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Spurred on by the efficient [livejournal.com profile] erastes, I have bought my train ticket to Ely for the meet-up next month. This may or may not turn out to be a good idea, although I have checked and there are no engineering works scheduled that day. Yet.

And I have written 1,200 words of the Christmas novella (a sequel to Pleasures With Rough Strife, set four years later in 1926). It has been surprisingly easy to get into: Philip's voice seemed to come back to me without any trouble, although I imagine Danny will be a little harder. He's aged from 18 to 22, and gone from being a poacher living with his mum to the position of gamekeeper, with his own cottage (with frequent visits from the lord of the manor!). I've introduced two new characters, one of whom, Philip's cousin Lawrence, is going to cause all sorts of problems for Danny and Philip... ;)
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It feels like it's been ages since I posted, so what have I been up to?

Well, for starters, I've had the draft cover through for my Scottish wildcat novella Snared, which is tremendously exciting! My first ever cover! *cuddles artwork* Unfortunately it's not at a stage where I can share it with you, but as soon as I can, I will.

I was as pleased as a very pleased thing to read a new review of I Do Two:

Aim Higher by JL Merrow is a lovely, funny, clever tale about a God, a teenager and her father. Perhaps the most smoothly written of all the stories in this collection, it is by a short lead my favourite.

*blushes* It's over on Wilde Oats, which is a gay and bisexual-themed e-zine featuring fiction, articles and art. Do head on over there!

I've also sent a copy of the anthology to my mother. She rang tonight to thank me for it, and mentioned that my father, who is 85, had read my story. Apparently he was "a bit taken aback by the language and themes."

For those who haven't read the story (and why not? It's for charity! *g*), Aim Higher is written from the POV of a 12-year-old, with absolutely no explicit sex whatsoever. I have a feeling I probably shouldn't encourage Dad to read any of my other stuff... ;)


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