Saturday, January 21, 2017

Reunions - George reflects continued #RainbowSnippets #LGBTQ

Reunions: yep, I’m still writing that beast of a WIP. Today, the word count stands at 186,321, which means I’ve written 13,000 words in the past week and I’m still no closer to finishing it! That’s how it feels, at least, because I’ve been patching holes rather than moving towards the conclusion.

Brief explanation:
This snippet follows on from last week’s: George is thinking back to the verbal bullying he went through in high school, as well as his mum, who is much ‘lovelier’ than she comes across here. OK, she’s not that lovely, but she means well.

Here's the snippet:
Josh the boy genius, who remembered everything—every cruel and kind word spoken, every fight, argument, every mundane moment. All those times he’d recounted events of which George had no memory, yet when Josh had said those words, playing down the courage it had taken to stand up to Suzie Tyler, they had tattooed George’s brain.

You make me brave.

He wished he’d been braver. He wished he could have done as Kris had and come out at school, but his mum had a rough upbringing in a deprived inner-city housing estate, and she’d seen more than her fair share of violence—wife beaters, child abusers, gang wars, muggings, people attacked because of their skin colour or sexuality…the queens…

She’d actually said that to him once: ‘Don’t turn into one of them friggin’ queens!’

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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

16 comments:

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    1. There's always those characters who get run through the mill (just like real life, eh?).

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  2. Powerful character development and back story brought to bear in this snippet.

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  3. Wow, this is an epic one - I can't wait to get my hands on a copy when it's finished.

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    1. Heh. I can't wait for it to be finished! :D

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  4. Oh, I like this--very vivid :)

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  5. "He wished he’d been braver." That line really tugged at me.

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    1. Regrets can be some of the hardest feelings, I think. Thanks for reading. :)

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  6. Another great example of so much said in so few words. Lovely character development and setting.

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  7. I've always been a little conflicted about George's mother, but "she means well" does seem like the best description. George, on the other hand...well, I'd like to give him a hug.

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    1. Yeah, I really think George could do with a hug right about now.

      His mum...aye. She's a one. :)

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  8. Wonderful character development in this snippet.

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