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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by delboy on September 24, 2020, 08:30:51 AM »
Nice one Jerry! Thanks.

For info the new story is up at:

https://bhwesterns.com/article/the-flatland-dance-a-short-story-by-derek-rutherford/

Cheers
Derek
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by elay2433 on September 23, 2020, 08:23:29 PM »
Yikes. I had no idea, Ed. Good to hear that the last scan came back clear. I'd say you deserve a holiday, but I imagine going on vacation now isn't quite what it used to be. We always made a point of staying in a quaint little cabin in the hills near Santa Cruz at least once, if not twice each summer. Missed it this year, first due to covid, and then due to the wildfires. Crazy times. Hope you hit that yearlong benchmark without anything showing and continue to do well.

Derek, I was already an Audible member, so I grabbed the kindle version and the audible narration to your new book. Now I just need to find the time to read/listen to it. Congrats on getting the new story sold too. I envy you. I miss writing (and just reading for fun too). Can't wait to get back to it once/if I make it through probation.

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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by delboy on August 21, 2020, 04:09:29 AM »
Wow, Jerry, that's some career change. Fair play, to you. We just had a manager at our company decide to give up a well paid and secure position to go and live on a boat and train as a solicitor. I'm always impressed with folks, like yourself, with the courage to make a total change.

I'm glad you liked Dead Man's Eyes. I kind of missing writing those books - well, I'm currently writing one, just miss having the feeling that it will most likely see the light of day! The audio version of the latest is available here:

https://www.amazon.com/The-Blood-Red-Widow/dp/B08FBMW8MP/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=derek+rutherford&qid=1598000529&sr=8-3

Looks like you can sign up for an Audible trial and get it free. I've not got a copy of the audio or the book, I'm afraid.

Good news on my latest story - the one that got me so excited that I split my infinitives! I noticed my old western publisher still sends out a Western newsletter and still updates their webpage and sends out social media updates all about their westerns, and in all these areas they sometimes include a short story. So I sent my story to them saying it might help generate a little interest in my books, which are still on their list, and lo and behold they're going to use it! I immediately panicked, having not written a short story in years, and thought it can't be any good. But a quick reread and I'm okay with it. Would have been good to work it through the crit group here, but c'est la vie. Should be out next month.

Derek
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by Ed on August 17, 2020, 03:21:12 AM »

So perhaps the mojo is sneaking quietly back!

Derek

Ah, it's been a while since I saw a split infinitive and felt the urge to edit -- perhaps it's catching. I really hope your sales pick up. It's a real shame your old publishers called it a day on fiction. Must have been very demoralising at the time.

Geoff -- sorry to hear of your trials with the hernia and isolation. I'm guessing you'll struggle to cycle anywhere for a few weeks after they put it right. Hadn't heard of an inguinal hernia before and, on looking it up, it doesn't look like much fun at all.

Jerry -- that's quite a change you've taken on. Sounds extremely hectic and physically taxing. I can't imagine putting myself through that much stress. Good on you for stepping up and doing it. I hope you do get a quieter station shortly, I'm betting all that you will see through the course of your working week will translate into a lot of writing stimulus.

How's everything going for you, Ed?

Can't complain, considering the flip side of what could have been going on if it wasn't picked up when it was. I feel a bit traumatised, I think. Not sure how I'm feeling, TBH. This virus and the effect it's had on the way we all live has complicated matters somewhat. By now I should have had chemo and also had 47 needles shoved into my prostate (template biopsy for a different type of suspected cancer mass), but C19 has given me a reprieve from all that. Probably not great to leave it, from a clinical perspective, although I feel as if I need to regain my full strength before being interfered with any more. Could do with a damn good holiday :coolsmiley:

