Indian summer and a lunar eclipse


What a cutie!

What a cutie! Gabriel has been enjoying the sunshine in the garden this week.

Hey peeps, just a quick post from me this week as I’m still feeling ill (sore throat, tired, not sleeping properly) so am keeping computer stuff to an absolute minimum. Unfortunately that means no writing from me so far this week, but I managed a bit more last week so I’m getting there… slowly.

my topI’ve mostly been chilling out, and the gorgeous weather is helping with that. I managed to wake to see the supermoon eclipse on Sunday night, and that was magical. I’ve never seen a lunar eclipse before and it was the perfect clear and mild night. I watched it over my beautiful garden, and while the moon was red I also spotted a shooting star. Just incredible 😀

And chilling involves sewing. I did post over on my crafty blog about a top I made over the summer, so if you’re interested in that kind of thing, here’s the linkie:

Gabriel's quilt piecesI’ve also started making a quilt for Gabriel. The colours are making me happy just by themselves! Here’s hoping it doesn’t take me as long as I took to finish Daisy’s quilt. That was literally YEARS.

Andy and I have been watching Peaky Blinders in the evenings, and have very mixed feelings about the first series. It looks incredibly cinematic and polished (too much so, sometimes) and it’s an intriguing time period and setting. If you treat it just as a bit of fun it’s quite enjoyable, but it’s so clichéd and some of the dialogue was just awful. Predictable and clunky, with 2 dimensional characters. Shame really, because it could have been so good. It could have been the British answer to Boardwalk Empire. Ah well. Maybe I’m just getting too fussy as I age. Has anyone else seen it?

I hope you enjoyed Edmond’s post on Monday. I think there’s still time to enter the giveaway too :)

Oh, and if anyone feels like voting for How to Train Your Dom in the GLBT BDSM category of The Romance Reviews Readers Choice Awards, then you can vote here: I think you have to be a signed up member of the site, though.

And now I’m off to lie down and read the Psycop short in the Charmed and Dangerous anthology. Ah, Vic and Jacob back again!

What have you all been up to? Anyone else see the eclipse?

Jo xx

Reflections – a guest post by Edmond Manning

Cover - King John - Medium 300 x 450 JPGHello again.

It’s me. Remember?

Nah, probably not. The last time I visited Jo’s blog was years ago. Since that day, February 29, 2012, you readers have read hundreds of Jo’s posts and visited a hundred other blogs. Since that date, I’ve written a ton myself. But I remember that day quite vividly because visiting Jo for an interview was my first “big” of public relations, like, ever.

Dreamspinner Press allowed me to take over their page a few days later, so I did have other opportunities. But Jo volunteered to interview me, and I eagerly said, “Yes.”

I was a first-time author who Jo befriended through a Josh Lanyon-sponsored critique group. I felt honored to be granted admission with other names in the industry who I had come to know as “authors.” Jo Myles. Anne Tenino. L.C. Chase. These were a few people I met when I was unpublished and trying to figure out what the hell I was doing.

I sent Jo a preview copy of my first book, King Perry, and she wrote a gorgeous review on Goodreads. I was quite dizzy that she’d taken the time to write a review of my book. Looking back, I am still grateful and impressed by her willingness to invest in an unknown author. I’m a busy guys these days, trying to write books, work a day job, and build a life as an author. To take time out of a busy schedule to read the book of an unknown author, well, that’s special. So is Jo. Plus, she had a kid to take care of, a lovely daughter named Daisy. Now she has two kids, Daisy and Gabriel.

She interviewed me.

One of the questions she asked was:  “How many more “kinging” novels do you have planned for us?”

I answered with the following:

Author Photo - Bear KingI have written plot outlines for the first six books and strong ideas for two more after that. Book 2 is halfway finished. Book 5 is mostly written. The first six books are the first story arc, and are all interrelated: small mysteries in King Perry are answered in the second book. A few mysteries in Book 5 are answered in King Perry, though the details themselves may not seem important right now. I like it when fiction snaps together like puzzle pieces.

Yup. The plan is coming together. I’ve now published four books of The Lost and Founds and Vin Vanbly’s tale is unfolding just as I dared to dream it.

