Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Making Of Us - Getting High #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, Leigh has taken Jesse to see a friend perform at an open-mic night. Sorry it’s eight sentences, not six. :( It needed the last paragraph for a sense of context.

Here’s the snippet:
Once I was settled in the corner, Leigh slid—more scooted—along the seat, and I got a waft of that citrusy smell again. I switched to breathing through my nose, getting high on the mix of that smell, the dizziness of slightly hyperventilating and Leigh being just a few inches away. They giggled, and I shrugged to ask why.

“I can’t reach the floor.”

I peered under the table as Leigh kicked their legs like a kid on a dining chair. I hadn’t noticed, but the bench was high enough that my knees weren’t bent up the way they usually were.

“Piss poor ergonomics,” Leigh said—engineering speak. “Must’ve been someone your height designed these.”

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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.

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Thanks for reading,
Deb x

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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

WIPpet numbers for 22nd March, 2017!
(2017/22)*3=275 (rounded to a whole number) 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.

In this snippet, Jesse and Leigh are about to go on their first (kind of) date.

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Leigh came into the living room, shoving stuff into the pockets of their…blue? pants. Whatever colour they were, Leigh’s shirt appeared to be the same shade, over which was a striped waistcoat. Probably not blue and yellow. Baseball boots had replaced the Doc Martens of the past few days.

“Blisters from hell, mate,” Leigh explained.

“Yeah?”

Leigh nodded and opened their mouth to say more, but got cut off by Sol’s exclamation of, “Good God. I’ll go find my sunglasses, shall I?”

Leigh rolled their eyes but then looked doubtful. “It’s not too bright, is it?”

“Not for me,” I said, although I was also curious enough to come clean. “I’m colour blind.”

“Are you?”

“Not completely. I mean, I can tell your pants are blue.”

“Purple,” Leigh and Sol said together.

“OK.” I laughed. “And your shirt’s purple, too?”

“Yep. Have a guess at the waistcoat.” Leigh was clearly enjoying this.

“Well…” I squinted, like that would make any difference. “It looks blue and yellow to me, so I’m gonna go with purple and…green?”

“Almost.” Leigh pointed to the stripes in turn. “Red, green, red, purple, green, pink, green, red, purple.”

“Wow, that’s a lot of colours.”

“I can change if it’s too much.”

“No! It’s not. You look great.” Blue and yellow or all those other colours they’d said, they really did.

“So, I’m guessing you can’t tell what colour my hair is?” Leigh speculated.

“Um…purple, by any chance?”

They grinned. “Got it in one.”

“I’m a quick study,” I said, returning the grin and feeling pretty pleased with myself. This was much more like the banter we’d had in the summer.
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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

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Making Of Us - Same Old Jesse #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.

Here’s the snippet:
When I thought back to the first time I saw Leigh and felt the tug of attraction—OK, full-on crush—and Matty told me Leigh wasn’t a girl, I did have to consider what that meant, but not because I’d thought Leigh was a girl. All I knew then was what I knew now; I was head over heels, and Leigh being queer—the word they said fitted them best—was irrelevant to that feeling, other than pushing me to reconsider who I was myself.

Well, I was the same old Jesse Thomas I’d always been. I was male. I’d never doubted it, and my gender had never been called to question the way it was for Leigh, and sometimes for Matty, who wore make-up, had longish hair and moved very gracefully. He was feminine—or femme, he said—but he was definitely male, and if anyone told him he looked ‘so gay’, Noah stepped in and said, ‘Do I look gay, too?’

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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.

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Thanks for reading,
Deb x

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#WIPpet Wednesday - The Making Of Us (Wiggling Toes) #amwriting

WIPpet numbers for the Ides of March!
15 (for the day) 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.

In this snippet, Jesse is sitting in Noah’s backyard, and Leigh has gone inside to get drinks.

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I’d never noticed Leigh singing before. I wasn’t musical myself, but I could tell if someone was singing in tune. Leigh’s voice was incredible. In tune, yes, but there was something more, like they were channelling the oppressive warmth of the evening and transforming it into this husky, rich melody. It was so beautiful, I didn’t realise I’d stopped breathing until Leigh was standing next to me, holding out a can of Coke.

“You all right, Jesse?”

“Um, yeah.” I nodded vigorously enough to rattle my brain, if that were possible. “What was that song?”

“Song? Oh! It’s called ‘All the same to me’. I’ve been listening to it all day, and it’s stuck in my head. D’you like it?”

“Yeah, I really do. You have a really good voice.” Really, really… Urgh. Come on, Jess, get it together.

“Thanks. My friend wrote it.”

“Yeah?”

“Yeah. I think you’d like her other stuff.” Seeing as I still hadn’t taken my drink, Leigh put both cans down and hopped up onto the table, sitting with legs crossed, the toes of one socked foot wiggling mere inches from my hand. The motion was hypnotising.

You know what I would’ve loved? For us to have been at that point where I’d just reach over and massage Leigh’s foot while they talked. Which would mean first asking Leigh out on a date, and Leigh accepting. Then we’d have to establish some kind of relationship. How long would it take before we were comfortable enough with each other—

“Those boots gave me blisters,” Leigh said.

“Did they?” I was pretty sure they’d said something else before that, but wiggling toes, daydreams—I was starting to understand how Noah almost failed first year. This was crazy.

