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Aug. 5th, 2013 03:25 pm
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 I really must remember to post here more often because I miss my old mates and it's silly not to make the extra effort to keep in touch.

What's going on then? I know I have to congratulate Julian Griffith on the release of what I'm sure will be the first of many novels. Love Continuance and Increasing was published by Storm Moon Press last week and she has a bit to say about it and sundry other subjects here. Well done Julian.

I've written a little this past week and feel a bit brighter. Not writing, for whatever reason, and my reasons have been good the past  couple of months, makes me edgy and miserable. Achieving even 1k a week is so much better than nothing. At present Eleventh Hour is standing at just over 35k words and I have another 10k to go before going back to add all the bells and whistles, like the sex scene that I abandoned when I got bored with writing it. 

I'm sort of resigned to not having a book of any kind out this year. I submitted a short story in February but I understand it's still somewhere in the selection process. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for another 2 weeks then I might ask if they mind if I submit it elsewhere. If they do mind I'll keep on keeping my fingers crossed until I get a definite no, then I'll see if I can self pub it on Smashwords or offer it as a freebie, just to get another title out there. Can anyone recommend a good editor who won't ask more than one kidney?

Hot.

Jul. 18th, 2013 06:59 pm
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Too hot to think and too hot to be cheerful. Even the castle ant population is too hot because they stormed the gates of th museum this morning and clambered all over me and my desk. I even had ants in my keyboard. :( they made tiny sad crunching sounds as I typed.

But my upper lip is still stiff, even if it is rather soggy, so here re some interesting things to look at.

Here's some video of a house in Worksop that hasn't been altered since 1932.

Here's Wales' oldest piece of wood carving, dating back approx 6,000 years.

IAnd finally, in case you haven't had vertigo today, here's a video of some athletic youth doing parkour with the video camera strapped to his chest:



I hope to be more intelligent when the weather breaks.
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Or "blikig ardware" as if would have been earlier this week. There's not much more annoying than a dicky keyboard, unless its a dicky ticker [something that only people of a certain age and nationality will giggle at]. I'm trying not to be too disappointed with a word count of zero for the month of June. Frankly I've been loafing. Also, moving my 'office' to the other side of the room and mirroring the lay out of my bookshelves has thrown me all for a loop. I used to be able to lunge at the bookshelf and be within one or two of the book I wanted, now they could be anywhere. Anyone else here a creature of habit?

But my keyboard is better now and I've posted for the Equal Rights Blog Hop. If you wanted to you could click that link and leave a comment and not only might you win my prize but if you leave an email addy you might win one of the stunning prizes offered by the blog hop organisers, Queer Town Abbey. I've also got a guest spot on Brandon Shire's blog, talking about how much history to put in, and homelessness in the 18th and 19th century.

Next week its the annual UK Meet. I hope I'll see some of you there.
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As part of the run up to the UK Meet, Elisa Rolle of Reviews and Ramblings is hosting a giveaway for books by UK authors and today it's my turn! So if you like free books, or you like pirates and especially if you like free books about pirates click here and leave a comment and you may well win a copy of On A Lee Shore.

It's a rompy, generally good humoured, action adventure story set in the early 18th century and following the adventures of a young naval officer, in deep trouble, who takes himself all too seriously until he finds himself in association with a gang of pirates who don't take very much seriously at all. There are sea battles and chases, masses of pieces of eight, all kinds of skullduggery, betrayals and 'orrible murders and a pirate captain a little the worse for drink. If you like the kind of 1940s pirate movies with Errol Flynn, Robert Newton and Basil Rathbone, only with a bit of added gay romance, this might be the book for you!

That's my version of the hard sell by the way. Did it work?
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So have something silly :D



Hands up anyone who remembers the original?
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Click on the picture to reach the rest of the participants, only please read a bit first. There's another link for your convenience, at the bottom of the post.

I think we'd all agree that one of the basic human requirements for existence is to have a safe, secure and comfortable home. Unfortunately, for many LGBT teens, coming out, being true to themselves, being honest with their families, puts an end to secure comfort and sees them at best couch hopping and, at worst, homeless. So many children suffer the cruellest rejection by the very people upon whom they should be able to rely. My post today is in support of the Albert Kennedy Trust - a British organisation that provides accommodation for LGBT teens who have nowhere else to go. The figures I am going to quote below are about the same as in the UK but come from a US website.



That's pretty disturbing right there. How about this one:



Either way you look at it, to be homeless is a horrible risk for a young person or for a child:


14.4: The average age that lesbian and gay youth in New York become homeless.

