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So there I am, working through a twelve hour night shift which is actually thirteen hours due to the end of Summer Time, and I get bored enough to stick my name into that search engine and see if anyone else has said anything about my books. They have.

Specifically, about 'Viewpoints' and 'Cider Without Roses'. What they have said, via Wordpress, is "Don't bother giving her any money, just download this pdf we've made"

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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