These books are the story of Vin coming home, and how long it took him to get there.

I knew this journey would hurt the readers who loved him. I was sorry for that. But a homecoming only means something if you have been wandering lost in the desert for a long time. If you went out for a Diet Pepsi at the corner deli and came home (plus a spontaneous-purchase of a big bag of Cheetos), when you got home everyone would look up and say, “Oh. Hey. Cheetos.”

No big deal.

Vin’s homecoming needs to be a big deal.

I wrote four books about him wandering lost in the desert (and in this most recent book, he literally wanders lost in the desert), but what a gorgeous and lush desert he wanders! New York City! San Francisco! Small town America! For a ghost, he’s got a pretty wide haunting range. He likes to travel the globe. There’s only one place he hasn’t been.


I’m so delighted to be back visiting Jo Myles again, an old friend who was once a brand new friend. It feels like home. Since I feel happy and lucky to be visiting again, I think I’ll make an announcement that I hinted at in King John, but I’m going to make more clear right now.

In Come Back to Me, the fifth book of The Lost and Founds series, Vin Vanbly comes home.

Of course, the usual caveats apply. It’s probably not going to happen the way you imagine. You may get some sadz on the way to his big party because that’s how I write, and that’s how you reach your king- or queenship—by bringing that vulnerability with you, not leaving it behind. All “terms and conditions apply”-type language should go here. But it’s going to be Vin’s party, and I hope you’ll come.

My circumstances are different than they were a few years ago. Josh Lanyon is still making romance-world news, confirming the long-suspected belief that he was a she wrapped in a pseudonym. Since my initial days, I’ve seen fights within our community about conference registration, reviews, who-did-whom-wrong-type stuff. I’ve witnessed a few scandals. Upsetting as it is, you try to grow together as a community.

For me, the best part about spending a few more years in our romance genre is making more friends with authors and readers. It’s pretty great. Jo Myles’s review was one of my first three reviews on Goodreads and possibly the very first, now that I think of it. As of today, there are 146 reviews.  Someone hand me a Virginia Slim. I’ve come a long way, baby.

So has Vin.

I’m looking forward to finishing the next two books, Come Back to Me and King Daniel, in 2016. As I had planned, the series isn’t exactly over, but I may take a break and write something else before returning to this. I don’t know. It’s nice to start making plans beyond the initial six books.

Who knows what the following years will bring?

It’s a little scary looking forward.

Which is why it’s so great to turn around toward the past and see the path littered with friendships, like Jo Myles. L.C. Chase. Anne Tenino. Far too many authors and readers to mention.

Thanks for inviting me back, Jo.

It’s nice to visit your lovely home again.

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Author Photo - SeriousEdmond Manning is the author of the romance series, The Lost and Founds. The books in this series include King Perry, King Mai (a 2014 Lambda Literary finalist), The Butterfly King, and King John. King John takes place at Burning Man.


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About King John:

English attorney Alistair Robertson can’t quite believe an astonishing tale of kingship and transformation he hears at Burning Man, the annual counter-culture art festival in the Black Rock desert. Who are the Found Kings? Is “being kinged” as magical as it sounds?

Determined to find the mysterious garage mechanic named Vin who helps men “remember who they were always meant to be,” Alistair catches his quarry amid the extravagant sculptures, fire worshipers, mutant cars, and lavish costumes. After searching for three years, he’ll finally get to ask the question burning inside him: “Will you king me?”

Wandering together through the desert, Vin Vanbly and Alistair explore Burning Man’s gifting culture and exotic traditions, where they meet the best and worst of their fellow burners. Alistair’s overconfidence in Vin’s manipulative power collides with Vin’s obsessive need to save a sixteen-year-old runaway from a nightmarish fate, and the two men spiral in uncontrollable, explosive directions.

In this fourth adventure of The Lost and Founds, beneath the sweltering summer sun and the six billion midnight stars, one truth emerges, searing itself on their hearts: in the desert, everything burns.

