Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#WIPpet Wednesday - The Making Of Us (Nervous) #amwriting #lgbtqia

WIPpet numbers for 26th April, 2017:

268 (26 and 1+7) words from The Making Of Us (Checking Him Out Book Four)

WIPpet Context:
Another snippet from The Making Of Us. You can read the others here.

The Making Of Us is the fourth book in the Checking Him Out series, but it’s a stand-alone story about friendship, love and romance—LGBTQIA, with the emphasis on the B, Q and I.

The main characters are Jesse and Leigh, who first appeared in Taking Him On (Book Two), which is Noah and Matty’s story.

The Making Of Us is first-person, told from Jesse’s perspective.

This snippet comes a short while after last week’s: Jesse has taken Leigh to meet his mum for the first time.

* * * * *
“Are you ready?”

Leigh nodded and tilted their head towards the door in encouragement, but the door whooshed away from me before I had a chance to open it.

“Hello, oh!” My mum blinked at us and looked to see what I was staring at—my keys still dangling from the lock. She tutted and pulled them free. “So it is working, then?”

“What’s working?” I asked.

“The lock.”

“Eh?”

Mum shook her head and smiled at Leigh, who was giggling at my side. “You must be Leigh. I’m Susan, or Sue—Jesse’s mum.”

“Hi, Sue.” Leigh took my mum’s lead and stepped around me into the hallway. They shook hands. “It’s lovely to meet you.”

“And you. Jesse’s told me so much about you.”

“Same.” Leigh glanced back at me and grinned, which seemed to unstick my feet from the floor.

I followed them in and closed the door, sniffing and inhaling the scent of vanilla candles and…was that the smell of cookies baking? Bless my mum. She was at least as nervous as we were. Well, more than Leigh and not quite as much as me, I envisaged. Mum had already led Leigh into the living room, where—oh…hell. My kid photos on the mantelpiece. I stopped and leaned on the doorjamb, pinching the bridge of my nose like that would stop me turning red.

Leigh beamed at me. “You were cute.”

“Still am,” I chanced. Mum almost laughed her head off. “What are you trying to do to me, Mother?”

She gave Leigh a conspiratorial wink. “A good host always offers refreshments to his guests.”
* * * * *
What is WIPpet Wednesday?

WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress - expertly organised/hosted by Emily Witt - and the excerpt has to relate to the date in some way. For links to other fabulous authors' WIPpets, visit: http://www.inlinkz.com/wpview.php?id=355404


Thanks for reading
Deb x

Thursday, April 20, 2017

#WIPpet Wednesday - The Making Of Us (Inside every fat person...) #amwriting

WIPpet numbers for 19th April, 2017:
(even though it’s now the 20th—I was a bit tied up with Reunions launch stuff yesterday and didn’t get around to posting)

19+4=23 sentences from The Making Of Us (Checking Him Out Book Four)

WIPpet Context:
Another snippet from The Making Of Us. You can read the others here.

The Making Of Us is the fourth book in the Checking Him Out series, but it’s a stand-alone story about friendship, love and romance—LGBTQIA, with the emphasis on the B, Q and I.

The main characters are Jesse and Leigh, who first appeared in Taking Him On (Book Two), which is Noah and Matty’s story.

The Making Of Us is first-person, told from Jesse’s perspective.

In this snippet, Jesse is taking Leigh to meet his mum for the first time.

* * * * *
“Anyway, she knows you’re queer and that you use they/them pronouns. Hopefully, she’ll get it right, but it’s my fault if she doesn’t.”

“You always do.”

“But I told her about you the first time I saw you in the pizza restaurant and I thought you were a girl. I did explain.”

“I don’t mind if she gets it wrong. It’s when people assume or ignore what I’ve told them. They do it at the clinic.”

“Really? That’s just wrong. It’s like…” I stopped talking. This wasn’t about me.

“Like what?” Leigh prompted.

“I was going to make a comparison to the way doctors assume I have a choice about being fat, but it’s not the same. I could lose weight if I tried hard enough.”