13.5: The average age that transgender youth in New York become homeless.


THIRTEEN! And that's just an average

The Albert Kennedy Trust has set up the Give 15 organisation to provide the support a child needs when it is needed. This can be anything from counselling and advice to a room for the night or a room in a safe house as a long term home.



Click the pic to get to the Give 15 page and see all the ways you can help. If you don't want to do that, comment below with your email address. At the end of the blog hop on the 27th I'll pick a name and make a donation on to AKT his or her behalf that will be enough to get a young person off the street for the night.

If you don't live in the UK there will be similar organisations local to you. Check out the excellent Youth Project, if you live in Canada, or how about The Trevor Project? The author Brandon Shire has made a comprehensive list of organisations to support lesbian, gay, transgender and transexual youth which may be found here. Thanks to Brandon for allowing me to post the link. I understand that soon the list will be even more comprehensive. and he is dead keen to hear from people with links to new organisations. One day, I hope, they may be unnecessary, but until then ...

I know that books are the usual prizes so if in addition to the donation on your behalf you would like a copy of Alike As Two Bees [mild M/M romance set in Ancient Greece] or On A Lee Shore [Action adventure with pirates and a little bit of gay romance] please say "Greeks" or "Pirates" and I'll send whichever to the winner as well. Don't forget to add your email address to your comment.

Enjoy your hopping and I hope you are lucky.

Have some music. I'm completely in love with this bloke's hands and forearms and don't understand why he's not more popular.

Gobsmacked!

May. 8th, 2013 07:00 am
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Woke up this morning to find a link to a 5 star review for Alike As Two Bees in my inbox!

Look!

They are giving a copy away to a commenter so if you haven't read it, fancy a little gentle romance and have the time, follow the link and pop your name in the box, 'kay?

Gobsmacked!

May. 8th, 2013 07:00 am
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Woke up this morning to find a link to a 5 star review for Alike As Two Bees in my inbox!

Look!

They are giving a copy away to a commenter so if you haven't read it, fancy a little gentle romance and have the time, follow the link and pop your name in the box, 'kay?
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Last night, while stirring the wok with more enthusiasm than finesse, I managed to splash the dog with black bean sauce. He quite liked it and spent the evening grooming himself but couldn't do the top of his head. He has quite a faux-hawk today. It really suits him.

Here's Audi cashing in on this summer's block busters - Star Trek and Iron Man.

And here's a picture of the machine gun I was fiddling with at lunchtime to see how easy it would be too shoot out of a car window. It's a Great War Bermann MP18 and how it got in Mr XXXX's garden shed nobody knows, but it was in full working order when it was handed in. It's SO heavy. I can't pick it up with one hand which leads me to believe that I may be distressingly girly.
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  Last night, while stirring the wok with more enthusiasm than finesse, i managed to splash the dog with black bean sauce. He quite liked it an spent the evening grooming himself but couldn't do the top of his head. He has quite a faux-hawk today. It really suits him.

 Here's Audi cashing in on this summer's block busters -  Star Trek and Iron Man.

And here's a picture of the machine gun I was fiddling with at lunchtime to see how easy it would be too shoot out of a car window. It's a Great War Bermann MP18 and how it got in Mr XXXX's garden shed nobody knows, but it was in full working order when it was handed in. It's SO heavy. I can't pick it up with one hand which leads me to believe that I may be distressingly girly.

Watching a tv show about aerial intell at RAF Medmenham during WW2 and getting far too enticing a plot bunny. That's 2 in one day and I really don't want to be distracted from the things I'm already fiddling with. Eleventh Hour is now at 26k words and at just over half way through I'm over the saggy boring middle and writing murder and mayhem and Mills Bombs [or Mills and Boom as author Steve Emmett described it]. Okay, I've skipped writing the sex scenes to concentrate on the heroics, but that works better for me.

Little bit of randomness - one of the photographic interpreters at RAF Medmenham went on the join Walt Disney and wrote the screen play for Pirates of the Caribbean!

Aren't you happy to know that? :)
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Elisa Rolle, keynote speaker at this years UK Meet for lovers of LGBTQ fiction, is hosting a bi-weekly giveaway of books donated by author attendees of the Meet.  Just comment for a chance to win. 

The first offering is here: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3544668.html - Lord of the Forest by Kay Berrisford, love lust and a touch of kink in the 13th century Greenwood.

Good luck.

Busy :)

Apr. 7th, 2013 09:23 am
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Shock tactics seem to have worked! Either that or the intermittent sunshine of the past few days is bringing me out of hibernation.

