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, November 9, 2019

Rainbow Snippets*-- Halloween Concluded

I'm forgoing NaNoWriMo this year because I'm determined to finish the Headphones edits. I'd so rather be writing! I'm close enough now to start thinking about covers and debating whether to publish it as one very long book or as a trilogy of shorter books. Decisions, decisions! (that's the difficulty with self-publishing--no one to make the hard decisions for me!)


The final part of my Halloween scene, where Jay's costume is revealed. Click for Part one and Part two.

Jay turned, his head tucked down so that all Scoey saw was huge eyes framed by loads of liner and blue eyeshadow. He glided forward in knee-high white mod boots as he batted those eyes slowly, heavy with false eyelashes that feathered out like lustrous black butterfly wings across his cheekbones. His hair was teased up and held back with a wide headband, and somehow it was much too long. Extensions, reasoned the side of Scoey’s brain that still functioned. The dazed half of his brain simply registered that Jay was wearing dark hose that hid the hair on his legs until another thought intruded with a jerk. “Or did he shave?” and he wanted to pull Jay up the stairs and remove those boots and hose and see for himself which it was. One thing was perfectly clear to Scoey--his pants were too tight for what his boyfriend was going to put him through over the course of the night.    

*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers who 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, November 2, 2019

Rainbow Snippets*--Trick or Treat Continued


Part 2 of my Headphones Halloween. In last week's snippet, Scoey was dressing in the outfit that Jay gave him. This week, he sees how everyone else is dressed:

            “Yup. I called that right,” he thought as he stepped through the front door of the bar to find he was almost the last to arrive. Lenny and Elinor looked like Shaggy and Velma. Richard could have come straight off the set of Easy Rider while Bets was a perfect Diana Ross. Marcus was dressed like Elvis, Mick was doing a passable Jim Morrison, and Headphones reminding him of a young Marlo Thomas. His mouth almost dropped open when he spied Honey. She was wearing a bit of nothing--showing off her long legs--that clearly had Barbarella written all over it. He wondered if the outfit was her idea or if it was something Headphones talked her into. Either way, every college boy that came in was going to leave with a hard-on.
But no Jay. Scoey debated running upstairs to see what the delay was but stopped when Honey nodded his way and said something to the tall woman standing next to her. A tickling suspicion filled him as he focused on the psychedelic mini dress with a zipper that ended just above the gentle curve of the woman’s ass. Oh, he couldn’t. He wouldn’t. And of course, he had.

The details of Jay's costume will be revealed next week!

*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers who 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.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Rainbow Snippets* -- Trick or Treat!

I haven't posted any Peppercorn pictures lately, but he'll be 6 months old this week. He's gotten so big! I really didn't want another cat since we already had two, but I don't regret keeping him at all. He's active and has kept our two older boys on their toes, but he's beginning to calm down. I fear a Christmas tree might not be advisable this year, though!


I have two books with Halloween scenes simply because costumes are fun! I should have thought about this earlier in the month, but since I'm working weekends now, I'm totally off my schedule and apparently unable to think ahead. I just realized I tend to write holidays into most of my books. Maybe because there are usually emotions involved and that's what I write? It's as good a theory as any. So this week's snippet is going to be the opening of the Halloween scene taken from the third book of the Headphones series:

        Scoey adjusted his cuffs. He was sure he looked ridiculous. The shirt was too tight across his chest--but then again, the whole outfit was tight. The vertically striped pants were cut weird, loose in the waist but straining across the fly and his ass. Knowing Jay, that’s why he’d picked them out. After all, this was his idea. He’d insisted since Halloween was on a Saturday night, the bar was going to attract a huge crowd, so they should all do costumes. He and Headphones had teamed up and worked diligently over the last few weeks, putting outfits together for the group, sorting through attic boxes, scouring thrift shops, and even pulling out an old sewing machine they’d found in a hidden corner. He wouldn’t admit it, but Scoey was impressed. Who would have guessed that Jay was such a competent tailor? Studying himself in the mirror, Scoey had flashbacks of his mom’s Bobby Sherman albums. Chances were they’d all look like ‘60s throwbacks. (to be continued)

*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers who 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.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Rainbow Snippets*-- Feedback

I love getting feedback from beta readers. Sometimes there's a moment of depression when the first sentence isn't "I love it, it's perfect!" Which, of course, never happens. And when I pick through the comments, it's usually not that bad--it's the things I pretty well knew were problematic but hoped weren't! A good beta reader will be truthfully critical but will also say what works, what is good. My surprise with Headphones? Readers really like Elinor-- a side character that is important to Headphones but which I didn't give a high word count. Funny how that works!


This week's snippet from Headphones: In From the Cold;

Elinor’s shop was everything good--Earth hues swirled at the edge of Headphones’ vision as she stepped inside. Flowing brown and green silk hung on the walls, creating a soft organic ambiance enhanced by air that smelled of sage and sandalwood. The small shop was tranquil and relaxing, much like the woman who ran it. Headphones wove between the cases and shelves, admiring the jumble of colors and shapes of occult items that college kids loved, if for no other reason than to shock their parents. 
“Most of it’s made in China. Not very authentic, but it pays the rent,” Elinor said as she came in from the back, pushing aside the bead curtain directly behind the service counter.

*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers who 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, October 5, 2019

Rainbow Snippets*-- There And Back Again

 I missed last weekend because my mom wanted to go to Wyoming to see her newest great-grandchild and my folks have reached the age where they can't travel that far alone. So, being the ever accommodating daughter, I took off work and drove them cross country to spend a few days with my brother and his clan, but it's exhausting. It takes days to recover!

(crossing Nebraska)

This week's snippet is taken from In From the Cold, the book I am slowly but steadily editing. Scoey is moving into The House and Headphones is unsettled by it:

          Headphones shuffled through the drizzle and fog. On nights like this, the cold and dampness sank into her bones and even a scalding-hot shower wasn’t enough to warm her. Her family had moved several times over the years, following her dad’s jobs, but somehow always in southern towns, warmer and dryer. Old memories had been flooding in, as if finally being settled, static, had opened some gate that she’d thought was locked tight. They were bouncing around, flashes of people and places forgotten, and she was unwittingly dwelling on them. This latest mental upheaval was because of Scoey. He wasn’t him, but it was still there, in his clothes, his hair cut, his height. It was all so similar. She couldn’t even see the man’s face anymore, the blurred glimpse that had haunted her dreams. Now it was Scoey she saw in her nightmares. It came back in waves every time she was in the same room as him.


*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers who 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.