On words and sexy beasts

Upon her approach, I recognize the uniform of my tribe: jeans, T-shirt, flannel shirt, bandanna.

She has curly brown hair that sits on top of her head like a sculpture. The glint from her silver lip piercing makes her look like she is grinning, always grinning.

She holds out a copy of my book, eyes aimed at the ground.

“I’ve been wanting to ask you to sign this,” she says.

“Sure,” I reply.

I look at the conference badge around her neck to find her name.

“I read the dedication of your book to my girlfriend last night. She thought it was so cool!”

Her face lights up.

I smile real big.

“Oh, yeah?” I say. “I hope you enjoy the book.”

And then she’s gone.

But in her wake, I’m reminded of the importance of words.

All words.

Even the ones we choose for our book dedications.

Here are the ones I used in my book, Leaving Normal:

To my wife, who thinks me a Sexy Beast.

I’d marry you a third time.

I wonder which words caught her eye.

wife

sexy beast

marry

Or maybe all of them.

Telling a short but sweet story of butch love and possibility.

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6 responses to “On words and sexy beasts

  1. Sweet. I really like the way you write these short pieces…saying so much with few words. Rock on! ~MB

  2. I really enjoy your writing. where can we learn more about your books?

    • Thanks so much. Right now, I have one book out — Leaving Normal: Adventures in Gender by Rae Theodore. You can buy it through Bella Books or most online book vendors such as Amazon. Hope you pick up a copy and enjoy. I’m working on a second book that will be released in 2018.

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