#RainbowSnippets: A Symposium in Space

Welcome to Rainbow Snippets!

Every Saturday or Sunday, those participating post and share six sentences of LGBTQIA+ fiction on their blogs. It can be their own. It can be someone else’s. It just needs to be LGBTQIA+.

To read a wide variety of samples from different LGBTQIA+ stories, go to…

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For my own, Pausania will continue to rant, while Phaedra fights an urge to rage in response, oh, wait, this isn’t D & D. This is A Symposium in Space…:)

“One thing you have been blessed with is an abundance of good looks.” Pausania waved a free hand to gesture to my head, hips, and legs. “You won’t keep that blessing if you allow a sour attitude to show.”

“If I allow a sour attitude?!” I balled my hands into fists. “You’re lecturing me about sourness?”

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Conversations with Christopher: Growl No More

(Christopher sits within the white space of the Cauldron. Once more he’s facing Grace Morisot from my recently completed version of Wind Me Up, One More Time. Once more, she is holding Theodora, her teddy bear in her arms.)

Christopher: Growl no more, Theodora. I hear your story is finished. Once again, I’m envious.

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Theodora says you’ve got a finished story, too, Stealing Myself From Shadows, which is the first in a series.

Christopher: It needs revision.

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace So does Wind Me Up, One More Time. It needs one…pass? Yes, a pass before our scribbler sends it off to Shenanigans Press.

Christopher: While mine requires all the steps necessary in a self-published novel. Which our scribbler is still figuring out.

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: We’re not sure if Shenanigans Press will accept our story, you know. Even with the changes.

Christopher: I know, I’m sorry. I can’t help feeling jealous. It’s strange, missing being part of a story. Sometimes I thought all I wanted for the scribbler to leave me alone. Like when I lost Damian.

Grace: I understand. I lost people, too. I didn’t lose all of them, though, not forever.

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Theodora says she thought she was going to lose me, but she got me back. Don’t give up on Damian.

Christopher: Oh, I’m not. A major arc in My Tool, My Treasure is getting Damian back. I just wish the scribbler would return to that story.

(A red curtain appears behind Grace, Theodora, and Christopher.)

Quartz: (his voice comes from behind the curtain) Me first! You’re going to have NaNoWriMo, but any time between that and Wind Me Up, One More Time goes to my story! Don’t you forget it!
Theodora: Growwr.

Christopher: Heh, I don’t think you need to translate that, Grace. I’m guessing Theodora is saying that we weren’t likely to forget. Not with Quartz reminding us at every opportunity.

Grace: (giggles) Pretty much.

Quartz: Go ahead and laugh. Like I’m going to get that much time, what will all the preparations for the scribbler’s upcoming vacation.

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Theodora says to cheer up, Quartz. Maybe our scribbler will get really inspired while on vacation. She might see or do something that leads to another scene in your story.

Christopher: That could happen, Quartz.

Quartz: Aye, it could. Or the scribbler could get distracted. Again.

Christopher: You won’t know until it happens.

Quartz: Aye, I won’t, lad. I really won’t.

(The red curtain disappears.)

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Poor Quartz. He sounds depressed.

Christopher: He’s not looking forward to the guests he’s having on the upcoming Secondary Characters Speak Out blog.

Grace: He’s not? Who are they?

Christopher: I have no idea. I guess we’ll find out.

Theodora: Growwr.

Christopher: Exactly.

#RainbowSnippets: A Symposium in Space

Welcome to Rainbow Snippets!

Every Saturday or Sunday, those participating post and share six sentences of LGBTQIA+ fiction on their blogs. It can be their own. It can be someone else’s. It just needs to be LGBTQIA+.

To read a wide variety of samples from different LGBTQIA+ stories, go to…

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For my own, Pausania will continue the rant she was in the middle of last week in A Symposium in Space (poor Phaedra)…

“Have I ever been ungenerous? I’ve done a far better job of taking care of you than you’ve ever done, Phaedra. Your pitiful attempts at self-sufficiency wouldn’t even buy you a short essay on the net!”

I swallowed, feeling myself quiver all over at this accusation. In truth, I wished I was more independent. My skills hadn’t been very profitable.

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Conversations with Christopher: Quartz Shares a Grumble

(Quartz sits in a chair, feet not quite hitting the front, but he refuses to be in a smaller seat than Christopher. Happily, Christopher isn’t very tall, even though he’s too tall as far as the dwarf is concerned.)

Quartz: Hmmph. Not sure why I’m here, talking to you. Again.

Christopher: Maybe because we’re in the same situation? Our stories are on hold until the scribbler finishes Wind Me Up, One More Time.

Quartz: How does it feel, eh? Guessing you’re not used to this. Being put on hold.

Christopher: Yes, I am. We’ve talked about this before, remember? Right here.

Quartz: Right, right. Guess I’m still having trouble believing it. You’re from the scribbler’s beloved Omphalos and Shadow Forest, the big series she’s poured her life into.

Christopher: Yet you’ve resurrected yourself with our scribbler’s imagination, made yourself popular with readers. You’ve even claimed a regular blog, or a regular part on her blogs, too.

Quartz: You have, too, sort of. Look at you now.

