Another week: another post.
I was scheduled to go back to work this week, now that I’m over my bout of plague. However, I’m not actually needed until September, which leaves me with mixed feelings of relief and disappointment. I miss the kids I support at school, but I was anxious about how they would cope in such a different environment for the rest of this term. I do realise how lucky I am to have such a long summer ahead with nothing to do whilst still being paid. Hopefully I’ll be able to churn out some stories.
My snippet this week is from one of my backlist: A Springful of Winters.
The story is told from the point of view of Kit Winters, a young man with Autism. I often wonder how Kit would cope with all the changes we’ve seen in the world over the last few months.
First, here’s the blurb, handwritten as it is on the actual cover of the book, by the wonderful artist Steve Lancaster.
In this snippet, Kit has just relayed an unfortunate encounter with Stephan to his boss Yenta. He knows he was quite rude to the man, but doesn’t know how to make things better.
“You should apologise to him,” Yenta suggests, and I sense she is about to make this an order that she knows I will never refuse.
“I did that already,” I remind her.
“I don’t mean something you just threw at him while you were running away.” She waves her finger at me. “I mean a proper apology, with flowers.”
“Flowers? Yenta, flowers are for funerals.”
“Okay, beer, then, or whatever you think a man would want as an apology from another man who likes him.”
“Likes him?” I choke.
“Kit Winters.” Yenta rarely calls me anything but Lapushka, and even more rarely uses my full name. I am in real trouble now. “Are you a man or a parrot?”
I want to say I’m a parrot, because then I could fly off and hide in a tree. Instead, I lower my eyes and shuffle my feet as I reply.
“I’m a man.”
A Springful of Winters was written for the Seasons of Love Anthology which can also be found at Beaten Track Publishing.
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!).
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Steve Lancaster, the wonderful artist who designed the cover for A Springful of Winters, has been creating art throughout this lockdown period. He shares them every day on his facebook page Weirdly Bay. He’s about to compile all of his lockdown doodles in a book. Watch this space because I’ll be blogging about it as soon as it’s ready to share.