About the book

Despite being the only male member of Courtyard Preparatory’s gay-straight alliance, 16-year-old Dillon Laskowski has managed to maintain a low profile at school, playing the model student and sticking close to his tiny circle of friends. But that starts to change when an unauthorized trip to Taco Bell makes him accomplice to class troublemaker Adam Gozmen. Adam flips off teachers and tears around recklessly in his rattletrap pick-up, while Dillon doesn’t even have the guts to face his driving lessons or to tell off the boy who broke his heart two years ago (and won’t stop calling). It seems like Adam is just the distraction Dillon needs. But the new friendship comes with consequences beyond what Dillon could have anticipated...

I wrote the first draft of Homecoming nanowrimo-style in 2009. I wanted to write the kind of book that would have appealed to me as a teenager and my initial concept was only "a queer YA story that's not a romance or a coming-out story." You can judge if the final version still fits that vision.

After many rounds of revisions and a lot of wasted time, I finished a final draft I was happy with in 2014. Then I couldn't decide what to do with it. I wrote some query letters (but didn't send them), thought about self-publishing (but didn't do it), and this book sat on my hard drive until I finally got the idea to do this: serialize it for free online, creating a new illustration for each chapter along the way. Really, I just want to share the story. Come along on this journey with me while I figure out what I'm doing.

Homecoming And Other Mistakes is a coming-of-age story in the vein of The Perks of Being a Wallflower or ABC's My So-Called Life. I wrote it for the kind of teens who would might join a GSA themselves but the themes of struggling with rejection, forgiveness and self-acceptance are universal.

About the author

Hi, I'm AR Cribbins and I love stories. Somewhere along the line, I got it in my head that I had to choose just one creative field—visual art and illustration—so it's taken me a while to own being a writer too. Homecoming is my first novel, though I've been casually writing and publishing short fiction since 2012. Want to read more of my work online?

  • "Risk Takers" in the Voicecatcher Journal 2016
  • "Something Permanent" in the VoiceCatcher Journal 2013
  • "Incubus Ex"  is the first story in the Queer Fish paranormal romance anthology, so you can actually read it for free as the sample. Buy the book if you like it though—there's some brilliant stuff in there. "Welcome to Anteaterland" by Nathaniel Fuller is one of my all time favorites.