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King John blog tour

King John Blog Tour:

Mon, Sept 7                    My Fiction Nook

Mon, Sept 7                    AJ Rose Books             pre-release excerpt #1

Tues, Sept 8                    Thorny, Not Prickly     pre-release excerpt #2

Wed, Sept 9                    Love Out Loud             pre-release excerpt #3

Thurs, Sept 10                Facebook Release Party, 7p-9p Central, hosted by Bike Book Reviews

Fri, Sept 11                     Reviews by Amos Lassen

Sat, Sept 12                    Vanessa


Tues, Sept 15                  MM Good Book Reviews

Wed, Sept 16                  The Novel Approach

Thurs, Sept 17                Purple Rose Tea House

Fri, Sept 18                     Posy

Sat, Sept 19                    Zipper Rippers


Tues, Sept 22                  Joyfully Jay

Wed, Sept 23                  Boys In Our Books

Thurs, Sept 24                It’s About the Book

Fri, Sept 25                     Lou

Sat, Sept 26                    Love Bytes Reviews

Sun, Sept 27                   Sinfully Addicted to Male Romance


Mon, Sept 28                  Josephine

Tues, Sept 29                  Molly Lolly

Wed, Sept 30                  Coffee and Porn in the Morning

Wed, Sept 30                  Stumbling Over Chaos

Thurs, Oct 1                   The Blogger Girls Reviews

Sat, Oct 3                       Because Two Men Are Better Than One


Sun, Oct 4                       The Hat Party!

Fri, Oct 2                        Jessewave

Mon, Oct 5                     Prism Book Alliance

Tues, Oct 6                     Jaycee

Wed, Oct 7                     Hearts on Fire Book Reviews


Autumn is here. Cue head colds.

Gabriel in bear hatHey peeps, how’s things? This last week at the Myles household has been bogged down by a head cold doing the rounds. Luckily no one got too ill with it, but I’ve just been feeling a bit sluggish and Gabriel hasn’t been napping so well with all the snot. And just when he’d got over the teething *sigh*

Anyway, despite the cotton-wool brain I’ve managed to write a little bit more on the new story, so that’s something. I’ve also had the excitement of going to view a property Andy and I are thinking of buying. I know, I don’t really want to move again so soon, but it would be great to be in a place of our own rather than renting. It’s difficult to child-proof a rented place properly without putting up high shelves and drilling into the walls for stairgates, etc. Plus I want my own pictures up on the walls. We always knew this place, beautiful though the view from the back is, would only be temporary.

We’re going back to have a second look at the place on Saturday, so wish us luck! It’s a bungalow on a good size plot, with plenty of potential for extending. Also, it’s quiet, not overlooked and close to town. And really light and airy inside. Fingers crossed.

Apart from that I’ve been cooking up a storm (my recipe for Chicken, Bacon and Leek pasties coming soon!) cleaning the house, doing admin, looking after the kids and watching telly. Have started Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders, both of which are excellent so far. I know, it’s taken me a long time to get on the GoT thing, but I had to get over my fantasy aversion. Luckily it doesn’t have any of the pomposity of the High Fantasy stuff that put me off the genre.

Oh, and I’m reading again too. Beta read an excellent story by JL Merrow, which will be out next year (Lover’s Leap), and have just started the Charmed and Dangerous anthology. It’s great to be reading again after such a long break!

Cover - King John - Medium 300 x 450 JPGAs for this next week, I’m pleased to welcome Edmond Manning back to the blog, who’ll be talking about his new release, King John. If you haven’t yet encountered the Lost and Founds series, then I order you to go and check them out! It starts with King Perry, and they’re all utterly compelling reads. Gay fiction rather than romance, I’d say, although they’re all love stories too in their own, unique way.

Edmond will be blogging on Monday, so do stop by to say hello. He’s lovely :)

That’s all for now, folks. How are things in your neck of the woods?

Love and hugs,

Jo xxx

The UK Meet: now stress-free!

