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Missing in (In)Action

Where, oh where, has my manuscript gone?
Where, oh where, can it be?

Did you ever know exactly right where something is, only to find that that’s exactly right where it isn’t? (Please tell me it’s not just me.) I decided I’d better get busy working on Onyx Sun if I wanted to get the current round of revisions done before the end of the month, and I was sure I knew where it was (next to the computer hutch in my bedroom) – but it wasn’t.

So I thought, “Ah-ha! It’s in my editing bag downstairs in the front room.” But it wasn’t.

So now a search of my room is in order, but it’s cold up there. We’re hitting single digits and negative numbers overnight, and this is an old house so the “heat” in my room is whatever wanders up from downstairs. Needless to say, I try not to spend any time up there that doesn’t involve my bed, my furry space heater (Demon Dog), and blankets.

Still, it needs to be found, so when it gets up to the 20s(F) tomorrow I’ll launch a search mission.

If you don’t hear from me, send hot chocolate.

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-8-2022

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This snippet picks up from last week’s, from my still unnamed FF vampire novel.

Once they [roadside assistance] were on the way she stared at her phone. She really wasn’t in the mood to deal with Pierce at the moment, but letting him know what happened now would save a great deal of time and annoyance later.

Predictably, he answered on the second ring.

“Ivoria,” he greeted her.

“I’ve asked you not to call me that.”

“It’s your name.”

“Not anymore.” He started to speak but she cut him off. “I have a flat and I’m waiting for roadside, so I’ll be late. Go ahead and open the club.” Normally she didn’t like it being open if she wasn’t there, but the dispatcher had said that there might be quite a wait, and she was fairly certain that Pierce could keep it under control, at least for the early hours.

“Don’t tell me you can’t change a tire?”

“Not in this skirt. At least, not in public.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-1-2022

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

This snippet is from an as-yet-unnamed FF vampire novel. (Knowing me it will be unnamed for a long time.)

Livi stared at the driver’s side rear tire of her Bugatti and sighed. It was undeniably flat, and no amount of staring was going to make it less so.

She was perfectly capable of changing it herself, had she not been wearing thigh high leather boots and a skirt that barely covered what it should when she was upright. And in a crowded parking lot the last thing she wanted was too many offers of help.

Ah, well. That’s why she paid for roadside assistance.  

Once they were on the way she stared at her phone. She really wasn’t in the mood to deal with Pierce at the moment, but letting him know what happened now would save a great deal of time and annoyance later.

Predictably, he answered on the second ring.

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-31-2021

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More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

Picking up from last week.

“I thought it was too… personal. Some people – and some races – have taboos about discussing sex.”

“I do not. Nor is there anything in Araxian culture that makes it awkward. And you were merely curious. Questions are how we learn about one another.”

“True. I just don’t want to give offense. Different cultures can be tricky until you learn to understand them.”

“And you will not understand them if you do not ask questions.” Ayess thought for a moment. “My people do not seem to take offense easily, not as easily as some races.”

“Good to know,” she said. “If I do cross a line, or come close, let me know and I’ll back off.”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-24-2021

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More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

Picking up from last week.

“Do you have anyone you want or need to contact, friends or family or anyone, to let them know that you are alive and well and free?”

“I have no family. Not in a sense that you would understand, with a mother and father. When Denni called me an ‘it’ and said that Araxians do not have sexes he was semi-correct. We do not have male and female.”

“Then, how…”  She stopped. She wanted to ask how they procreated but that seemed to be too personal and she flushed.

“We do not have males and females because we are all both.”

“Hermaphrodites?”

“I believe that is your word for it. We don’t have one because it just is.” Ayess smiled. “It is said that when Araxians first met humans we thought that males and females were two different races.”

“We must be as confusing to you as you are to us.” She smiled. “Thank you for answering the question that I didn’t ask.”

“Why didn’t you ask?”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-17-2021

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More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

Picking up from last week.

“Don’t leave before I come see you in the morning,” Josul said as he dropped the two of them off at the Onyx Sun.  

“I was hoping to secure a cargo before we left,” Taliya replied. “So no worries there unless someone has loaded my ship and left me an advance and a contract. And since I’m really tired of mystery cargo I sincerely hope that no one has.”

