Sometimes angst-free is a good thing. There are times when I’m all for those stories that make me read fast because I just absolutely have to know what’s next. Will they make it out? Does he live? There are those other times, though, when I’d much rather know that the outside world isn’t out to destroy them. I like the stories without a lot of emotional ups and downs or the potential for someone to end up in the hospital.
Sometimes happy is what I need to see. This goes along with angst-free above, but it’s more than a lack of drama (of the CNN or Bravo variety). Sure, there are times when crying is welcome, but I like smiling more. Happy tears? Bring it. I’m all for the reward of joy at the end of bittersweet or sorrow. This doesn’t mean I want constant, sugar-coated, Care Bear cheering, though. I still require well-written and meaningful with the happy. Sighing with a smile on my face when I reach the end of a story means it’s a favorite, a keeper.
Sometimes a little humor with the sexy makes it real. Farts happen. Stubbed toes, falling out of bed, “Ow, you’re on my hair!” and the occasional bad breath moment are the reality of relationships. Every now and then, it seems like you have no control over your own limbs and then there’s a whole other set belonging to someone else that you have to navigate. I like to laugh at the mishaps or the dumb things and, when someone else’s humor aligns with mine, I’m smitten.
Sometimes short fits the bill. Everyone has to wait. Certain places have entire rooms just for waiting. I don’t enjoy staring at the latest in cheap wall prints and no way am I contracting the newest virus from some old magazine, so I like to bring a book along. A story I can read during that 20-minute wait is perfect to me. Bus rides, holiday check-out lines, salons, that time I didn’t trust the washing machine to stay put and had to sit with it… I read short stories while I’m waiting. This doesn’t mean that a short story is a moment in time for some characters who I learn absolutely nothing about. It might be short, but it’s still complete, well-written and researched.
Now, aside from declaring what I sometimes like to read here, I’m also stating that these stories are what I like to write. The majority of the time, anything coming from Missy Welsh will be mostly angst-free, on the happy side of life, including a few moments I hope are worthy of a laugh, under 40,000 words, and complete in themselves. I aim for feel-good stories that leave you smiling.
Missy Welsh writes gay, bi, and trans erotic m/m romance short stories, novellas, and novels.