Happy Saturday! New year, new goals: I have several definite projects to work on for this year. My next novel, Drumbeat, which is now with the publisher, should be back to me within six weeks or so for final revisions. It’s the third part of my Notes from Boston series. If you’ve been keeping up with those, it’s Jamie’s story. That one should be out in the spring.
I’m writing the fourth part of that series, Minuet, as well as a companion novel to An Act of Devotion called Tree of Life. I should finish both of those drafts, hopefully by summer. Then I’ll be revising an old NaNoWriMo project, which I’m keeping under wraps for now. And I’ll be participating in the Queer Sci Fi flash fiction contest again.
One of my goals for the year is to shift to broader subject matter. I’m not a great romance novelist, and I don’t want to be—I’ll leave that to the experts. I’m struggling a bit in how I view my writing and my place in the Book World. I never intended to write romance, nor did I want to write mainly about queer men. Heck, I didn’t really want to write novels; I’m a shorty writer at heart. So I’m exploring options and seeing where it takes me once I’m done with the two novels on my plate.
Anyway, in the interest of bringing you something different, here is a snippet from my recently released short story, Ashes & Alms. It’s part of the Never to Late anthology from Beaten Track. Oh, my word, if you want diverse stories all over the LGBTQ+ spectrum, go read this collection!
Shaking a little from nerves, Jo leaned in. Annie tilted her face up, and they shared their first soft kiss in forty years. Jo half expected fireworks to pop behind her, but instead, all she felt was the sweet exhilaration of finally coming home.
They parted, and Annie said, “Did you want to come in with me?”
Jo hesitated. She would have liked nothing better than to spend the rest of the night with Annie.
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