Saturday essay - New and Old Glitter by Stephanie Beck

One of my favorite people has a saying about glitter. She calls it ‘the gift that keeps on giving’ and breaks it out every single time we have a craft that just might need a little sparkle. She also says it makes her happy when she sees specks of glitter in the carpet because it reminds her of fun in the past.

Lately I’ve been thinking about how new love can be like glitter. New love sparkles and infiltrates every part of life. Maybe the new honey is out of sight, but everything reminds you of them—like the cute puppy on the toilet paper package or the smiley face on the poster at the gas station. The new love glitter is everywhere!

But what about when the shine starts to dull? Maybe the new love is a decade old. The glitter of new love has been ground into the carpet for a few years. The toilet paper with the puppy on the package is freaking expensive and the posters at the gas station proclaim just how horrid gas prices really are—bye bye sparkle—hello real life.

Love in the way of the everyday life needs not be boring! Oh no, my friends. Everyday love, the kind that lasts decades and ages like a fine wine might not be exciting every single day, but it can be sooo much more than mundane. What you need to do is get yourself a bottle of glitter.

**Warning** I wouldn’t actually throw glitter on your partner. My husband complains that it gets stuck in his beard and is a pain to get out. Glitter

Make your life a little romance novelie. The gambit of what people find romantic and special runs wild, but the unifying piece is that special thought and time is put into making your partner feel special. Like glitter, that special feeling lasts and lasts and it keeps on giving. Be silly, be kind, be spontaneous.

 And don’t just expect your partner to do it. Sometimes opening that glitter bottle is a daunting task when you’ve left it on the shelf for a while. It’s messy and it can take a lot of work. But have you ever looked at a sparkly project and thought it would be better plain?

All the best,

Stephanie Beck

Just One More—Available now in ebook and paper back

Blurb: Two is enough, but three could be everything.

Kit and Adam Jacobs know what their marriage needs—Gavan Karik. He’s the one man they both want and the only one who can make their relationship complete.

Making Gav part of the family comes with a price. Family, infidelity and self-worth issues plague Gav, but Adam and Kit are willing to tackle those issues if Gav is willing to commit.

For every problem they conquer, another one pops up. Not only are the three adults working to meld a broken family into one, they’re also struggling with a blackmailer threatening to out the two men’s sexuality and issues with the kids being mistreated at school. With each battle all three have to decide if the vision each sees for the future can match and if the reward is worth the fight.

Content Warning: Strong language, graphic sex, and explicit incidents of laundry washing within.


"And the sleeping arrangements?" Gav asked.

Adam knew this question had been weighing on the other man. Gav had played thirds in relationships before. Usually, the third was a plaything, in for pleasure, out for the intimacy.

"You'd be in our room. The 'our' would include you," Adam told him. "I'll steal your t-shirts to wear to bed, and we'll share the task of warming Kit's cold toes every night. We'll have amazing sex when we're all in the mood together. We'll have nearly as amazing sex in pairs if the third is in the mood to watch or sleep. There won't be favorites, but, because we've been together so long, Kit and I might slip up there on occasion. You'll have to be patient with us, Gav."

"And once our open relationship includes you," Kit said, "it turns into a closed one. We don't cheat or lie, and we tell each other if our needs change."

Adam watched to see what Gav's reaction to that big rule would be. It was one he supported wholeheartedly.

"I don't know." Gav didn't look past his hands at either of them as he spoke. "I'll think about it. There's nothing in there I don't think I can do, I just…I need to think."

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