“Could you?”

“Yeah. I just need to think like a thin person.”

“Exactly,” Leigh said. “And all I’ve got to do is think like a girl.”

“But you can’t, because you’re not.”

“And neither are you.”
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What is WIPpet Wednesday?

WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress - expertly organised/hosted by Emily Witt - and the excerpt has to relate to the date in some way. For links to other fabulous authors' WIPpets, visit: http://www.inlinkz.com/wpview.php?id=355404


Thanks for reading
Deb x

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Reunions - Launch Week - Release Day!


It's here! It's here!

At times, I honestly wondered if it ever would be. Two years of writing, weeks of editing, proofreading, formatting and faffing. Phew!

Reunions - Season Seven of Hiding Behind The Couch - is out today (19th April).

I'll keep this short.

Firstly, thank you x millions to: Nige, Andrea, Amy and Jor for editing, proofreading, reading and cheering me on. Thank you also to the Rainbow Snippets and WIPpet Wednesday authors for snippeteering, reading, commenting and sharing.

If you haven't read any of the Hiding Behind The Couch series before, you could start with this book, but it does contain spoilers for previous stories. You can find a reading guide on this page: http://deb248211.blogspot.co.uk/p/hiding-behind-couch.html

There is also the Hiding Behind The Couch website, which has some bonus extras as well as background information about the stories and what inspires me to write them.

Lastly, there is my website: debbiemcgowan.co.uk, where I have excerpts, poems and some short stories, along with the info on all my books.

One more lastly... there's a fabulous release day review here: http://amleibowitz.com/2017/04/19/review-reunions-hiding-behind-couch-7-debbie-mcgowan/
 


Thanks for visiting, reading, buying, supporting...you rock!
Deb x

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Reunions - Launch Week Day Three


I fail at reading calendars.

I've been telling everyone Reunions is out on Thursday 19th April, and it is out on the 19th of April, but that's...Wednesday.

Tomorrow!

Gulp.

In my defence, writing Hiding Behind The Couch does require rather creative use of calendars. To illustrate, here a screenshot of my timeline calendar, which I use to keep track of characters' birthdays, ages, anniversaries and so on:



Yes, OK, I know April 19th isn't a Thursday there, either, but my brain frazzes on numbers if I consciously think about what I'm doing.

So, anyway, the long and short of it is this:

- Season Seven of Hiding Behind The Couch -
 is out tomorrow!

(Oh, and did you spot that little sneaky title up there, next to 'Reunions' in the screenshot? That's Season Eight...coming when it gets here. ;) )

FOR FUN...
A quick-fire interview with Sean Tierney (caught on the hop between jobs)

Place of birth: Derry, The North of Ireland

Parents: My lovely mum, Saorla; dad...let's not talk about him.

Siblings: Older brother (by four years), Finn

Ethnic Background: Roman Catholic (minority in the North of Ireland)

Favourite subject at school: I really loved religious studies, actually (don't tell Joshy). I was taught by nuns, and there was a fair bit of religion in our curriculum. I always found it (and them) fascinating. I even thought about entering the priesthood for a time. It's not for me, though. Apart from the cups of tea and chatting with people. I could do that all day, which is why I chose the career I did, obviously.

Job: clinical psychologist (palliative care)

Married: No. I was. After the divorce, Sophie and I got together. That was five years ago, and we have a young son, so we're as good as married, I suppose.

Children: Just the one - Dylan Robert. He's a cracker.

Who do you most admire? Anyone who's happy with their lot, whatever that might be.

Relationship with God: I can't decide whether I believe in Him and wish I didn't, or I'd like to believe in Him but don't.

Overall outlook on life: I have my ups and downs like anyone, but I'm pretty cheerful most of the time.

