So, I’ve become the official guardian of the Pride display at work again this year, and I’ve gotten a much more diverse group of titles rotating on and off every week. This is good stuff, people! For adults, teens, and tweens! But I want to better educate myself regarding these titles, so I’m going to try to read as many of the 30 titles I have on display, and post reviews here and on Goodreads (you ARE following me on Goodreads, right? And posting reviews of my stuff there? Yeah? AWESOME!) of the books that really stand out.
Yesterday I read Get it Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough. I enjoyed it 100%, though my American sensibilities cringed a bit at the basic premise of the book, I found the characters compelling and truly worthy of caring about. That’s my definition of a decent Summer LGBTQIA Beach Read.
So what all are you reading?
It’s finally here! Thank you so much for being so patient. These last two Upshots have taken forever to come out, and I don’t have a convention as an excuse for this last one. The truth is there were some story elements that needed some pretty serious alteration so that the next sequence will make sense, and it took longer than I thought.
“Lemons” is probably my favorite Upshot to date for a number of reasons. Every single character in the story is new!to!you!, and you’ll be seeing all of them again very soon in the next two sequences! It also lets you explore the Scarlet Letter, aka the Best Little Urban Fantasy Gastropub That Could. The story is a bit shorter than most of the other Upshots, but it packs a surprising punch in the long term. I guess you’ll have to trust me on that.
This is the last Upshot of this cycle. A gentle reminder to you, dear readers, that all of these Upshots are presented in no particular order (with the exception of Coach/Coach Redux, which obviously happens simultaneously). These shortest of short stories are just quick blinks into the present, past, and future of the Tales from the Miracle Season. I’ll be doing weekly site updates over the next few weeks–WelcometoSanKeros.com needs a bit of an overhaul. My next long-form Tale will be available the end of June, and I’ll post more about that soon.
For now, click on the image below, sit back, and enjoy. I’m curious what you think of Howie and Gedrik. Drop me a line here, on Goodreads, or anywhere (my social media links are on the site here). There’s nothing I love more than talking to my readers.
The Miracle Season Will Return…June 2017
So, I’ve been a bit of a bad author of late. The boyfriend and I were off to C2E2, and the time it took to prep and decompress from that trip has delayed the very last of this first series of Upshots. Also included in that delay, apparently, was the announcement here at LateNightStirFry that Tessellations (Tales from the Miracle Season 1.4) went online at WelcometoSanKeros.com two whole weeks ago! Holy Cow! See what I mean? Bad author, no biscuit.
Several folks have asked what the throughput is for these Upshots. The short answer is that there isn’t any. They aren’t designed to be connected. These shortest of short stories are just snapshots into the lives of people we’ve seen before, or meeting for the first time, that are affected by the ripples cast out by the events in Nabiscoding in the summer of 1991 (which you can read ALL about in Open Your Eyes.) All I can say is that all of this will be more fully explored as this project continues.
The last Upshot of this cycle is called “Lemons”, and it brings the world of San Keros into proper sequence with the larger story that will unfold this summer. That title should go up by midweek, and it’s my hope we’ll launch the summer project the first week of June.
The City of Dreams has opened its doors…now what’s left is up to you.
Another week, another Upshot! Redux marks the midpoint of these shortest of short stories taking place in Nabiscoding, San Keros, and everywhere else the Miracle Season touches. Visit them all at www.WelcometoSanKeros.com. Only two more left before we’ll rejoin the main story sequence…and a lot has changed. But that’s for the future.
Today, I’ll invite you to meet Kevin, who’s more than ready for his great, long trip to London to be over. He’s competed against some of the best high school aged wrestlers in the world, and all he was thinking about as he boarded the plane was how great his bed was going to feel when he finally sinks into its embrace.
Assuming he survives his own embarrassment, his teammate, and a certain yet unknown stranger who sits already upon the plane.
My second Upshot story is now live at www.WelcometoSanKeros.com! Click on the image below to meet Colin, who’s heard the siren song of San Keros and is about to leave London–and his best friends–behind.
So I’ve launched a new portion of http://www.WelcometoSanKeros.com today! It’s called Upshots, and it will feature shorter stories–more like snapshots–that will show glimpses into the past, present, and future of San Keros and its denizens. I’ll be posting a new Upshot for the next four more weeks or so, and then we’ll get to the next longform Miracle Season story.
So without further ado, let me introduce you to Max Colfort. He’s new to San Keros, and he’s about to discover one of its mysteries…
Greetings, fellow wanderers of our fair city of San Keros,
There was an unexpected death in my family within the last few weeks, and the update schedule has gotten a tad delayed. But rest assured–the story of Hrothgar Jones and Beth Kendall is far, far from over. Regular weekly updates will recommence this week, with the series now reaching conclusion the first week of January. My apologizes for extending the story into the New Year, but grief has a funny way of creeping into the best of your intentions and rendering them moot.
Following the conclusion of Open Your Eyes, WelcometoSanKeros.com will take a brief break of just two simple weeks, and then we will start unveiling content of the next story cycle! Tales from the Miracle Season is just beginning, and the players are still gathering on the side of the stage. They’re as anxious to meet you as you are to meet them. And the City has its own ambitions…
I’m proud to announce that my first web-based large scale fiction project has gone live! WelcomeToSanKeros.com is the online hub for Tales from the Miracle Season, an interlocking web of short stories, ficlets, novellas, and more. The first story, Open Your Eyes, is a serial that will be updated weekly alongside biographical and geographical entries of the city of San Keros and its environs. As you read, the city will open up before you, the website a living document that expands and fills in gaps between tales. Open Your Eyes will be a story of 12 parts, with the next story in the cycle announced and commencing upon its completion. I hope you’ll give this story a chance. It’s my most personal story to date, and it sets the stage for everything that will follow.
You’ll continue to find all other written work–past and future–not affiliated with Tales from the Miracle Season here at latenightstirfry.com . The Season of the Story is now.