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25 April 2016

“Do you miss men now you’re getting older?” I was asked recently.
“Not often” I replied. “I’m still quite a good shot.”

well, so far anyhow. 47mms and only five days to go. Mind you it isn’t too cold either, so the grass has stayed growing, but to remind me that it’ll be winter soon, the hens have mostly gone off the lay. That also reminds me I should start in buying firewood, sigh. It feels as if it was barely New Year and already the year is a third over.

16 April 2016

yes, Wildside now have what i think of as my “Sherlock and cat” novella out. This is a follow on to the short story I had in MX Books’ major Holmes anthology. SOMETHING THE CAT DRAGGED IN is available on amazon, and at Wildside, and I love the cover. and for a mere $1.99 you too can enjoy a cat-burglar – the genuine feline kind – and how Holmes becomes involved when Mandalay once again drags something very strange home to give Miss Emily Jackson.

8 April 2016

Some time ago I was aked to write a Holmes story for a major anthology. I did, but I found that I loved the characters I’d created so much I couldn’t just drop them. So I wrote Something The Cat Dragged in – which has just appeared at Wildside and on amazon, to my delight. Someone asked me how I came to think of Mandalay, the cat hero. That’s simple.
Years ago a friend ended up sitting on my couch, telling me sadly that it was her birthday, and no one had given her anything. It wasn’t that she wanted presents so much as she wanted to know someone cared. I left her for a few seconds and returned with the wrapped gift I’d had for her, she opened it and was happier. Then Thunder (my Ocicat) who had just returned inside again after his initial greeting and departure patted urgently at her knees. She looked down and he was offering a very recently dead mouse. She burst into laughter and cheered up completely. And that was where Mandalay came from.
Since then another Mandalay story has occurred to me, I hope that it too will be published. After all, there’s a lot of us out there that love Sherlock Holmes detective stories – and cats.

3 April 2016

Yup, today is my birthday and I’m 70. I guess I can’t say I’m middle-aged any longer. Three score and ten is beyond that. Not even ‘late middle-aged’ cuts it any more. If I’d lived in ancient Rome I’d now be very very old – average age then was 40ish. Okay, but, as has been said, it beats hell out of the alternative. This year I have four books to write, a dozen stories, two dozen articles, a lot of reviews, and other items too. I may be 70 but I’m certainly not going to have time to dwell on it.
Mind you, in my teens I was reckless – something common to teens even now. But looking back I’m surprised I survived to this age. There was the time when, at 16, I was in his car with a friend. We were racing another friend. I was driving, no, I know I can’t drive, I couldn’t then either. I was steering, my friend was working the clutch and accelerator. I passed the other car – doing around 110mph (note that’s miles not kilometres) and swung back ahead of it a bit too sharply. I tunked his front corner with the back corner of the car I was ‘driving,’ lost the car, swerved, back, over again, back again, and then the car rolled. Several times, and taking out a length of a farmner’s boundary fence. The car came to rest, we staggered out, quite uninjured, got the car out of the fencing and drove home. Yes, we went back and fixed the fence, and no, pretty much no one HAD seat belts then. And that was only one of the damfool things I did in those days. So I’m happy I’ve made it this far, back then I never expected to. But then, they do say that only the good die young…