Hello everyone! Bet you didn’t believe I’d really be back to regular blogging, but here I am, starting as I mean to go on. Really, you’re lucky as I had a pretty disturbed night, what with Gabriel cutting his second tooth (he’d already cut his first in the afternoon). Admittedly, he was nowhere near as bad as Daisy when teething, but I’m still operating on less than the recommended amount of sleep. Although more than Maggie Thatcher, so there’s no danger of me dismantling the welfare state 😛

So, my big news for this week is that I’ve started writing again! I have just over 2k of my new novella (working title: Bugger My Neighbour – which will have to be changed to something more sensible!), which might not be much but it’s more than I’ve written in ten months so I’m happy. It’s all about a rather unlikely web cam model and his neighbour–smutty and comic escapades ahoy!

I’ve been feeling really inspired since the UK Meet at the weekend. This was my first year since the very first when I haven’t been involved on the organising team, so in many ways it felt like a holiday for me. I did attempt to make the most of the networking opportunities, though (by which I mean I spent far more time chatting to people than I did in the panels!). It was so lovely to catch up with old friends, to make some new ones and to finally meet someone I’ve been friends with for ages online:


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It’s only the wonderful Rhys Ford! I was so excited to meet her! And amazingly I hadn’t known she was coming. I’ve clearly been living under an online rock lately.

There are some less worksafe pics under the cut…

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I’m back! And this time I mean it :P

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These two have been keeping me busy. Lots of trips to soft play when the weather didn’t co-operate!

My poor blog has been horribly neglected lately. Apologies for that, but it’s only now I’ve finally got Gabriel sleeping through the night that I’ve realised just how sleep deprived I’ve been. Two nights of gloriously uninterrupted sleep and it feels like my brain has come back online. All of a sudden, previously insurmountable tasks are the work of minutes (okay, sometimes longer). And today my mum started looking after Gabriel. She’ll be doing regular babysitting on Thursdays so I can get things done–the rest of my work time is going to be snatched while he naps!

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Summer at last!

June15-3 008 (Copy)This last week really feels like summer for the first time all year–probably because the wind has finally dropped and I can properly enjoy being out in the garden. The poppy field photo above is from one of last week’s runs–I do love where I live!

Not a great deal to report on the work front, although I have written a blog post for the Samhain blog, so that’s something. And today I have to do my accounts. Ugh. Hence the major procrastination and sudden fascination with housework 😛

Here’s your cutie pic of the week: Gabriel on Monday’s supermarket trip. He rode in the trolley for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it 😀

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I realised this week that I haven’t been reading any fiction since Gabriel was born. I think I need to get back into it, although not sure when I’ll find the time. Still, there are new books out by some of my favourite authors, so I’m going to do some online shopping :)

I suppose I haven’t missed the books too much because my hunger for stories has been fulfilled by the telly. We’ve been watching some seriously good box sets. I’ve recently finished Justified and Six Feet Under (loved the endings to both!) and have started with House of Cards (the new Kevin Spacey one) and True Detective. And I’m still slowly working my way through House MD on Netflix, although I think I might allow myself to be distracted by the new series of Orange is the New Black.

Isn’t video streaming a wonderful thing? Just a few years ago I’d have had real difficulties getting hold of all these titles, and now I can get them all whenever I want. It means I only ever watch truly fantastic television, which is as it should be.

Anyone else seen or read anything good lately?

Big hugs,

Jo x

Fly by post

June15-2 013 (Copy)This is me, starting as I mean to go on by posting weekly on a Tuesday :)

Not a great deal to report here. The children are growing, as are the weeds in the garden. I did get out there and tame some of them into submission, but there’s a whole load more that need a good thrashing. At least the wind has finally died down and it’s nicer to be out there now.

Gabriel is keen to try all kinds of new foods, although less keen to be left with anyone other than me or Andy. I don’t remember separation anxiety like this with Daisy, and should probably go and Google some ideas of how to help him out, as I’m meant to be going to a wedding celebration next month that will involve leaving him from 3pm till late. God, I’d feel awful if he cried the entire time.

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As far as writing goes, I’m discussing the possibility of writing with someone–more on this as we firm up ideas. I think it’s the only way I’ll get a novel out this year, and I’d welcome the motivation and camaraderie of co-writing. I hope…

Occasionally I manage to get out for a run. I’m aiming for three a week and am vaguely following the c25k plan to ease back into running (and into my old clothes /sighs/). I’m on week 5 at the moment, where it suddenly steps up a notch. Here are a couple of views from recent runs:

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Yeah, it really is beautiful around here! This afternoon we’re having a picnic by the river while Andy fishes. I’d better go make sandwiches, hadn’t I?