I've been blogging! Oh yes. I joined the A to Z challenge and have been blogging my socks off this week. I've been wittering about primary sources of various sorts, but I'm only up to H so far and I've already wandered off to rant about how the people who insist on only the very finest ingredients too combine in the delicious dishes they casually throw together in their designer kitchens think the farmers who produce those ingredients are a bunch of know nothing hicks who need to get their act together and be efficient. Only since it's me it's less of a rant than a mumble and I'm very aware that a lot of people who love to cook support the producers. Any how, if you're interested in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, Bayeux Tapestry, Colours, Dragons or Edward II the posts are on my other blog, where I try to be all professional, like, and not me.

I'm also doing the Camp Nanowrimo thing where you can nominate your own word count for the month. I chose 25k and am not keeping up but have already written more in 7 days than I have in the whole of Jan Feb and March put together! I'm writing Eleventh Hour again - British secret service ramshackling their way around London in pursuit of an anarchist cell in 1928 - and cracking on with a scene each day. Snippet below the cut.
Read more... )

Fanart

Mar. 30th, 2013 10:29 am
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We're used to fan fic and visual fan art, then there's filking - something abut which I know very little other than it sounds fun - but I think this bit of Hobbit fan made music is super.

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Our museum ghost is back, damn his incorporeal eyes. I had a bit of a 'thing' when I locked up last night - I'm not psychic, I'm NOT, I just have an overactive imagination. sudden chills and odd noises and the intense feeling of someone following me up the cellar steps are par for the course when locking up a building with nine hundred and some odd years of mayhem bleeding out of the stones.

Except ... I had an alarm triggered early this morning when a door - that I swear was shut last night - opened. So maybe Colonel Proger, a 17th century gentleman who made his prescence felt in the 1990s, is back or we have a new kid on the block.

*sigh* I don't like having to get up at silly o'clock and yomp around the museum in the dark.

I'm going to cheer myself up with silliness. Click the picture for a feast for the eyes - totally inappropriate bookcovers that have actually been used:

elingregory: (Green Man)
Nobody throws up with the enthusiasm of a dog. :( Yesterday I was worried sick about him - he was so sick and so subdued. "Quiet Wilf" is an oxymoron and yesterday he just lay down looking sad. This morning he seemed much happier and we had a good play in he garden before I went to work but apparently he started being sick again around lunchtime. When I got home from work he didn't even get out of his bed - just gave a tiny wag of the tail then put his head on his paws and went back to sleep.

I know he's probably just eaten something that disagreed with him - dogs are such dreadful dustbins - but it's a bit too like how Sirius was before he died for me to be brave about it. :(
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Towards the end of last month I decided to give myself a bit of a kick in the pants about continuing with A Fierce Reaping - I've left it so long for one reason and another that the voices in my head are sulking - and chose to do it by getting myself some inspirational works. With one exception they are one penny plus postage books from Amazon market place. Jarman's translation of Y Gododdin [the OMG exception], books on the Dark Ages in the Uk and in Europe, both illustrated by the late great Angus MacBride plus two scholarly works on King Arthur's life and times [as close as I'm going to get to AD 590 for a penny].

At least I assumed they were scholarly and I'm still prepared to give The Age of Arthur by John Morris the benefit of the doubt, but the other one ... oh dearie me. )
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Post on the LGBTTQ Fiction Goodreads group:

Watch out for the deadline for the Polari Prize for first book by an LGBT author resident in the UK. The judges particularly want more books by lesbian authors as it has been harder to get books by women than men, and this drew press and media coverage last year. The prize is £1,000 and one of the judges this year is V.G. Lee. The books can be in various forms, including poetry and fiction, and the winners do get well promoted. Although details aren't online yet, the details from last year will be much the same. There's also an email on this link for Paul Burston, the main organiser and LGBT editor on Time Out, so he can be contacted for more info. Books can be self published or traditionally published.

More information here - http://www.paulburston.com/Site/Blog/Entries/2012/2/12_THE_POLARI_FIRST_BOOK_PRIZE_2012.html
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I just hit 'send' for new submission.

It's gone. I can't fiddle with it any more. It's too late. The worst that can happen is that I get a "LOL - no" email in a couple of months.

Actually it feels quite good. Now for another project. I think I ought to finish A Fierce Reaping.
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Bit of mouthful isn't it, but after a couple of people had said 'look just choose a name, it's the content that will sell the group' I polished up my pin and it landed on that. I just hope that some people will join it.

There are two alternatives Facebook and Goodreads. I'm not sure I have the energy to start a community on LJ as well :(

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