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Hello snippetters! It’s rainbow snippets time and I’m sooooo glad it’s Saturday! I’m going to spend part of it looking at taps and worktops and kitchen cabinets, but there’ll definitely be time to sit down with a book or even – dare I hope! – a notebook. I’m sending Swings & Roundabouts into the pre-order queue later tonight, so it will hopefully be ready for the offical cover reveal on Tuesday. I’m going to be a guest on The Novel Approach, and I even got an exclusive short story ready for that. (Now I just need to finish the companion story for my own blog, and part of the panic is over.)
I needed something to smile about, and while part of me wanted to continue with Gareth and the detective, I’m actually moving on a bit and have decided to post a snip from one of my favourite scenes. It’s double length, but I hope you won’t mind. Nico and Daniel, the boys Jack and Gareth have adopted, have to write an essay on ambiguity for their English class. The two (and Gareth) are utterly dismayed, but not Jack… 😉
Gareth appreciated good English, written or spoken, but in his opinion a topic like this fell under ‘cruel and unusual punishment’. Jack, on the other hand, had loved the idea and declared it an excellent topic for an essay.
“Remember the story Aidan told you, the one about killing someone with a comma?” he’d asked while he was still in the hallway taking off his motorcycle boots. “This isn’t any different. Imagine you call me and tell me Gareth is pissed. I wouldn’t know whether he’s angry or whether he’s drunk. Not until I see him, or speak to him, or you explain further. That’s all this is. Making sure what you say isn’t misunderstood. It’s like writing code so there’s only one way for the program to execute it.”
“But we’re supposed to get examples and stuff.”
“Then why don’t you find as many possible ways to say he’s drunk?”