Christopher: Yes, although I’m starting to feel like a talk show host from the scribbler’s world. Where had my story gone? When will I rejoin it? Is the scribbler thinking of these things at all?

Quartz: You’re preaching to the abandoned. The abandoned talk show host, no less. Maybe we should do something about it, eh? Shake up the scribbler’s imagination a bit-

(A red curtain appears behind the dwarf and the shadowling.)

Theodora: (One can hear her behind the curtain.) Growwr.

Grace: (Her voice also comes from behind the curtain.) Theodora says no shaking things up until our story is finished. That goes for you, too, scribbler.

Theodora: GROWWR!!

Grace: Do you know how long we’ve waited for our story to finish? Much longer than Quartz or even Christopher have been around!

Quartz: (grumbles) Ruddy bear.

Christopher: I thought you liked her.

Quartz: Aye, I respect her stubborness. She’s still a ruddy bear.

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Thank you.

Christopher: Looks like we’ve got no choice but to wait.

Quartz: Right. (He glares at the curtain but says nothing.)

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Theodora says thank you.

(The red curtain disappears.)

Quartz: You should thank me. Aye, I’ll wait. What choice have I got?

Christopher: At least we have these blogs. You’ve got another Secondary Characters Speak Out at the end of the month.

Quartz: Right. That I’m not looking forward to. (He shudders.)

Christopher: Why not?

Quartz: You’ll see.

#RainbowSnippets: A Symposium in Space

Welcome to Rainbow Snippets!

Every Saturday or Sunday, those participating post and share six sentences of LGBTQIA+ fiction on their blogs. It can be their own. It can be someone else’s. It just needs to be LGBTQIA+.

To read a wide variety of samples from different LGBTQIA+ stories, go to…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/?ref=group_header

For my own, Phaedra and Pausania will continue where they left off last week in A Symposium in Space…

I shook my head. “Stop acting like what you do only affects you.”

“How dare you…” Pausania trembled all over. She took a long, slow breath. “Why are you complaining?”

 

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Conversations with Christopher: After Camp

(Once more, Christopher sits facing the little girl, holding her stuffed bear in her lap.)

Christopher: It’s over, huh?

(Grace turns the crank in Theodora’s back.)

Theodora: Growwr.
Grace: (She shakes her head.) No, it’s not over. Camp NaNoWriMo may be over, but Wind Me Up, One More Time isn’t finished, yet.

Christopher: The scribbler completed well over half your story, though, didn’t she? (mutters) That’s further than she got in My Tool, My Treasure.

(The little girl tugs at her bear’s back once more.)

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Theodora says the scribbler had a finished draft of our story. She was just expanding on certain things she was asked to by a potential publisher.

Christopher: While she only had a vague idea of where My Tool, My Treasure was going and where it would end. Neither of which she reached at the end of April. (He sighs.)

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: We will finish our story. Finishing it is one of the scribbler’s plans before she disappears for three weeks at the beginning of September.

Christopher: I guess I’ll just have to wait for NaNoWriMo to return to my story.

(A red curtain materializes behind Grace, Theodora, and Christopher.)

Quartz: (His voice comes from behind the curtain.) Quit your fussing. Who knows when the scribbler will return to my story.

Theodora: Growwr?

Grace: Theodora thought you were next, Quartz? That once our scribbler finished Wind Me Up, One More Time, she was going to return to Of Cuckoo Clocks and Crystal Coffins?

Quartz: That’s after she finishes your story, sister. (His voice appears to address the teddy bear, whom Quartz seems to respect far more than the nisse, despite their beards. Plus she’s got a lot of blogs to set up in advance before the Great Disappearance in late August, early September. Not to mention she’s got something to type up, well, lots of things to type up. One of them is one of them ongoing what d’ye call them? Right. Fanfics. Yes, those. If she ever gets around to it.

Me: (My voice also comes from behind the curtain.) I’m doing as much as I can.

Quartz: Right. Just take a look at your Goodreads list. It shows where your mind has been of late.

Me: I’m writing, too! I’m getting my blogs set up! All right, I didn’t finish Wind Me Up, One More Time, but I’m close to finishing it!

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: Theodora says don’t stop. Don’t let yourself be distracted from our story or she’ll growl. A lot.

Me: I know, I know…

Quartz: (speaking in a tone of admiration) Got to say, Theo, you know how to handle the scribbler.

Grace: (blinks) Theo?

Theodora: Growwr.

Grace: (She blinks again.) Huh. She likes it.

Quartz: Heh, heh…

#RainbowSnippets: A Symposium in Space

Welcome to Rainbow Snippets!

Every Saturday or Sunday, those participating post and share six sentences of LGBTQIA+ fiction on their blogs. It can be their own. It can be someone else’s. It just needs to be LGBTQIA+.

To read a wide variety of samples of LGBTQIA+ stories, go to…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/?ref=group_header

For mine, Pausania and Phaedra will pick up where they left off last Saturday in A Symposium in Space…

I glanced at Pausania’s hand. “Have you even noticed you’re bleeding?”

“What does that have to do with anything?” She looked down at her bloody hand with an impatient irritation. “They’re only cuts.”

“Cuts hurt.”

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