Favourites:
Food: pizza - and my mum's cooking
Drink: tea
Books: any at all
Movies: action-packed, no thinking required
Sports: football (playing and spectating)
Colour: green, of course
best way to spend a weekend: long bath, lazy lunch, bit of telly, family time and football
pets: Sphinx - a Persian/Siamese cat with attitude

Do you have a secret? Wouldn't that be telling?

What do you like best about Josh? His charming way with words.

What do you like least about Josh? He always sees me coming.

(questions taken from http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/interviewing-your-characters)

BLURB:
When greed, fear and obsession rule the senses, danger is never more than a heartbeat away.

A night of celebration affords the perfect opportunity for an unlikely band of criminals to make their move, but as details emerge, it soon becomes clear the crime is far more sophisticated than the police first thought.

And that's only the beginning.

* * * * *

Reunions is Season Seven in the Hiding Behind The Couch series.

This instalment follows chronologically from Two By Two (Season Six) and Those Jeffries Boys.

* * * * *

WARNING: this story touches on themes of suicide ideation, sudden infant death, cancer, dementia, drug dependency and dissociative PTSD. These are not graphically or gratuitously depicted, but may, nonetheless, cause distress to some readers.

The story also includes a few brief scenes of an intimate (non-explicit) nature.




Thanks for reading,
Deb x

Reunions - Launch Week Day Two


So, yesterday (Sunday), I started my Reunions launch week really well by totally forgetting to run my giveaways while I was on Beaten Track Radio. That's typical of me...as is blaming Nige, and it was his fault. Honest. ;)

Thank you to all of you who tuned in and listened on Sunday. I had a lot of fun, and your questions were awesome!

Now, the whole point of these launch week shenanigans is to let people know about the release of Reunions, because I do have a few series readers, but it's been a couple of years since Season Six (Two By Two) was released, and I want to make sure everyone who's interested gets to know about it.

If you are new to Hiding Behind The Couch you probably don't want to start with Reunions. Although I do re-introduce the characters in each of the main books (the 'Seasons'), there will be lots of spoilers relating to events that have happened previously. The good news is that you can download the first prequel (Beginnings) and Season One (Hiding Behind The Couch) for free. It's an ongoing series, so there's no rush to catch up. :) The free downloads can be found here: http://hidingbehindthecouch.com/?n1=where_to_buy#free - you can also download Beginnings for free on Amazon.

What about those giveaways? I hear you ask (or not, but you know what I mean).

Up for grabs:
- an advanced ebook copy of Reunions - just reply to this post if you're up for it.
- a custom, one-of-a-kind Hiding Behind The Couch t-shirt - if you fancy that, comment 't-shirt'. We'll talk size later. The design will be a 'witty quip' from the series (or something along those lines). We have a wonderful local company that will make t-shirts with any print and in any quantity. So far, Nige has bought me four as presents, which leads to some interesting conversations - I think that's probably the point, except it goes something like this:

Person: #PDJ?
Deb: Yeah. It's a character in my series. I killed them. It stands for 'Poor Dead J...'
Person: Oh. *polite nod*

Person: Who's Josh?
Deb: *peers down at t-shirt which reads 'What Would Josh Do?'* He's the main character in my series. It's called Hiding Behind The Couch.
Person: So, what, he's a superhero or something?
Deb: No, he's a psychologist.
Person: Oh. *polite nod*

Person: Do you like horses?
Deb: *sighs and curses Nige for buying a t-shirt printed with SAY IT, DO IT, HORSE IT. Meanwhile, Nige is laughing and thinking it's hilarious* Nope. It's a game I made up in my series. It's called the Love Hearts Game.
Person: The series is called the Love Hearts Game?
Deb: No, that's Hiding Behind The Cou...oh, never mind. Yes, I like horses.

Person: Are they a big company, then, Jeffries and Associates?
Deb: In their world, yes. It's a fictional logistics company in my series, Hi—
Person: Logistics, eh? That's some serious adventure. *walks off, chuckling*

Just kidding. They amuse my chiropractor anyway. (That's Don Palmer at http://www.ormskirkchiropractic.co.uk)

I think that's all for this post, apart from the purchase links...


