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Shameless self-publicising

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This is a shameless plug, yet again. Following a chat with a trans friend who is also an author, I looked up her work on the net and found the website 'goodreads', which is mostly a place for readers to comment on published works. It also gives authors a chance to put up a little about themselves.

From the depths of time

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Well, a surprise yesterday, with an e-mail at work sent to my male name from someone I used to work with many, many years ago (80s). In summary, "Hi, remember me? Living back in Abergwaun* now, someone from Dover says you are writing books now, how you doing? I was in a writing group, any tips?"
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"Oh! Astonishing! But hey, no problem. Can we talk about writing? I think I'll buy your books"

TG film

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I wrote some years ago of a film called "I Want What I Want", and referred to it in 'Sweat and Tears'. Robi was good enough to send me a link to the book, but the film was lost. It has now been reissued having been transferred from tape to DVD. A dated film, but very much a part of my youth.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Want-What-DVD-US-NTSC/dp/B004J4RQYQ/...

Sweat and Tears background

I wrote 'Sweat and Tears' to raise two issues. One of them was an attack on the 'forced fem' trope, which Dorothy has slapped down with her short-short. The other was as a condemnation of the abuse that has gone on for so long in care homes and places for young offenders.

Today, the BBC put this up:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-25834368

Boys lying at the foot of a flight of stairs asking other boys to jump on their legs, hoping that breaking one would get them moved away.

Sarah's place takes a battering

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This is a video of what the weather has done to Aberystwyth, home of Sarah's university in 'Cold Feet' and 'Sisters'. At the end of the video, you get a look at the hill they go up in the panoramic railway.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25604697

Extra Time now on Kindle

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As the title line says. If anyone does wish to buy my books, the easiest search term for them on Amazon is 'Sussex Border Stories'. I continue to work on Elaine's story, in 'Sisters', part 4 of which is up today.

Odd how it now feels almost like work, now that I am being paid for it...

Blogging site interview

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I have been picked up by a website that reviews and promotes LGBT literature. I must admit, some of their stuff is a bit raunchy for me, but each to their own. The site is called 'Bending the Bookshelf', and they intend to post a short interview of me tomorrow.

Sore LH fingertips

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I have just returned from the Shrewsbury Folk Festival, where, what with workshops and sessions, I spent about six hours each day playing. For three days, and two hours on the first evening. I was playing bodhran a little, but all the rest was mandolin, mandola and, er, ahem, nothing to see here, move along, um... banjo. I know I got photographed in the big session, but the rest of the time was music.

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