I got the feeling Leigh was aware of my sporadic loss of concentration, but they continued anyway. “They’ll be fine once I’ve worn them a few times. Same with my last pair. So you’re not interested, then?”

“In?”

“I mean, it’s OK. I’m going anyway. I guess I could ask Matty.”

Right, so this was the bit I missed.
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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

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Making Of Us - Piercings #RainbowSnippets #LGBTQIA

Brief explanation:
Another snippet from The Making Of Us.

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.

Here’s the snippet:
I liked piercings. They were fun, and if I’d been slimmer, or less bothered about not being slimmer, I’d have probably got my eyebrow pierced, although…maybe it would draw attention away from the rest of me.

I couldn’t recall if Leigh had piercings when I first met them. I was kind of overwhelmed, and everything had gone a bit hazy and soft focus. Whether Leigh had them or not, I’d still feel the same, but the nose stud was definitely recent.

Would the one on their lip make kissing more difficult?

* * * * *

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.

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Thanks for reading,
Deb x

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

#WIPpet Wednesday - Not My Coach #amwriting #BeBoldForChange #lgbtqia


WIPpet numbers for 8th March, 2017:
No numbers, because I checked the count for my WIPpet snippet, and this number magic happened:


WIPpet Context:
It’s International Women’s Day, so I thought a WIPpet featuring a female character would be most appropriate. This is one of my three (it was only two this morning) current works in progress, tentatively titled Not My Coach. It’s a stand-alone story, featuring Charlie Davenport (a minor character elsewhere in the HBTC universe). The cover is a placeholder, probably…

She appears mostly in Two By Two (Season Six) and Those Jeffries Boys (character special), as well as a couple of chapters in Reunions (Season Seven - out in April). I was reading Beginnings (free ebook)—the first prequel—this morning, in which Charlie is still in a pram.

A few years have lapsed since; in this snippet, Charlie is thirty-five.

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“Get warmed up, Charlie. Nish is coming off.”

She was out of her tracksuit in seconds and up on her feet, jogging on the spot, stretching her hamstrings, the left still tight from her injury, but she was so done with sitting out, and it’d loosen up soon enough, if Nish actually made it off the pitch before the final whistle. It was taking her forever.

“Coach, she needs help.”

He glanced to the pitch first-aiders, but they weren’t looking his way. “She’s nearly here now.”

Nish was barely halfway, although that was plenty close enough for Charlie to see the pain on her face, symmetrical dark brows pinched together, nose wrinkled and teeth bared.

Charlie stepped closer, toes on the touchline, ready for the tag, waiting, waiting… Nish stumbled, cried out.

“Coach!” Charlie pleaded, but he waved her concern aside, his attention on the action in the penalty box. They’d played on; still Nish was getting no closer. To hell with the red card, Charlie couldn’t stand by and watch her suffer. Cupping her hands around her mouth, she drew breath to shout—

“Charlie, it’s ten past six.”

“Ah…shoot.”
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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

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Book Review: Transphobia by j wallace skelton, illustrated by Nick Johnson

Title: Transphobia: Deal with it and be a gender transcender
Author: j wallace skelton, illustrated by Nick Johnson
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd.
Published: 1st January, 2017
ISBN: 9781459407664
Link: http://www.lorimer.ca/childrens/Book/2892/Transphobia.html

Blurb:
Who do you think you are? Part of identity is how people experience their gender. Transphobia is intolerance of any part of the range of gender identity. This accessible, illustrated book offers information, quizzes, comics and true-to-life scenarios to help kids better understand gender identity and determine what they can do to identify and counter transphobia in their schools, homes and communities. Considered from the viewpoint of gender challengers, gender enforcers and witnesses, transphobic behavior is identified, examined and put into a context that kids can use to understand and accept themselves and others for whatever gender they are — even if that's no gender at all!

Review:
Transphobia is a book written and illustrated for children (the language suggests older children and young adults) which looks at how our actions can - by choice or design - be transphobic. It could be read by young people independently, but it does lend itself to a more structured setting, such as a youth group or classroom, or even a book parents and children could read together.

The book follows a similar format to the workbooks that are used in 'social studies' lessons in the UK. It's vibrant, with lots of discussion activities, and whilst there is a fair bit of text, it's broken up with illustrations and presented in different ways throughout the 32 pages.

Now, this all seems good to an adult, but having worked through these kinds of books with UK high school students (particularly those aged 14-19), I know from experience that they don't always engage effectively with this format.

Given the time restrictions on teaching, it is unlikely that as a curriculum topic, this would be given more than an hour or two, and it's a topic that requires more thinking/free discussion away from the examples in the book. Therefore, it's best used as a resource to be dipped into, as there are discussion activities that would work with students from around the age of 10 to 19 with some core information that is relevant to all.

There are references to Canadian legislation and statistics at the bottom of some pages (the book was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council), but this is a great resource for educators in any English-speaking setting. Finding the relevant laws would make for another interesting activity for students/young people reading this outside of Canada.

The content is excellent, and is likely to inspire some positive discussion amongst young people who are not LGBTQIA and haven't had cause to consider how their behaviour/language impacts on others. It's also affirming for LGBTQIA students and offers some excellent guidance for everyone on how to deal with their own and other people's passive and aggressive non-binary/transphobia.

As someone with 18 years' experience as a teacher/lecturer, I am happy to recommend this book, in particular as an educational resource for teachers, youth group leaders and parents.

Received through NetGalley.