#RainbowSnippets 27-Jan-2018 – Closets Are for Clothes

I’ve joined the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook. From their description: “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!).” Pretty cool, eh? Don’t forget to “Like” my Facebook page and/or my Facebook profile while you’re over there checking out this fantastic group!


I’m still snipping from Closets Are for Clothes featuring Mike & Wes, but I’m starting a new thread. In this one, Mike has gone “home” to Kansas to come out to his parents.

Told from Mike’s 1st-person POV.

This Week’s Snippet:

(Closets Are for Clothes - Coming Out Part 1 – 27-Jan-2018

Muted voices sifted through my sleep-clouded head, and I blinked a few times as my eyes adjusted to the bright light filtering through the curtains. After multiple washings, and without any blinds behind them, they weren’t particularly good at blocking the morning sun.

Speaking of which, that sun appeared rather high in the sky. I groaned and rolled to check the time on my phone, then muttered, “Crap,” because I’d wanted an earlier start so things wouldn’t be rushed this morning. Extended family wouldn’t descend until mid-to-late-afternoon, but who knew how much time might be needed for Mom or Dad to recover their equilibrium after my big reveal.

I laid a forearm across my eyes. “Get up,” I mumbled. “Suck it up and get this over with.”

Dream On – Book 1 – Closets Are for Clothes

42,719 words / 136 Pages (PDF)

Coming on February 24, 2018 to JMS Books, LLC

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Mike’s life is carefully compartmentalized. He’s deep in the closet to his family back in Kansas, but lives life honestly and openly in Austin. He’s unnerved when Wes, his old university crush, turns up at his door in answer to a roommate advertisement, but quickly sees the potential…benefits of the arrangement. Wes has never doubted nor denied his sexuality. With the support of his family he’s an out and proud LGBT activist.

On the scale balancing his self-esteem on one side, and the love of his family on the other, Mike has to decide which weighs more. Is Mike being fair to his parents by not giving them the chance to know his real self? When the delicate balance of his life is disrupted, he decides he’s tired of living a lie. Will Wes understand his concerns, or will their fledgling relationship crumble under the strain of Mike’s uncertainty?

NOTE: Closets Are for Clothes  is a from-the-ground-up comprehensively rewritten and reedited version of A Dream Come True (published by Addison at Torquere Press in February, 2009). While the theme of the original story is the same, and many important scenes will be recognizable, the way the characters deal with important events is handled differently than in the original story and much of the story’s backdrop and side characters have changed. Beyond converting the story from an alternating 3rd-person POV to being told entirely from Mike’s 1st-person POV, this is a significantly changed retelling of the story.


18 thoughts on “#RainbowSnippets 27-Jan-2018 – Closets Are for Clothes

  1. Funny you should mention it but when I woke up this morning and looked at the clock it was 08.45. I was supposed to have left the house at eight. Talk about a crazy half hour! I can totally relate to that feeling of hesitation before throwing yourself into the day

  2. I’m so with him. I’m not a morning person, but I can relate to needing the extra time, especially when something big is going on.

    1. I’m less of a morning person than I used to be. But yes, if there’s something I dread facing, that makes it worse.

  3. I was caught up in the snippet immediately. It’s very visual, and descriptive. I’m with Mike. Not a morning person.

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