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 17, 2018

Rainbow Snippets*-- Too Little Time

I've pretty well given up on NaNoWriMo. Just too much else going on this month for me to devote the time I need. It doesn't mean I'm giving up on Smoke and Sparks (which I think is the official title if I don't change it again!) but I'm also not going to get stressed for not making much progress. It's just simply impossible to concentrate and write when I'm thinking about the other five things I need to get done.

The first few chapters were the "introduction" chapters and now I'm getting into the set up that will (hopefully) define Vaughn and Daryl's relationship. They had an instant attraction when they met, but they live too far apart to have accidental run-ins. Instead, for the last few weeks, they've been texting. Also of note, Daryl is from a small southern Indiana town where half the population is related. (Mike, Daryl, Ben, and Larry are all cousins.)

This snippet is Daryl's pov:

Oh. My. God! I’d just sent Vaughn an almost-dick pic!  
Before I could have a total mental meltdown in front of Larry, Mike interrupted. “Hey, Turkey, some of us are going camping again this weekend. Ben said to ask if you want to go.” He glanced over to see if Larry was still listening and then leaned in to whisper, “Vaughn’ll be there.”
My heart sped up at the prospect of seeing him again, but I did my best to act cool. “Maybe. I’ll have to see if we have anything planned.”
“We?” Mike asked with his eyebrows raised. He wasn’t fooled in the least.
“We. You know, like, the family.”
“The family doesn’t have anything planned. Pack a bag. You’re sharing a tent with Eric.”
That was the problem with spending every waking hour surrounded by extended family. Everyone knew what was going on with everyone else.
“Fine,” I said in mock surrender.

*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation. If you're interested in following a diverse group of authors, check it out here.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Rainbow Snippets* -- Slow But Steady

For this week's snippet, I'm going back to Embers and Flame. My NaNo project is moving slowly and the first draft is still extremely rough. I think mentally it was a rough week plus I've had some work-related projects that have cut into my writing time. 
I have the problem when starting a new project of letting go of the last one. In this case, Ian and Jed from Cut Shot are still rolling around in my head, making it hard to grab hold of Vaughn and Daryl. Couple that with this current WIP being the second in the series. I've been going back and rereading bits and pieces, which has Ben and Cherry jumbling it a bit, also. Once I get through the next chapter or two, this story won't be running concurrently with the first, so the writing should (hopefully) move quicker. Right now I keep "fact checking", making sure everything is lining up. 

This week's snippet is a conversation between Ben and Cherry and comes from Embers and Flame. It's the weekend when Daryl and Vaughn meet. A bit longer than 6 sentences, but we all know how that is!


“Where is everyone going to sleep?” I (Ben) asked. I hadn’t given sleeping arrangements any thought as we’d planned this little jaunt.
“The couch pulls out into a double and I have my air mattress. We should be good,” Cherry said loud enough for Eric, Mike, and Daryl to hear.
We’d canceled our weekend plans at the campground when Cherry won a block of 9 seats at Busch Stadium and invited us. Cherry introduced the trio of Lindsey’s friends who were joining us for the afternoon outing. I pulled him into the kitchen and hissed, “Vaughn? Is that the guy that molested you in your bathroom?”
Cherry smiled at my antagonism. “Yes, but he apologized. Lindsey told him I thought he was hot. He knows better now.” He pulled me against him and gave me a proper hello kiss. “And if he doesn’t, he will!”
I relaxed, determined to enjoy the day. We didn’t get to spend enough time together to let my petty jealousy ruin it. “Yes he will,” I said against his lips when the skinny kid followed Lindsey into the kitchen. I wanted a guarantee that Vaughn knew Cherry wasn’t on the market and I put on a show with deep wet kisses and roaming hands as I pretended to not notice them in the room. 

*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation. If you're interested in following a diverse group of authors, check it out here.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Rainbow Snippets* --NaNoWriMo Begins!

I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year, but I've set my own goal. I'm not going to stress myself with 50K, instead aiming for 30K. The first year I did NaNo, I made the 50K and I would love to do it again, but I simply have too many other commitments this time. Ideally, I'll surpass my minimum goal and get Fire and Smoke 2/3s written in November and finish it in December. Of course, things never work out as I plan!

Today's snippet is from this NaNo project. It's snipped from Daryl's opening chapter. He's with a group of his friends at a campground and the conversation is between him and his older cousin, Mike:

“Hey, Turkey, come help me with this,” Mike yelled at me. He’s called me Turkey my whole life. When I asked why he said it was because I looked like a plucked turkey when I was born. Yellow-pale skin with a round belly, legs drawn up, and pointed elbows that flapped like wings. I’d asked him to stop more than once. It made it worse.
“This” was lowering the coolers out of the back of his pick-up truck. Two smallish ones were filled with food and the other two larger ones were full of beer. We had our priorities, after all.  


*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation. If you're interested in following a diverse group of authors, check it out here.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Rainbow Snippets*-- Countdown to NaNoWriMo

I didn't do much on the writing front this week. I get this lethargy between manuscripts, like I'm a bit lost and don't know which way I'm supposed to be walking. I did a couple of edits on my NaNo project first page (which you can read in a previous post) and worked on a couple of pages in the second Headphones book. But what I need to be doing is outlining and prepping. Since the beginning of Fire and Smoke runs concurrently with the end of Embers and Flame, I really need to reread and take notes so everything lines up. I always feel so unprepared when I start a new story, but somehow it always falls together. Hopefully, it will this time, also.

Today's snippet comes from Embers and Flame. Daryl and Vaughn meet through Ben and Cherry, who are in a long distance relationship. Ben is from Southern Indiana, Cherry is from St. Louis. Ben, with his son Eric and his cousins Mike and Daryl, join Cherry and his sister and her friend Vaughn for a weekend of food and baseball:

The rest of the afternoon was uneventful. The Cardinals won by a healthy five runs, making Cherry’s St. Louis crew happy. We spent too much on beer and hotdogs and laughed at Mike’s bad jokes. And Eric and Lindsey bonded, as Cherry had predicted.
There had been a moment—more than one, actually—when I’d glanced over my shoulder and caught Daryl regarding Vaughn shyly, blushing at the outrageous stories the androgynous college student was telling him. I was even more perplexed when the shy looks began to resemble flirting. I’d wondered about my young cousin after he’d shown so much interest in Cherry and although it’d never crossed my mind before, it was becoming more and more plausible that he was more than simply curious. By his expression, Mike was making the same assumptions. I made a mental note to ask Cherry’s opinion of Lindsey’s friend; whether I needed to warn Daryl or let whatever it was progress at its own speed. 


*Rainbow Snippets is a (Facebook) group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation. If you're interested in following a diverse group of authors, check it out here.