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No chance to do Nanowrimo this year - day job, puppy minding, Mum, newly retired husband ["yay, you're home from work, let's sit together and you can write while I shout at the TV"] dictate otherwise - in fact I haven't been writing at all. But last night I showed a bit of backbone and took myself off to a quiet corner and actually wrote just under 1000 words. It was FUN! Here's a bit of it: )Read more... )

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Apr. 10th, 2012 06:18 pm
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I had a bit of a grumble on Sunday that the logo for the Six Sentence Sunday organisation was both a bit girly and a bit modern for my taste, being a leggy lady in a miniskirt holding an automatic. Obviously for Sunday sixes I'll have to do the courtesy of using the proper logo but I've made my own blokey one just for fun anyway. So, any time you see a Sunday Six from me featuring Cynfal, Gwion, Aeddan etc just imagine this picture along side it: Plus gratuitous snippet )
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Yes, I know I said I'd make a stab at finishing Lee Shore this week but stuff has happened - including checking proofs for Alike As Two Bees and finishing the guide book I've been writing for work - so progress has been pitifully slow.



Not as far along as I had hoped but I've written one of the difficult bits and now I need to write another!

Here's a snippet for those who remember who's in it: Read more... )

More when - um - I've done some more.

*Blushes*

Nov. 5th, 2011 11:16 am
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Not a very good day at all yesterday with Nanoing. I got majorly distracted writing something else so only managed 1336 words.That's brought me way below the median line :( I'll have to work hard to catch up over the weekend.

I've shot myself in the foot this morning as well by staying in bed and reading Matt Houlbrook's "Queer London" instead of getting up and writing. I comfort myself with the idea that it's research for "Eleventh Hour" but actually it was idleness - I have other things to red but none of the others could be reached just by sliding an arm out from under the duvet.My bedside reading pile is nicely reachable without even exposing my elbow.

Anyhow - word count is now

And here's a tiny snippet: Read more... )
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You'll find masses of comment elsewhere about the importance of historical accuracy in historical novels and normally I give it a thumbs up and a well said. But right now I'm cussing myself because I can't find out what a particular building looked like in 1928. I may have to [shock horror] guess a bit.

On the other hand I've had some of that blissful Googling serendipity where looking for a theatrical performance that my protagonists could attend I've found a theatre and restaurant that have been restored to the appearance of the period, a complete list of plays performed there since it was opened, and a photo of a couple of pages of the script plus a cast list for the play being performed at the time they could attend.

This makes me cheerful.

Also this and I hope there will be more later and so here's a snippet.

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And it's such a good feeling. Mind you this is the second draft and I may have to rewrite bits again once the betas have had their say. One of the things that concerns me is that the sex scenes, such as they are, are very mild. I suspect that the average reader wants their reading matter more squelchy, not something I'm comfortable writing.

BUT, it's done for the moment so i need to work on something else. Pirates? I should get the first draft of that done before starting the reading for my next nanowrimo. OTOH I have other stories closer to completion.

Decisions, decisions!

Anyhow, here's a celebratory snippet:

Read more... )
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I had an absolute blast at the UK Meet on Saturday where I managed to chat to, buy books from and in some cases hug luminaries of the m/m writing fraternity - sorority mostly actually but it was brilliant to see some male writers there, too. Jay Rookwood, Bruin Fisher and Stuart Wakefield are gentlemen in the very best sense of the word as well as being very good writers. Kudos to them for coming along and I hope there will be many more next year.

The panels were very good: Read more... )

I've been playing with Write or Die! Not as drastic as it sounds! I mean this thing - www.writeordie.com which I find very useful for giving me the much needed kick up the pants to get my brain into writing mode. Last night I shut myself in the spare room and managed 1600 words in 3 20 minute sessions.

Much needed too. Now I have my little Greek lads on the move again and the end of the story is in sight. I'll be glad when it is done. I've put in a theme that I need to run past someone so they can whack it with a shovel if necessary. I don't know if a] it works or b] it would work but I've been far to tentative about it and should describe it in all its squelchy glory or c] what was the question again?

Just for the hell of it - here's a snippet of something completely unrelated to what I'm working on, from a time when I had nothing to do apart from pretend to be Georgette Heyer on crack: Read more... )
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Sorry Live Journal. I miss my mates and, if you won't let me get at them, Dreamwidth will provide.

I had an absolute blast at the UK Meet on Saturday where I managed to chat to, buy books from and in some cases hug luminaries of the m/m writing fraternity - sorority mostly actually but it was brilliant to see some male writers there, too. Jay Rookwood, Bruin Fisher and Stuart Wakefield are gentlemen in the very best sense of the word as well as being very good writers. Kudos to them for coming along and I hope there will be many more next year.

The panels were very good: Read more... )

I've been playing with Write or Die! Not as drastic as it sounds! I mean this thing - www.writeordie.com which I find very useful for giving me the much needed kick up the pants to get my brain into writing mode. Last night I shut myself in the spare room and managed 1600 words in 3 20 minute sessions.

