Rainbow Snippets Dec 18 2016 Winter Solstice Story

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Hello there, Snippeteers! Ready for another round of Rainbow Snippets? Rainbow Snippets is an awesome FB group of authors and bloggers who post snippets from LGBTQ works every weekend. Catch up with all the snippets here: Rainbow Snippets.

I thought a snippet from my winter solstice story would be fitting today, as the days get shorter and the darkness grows longer. My solstice story is one I wrote sitting in bed one dark December evening in 2010. It was the year that a total eclipse occurred on the same day as the winter solstice. Here are the first lines:


Nick pushed open the door to the rooftop of Tay’s LA apartment building, juggling a blanket, a bottle of red wine, and his guitar. Tired from another week of retail sales, with only four more days until Christmas, he wondered why he’d accepted Tay’s invitation to ring in the winter solstice by watching the lunar eclipse. Only Tay…. It was a thought he’d had many times since they’d met at that open mic night half a year ago.

Only Tay got him talking endlessly and made him laugh until his stomach hurt.

Only Tay made him blush with his tales of erotic gay adventures in Weho, grinning at him as his cheeks burned.

Only Tay cheered him up after Karyn had dumped him by taking him shopping for the tightest pair of jeans he’d ever owned, and then getting him drunk on Zombies.

Only Tay sang like an angel while looking as wicked as the Devil himself.


Want to read more? I’ve posted the whole story here. I also have printed copies that I gave out at GRL this year. If anyone wants one, send me your address and I’ll be happy to mail it.


  1. Tay sounds like a keeper! Now I’m off to check out the whole story. 🙂

  2. Aw, that’s lovely! And what a great title.
    *scurries off to read the rest*

  3. I love the “Only Tay” lines.

  4. Aw, what a sweet snippet.

  5. Love this!

  6. Only Tay… Really love the repeated reminders he gives himself, and the fact he has a guitar. Musos get me every time. Thanks for the link to the story – I’m going to send it to my Kindle to read. 🙂

  7. Yay a solstice story. Love the description of Tay.

  8. Oh, this is lovely.

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