Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lobster, With A Straw - Table Of Content

Lauren and Patrick. Art by Rowan

       Chapter 1
       Chapter 2
       Chapter 3
       Chapter 4
       Chapter 5
       Chapter 6
       Chapter 7
       Chapter 8 
       Chapter 9

Lobster, With A Straw - Chapter 1

Some people have the gift to make an entire hall fall silent.
I’m proud to say I can do the same. Only I‘m none of those people you’re probably thinking of.

Of course it would be kind of great if it were my stunning looks that make people stop talking mid-sentence or the beauty of my smile causing them to stare wide-eyed. Sure, I try to keep my appearance as immaculate as is possible. Which isn’t easy in fact if you don’t clothe yourself in the morning, shave your own face or brush your own hair. And yes, I’ve heard a few times that I have a sunny smile (mostly from women over fifty, though). But no, I don’t think any of that applies here. I’m pretty certain that those rows and rows of mostly middle-aged, gray-faced men in dark, pin-striped suits aren’t turned toward me now in almost perfect silence because of my style in clothing. Neither is it my voice, because I haven’t spoken yet and I don’t really plan to.

Monday, October 30, 2017

New Devo Diary

The flashback is over, now it's back to your regularly scheduled Devo Diary. When we left off, Skip had just asked me for an open relationship but after my history with K, I really don't want that. Also, some more discussions with friends about dating as a devotee.

Devo Diary Chapter 30: Skippy Boy Genius part 4

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Thanks again to everyone who leaves a comment! I really appreciate it!

Lobster, With A Straw - Chapter 2

Lauren and I are alone now and I got to admit I grow a bit nervous, busying myself with the talker. I type with the knuckles of my right hand, by leaning my fist to the side from the position of the joystick. I can only reach half of the screen that way and need to scroll through some of the alphabet to type anything. The word prediction algorithm is a blessing.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Lobster, With A Straw - Chapter 3

I know that while most people might be fooled, Romina isn’t so easily deceived. I don’t know if she suspects that there’s something going on between Lauren and me but I’d bet my right arm she will soon. 

And my right arm is my good one, in case that may not have been obvious to you.

Update to The Girl I Didn't Kill For

So here I am, back with another chapter of Nick and Jessie.  I guess I'm still posting, thanks to your encouragement!  So that's the good news.  The bad news is I don't think I'm going to get the book out early, but I'll keep posting till then.  I got distracted by the sudden urge to write a Christmas-themed novella.  So, uh, that's happening.  Anyway, in the last chapter Jessie is quitting her singing job, so to get her to stay, Nick has to make her an offer she can't refuse...

Chapter 12 

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And once again, thank you for all the comments last time, and thank you in advance for the ones this time.  It definitely inspires me to know people are reading and what you guys like, since writing is on ongoing process.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Lobster, With A Straw - Chapter 4

Berating myself for wallowing in self-pity, I dedicate myself to the task of making Lauren laugh a few more times before I have to leave, just because she looks beautiful when she does. She throws her head back, squeezes her eyes shut while her shoulders jump and her uninhibited laughter is loud enough that people turn their heads around to us.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Lobster, With A Straw - Chapter 5

Romina returns after the time it would take to blend every single dessert in the entire dinner hall. She places the glass on the table and comes around to me, businesslike, hooks her arms under my shoulders to pull me upright, tightens the strap over my chest and puts my right hand next to the joystick again, like she does countless times a day. Her face is carefully guarded while she works with me, then, without a word, she sits on Lauren’s abandoned place, looks from me to Lauren and finally moves the glass with the dessert over to me with a questioning quirk of her eyebrows.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Lobster, With A Straw - Chapter 6

I briefly debate imitating the jackasses from dinner and letting the rest of the conference slide to have more time to spend with Lauren the next day. However, I have a few important meetings to attend in the morning and discussion rounds I can’t miss, and Lauren has appointments too, she explained. So we simply exchanged numbers and decided on a time when she’ll pick me up at the hotel.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Lobster, With A Straw - Chapter 7

“That’d be 11.50 for you, sir,” the lady behind the counter says in a voice that is flat with boredom. She doesn’t look at me, though, instead she talks to Lauren who is standing right next to me.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Lobster, With A Straw - Chapter 8

When we exit the museum we still have another hour to go until the taxi will pick us up, and Lauren and I decide to have coffee in the museum’s cafeteria. It’s a glass building tacked into the side of the concrete museum building with a narrow door that I navigate with gritted teeth. The sleek metallic counter is very high and there’s a queue of people in front of us, so I can’t possibly read what is written on the chalkboards behind the counter. Lauren bows down to me and reads the menu to me. I appreciate the effort but unless I ask her to negotiate with the chef about getting me a blended cake or something I won’t really eat anything here.

Monday, October 23, 2017

New Devo Diary

Here is the second part to the flashback about my relationship with K. Big thanks to everyone who commented about the hot blind guy action! I tried to make it extra devvy for you. This is the second year of our relationship, when things went from complicated to crazy.

Chapter 29, part 2

If you want a reminder of the post script to K, I coincidentally ran into a mutual friend a few years later and got an update on him that made me rethink my feelings about him a little. It's in chapter 14 in the middle.