Much needed too. Now I have my little Greek lads on the move again and the end of the story is in sight. I'll be glad when it is done. I've put in a theme that I need to run past someone so they can whack it with a shovel if necessary. I don't know if a] it works or b] it would work but I've been far to tentative about it and should describe it in all its squelchy glory or c] what was the question again?

Just for the hell of it - here's a snippet of something completely unrelated to what I'm working on, from a time when I had nothing to do apart from pretend to be Georgette Heyer on crack: Read more... )
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Mea culpa - or rather the bug I've had is culpable for making me feel like I've had a head full of soggy weetabix.

For the past couple of weeks I haven't done much writing at all. :( But I've read a lot [Perfect Score by Sue Robuck *nods* try it, it's very good, and Harry Potter and Flashman] and I've watched a lot of half films, sleeping through the rest of them.

So - I haven't really got much to offer at the moment. I feel I should at least post a bit of fiction if I can't be entertaining on my own account. So - something old.

A few years ago I started writing a story about a gardener who accidentally [it makes sense in context] used the Victorian Language of Flowers to communicate with his employer Read more... )
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I've made considerable changes to my story about the sculptors. It was okay - ish - but needed more oomph so it has more oomph plus a bit of eeeeww-factor.

Also I'm adding to my pirate novel again and have come to the conclusion that while I may not be able to manage sexy, I might make a stab at silly.

But not much point in telling when I could be showing.

'Alike As Two Bees' Snippet Read more... )


'On A Lee Shore' snippet Read more... )
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Tea and Crumpet is released today!

Raise your rainbow umbrellas high and celebrate!



Enjoy this enchanting, entertaining and thought-provoking collection, a heartfelt expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. All these stories reflect the iconic sights and national character of the British Isles: a taste of our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, but also an unashamed representation of the love, loyalty and laughter of our people.

Including a wide range of style and subject, this is the perfect way to sample different authors and to find both existing and new favourites. Follow the British way of life from historic villages to modern cities, from the countryside to the sea, through history and with a fantasy twist, in gardens, churches, campus and the familiar, much-loved local pub.

The stories cover universal themes of romance, desire, remembrance and reconciliation. The authors range from multi-published to up-and-coming, and they all share a passion for their characters, whether through great drama, erotic excitement, humour -- or a combination of all three!

Contributors include: Alex Beecroft, Jennie Caldwell, Stevie Carroll, Charlie Cochrane, Lucy Felthouse, Elin Gregory, Mara Ismine, Clare London, Anna Marie May, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Jay Rookwood, Chris Smith, Stevie Woods, Lisa Worrall, and Serena Yates. Edited by: UK MAT (UK Meet Acquisitions Team).

This anthology is a souvenir of the 2011 UK Meet, an occasion for GLBTQ supporters to get together in a relaxed setting to celebrate and chat about the fiction community they love. Funds from the sale of this anthology will go towards future UK Meets, to which all are welcome. Please visit the website for details, or contact UK MAT through the publisher.

Excerpt of 'On The Pull' by Me! Read more... )

It's also available in print.
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Last night I discovered M Chandler's The Shadow of the Templar series on Lulu.com at the astounding price of 59p each for the ebooks. I read them aaaages ago online and loved them, so I bought them and made myself dopey by devouring the first 50 pages of the first in the series between midnight and 1am.

What baffles me is why these stories are on Lulu.com at all. They are VERY good fun. Need a bit of an edit maybe and Chandler subscribes to the school of thought [probably started by that dick Elmore Leonard] that one doesn't need to say WHO is speaking because it should be obvious from the context. This works okay with just 2 characters but with a quick fire banter session with six people all having their say it can get confusing. But that apart these are GOOD. Well worth the time of a publisher, I'd have thought. I just hope she gets plenty of sales, she deserves them.

My pirates are growing slowly at the astounding rate of 500 words a day *preens* and there have been relationship developments!!

Here have a snippet: )
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That's because I finished the edits to Alike As Two Bees and pestered two very kind people who had agreed to look it over for me. The result overall seems to be 'needs a bit of work' but was positive enough to keep me smiling and motivated. You'd think at my age I'd be more robust, wouldn't you?

Anyhow, now I'm cutting the 'that's, 'then's and 'there was'es and adding some bits to clarify what's going on. And then I'll get it betaed and then edit again and then think about where to put it. Fun stuff.

Meantime here's a bit of pirates. I wrote it back in January and had completely forgotten about it:

Read more... )

Editing

Jun. 4th, 2011 05:30 pm
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It's such a bitch. I can't fathom why I thought, at the time, it was okay to use the word 'and' so many times. Must be a nervous twitch. So out they come - some of them. I'm aiming for 40%. The thing is that if I can edit them out afterwards I'm quite happy to scatter them like confetti over the story. The last thing I need is to get self conscious about word choice and come to a grinding halt twice a sentence. Spew out the story and mop up the mistakes later is going to be my aim from now on.

So here's another bit of spewage, all hairy and unwaxed.

Read more... )

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