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, April 13, 2019

Rainbow Snippets* -- Explaining Headphones

It has definitely begun to feel like Spring, although the weatherman says we're going to have a few cold nights yet. But I've not needed the scarf and gloves and extra layers for the walk to work, so I'm past happy!


For the next few months, I'm going to be concentrating on my Headphones trilogy. It's a bit hard to explain and writing the blurb, when that time comes, is going to be a killer! It's an ensemble story with five different couples (each representing a different trope) all braided together, centered around the young woman they call Headphones. The story covers one year, starting January 1st and ends on the next January 1st.

The last couple of weeks I've done snippets of Headphones and Mick, but this week I'm introducing another couple: Jay and Scoey. Jay is an androgynous keyboard player and part-time bartender, Scoey is the brother of Richard, who is the drummer of the band and owner of the bar where the group hangs out. Today's snippet comes from the first book and is the day Jay and Scoey meet:

The guy was tall. That was the first thing Jay noticed. His sandy hair was cut in a military style but had grown enough to have the beginning of a curl. Even in the dimness of the bar, enough light came through the window for him to see the man’s eyes were dark brown, and he had a straight nose and a generous mouth. His too-loose clothes made Jay think he’d lost some weight lately, but the way he moved suggested a muscular body. Yup, the man was completely delicious and definitely not a student. A visiting professor, perhaps?     
“Nice,” Jay said under his breath, completely forgetting he’d sworn off dating. He called across the room with a smile on his face and in his voice, “Can I help you?”
Richard glanced at Jay from where he was working on the liquor order and then over at the object of Jay’s attention. With a wide grin, he chuckled, “You’re not his type,” and headed around the bar.

*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, April 6, 2019

Rainbow Snippets*-- Back to Camp

I actually managed to finish the first draft of Smoke and Sparks last weekend, so now I'm going to let it sit for a bit before I start editing. Even so, I'm behind on CampNaNo, which doesn't surprise me. With the boss is out of town, I'm working overtime. On top of less time to write, I'm tired. But he'll be back in a few days and maybe I can get caught up again. At least it's beginning to look like Spring is really, finally, here. 


In last week's snippet, Mick realizes he knew Headphones' dad and that they'd met once when she was in her teens. Headphones is the nickname that Mick bestowed on Jessie in the first book before anyone knew her name, and it stuck. 


“Alright, Jessie?” Mick said, letting her know he was there.
She startled and then grimaced. “Don’t call me that.”
“What? It’s your name.”
She shook her head as she answered. “No, she was someone else. I don’t even know her anymore. She’s broken.”
Ah, she was in one of those moods. “The Jessie I met was happy.”
“That girl was star-struck. It’s just like you ain’t Micky no more.”
Dawning comprehension. “I think you forget that sometimes.”
Then she was the baffled one. “Why would you say that?”
Amusement colored his gentle tone. “Because sometimes you call me Micky.”     

*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, March 30, 2019

Rainbow Snippets* -- Countdown to CampNaNo

Smoke and Sparks is almost done. I thought I was working on the last chapter but it looks like I'm going to be adding one more. And then there's the epilogue. If it was a typical weekend I'd very possibly finish it. But seeing as how the boss went to South Carolina on vacation, I'm going to have to work. On the off-chance I don't finish it before Monday, I'll just apply my word count on those days to my Camp NaNo. And then it's back to Headphones.


 This week's snippet comes from the second book in the Headphones trilogy. Mick is a retired rock-star. He'd hit it big with his band, Freewheel, but when the lead guitarist (and his best friend) died, he found a place where no one recognized him and settled down to live quietly. That is until Headphones stumbled into his life. He'd been surprised to find she has mad musical skills and has been mentoring her for several months at this point. He's asked her who taught her to play and she answers "My dad".: 

The pieces all fell together and it hit Mick like lightning. “You’re George Dell’s daughter!" The look Headphones gave him said it all. “Shit, I’m sorry. I hadn’t put it together.” Chagrin, wrapped in compassion, settled on his face.
“Don’t be sorry. I shouldn’t have assumed you knew.” Her voice remained low; the pain that always accompanied the memory of her parents bled through.
Setting his guitar aside, Mick came over to sit next to the girl, tilting her face up with a finger under her chin. “We met once, didn’t we?”
That memory brought a small smile that not only touched her lips but spread to her eyes. “Yeah,” she said softly. Those were the good memories.

*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, March 23, 2019

Rainbow Snippets*-- Happy Spring!

I've crossed the 50K line this week. The goal is still to try and finish Smoke and Sparks by the end of the month, but if not, I'll be close. This week's snippet is the full scene I used as a teaser on the Twitter #writeLGBTQ tag. I like seeing other writers' contributions. It's a brotherhood of sorts, sharing our art (in word form!), just like sharing our Snippets each weekend!


This week's snippet:
The set up--It's the day after Thanksgiving and Daryl and Vaughn are visiting Daryl's uncle's garage. His older cousin, Larry, works there (a thoroughly unpleasant person) and he made some comments that upset Vaughn. Written from Daryl's POV:

“Sorry,” I said as I buckled my seat belt.
“It’s okay. Not your fault,” Vaughn replied softly. His hands were folded on his lap and he was worrying his fingers in a nervous gesture. “I should have dressed differently.”
“Hey, no!” I reached over to cover his hands with one of mine and he went still. “You dress the way you want. Larry doesn’t like anyone or anything. It has nothing to do with your outfit. Besides, I think you look hot.”
He flipped his top hand over so that we were palm to palm. His eyes were wet and I was afraid he was going to cry. “I just don’t want to embarrass you.”
“You don’t and you won’t. So let’s go grab something to eat and then we’ll meet up with Mike. We don’t have to stay very late. Besides, I kind of want to make an early night of it, if you get my drift,” I said, wiggling my eyebrows.
Vaughn snorted a laugh and wiped at his eyes. “Why do I think it’s my drift you want to get?”
“It’s absolutely your drift, and only your drift, I want.” Okay, maybe that was a bit sappy, but his pleased, shy smile told me it was the right thing to say. 

Note: the picture is from my Instagram.  

*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, March 16, 2019

Rainbow Snippets*-- Éirinn Go Brách

Happy St. Patrick's day! My ancestry is heavy on the Irish, but the only recipe that got handed down was Grandma's ribs and kraut with dumplings. I'm not kidding when I say it's one of my favorite meals. No corned beef and cabbage for us! I did bake some cookies, though, to celebrate my heritage.


 I made some progress on Smoke and Sparks this week. Which, yeah me! I'm shooting for 60k on this book because that's the word count in the first book of the series and I like to stay consistent, but I'll be happy with anything over 55k. And since I'm past 47k now and still have two beats and the epilogue, I don't think it'll be a problem. If I can keep up my momentum, I should be done just in time to start my CampNaNo project!

In last week's snippet, Daryl came out to his mother and it went well. He wasn't overly worried about it because his cousin Ben had come out only a few months earlier with little fanfare. Daryl has convinced Vaughn to come home with him for Thanksgiving. This snippet is from Vaughn's POV. 
notes--Mike is another cousin and Vaughn's father is a mega-church preacher:

I’d stood in front of congregations 500 strong, leading songs and reading Bible passages, and hadn’t been as nervous as I was standing in the Bennett homestead. There were people everywhere, equal parts adults and children. But most intimidating was Daryl’s parents. His mom was petite and dark while his dad was as tall as me, only broad across the shoulders and thick waisted. Mike, the only person I recognized in the throng, looked more like his son than Daryl did. But then Mike’s dad introduced himself and the family resemblance was clear. 
Apparently, Daryl was a changeling.

*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.