I’ve been working really hard on the new novel for the past couple of weeks. It’s hard to get the writing time and energy at the moment, with work being so busy, but I’ve managed to do quite a bit of writing, especially in the last week, and it’s now nearly 40,000 words long. I think you’ll really like this one – it’s got a great big murder/mystery at the centre, and it’s set in London, in the future. There’s also a big, complicated gay love story at its heart. I’m enjoying unravelling all the things in my head – it’s challenging to write a murder/mystery and eke out all the little details, as well as covering the sci-fi aspects, AND throwing in the romance, but I love that about it. It’s a darker, angstier book than Ricochet – as with my fanfic, I want to write in a range of different genres and this is a very different work to Ricochet.
I can throw out some snippets and hope to start doing some teasers soon. For now, I can reveal that there’s a slave boy called Alex in it. And he looks very like Sebastian Stan ;-). Gratuitous SS pic below! I can totally see him in this role being all mixed up, and spoiled, and naughty, and in need of some firm loving! LOL!
After meeting with flyingnorth yesterday, we decided that Mark Strong would work very well opposite him. But I can also see Daniel Craig in the role, too, in the very likely event it got made into a movie – snorfle!
Nuke it out, boys!
Me and Jacci have been working on a revamp of xanthe.org, although it’s slowed down a lot in the past 6 weeks. Hopefully, we can get back into it soon and unveil it, as it’s much easier to navigate, and we’ve put in some good gizmos to make it easier to read the stories in different e formats, and access the podfics.
Dr Who –
Defiance – lots of publicity about this and it’s airing this week in the UK. I thought I’d watch it – is it any good?
Supernatural – am on S6 now and loving it! I have no particular urge to slash anyone or be involved in the fandom but I do appreciate good, imaginative storytelling, which this does so well.
BGT – first episode of the new series last night and it just ROCKED. Loved it. David Walliams makes the show, with his hilarious, one-sided crush on Simon. Some of the acts, like the shadow dancers, were genuinely new and interesting too – although I’ve noticed in the past that a lot of acts can do a good first audition but don’t have any follow up material, so we’ll see. When I was in Windsor yesterday, I mooched around in Smiths and saw that among Walliams’s children’s books is one called “The Boy in the Dress”. I haven’t read it, but I love how he’s trying to challenge stereotypes, and make it okay for boys to enjoy exploring their feminine sides. I was also very impressed by the adaptation of his “Mr Stink” book which aired over Xmas and was a real treat.
Harley got out last week – I got a text from my elderly neighbour that he was in their garden, so came racing home from work. I asked her if she’d be able to grab him and put him in my house in the meantime, but when I got there, she said he kept hissing at them and they couldn’t get close to him. So, I walk into their garden and call his name and he comes running up, straight into my arms, has a big cuddle and a purr, and then reaches out to my neighbour and wants HER to fuss him, despite the fact he was hissing at her 15 minutes earlier! After the recent experience at the vet, I’ve decided he’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Harley – if he’s in his own house, he’s fine. If he’s ANYWHERE else then I have to be there or he’s a hissy growly thing. If I’m there, he’s a heap of mushy ‘pet me now!’. Daft banana boy! I haven’t figured out where he’s getting out yet, so today I’m on ‘Harley-patrol’, keeping an eye out to see if he tries it again. It’s actually sunny and moderately warm here today, for the first time in what feels like forever.
He and Jemima are back to their old love-ins after their temporary hiatus over his recent illness. Proof below!
I think that’s all! I hope you’re all doing well!