 

As Taliya and Ayess boarded the ship she was nearly overwhelmed by a rush of emotions from it, a swirling mix of things that she couldn’t sort out: fear? horror? anguish? terror? guilt?  All of those seemed to be involved and she wished she could talk to the ghost and find out why. 

“Welcome aboard, Ayess. Let me give you a tour of the ship, and if you have any questions feel free to ask.”

 “May I ask…?” Ayess hesitated, not sure what ni-es boundaries were.

“Ask what?”

“You mentioned a ‘mystery cargo.’ Is it something real?”

“I’m not sure. The ship belonged to a smuggler before he was arrested and I bought it from a broker. A whole lot of people think there is still something on board but no one will tell me what it is, other than it’s rumored to be some sort of experimental weapon. And the ship has been gone over by the broker and at least two different law enforcement agencies and no one seems to have found anything. All I know for sure is that the ship’s scanners have an extended reach and that it’s a lot faster than it has any right to be.”

“And that is the danger that you face? People wanting a cargo that isn’t here?”

“That pretty well sums it up, but the ship has a new identity so it should be safer than it has been.”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-10-2021

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More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

Picking up from last week.

As soon as the change of ownership had been acknowledged by the slave registry and Ayess was legally Taliya’s property she dropped the formal politeness she had been using to get through the transaction and turned to the Araxian.

“Ayess, I would like to apologize for the handler’s words. You are a person, not an ‘it’ and that was wrong of him.” She spoke to Ayess but the words were directed at Malinda as much as they were the Araxian.

Ayess shrugged. “You do not have any other word.”

“What is your word?”

“Ni. Ni-en for plural and ni-es for the possessive. And ni-en-es for plural possessive.”

“Thank you. I will try to use them instead of he, him, or his.”

As they left the building Ayess tilted ni-es head. “Why did you choose the male pronoun for me?”

Taliya flushed as she laughed at herself. “Because you’re taller than I am.”

Ayess joined her in her laughter. “I do not mind if you think of me as male or refer to me as one,” ni assured her. “I do not find it offensive. And, after all, I am taller than you are.”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-3-2021

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More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

The door opened as he finished speaking and Malinda advanced on him. “What did you call her?”

“Ayess called me by my name, as instructed,” Taliya replied, stepping between the two of them and holding the older woman’s gaze steadily. 

“In this house, owners are shown proper deference,” Malinda replied.

“Then let us go finish the ownership transfer and we will leave your house.” Taliya finally realized why she did not like Malinda: her attitude of superiority, especially toward non-humans, reminded her too much of Maureena.

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-26-2021

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More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

Picking up from last week, which had Ayess describing the attack on the exploration team.

The man flushed. “I mean they don’t have male or female parts. The boss can explain it better.”

“And I’m sure Ayess could explain it even better than she can,” Taliya replied coolly. She waited until the others had been escorted from the room and when the door closed she turned to Ayess, wanting to apologize for the man’s behavior. 

Ayess had risen, and she took a moment to get her first look at the rest of the Araxian. Powerful legs surrounded by a skirt of knee-length tentacles terminated in large flat webbed feet, and her head was just above mid-chest, but it was the look of humor in the large dark eyes and at the barest hint of a smile at the corner of the reptilian mouth that caught her attention, and she tilted her head curiously.

“I have never seen anyone put them in their place so well. Thank you, M… Taliya.”

The door opened as he finished speaking and Malinda advanced on him. “What did you call her?”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-19-2021

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

Picking up from last week, which had Ayess describing the attack on the exploration team.

“I will be taking Ayess,” Taliya said, nodding toward the Araxian. “You can take the others to their quarters.”

“Yes, Ma’am.” One began unlocking the wrist cuffs holding Nesha and Jondu to their tables.

“Do you want us to unchain it, too?” the other asked, nodding toward Ayess.

Taliya bit back her anger. “Yes, please,” she replied. “It would make it much easier to get him to my ship that way.”

“I suppose it would. But this one is an ‘it’ not a ‘he’ – its race doesn’t have sex,” he said as he undid the wrist cuffs.

“I’m sure they do,” Taliya replied. “Or else there wouldn’t be any new Araxians and the race would die out.”

 

 

 

 

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