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 on: November 29, 2018, 12:40:33 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by omega1300
Hello Gents! Guess I’m a chicken as well. You barely knew me back when (if at all) from a few flash entries, but I still miss it here. Need to get back to stringing a few sentences together!

 on: November 13, 2018, 06:01:53 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
That's fantastic news Del -- well done that man!

I'm just slogging away at the daily grind. Looking forward to having some time off at Christmas. Haven't managed a holiday this year, not yet, but I'm thinking I'll get some peace between Christmas and New Year, then I've got two weeks booked off in the sun for the first two weeks in January -- usually the bleakest days of the year, so glad to be outside of the UK for them.

Anybody else around but us chickens? smiley

 on: October 09, 2018, 10:30:49 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Hi Ed

Yep, I'm in Gloucester.

Some news on the writing front - the latest western (#7 - the final part of the trilogy made up of #5, #6, and now #7) is now out on eBook. It briefly peaked at number seven in one of Amazon's lesser charts. The hardback version is due out on Halloween. Western #8, which isn't part of any series is due out in February. I've now made a start on #9...

Also, the first part of the trilogy (#5, Dead Man's Eyes) has been sold on for reprint to a large print publisher - which is good news because (a) it means more readers, (b) it means someone has decided it's good enough to reprint and pay for that reprint, and (c) it means a few more £s to me. Not a lot, but it's all welcome.

Then, on top of that, the publisher has decided to dip their toe in the world of paperback publishing and have selected 10 back-list westerns to publish - including the aforementioned Dead Man's Eyes. Again, it's good because  it means more readers and it'll be nice to finally be out in paperback, but also it means someone at the publishers thinks it's good enough to be in that initial ten.

So all good, on the writing front  cool


 on: October 09, 2018, 09:56:02 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Ah, yeah, aren't you Gloucestershire way, Del? My memory is shot

 on: July 04, 2018, 04:29:26 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
No Northern Line woes for me, Ed. I'm out in the west country - though my commute is up into Birmingham and I have M42 woes most days, although I have cut back to just 2 or 3 days a week commuting and am managing a few days working from home. Did hit London a couple of times in the last few weeks with work and even went up the Post Office tower. An excellent experience.

Keep on keeping on!

 on: June 09, 2018, 07:08:02 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Hi Derek -- Renaissance Man time sounds good to me. afro Glad to hear you're still outputting westerns. Hope the Northern Line woes haven't troubled you too much.

I'd be happy with a bit of spare time. I'm time poor at the moment, and have been for quite a while now. I think I've said before that I had planned to work flat out for four years on a big push, and then ease off and do something else, but it hasn't worked out like that. I'm now six or seven years on and though things have changed a lot, and in some ways for the better (no longer working with my worn out body), I'm in the office most of the time these days, trying to find enough work for the guys, pricing jobs, doing all the ordering and organising. That's stressful on the mind rather than the body. When I was on the tools I'd be bored most of the day and on autopilot, doing repetitive tasks. That led on to evenings doing something more creative, to stay sane. I suppose it's just the old private hell thing -- whatever we do has its drawbacks. You tend to forget the past was probably worse in just as many ways as it was better. Hah, still. It could always be worse! I've been trying to retrain myself to see the things that stress me out as exciting opportunities instead. It's not working yet, but I'll keep trying.

Hi Geoff, glad to hear you're still getting on well with the BSFA Orbiters group. Yes, apparently there is occasional life on Doom -- every so often it's nice to drop in and touch base. I keep thinking one day I'll have a bit more time on my hands and there will be a waking of the dead. Put on a new competition and breathe a bit of fetid air into the old dungeon. Get the place kicking again. One day... smiley

 on: June 09, 2018, 04:11:27 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Geoff_N
I thought I'd pop in and look for evidence of life here. Umm, bit like searching for organic compounds on Mars and yet there is...

Besides these chats I welcomed the critiques and honed many a short horror story for them to end up published somewhere - often on Jeani Rector's The Horror Zine. Now my shorts are still critiqued, as are novels, on the BSFA Orbiters email groups. That works well too - many experienced writers there.

Good to see most of the Cafe Doom people on facebook from time to time and even on twitter.

Write on and prosper.

 on: April 25, 2018, 04:11:07 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Hey Ed.

Yes all good here. Still bashing out westerns and the occasional short. Still plucking a guitar. And still commuting too far and too often. But I can see a time coming when I might be able to knock the commuting on the head and focus on being a Renaissance man. Maybe a year, maybe two... but there's light at the end of the tunnel. How's you?


 on: April 17, 2018, 03:45:20 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Yeah, thanks Jerry. Good one. Hi Del -- nice to see people still dropping by from time to time. How's life, folks? smiley

 on: March 12, 2018, 07:39:28 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Nice! Thanks for the heads up, elay,

I shall have a bash at this - it's about time I wrote a horror short again!


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