Thanks for reading,
Deb x

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Making Of Us - I do #RainbowSnippets #LGBTQIA

Brief explanation:
Another snippet from The Making Of Us. You can read the others here.

The Making Of Us is the fourth book in the Checking Him Out series, but it’s a stand-alone story about friendship, love and romance—LGBTQIA, with the emphasis on the B, Q and I.

The main characters are Jesse and Leigh, who first appeared in Taking Him On (Book Two), which is Noah and Matty’s story.

The Making Of Us is first-person, told from Jesse’s perspective.

I wasn’t going to post this week, but I just reached 50k, so here are the six lines that took me across the threshold!

Here’s the snippet:
“If you don’t want to, that’s OK,” Leigh assured me doubtfully. “We could leave it for a bit, until we’re—”

“I do.” I looked up and held Leigh’s gaze—until they broke it with an eye roll.

“I wasn’t proposing!” they said. What could I do but kiss that cheeky grin?

* * * * *

Rainbow Snippets is a 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 (no spoilers please!).

In this group you'll find anything from romance and historical fiction to mystery and YA. The common thread is that every story's main character identifies as LGBTQ+. The snippets could range from zero flames to full-on sexytimes, anything goes content-wise. The only rule is snippets will be 6 sentences long–one for each color in the Pride flag.

* * * * *

And…if you’re reading this on Sunday 16th April, I’m on Beaten Track Radio from 8–9 p.m. (BST - that’s 3–4 p.m. EDT / 9–10 p.m. CET). I’ll be answering questions, sharing some music and generally being slightly less introvert than usual.

You can listen via:


Thanks for reading,
Deb x

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

#WIPpet Wednesday - The Making Of Us (Imposter) #amwriting

WIPpet numbers for 12th April, 2017:

12 paragraphs from The Making Of Us (Checking Him Out Book Four)

WIPpet Context:
Another snippet from The Making Of Us. You can read the others here.

The Making Of Us is the fourth book in the Checking Him Out series, but it’s a stand-alone story about friendship, love and romance—LGBTQIA, with the emphasis on the B, Q and I.

The main characters are Jesse and Leigh, who first appeared in Taking Him On (Book Two), which is Noah and Matty’s story.

The Making Of Us is first-person, told from Jesse’s perspective.

Jesse and Noah are English literature undergraduates; they have a presentation to do…

* * * * *
The day of the presentation came. I’d put forward all my best arguments for why Noah should do the talking, but he was having none of it.

“Who’s up first?” our Discourse Analysis lecturer asked. A hand shot up somewhere in front of us, and the lecturer beckoned the brave volunteers to the front of the theatre. It was an OK presentation. Even if it hadn’t been, I was all admiration for the way they’d just got up there and done it, and I joined in heartily with the applause at the end.

“Who’s next?”

More students volunteered, and on it went. There were some serious show-offs in our class who used videos and jokes, but as I listened, I realised it was to cover how little they knew, and as our time neared, I started to think…maybe…maybe I could do this.

The applause rumbled to an end after the penultimate presentation, and the lecturer scanned the theatre, gaze homing in on Noah and me. “Saving the best till last?”

Ah, man. No pressure, then?

Noah started to rise from his seat and held out his hand.

“What?” I asked.

“Give me your notes.”

I shook my head—“We’ll do it together”—and followed him, edging sideways along the row of seats.

“Fickle,” Noah muttered over his shoulder on our way down to the front. I was too nervous to think of a witty comeback.

While we loaded our presentation onto the computer, we agreed to take a slide each. Then I read the title slide. Post-Modern Discourse and Context. What the hell did that mean? Did we really put this together? What was I even doing here? I knew nothing!
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What is WIPpet Wednesday?

WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress - expertly organised/hosted by Emily Witt - and the excerpt has to relate to the date in some way. For links to other fabulous authors' WIPpets, visit: http://www.inlinkz.com/wpview.php?id=355404


Thanks for reading
Deb x

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Meaning of Alliance #LGBTQIA

Here's the point at which some people will mutter, 'Oh, no, not another blog post about yet another M/M Romance debacle.' Yes, I'm afraid it is, because it's...well, let's call it a 'passionate' community, which isn't surprising, given the popularity of Romance as a genre overall, and the fact that M/M Romance is - debatably - considered the largest subgenre of LGBT fiction.

Before I go any further, I want to make it clear that I am NOT saying this relates to all authors of M/M Romance, nor even to all straight female authors of M/M romance. A few authors have posted on their blogs about how (rightly) upset they are by being tarred with the same brush. Some of those authors ARE allies to some parts of the LGBTQIA+ community. But take a look at all those letters and remember: it's entirely possible to be an ally to one at the expense of others. Rarely have I seen an M/M Romance author/ally take to the podium to fight for lesbian rights or the marginalisation of trans men, or the fetishisation of trans women and intersex people. The alliance is often exclusively to gay men, and, at a push bisexual men who 'pass as' gay (which is bi-erasing).

Please note the word 'rarely' in the above. There are some authors of M/M Romance - regardless of sexuality/gender - who are strong, outspoken advocates of the community as a whole. They understand and acknowledge their privilege (if any), and they do their best to use it wisely. That is what it means to be an ally.

An ally will fight for you, defend you - even in your absence. An ally will believe you when you say 'I am hurt' and they will ask if they can do anything to help you heal. An ally will take on your enemies in your name. They will stand united with you, even if it means putting themselves in harm's way.

For those who might not be aware of what happened (this time) - and that's going to be pretty much everyone outside of the online M/M Romance community as well as a few of those within it:

Without naming names (they've had enough publicity out of this one), last week, an 'author' of M/M Romance posted, on Facebook, the statement: 'I identify as a gay man'. This author is, in fact, a collaborative pen name for two female authors, neither of whom have publicly come out as anything other than cisgender, heterosexual women, so this statement is, at best, problematic. Their claim since is that they used the wrong wording; it was a simple mistake, and their intentions were honourable. What they'd intended to say, if they are to be believed, was something like:

I identify WITH gay men (which they can't)
I empathise with gay men (better)

Now, it may well be that one or both of these authors are gay trans masculine people but haven't made that statement in public, and they are perfectly entitled to keep it to themselves. No one should be put in a position where they are forced to come out. However, if they are not out, they can't make a statement like this, regardless of how true it might be. They cannot publicly identify as a gay man if they don't publicly identify as a gay man, by which I mean, they need to explain themselves.

Whatever they meant, and however well-intentioned they claim to be, it is all negated by them laughing along with a fan's comment that the 'haters' (anyone who spoke out against the post - and those who did were LGBTQIA+ people and their real allies) should be rounded up and sent off to kill themselves.

In the event that it sounds as incredible to you as it did to me, here's a screen capture, with names removed.


So...

Let's talk about the responsibility of allies.

A couple of years ago, I volunteered to edit on a Don't Read in the Closet event run by the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads, which culminates in the publication of up to 200 free stories that are posted online, both as ebooks on the MMRG website, and as text threads on Goodreads. When someone asked why they were posted as text threads, one of the moderators explained that they'd received messages from readers who were LGBTQIA+ and lived in countries where being such was illegal (often carrying the death penalty). Those readers were thankful for those stories, because they were a lifeline, a connection to their community, and accessing them online via Goodreads was the safest way of reading them.

Now, imagine one of those readers discovering that someone who, to them, is something of a hero (celebrating the love of two men), condones the suggestion that they should be rounded up and sent off to kill themselves.

Think about the number of young LGBTQIA+ people who consider (and often commit) suicide. What if one of those young people stumbled across that discussion thread? This isn't just an off-the-cuff, flippant comment that can be excused. It is incitement to hatred, and it is dangerous.

