So where am I taking you today? Back up to North Chicago where I actually lived when… well, I was in the USN and my eldest, now age 27, wasn’t even a thought yet. The building above is where I lived in with my now ex, and it was just like I describe in Cleaning House, faded Art Deco with crummy apartments and marble hallways (or it was at the time… I have no idea what the interior is like now). Prostitutes did indeed sit in the doorway and the surrounding streets were certainly not safe to navigate alone, especially after dark. The only noticeable change between what I remember and this Google Maps screenshot from 2017 is the restaurant next door. When I lived there, it was a Kentucky Fried Chicken, now it’s a fish and chips kinda joint by their signage.
Requiem 2118: In Remembrance of Gender
We once hurled binary at ourselves so hard it adhered
Lashed he/she to our souls and to each other
Based strictly on our parts
Even as the relevance slipped away
We taught that male and female were separate
Hearth keeper or hunter— you were what your parts dictated
When someone claimed both (or neither) we grew afraid
And tried to smother them beneath stereotypes
Now binary has unfurled into a spectrum
We’ve decoded, evolved beyond our birth parts
And spread our wings atop our old labels
Killing limitation with our beautifully-balanced flight
Happy Saturday, everyone. It’s 2018 and, here in Tennessee, it’s freezing! I’m wearing a toboggan (a stocking cap/watch cap for those of you who don’t speak Southern U.S. English) even in the house and not because our heat doesn’t work well. It’s simply that cold outside… 4°F (negative fifteen Celsius) as I write this. Brrr! That rarely happens here. The TVA (The Tennessee Valley Authority) stated last night that they’d generated enough electricity in the last twenty-four hours to run a single home for 40K years. Yes, that’s forty-thousand. I find that factoid to be mind-blowing and am already cringing when I think about the next electric bill. Our heat is running continuously.
This week’s #Rainbowsnippet comes again from Surrogate: Hunted, which will be released by Supposed Crimes in March 2018. The ebook version will be released on February 18, 2018, so why not head over to Amazon and pre-order your copy while you can?
The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook is “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. (no spoilers, please!)”
The Setup: Etain and Brigit have found safety among the Znyrs so their months of struggle have finally caught up with them. Sleep, as they say, heals all, and their Cycalk companions have given them herbal tea to help them find the rest they need.
Etain speaks first in this snippet.
“What’s in this?” Dreads, I’m slurring my words.
It’s Wednesday! A new year, a new WIPpet. I don’t have much else to share besides that. I’m finishing up a design job today, a children’s book. That’s something, I suppose. No, it isn’t that I’m apathetic, more like tired and for no other reason than holiday drain. It takes my body longer than it should to recover from such things. My spoons are running short, and I’ve a long list to accomplish in the near future.
But I don’t have the time or energy to finish all my projects today, so I’m not even going to try.
This week’s WIPpet Wednesday* comes from my Appalachian contemporary fantasy, Cleaning House. I’ve come to the realization that the manuscript is full of one-liners, and I’m okay with that. Local color tends to do such things, and this story is full of East Tennessee and my own unique, if not a bit perverse, sense of humor. I’m particularly enjoying my redneck fairies. Yes, I said redneck fairies. Good ol’ boys and their she-king running a magical chop shop in a holler. And chop shop means just what you think, stolen cars. They’re minor characters in Cleaning House, but I see them being major players later in the series.
More on that later. Pinky swear.
Cleaning House is scheduled for release by Mountain Gap Books on October 1, 2018.
Here’s this week’s math. 1/3/2017 – I’m taking the two ones for eleven paragraphs from Cleaning House (297 words in total).
The Setup: Cent and Betty have spent the day together watching movies and talking, but Cent has fallen asleep at some point, waking to find Betty anything but happy.
“Why do you have my phone?” Cent rubbed the sleep from her eyes.