Making Friends ~ Outside the Margins with Brigham Vaughn

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I went to my second cousin’s wedding this past weekend. It was at the Detroit Historical Society. I’d never been there before and enjoyed having the opportunity to wander around. I’d really like to go back and explore more in depth. The Historical Society is right across the street from the Detroit Institute of Arts—somewhere I’ve been before and would like to visit again—but it got me thinking about making friends.

I have a lot of really great friends. People I’ve known since I was a kid, people I know I can turn to no matter what, people who I have deep, meaningful relationships with. But I don’t have many people I can explore the world with.

Part of it is because I’m at an age where many of my friends have kids (mid-30’s) or jobs that are a lot less flexible than mine. Some friends have moved across the state or country. Some friends I’ve gotten to know online and have yet to meet in person because they live halfway around the world.

I certainly don’t feel like I’m lacking friendship, but it’s difficult when none of those people are available to do things with. That may be one of the things I miss the most about being married. It was nice to know that there was always someone to go do things with. I miss going to movies and museums. I miss having someone to explore the world with. I’m not in a rush to settle down into a relationship, but that is definitely something I look forward to in the future.

Relationship or not, I’d like to get out and do more. While I certainly can go alone (and don’t mind doing so occasionally), in general, I prefer to have someone to share the experience with. So I’m at a loss as to how to find more friends.
Hand with marker writing: Where Do I Start?
I’ve heard a number of people say what a difficult time they have making friends as adults, so I’m curious to know if anyone’s had any success at it. If you’ve had good luck making friends I’d love to hear how you did it!


~Brigham Vaughn


Title: Doc Brodie and the Big, Purple, Cat Toy
Author: Brigham Vaughn
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 06/17/2016
Cover Artist: Brigham Vaughn
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay, Gay Romance, Humor/Comedy, Romance


Grant Murchison is a computer programmer with a great job, a small house he’s fixing up, and a mischievous tabby cat named Molly. Doctor Brodie Hall is a veterinarian with a sleeve full of tattoos and an enormous mastiff named Ruby.

When Molly gets sick after nibbling on Grant’s favorite purple toy, he rushes her to the vet clinic where the doctor works. Grant’s embarrassed to admit what Molly ate, but Brodie finds Grant’s reaction charming.

Brodie decides to pursue Molly’s owner, but getting close to Grant is a bigger challenge than he anticipated. Despite Grant’s attraction to the vet, his past leaves him unable to trust in a future together. Doc Brodie may be great with scared and hurting animals but will his techniques work on Grant?


Brodie smiled at the sight of Grant’s geekery on display, complete with Doctor Who posters and a life-size Captain Jack Harkness cardboard cutout from the spin-off Torchwood, because what nerdy gay man wouldn’t have a crush on an openly bisexual character with a wicked sense of humor? Brodie had fantasized about Captain Jack more than once that was for sure.

“This is great,” Brodie said, enthusiastically. He’d grown up watching Dr. Who. “Who is your favorite doctor?”

“You,” Grant blurted out, then closed his eyes as if embarrassed by the fact he said that aloud. “Um, ignore that. I, uh …”

Brodie stepped closer, thrilled by Grant’s admission. “You like me, huh?”

“Yeah,” Grant croaked and cracked an eye open.

“Well, you’re the favorite owner of a patient of mine,” Brodie murmured before he closed the distance between them.

Grant’s eyes closed again as Brodie’s lips touched his. Grant’s mouth was warm and soft, tasting faintly of lemonade. He clutched Brodie’s T-shirt, and Brodie groaned at the contact between their bodies.

He cradled the back of Grant’s head as the kiss deepened, gently teasing Grant’s lips apart. Grant let out a little groan of pleasure, and Brodie felt his cock stir at the sound.

They were both panting when they finally pulled away. Grant’s cheeks were flushed, or maybe that was the heat between them. Brodie had a sudden, desperate hope that his deodorant had held up against the jogging he’d done earlier.

“Damn,” Brodie said with a slow grin, and Grant nodded, Adam’s apple bobbing in his throat as he swallowed noisily. “I was planning to ask you out on a date before I left, but I think that answers my question.”

Grant nodded again and licked his lips. His voice was hoarse when he responded. “Um, the answer is definitely yes.”

“Tomorrow maybe?” Brodie offered, hoping he wasn’t being too pushy.

“Yeah, I’m free tomorrow. But, uh, you don’t have to run off right now or anything. Unless you have to be somewhere?”

“I can stay. Besides, I should take a look at my patient.” Brodie winked, and Grant’s mouth curved up in a smile as he seemed to relax.

“Oh, she’s probably curled up on my bed. It’s her favorite place.”

“Can’t say as I blame her,” Brodie murmured as he followed Grant out of the office.


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About Brigham Vaughn

Brigham Vaughn has always been a voracious reader with her own stories to tell. After many years of abandoned plots, something finally clicked. Now she’s eating, sleeping, and breathing writing and is excited to have finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the little time that isn’t spent writing or reading, she loves cooking, yoga, photography, and remodeling her ninety-year-old home. Brigham lives in Michigan with her three cats and an amazing husband who has always been her biggest champion.

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