I'm OK, though. Could be a lot worse. Having the six month scan come back clear was a boon. I'm told if you can go a full year without it popping up somewhere else it's a lot better for long term prognosis. :)
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by elay2433 on August 11, 2020, 05:53:32 PM »
Life has been a bit crazy for me as of late. The owner of the company I worked for the last 23 years is preparing to retire. Rather than buy his business, or try to start over elsewhere in the same field, I figured I should try something else. I applied to the local fire department. Figured it'd be an interesting career change that would support my family and possibly provide me with a little extra time to write. And it's something I wanted to do since I was a teenager (but didn't have it in me back then). It's a competitive field, so I didn't really think I had much of a chance. Prepped like hell for the interviews, got my EMT licence, went to work part time for AMR on the ALS side to garner some experience. Two years later, after completing an 18 week academy and ruining my knees, I'm on as a probationary firefighter. Been at it for almost two months now. It's crazy here where I'm stationed. We run an average of 20 calls in a 24 hour period. Lots of fires. Don't sleep much. 48 hours on and 96 hours off. I'm at the busiest station in the city right now, but eventually (once probation is over and if I wind up at a slower house), I think it'll be a good place to get some writing done. Until then, I don't think I'll be able to do much. It's sad to admit this, but I've only completed one short story in the last year. Hoping to change that once I get a handle on this new way of life.

How's everything going for you, Ed?

Good to see some of us are still at the writing game.

Derek, I really enjoyed Dead Man's Eyes. I don't get to read much fiction lately, but I do squeeze in some audiobook listening here and there on bike rides. Do you have a link to the audiobook version of your new novel?

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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by delboy on August 11, 2020, 12:13:10 AM »
Glad to see a few folks turning up :-)

I know what you mean about publishers folding, Geoff. My western publisher of many years has given up on fiction. That said, I found another - I thought they were simply an easy way of getting something out there, but fair play to them, they've done a good job and have just produced an audio version of my book, too, so I'm actually quite pleased with them. No sales, though...

I've even written a story myself this last week. Really pleased with it, too.

So perhaps the mojo is sneaking quietly back!

Derek
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by Geoff_N on August 07, 2020, 02:03:44 PM »
Still writing shorts for the BSFA crit group - at least one short per 2 months.
Also still writing the sequel to Falling Up, which is the sequel to Suppose We.

Two of my publishers have given up forcing me to consider self publishing those two novels
Hence Exit, Pursued by a Bee - my first sf novel is now Alien Exit https://mybook.to/alienexit

I'm in isolation at the moment cos Chester hospital has restarted its pain clinic and I have an appointment next Friday. I had a bodged inguinal hernia op last year and ongoing pain needs to be sorted.
Bad news - isolation means no cycling for a week! Unless I get a tiny bike and do laps of my miniscule garden. Good news is that now I'm not going out at all I can read and write more.
Good to see peeps here again.
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by Ed on August 06, 2020, 11:22:56 AM »
Good to see the forum up and going again. :afro: Miss this place. Miss where I was with writing when the crit group was running full force. Hope everyone is doing well.

Me too, Jerry -- keep thinking I'll get back to it one day. Nice to see you dropping in. How's life treating you?
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by elay2433 on July 27, 2020, 05:01:53 PM »
Good to see the forum up and going again. :afro: Miss this place. Miss where I was with writing when the crit group was running full force. Hope everyone is doing well.
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General Discussion / Re: The good morning, good night thread
« Last post by Ed on July 23, 2020, 03:53:25 AM »
Urgh -- new owners. I know how that is. Takes some getting used to. What typically happens is they have an axe-man who identifies where 'cost savings' can be made, then they proceed to get rid of the people you like, promote the ones you don't, and take away all the perks that kept you sane. I don't envy you at all, Del.

I'm still the same, writing-wise. I spend most of every day at a computer screen these days, so the last thing I feel like doing in my spare time is writing. It may change in the future. The lockdown and cancer have made me take stock, and another side effect is I don't suffer fools gladly anymore. I can afford to take a year off and just live my life for a change, and I'm getting ever closer to shutting down the business and doing that. I've had that opportunity in the past and found myself too worried that I would find it hard to restart again, from the point of view of finding work. Never did it.  :idiot:
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