What have you all been up to?


Hellooo! Long time, no blog post…

These two monkeys have been stealing all my time!

These two monkeys have been stealing all my time!

Hello all you lovely people! Yes, I’ve been a negligent blogger, but I think in the grand scheme of things, that’s better than being a negligent mother and I’ve been concentrating on my family for the last six months. Yep, hard to believe it, but Gabriel is now 5 1/2 months old. Wow. How did that happen? And yes, I’ll be sharing more pictures :)

So, what’s been going on? Well, in April we had to move house. Long story short: the landlady was selling the house and we hadn’t yet found somewhere we wanted to buy, so we’re in another rented house. However, this one is bigger and it has this at the end of the garden:

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Yep, that’s cows in that field, and they come right up to the fence. It’s a nice big garden too. The house is a 1960s semi on an estate of similar houses and I feel like I’m living in the kind of cosy suburbia I’d have hated when I was younger, but these days I’m loving it. The perfect place to raise kids, and a pleasant walk to Daisy’s school.

Moving was a bit of a nightmare, though, not least because I’m more of a hoarder than I was willing to admit (though nowhere near as bad as Jasper), and seeing all my stuff pulled out of the corners where I’d stashed it was a wake up call. I’m now committed to doing a KonMari overhaul of all my possessions and am currently almost finished with the paperwork blitz. It feels so good to let go of things that don’t “spark joy” in my heart! Lewis and I both heartily endorse The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. Most useful book I’ve ever bought.

But you all want to know about Gabriel and Daisy, don’t you? Have some pictures:

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Yes, my children are adorable! Daisy loves being a big sister and has become a real help around the house, although she does still need some occasional nagging to get off her tablet and tidy up (she’s developing some tweenager traits). Gabriel is a delightful baby. Full of fun and joy and relatively chilled out, although he does still have his moments of angry frustration (when attempting to crawl) and loud crying (hungry and tired, usually). But that’s babies for you–I can’t really complain as he’s happy 95% of the time. He’s also growing really fast and has started eating mushy veg in the last couple of weeks. They tell you to wait until six months these days, but I just couldn’t wait any longer as he was desperate to get at my food. At the moment he’s a fan of bananas, parsnip and sweet potato.

Andy and I are getting along marvellously–he’s loving being a dad and is very easy to live with. We’ve been taking long walks at the weekend, and are working our way along the Collier’s Way cycle path which runs along a disused railway line. The scenery is absolutely stunning. Here’s a couple of pics from one of our recent walks:

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So, life is great, if very different to how it was a year ago. I’m now in a different house with two extra people to look after (Andy works such long hours with his commute, that I end up doing most of the cooking and housework, but that seems only fair). And writing hasn’t happened at all in the last six months. To be honest, I’m struggling to work out how I’m ever going to concentrate for long enough to write the next novel (which is brewing inside my head and really wants to be written), but then again I know that once Gabriel can sit unsupported and crawl he’ll be able to entertain himself for longer stretches than he can at the moment. All the same, I think I might have to write a few shorts first to test it out, and then see about finding a co-writer for the novel.

One thing I will be doing from now on, though, is a weekly blog post–even if just a few lines and a picture–to let you all know what I’m up to. And I have a few competition ideas too, so that will be fun :)

Something I’ve also been up to is sewing, and for some reason I set up a sewing (and knitting and crocheting) blog–because if you’re having trouble updating one blog, you really need another, right?! But anyway, it’s there if any of you are interested in taking a look. I wanted to document what I make and share any tips and tricks I come up with to help other textile craft enthusiasts. My crafting alter-ego is Anna-Jo and you can find me here:

And I’ll leave you with a pic of me and Gabriel at the bottom of the garden:

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What have the rest of you been up to? I’ve missed hearing your news. Fill me in!

Love and hugs,

Jo xxx

Guest Post – Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae

Today we’d like to welcome Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae to the blog to talk about their latest release, Room 1024.

