pain that crossed her face that Lenny missed but Headphones didn’t. “But I don’t think you have to worry. Try to ignore her.”

*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share snippets from a work of fiction–-a WIP or a finished work or even a book recommendation. If you're interested in following a diverse group of authors, check it out here.