Flash Fiction Friday – September 30, 2016

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene (aka “Drabble”) written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, are assumed to be in public domain, and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.

 

This drabble is another addition to my Adventures with Harrison and Mason collection.

“It’s beautiful!” Mason gushed. It was a beautiful gesture, even if the cake didn’t…quite look like the ones on Pinterest.

Jaxon bounced, and his ear-to-ear smile lit the room. “Daddy helped, but I did most of it.”

Harrison kissed Mason. “Happy Birthday.”

“We baked and baked all day,” Jaxon said. “It was so much fun. Maybe I’ll be a baker when I grow up.”

Mason leaned down and lifted Jaxon in his arms. His gaze landed on the colossal pile of dishes in the sink.

“I love you,” Mason whispered into Jaxon’s ear, but he smiled into his husband’s eyes.

Flash Fiction Friday – September 23, 2016

Flash Fiction Friday

Flash Fiction: There isn’t a standard specific definition for this term beyond “extremely short”, but for the purposes of my “Flash Fiction Friday” posts it will mean a precisely 100-word story scene (aka “Drabble”) written from a photo prompt.

Today’s prompt picture is:

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Disclaimer: The images used in this blog’s posts are found from different sources all over the Internet, are assumed to be in public domain, and are displayed under the fair use principle. Click the image to be taken to my source for today’s photo prompt.
This image found on Cryselle’s Bookshelf: http://www.crysellesbookshelf.com/2016/06/a-picture-is-worth_30.html

This drabble is another addition to my Adventures with Harrison and Mason collection.

“I miss Jaxon already.” Harrison’s voice was muffled by the book covering his face.

Mason squeezed his hand. “He’s having a great time with Gramps, though.”

“Yeah, I know.”

Mason’s arm shifted, drawing Harrison’s attention to the rainbow beaded bracelet Jaxon had made.

So you won’t forget me, Daddy, Jaxon had said with a mischievous glint in his eye. He was a chip off the old block. Mason block.

“I’m looking forward to his stories about what he’s getting up to this week,” Harrison said.

“Eh, he’ll be too distracted by your wacky tan lines to think of anything else.”

 

Flashback Scene from Sam’s POV #05 (Chap. 6)

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I’ve been negligent. I haven’t posted one of these flashback scene switch-arounds since mid-June! It’s time to rectify that. 😃

The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://addisonalbright.wordpress.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.

This week’s scene is from the 5th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 6:

Sam took a deep breath and knocked lightly on the jamb of the open doorway to Henry’s office. Henry looked up and grinned.

“Hey, come on in. What’s up?”

The way Henry’s eyes lit up when they saw him eased Sam’s concerns. This was a big step, but it was vitally important to Sam. Ultimately, it was a potential deal-breaker in their relationship.

“My family wants to meet you.” Best to just blurt it out. Let the chips fall where they may.

 Henry put down the red pen he’d been holding and set aside the stack of homework papers he’d been grading. His brows drew together and his eyes widened. Alarm, perhaps?

“Yikes.”

“Yikes?”

“I figured that would go over better than ‘oh, shit.’”

Sam coughed nervously. Of course, considering Henry’s own parental situation, it wasn’t unreasonable for him to be anxious. But still…

Outside Henry’s window the wind rustled leaves, blowing them across the open space between buildings. Sam watched them swirl by, afraid of what he might find if he turned back to look into Henry’s eyes. He feared Henry’s answer, but he had to ask. “So, you don’t want to?”

“I didn’t say that,” Henry replied quickly. “Look at me, Sam. Please?”

Sam turned his gaze back to Henry. “So you will?”

“I’m just nervous. You know how things are with my family, right?”

“Sure, but I’ve told you mine isn’t like that.”

“I know. Maybe it’s one of those irrational fears. Me and meeting families is like you and flying on airplanes.”

Sam snickered and his shoulders relaxed. “Okay, okay. I get it. Remember, though, I don’t let it actually keep me from flying.”

Henry sighed with faux drama, bringing up a hand to clutch his non-existent pearls. “Just say when, and I’ll be there.”

Eh, I think this one’s a bit of a tie. Mostly dialogue, and that won’t change. Either that’s supplemented by a touch of Henry’s feelings or some of Sam’s. I ended up giving Sam more than what was done for Henry in the book, because the dialogue pretty much covered it.

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’Til Death Do Us Part – A Novel

’Til Death Do Us Part has received a 2016 Rainbow Award Honorable Mention.

Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers — which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations — they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage … ’Til Death Do Us Part.

The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes, and he’s presumed dead. But four people — Henry, two other men, and a child — survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive as well?

Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?

NOTE: From This Day Forward is included at the back of the paperback version of ’Til Death Do Us Part.

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’Til Death Do Us Part

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About Addison

Addison Albright is a writer/author living in the middle of the USA with three peculiar cats. Her stories are gay (sometimes erotic) romance, and tend to be sweet man-love in contemporary settings. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, french fries, “open window weather,” cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.

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Update: What I’m Doing…

It’s coming along. As I mentioned in a post a week and a half ago, my next project is to overhaul my self-published second editions. I guess it’s no longer my next project, it’s my current project.

I’ve now officially unpublished the books from all vendors. It might take a few weeks for them to disappear from all the Smashwords distributors, but it’s just a matter of time.

The overhauling process has only just begun. It’s been a while since I’ve had the gumption to reread those old stories, and I’ve got to say, it’s eye-opening. Clearly, I’ve learned a lot about how to properly tell a story since I first started putting words to paper.

I’ve only completed the overhaul on two of the short stories so far. The Dreams overhaul might end up involving some more significant changes affecting the storylines, but the shorts will remain mostly the same in essence, although the telling of the stories will be improved.

Born to Be Wild was the first to be reworked. Cute story…I really do like it. But, damn, it was one of my earliest efforts. Let’s just say that many changes were made to my wording choices. King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate, on the other hand, was the last thing I ever wrote before my long hiatus. I’d already worked with the wonderful development editor (at that time) at Loose ID as I whipped Cultivating Love into shape. I learned so much from that wonderful woman. Anyway, I only tweaked maybe two dozen words in the King Kong short. It was already in fantastic shape. I still love that story.

I’m going to miss a few of the covers I’d made for the short stories. I always thought the Moving Along cover was cute, and I really liked the one for Dropping Quarters. The ones I was most proud of were King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate and Photo Shoot. Those were each made from three separate images…the backgrounds plus two forward images (as well as some fun with lighting and framing in Photo Shoot).

The apps I have now won’t allow me quite that much manipulation–or if they will, I haven’t figured them out yet–so I’m going with single images for the new ones. I’ve already had fun mocking up covers for those future releases, but I haven’t purchased the images yet. I’ll share them once I’ve made my final decisions and put them together.

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