While Room 1024 was in production, our editor pointed out a place where one of the main characters, an older dom named Lou, came off as kind of a jerk.

“Well, she’s not wrong….” Erin said.

“Man, we always write guys like this,” I replied.

And while all of those observations are true, Lou (and a lot of our other characters) are people who are very comfortable with themselves, very outspoken, and inclined to be somewhat amused by what other people will do when they aren’t comfortable with themselves.

Depending on where you set the mix for these traits you get everything from Lou, slightly abrasive dom, to Victor, the not-actually-a-villain of our Love in Los Angeles series.

Why write characters like this? Sometimes, it’s because we know guys like this. Sometimes, it’s because we aspire to be guys like this. And sometimes, at least in some circumstances, we already are. Mostly, though, we’re interested in how someone who thinks they have everything under control, upsets the apple cart when they inevitably don’t.

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When Cameron takes his submissive boyfriend Noah to a gay men’s leather convention in San Francisco, Cam expects to spend the week exploring their relationship and experimenting with non-monogamy. What he doesn’t expect is to run into his own former dom, Lou, in an embarrassingly public reunion.

While Noah is enthusiastic about the opportunity to play with the former international leather title-holder, Cam is more wary. He and Lou have unfinished business. A four-way encounter with Lou and his sub Stephen could be great fun—or it could show Noah that Cameron can never quite be the dom he wants and needs.

As Cameron and Noah work through the uncertainties in their relationship, Noah is offered everything he ever wanted, in a completely different way than he ever expected, leading all four men to discover that sometimes the only way forward is to revisit the past.

Bio: Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese are authors of the gay romance series Love in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry — Starling (September 10, 2014), Doves (January 21, 2015), and Phoenix (June 10, 2015) — from Torquere Press. Their gay romance novella series Love’s Labours, set in the theater world — Midsummer (May 2015), and Twelfth Night (Fall 2015), is from Dreamspinner Press. They also have a story in Best Gay Romance 2015 from Cleis Press and edited by Felice Picano.

Racheline is a NYC-based performer and storyteller; Erin is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. They write stories and scripts about the intersection of private lives, fame, and desire. You can find them on the web at

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“Cameron Evan Beck, get your perfect ass in here!”

Cameron turns to follow the voice, so familiar and fond coming from one of the workshop rooms, before he even thinks about it. It’s only as Lou, completely dressed in leathers and holding a bullwhip in his hand, pulls him into a hug in front of what’s clearly a workshop Lou’s leading, that Cam starts to realize just how fucked he is.

“This,” Lou says, introducing him to the room before Cameron can even manage to make a sound, “is Dr. Cameron Beck, professor of queer studies at Boston University. ” There’s only the slightest of dramatic pauses before he adds, “Cameron used to be my boy.”

With that, Lou gives him a wet, smacking kiss on the cheek.

Cameron can’t help but look sheepish. This is not how he wants to be introduced to a room ever, even if reflex and history leave him a little proud.

Lou calls a break with his class and then turns to Cam again. “Are you here with anyone?” he asks quietly, glancing down appraisingly at the leather band on Cameron’s left wrist. He looks good. Lou’s not tall, but he is broad with wide shoulders, a strong chest and more than a bit of a belly. His charisma is as intense as ever, and although the touch of gray now at his temples is startling to Cam it’s also really hot.

“Yeah,” Cameron says, unsure why he doesn’t mention Noah’s name or any of his many places in Cam’s life. Forming sentences seems really hard.

“Good. Me too,” Lou says and tips his head toward a man who must be in his early thirties sitting on the floor in the corner of the room, quietly rebraiding a whip he’s obviously in the process of repairing.

Cameron feels his jaw tense with unavoidable and incredibly stupid jealousy; his fingers were never nimble enough to be really good at that sort of work.

“Are you competing?” Lou asks as if Cameron has actually been keeping up his end of the conversation.

“No,” Cam says. The whole leatherman beauty pageant competition thing may be fun to watch, but it’s never been among his aspirations. “You?”

“Oh no. Enjoying my emeritus position and a lack of annoying travel way too much. ”