Lobster, With A Straw - Chapter 9

“Is Romina waiting inside?”
I nod.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Update to The Girl I Didn't Kill For

Thank you soooooo much for all your comments and support on the last chapter.  Obviously, it's really influencing me because I mean to stop posting two chapters ago, yet here I am with:

Chapter 11 

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Would love to hear from you guys again!  Tell me any lines you particularly liked or just pop in to say hi!

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Devo Diary!

Hi everyone, Devo Girl here with another installment of Devo Diary.

This week we have a FLASHBACK to the real story of everything that happened between me and K, the blind guy I dated in college. I intended to post this all as one chapter but it got so long I decided to split it in two, just to stretch things out a little more. So this is just the first year of our two year relationship. Part 2, including how he dumped me, will be next week.

I purposely started Devo Diary at the moment after K dumped me, for two reasons. 1, I felt like if I started with K, the whole story would be an entire novel in its own right and I would never get to anything else and 2, I wanted to hold off on the reveal that we were in an open relationship until the moment it came up again with Skip, to add a bit of dramatic tension.

In case you want a refresher on what I have written about K already, start with Chapter 1. Chapter 6 includes a flashback describing the awful moment my parents met K at my graduation.

Ok, this is one of the less flattering chapters. I was not acting with what the Buddhists call the higher self. Judge away.

Devo Diary Chapter 29, part 1

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Update to The Girl I Didn't Kill For

So my arm has officially been twisted..... let me say I genuinely appreciated the comments and would definitely not have pushed this out without hearing from you guys.  I'm posting one (probably final) double-sized chapter of the story.  I haven't decided if I'll do one more before posting something new or not.  I guess we'll all be surprised, including me... :)

Chapter 10

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Also, I know the Amazon page says the book won't be out till December, but I'm really, really pushing myself to get this thing edited to have it ready for early November. *fingers crossed* 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Free Friday Short

Hi everyone,

this is a small and sweet story, just perfect for a gray, rainy fall day. I hope you like Norrbotten Bus. Thanks to the wonderful Annabelle for proof reading! :)

Have a great time,

Monday, October 9, 2017

New Devo Diary

Thanks for reading everyone, and thanks for the great comments! I'm so glad to be posting again. I was going to wait to build up even more chapters first, but I couldn't let Annabelle be all alone here :)

Here is Devo Diary Chapter 28. As Annabelle predicted, things with Skip start going south. Plus, the truth about my blind boyfriend from college, K.

As always, here is the Table of Contents. Or click on the Devo Diary tag to see all the chapters in order.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Update to The Girl I Didn't Kill For

Hi all! I left you with a bit of a cliffhanger last week. Why was Jessie so scared of Nick? Find out in....

Chapter 9

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Also, just a heads up that next week I'm most likely going to start posting something entirely different.  The readership of this story has cut into a third of what it was since I started it and the rest of the book is very plot-heavy, so I'm going to start over with something new and sweet for a little variety. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Devo Diary is Back!!

Hey everyone, Devo Girl here, and I'm back with new chapters of Devo Diary! Sorry for the long wait, but I wanted to get some chapters written before I started posting again. The good news is that I will now be posting weekly, at least for a while. I'm going to claim Mondays, since it seems no one has that day for now.

So if you are new to Devo Diary, or if you read it a long time ago and stopped, now is a great time to jump onboard. Devo Diary is the 100% true story of my dating life, in all its embarrassing absurdity. I changed the names and a few identifying details to protect the guilty, but other than that it's all real.

You've probably forgotten some of the details so here's a quick refresher:
At this point in the story, I'm thirty years old but still living like a student as I make my way though a seemingly interminable graduate program in a big West Coast city. After wasting two years of my life in a dead-end relationship with a quad, I tried online dating and met a dreamy new guy named Skip, who was also into BDSM. This is the start of my major involvement in the SM scene. Even though he's an AB guy, my dev desires still played a big part in our relationship.
Here is the first chapter of the Skip relationship story arc. Start here if you are new or need a reminder:
Devo Diary Chapter 26: Skippy Boy Genius part 1

And here is the new chapter:
Devo Diary Chapter 27: Skippy Boy Genius part 2
Including some devvy role play and more reflection on what it means for me to be a dev. I promise there are still more hot disabled guys coming up in future chapters--I'm still far from the end.

If you want to read the whole thing from the beginning, here is the Table of Contents.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Update to The Girl I Didn't Kill For

Hi all!

Time for your weekly update to The Girl I Didn't Kill For! This is a slightly shorter chapter, but that's good because you can read it while you're waiting for the subway to come in the morning. It's also pretty devvy, IMHO.

Chapter 8

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Also, I'm trying to get some new reviews on Amazon for The Girl I Didn't Marry, which is part 1 of this story.  If you enjoyed the book and wrote a review, link to it on Amazon, send me an email at razberripie@gmail.com, and I'll gift you a totally free copy of the pre-released version of The Girl I Didn't Kill For (which you can redeem and read in early December).  Already bought the book?  No problem--I'll gift you a free copy of any of my other books (your choice).  Hope to hear from you!