Let me just pause here to say...there are so many wonderful allies out there, and brilliant organisations who support LGBTQIA+ people of all ages and walks of life. Some of us feel strongly enough to speak out and take a stand, but these occurrences are few and far between, so please don't be disheartened.

It's clear what the authors should have done - if they really are allies. They should have said something like 'I appreciate your support, but please keep your homophobic, hateful rant to yourself, and maybe have a think about what you're saying.' Or words to that effect. I'm having a problem with polite comebacks, to be frank.

As for the other authors fearful of being tarred with the same brush: there's no hiding from the fact that there are some within the M/M Romance community who behave appallingly - authors and readers - and they do so whilst waving the flag of alliance. Some don't even realise they're doing it (I like to hope).

Ultimately, as an ally, you cannot possibly understand the lived experience of the group to which you are allied. You can't. Nor is your alliance a coat of armour against the slings and arrows of those you hurt (accidentally or otherwise), and if they tell you that what you said or did hurt them, they are not wrong. YOU are.

The choice is simple. You either say sorry like you mean it and vow to do everything in your power to redress, or you stop calling yourself an ally and accept that you are in it for the money, or prestige, or whatever it is you get from writing about gay men falling in love and living happily ever after.

Now would be the time to stand up as a real ally - of gay men, or of the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole, and being a letter in that acronym does not automatically afford you alliance to the rest.

Thanks for reading,
Deb (non-binary, bisexual, white English, working-class woman - yes, I guess that's my big coming out, like anyone who knows me hasn't figure it out by now).

Saturday, April 08, 2017

The Making Of Us - Carpe Diem #RainbowSnippets #LGBTQIA

Brief explanation:
Another snippet from The Making Of Us. You can read the others here.

The Making Of Us is the fourth book in the Checking Him Out series, but it’s a stand-alone story about friendship, love and romance—LGBTQIA, with the emphasis on the B, Q and I.

The main characters are Jesse and Leigh, who first appeared in Taking Him On (Book Two), which is Noah and Matty’s story.

The Making Of Us is first-person, told from Jesse’s perspective.

I was a bit stumped for a snippet today, and in the end I went with 12 short paragraphs (rather than 6 sentences—a double rainbow? ;) ). Jesse and Leigh are at the ‘tell our friends’ stage.

Here’s the snippet:
We were still holding hands when Matty arrived twenty minutes later and stopped a few feet away, his mouth and eyes wide open in a ‘Matty shock-horror’ face. He pointed at our joined hands. “Wh-whe-when did this happen?”

I turned to Leigh. “I thought you’d told him.”

“Nope. I was waiting for you.”

“Really?”

“I wouldn’t do that, Leigh,” Noah said. “You’ll be waiting forever.”

I laughed incredulously. “You have gotta be kidding me.”

“Carpe diem, mate.”

Now I knew he was joking, and leaned in as if to whisper to Leigh, even cupping my hand around my mouth, and said, “D’you know how long he kept Matty waiting?”

“How long?”

“A whole bloody year,” Matty complained.

“A year?” Leigh repeated. “What on earth were you waiting for, Noah?”

“For me to sit still.” Matty grinned. He hadn’t actually sat down yet.

* * * * *

Rainbow Snippets is a 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 (no spoilers please!).

In this group you'll find anything from romance and historical fiction to mystery and YA. The common thread is that every story's main character identifies as LGBTQ+. The snippets could range from zero flames to full-on sexytimes, anything goes content-wise. The only rule is snippets will be 6 sentences long–one for each color in the Pride flag.

* * * * *

Thanks for reading,
Deb x

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

#WIPpet Wednesday - The Making Of Us (Face Time) #amwriting

WIPpet numbers for 5th April, 2017:

It's my ‘baby’ sister’s 40th birthday today! :)

247 words (7-2=5, and 4) from The Making Of Us (Checking Him Out Book Four)

WIPpet Context:
Another snippet from The Making Of Us. You can read the others here.

