Rainbow Snippets

The 2020s have been a giant ball of suck so I’m almost afraid to wish for good things in 2023. That said I am hoping for good because I have the first long thing almost ready since 2019. While I wrote in 2020 it was on other projects. 2021 I nearly lost my leg and I’ve been dealing with the aftermath ever since. Maybe 2023 will turn things around. Here’s hoping.

I’ve already shared from the long thing, These Haunted Hills and I’m almost through doing a final edit before trying to shop it around. In the meantime I’m going back to the SF wip that I would like to finish but I know it has some plot issues I need to work out. The file name is Behind Blue Eyes (probably not final title)

Before I broke for the holidays I was sharing some from Blue Eyes. Kaleo has left the prison world slum he was born into and while he thinks he is going to find work off planet, he’s actually been kidnapped and altered for sale. Now meet Aneurin.

So how does thirty feel?” Pherick asked.

It feels like twenty-nine. You know I don’t worry much about age.”

Aneirin leaned back, the form-fitting foam of his chair adjusting itself. He tapped the volume control of Pherick’s sound system, lowering it a bit as the Mishani symphony got a bit raucous. Aneirin counted himself lucky he even got to pick the music, but since it was his birthday, he got a pass on Pherick’s newest craze; whatever the spy-bots caught in ‘Slumming It.’ Aneirin didn’t like spying on the slums. What good could possible come of it, he didn’t know, but it had been a mainstay of In-Home holovision for over a decade. It made him uncomfortable.

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Rainbow Snippet

Look at me actually getting this out there two weeks in a row. It has been a ROUGH December but I got in some fun by driving out to Cincinnati to see the art museum (top notch) and the festival of lights at the zoo (also fantastic) and up to Chillicothe to explore the Adena Mansion’s holiday event.

Last week we had Jacob’s point of view from my steampunk holiday story. Here is some of Al’s.

As much as he might wish Jacob would retire and find other work, Al knew the airships were in his blood; he could never deny Jacob the sky. Al missed Jacob when he was gone, but it made the times he was home that much more sweet, like a rare wine to be savored.

“You’re going to be up all night, aren’t you?” Al jumped at the sound of Grace’s voice. She swept into the room, her coat gone, no doubt hung up, but snow still clung to her boots. Her dark hair seemed mashed a bit, probably from the fur hat she usually wore in winter.


As Chief Tactician for the airship DeGrasse, Jacob Scarberry has spent the last six months on a wearying tour of duty. He’s missing home, and his prosthetic leg is conducting the December cold straight to his core. But with the holidays coming up, he’s looking forward to a well-earned leave, sharing some Christmas surprises with his lover, Dr. H. Alphus Troyer, and welcoming in the dawn of the 20th century.

A professor at Ohio University, Al is already on Christmas break, and his unconventional household is in a festive frenzy. Al is a bit less joyous, his anticipation of Jacob’s return warring with uncertainty over the special gift he had commissioned for him. Would Jacob appreciate it, or will it put a strain on their relationship?

Suddenly Al’s worries become trivial when the newspapers report an attack on the DeGrasse. With Jacob fighting for his life miles away, Al is left to wonder whether Jacob will return at all, or whether the planned festivities will become holiday heartbreak instead.

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Rainbow Snippets

Wow it’s been a little while between nanowrimo, the end of the semester and word press not letting me in. Here’s hoping to get back in the swing of things for the new year which will be here so soon.

Have a little from an older Christmas story of mine The Glow of Luminiferous Aether on Tinsel. It’s a steampunk story with Ninestar Press. Jacob here is an airship captain.

Jacob wished he could wear a third set of pants to keep out the cold, but he’d never be able to move in them. A union suit and woolen uniform trousers should have been enough to keep out the December chill, except his metal prosthetic leg, a miracle of spring-work technology, conducted the cold straight through his stump, up into his jewels, and even made his bladder ache. His slow path around the ship’s deck as he kept watch did little to warm him. He had one sure way to feel warmer: thoughts of a certain Dr. H. Alphus Troyer waiting for him back home.

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