The Making Of Us is the fourth book in the Checking Him Out series, but it’s a stand-alone story about friendship, love and romance—LGBTQIA, with the emphasis on the B, Q and I.

The main characters are Jesse and Leigh, who first appeared in Taking Him On (Book Two), which is Noah and Matty’s story.

The Making Of Us is first-person, told from Jesse’s perspective.

This snippet starts with a private message from Leigh to Jesse.

* * * * *
Hey Jesse. Hope your day’s going OK and you’re getting loads done. x

If I’d had my phone with me, I’d have got the message while I was in the waiting room.

Then, 11:30:
That was a mad lecture. Advanced maths? Call that advanced? Haha. x

Only I could fall for a number buff. I was OK at maths. Advanced maths? I didn’t even know what that was.

Next message, 13:00:
Eating lunch…wish you were here. x

Could a heart explode from swelling with love? Yeah, I was pretty sure it was love by now.

Final message, 16:10:
Are you ever coming online today? Pleeeeeaaaase? x

My face was stuck in a grin as I typed:
Hey Leigh. What you up to? x

. . .

Hold on. I’m calling you. x

Calling… Oh, shit. I dropped my phone in horror. Was I in a fit state to receive a call? Unlikely, but not much I could do about that now. I hit ‘accept’.

“Hi!” Leigh grinned at me.

“Hi.” Urgh. My hair was stuck up all over the place. I attempted to smooth it with my hand.

“Were you sleeping?”

“Y…no, actually. Why?” Silly question.

Leigh’s left—right? I couldn’t tell with the camera flip—eyebrow went up. “You suit the spiky look.” Left eyebrow: same side as their lip piercing.

I laughed, embarrassed but not. “D’you think?”

“Yeah! It’s very punk. Whatcha listening to?”

“Pink. The Truth About—” ha, that was apt “—Love.”
* * * * *
What is WIPpet Wednesday?

WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress - expertly organised/hosted by Emily Witt - and the excerpt has to relate to the date in some way. For links to other fabulous authors' WIPpets, visit: http://www.inlinkz.com/wpview.php?id=355404


Thanks for reading
Deb x

Sunday, April 02, 2017

The Making Of Us - The Fat Controller #RainbowSnippets #LGBTQIA

Brief explanation:
Another snippet from The Making Of Us. You can read the others here.

The Making Of Us is the fourth book in the Checking Him Out series, but it’s a stand-alone story about friendship, love and romance—LGBTQIA, with the emphasis on the B, Q and I.

The main characters are Jesse and Leigh, who first appeared in Taking Him On (Book Two), which is Noah and Matty’s story.

The Making Of Us is first-person, told from Jesse’s perspective.

In the snippet below, it’s the morning after Jesse and Leigh’s ‘date’, and Jesse’s reflecting on his sleepless night. The poetry relates to his university coursework.

Here’s the snippet:
I had too much Larkin in there, but in our seminars, we’d been exploring ‘irony and understatement’, which was surely just being ‘British’—something Philip Larkin did particularly well. I preferred Roger McGough’s dry sarcasm, largely because when I read his poems, I heard them in the voice of the narrator of Thomas and Friends, which was fun in an ‘I’m a sad English student’ way.

At the platform, he awaits
Percy in his green-grey regalia…re-grey-leer
Neither Henry nor Thomas nor any other
Loco, oh no—it must be Percy
The Fat Controller decreed.


Who actually thought it was a good idea to name a character in a kids’ programme ‘The Fat Controller’? Well, anyway, sad English student that I was, I still didn’t read post-war British poetry for fun, and I’d thought it would help me sleep, as in bore me to unconsciousness. Needless to say, it didn’t work, because every time I thought about Leigh—therefore every couple of minutes or so—my belly did a roll and my pulse shot off at some dangerously high speed. I was too hot, threw the duvet off, too cold, pulled it back on, too thirsty, needed a drink, drank too much, needed the loo, and so on and so forthed my way through to giving-up-on-sleep time.

For reference, here’s a clip from Thomas and Friends:


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