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 on: May 26, 2017, 01:51:25 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by elay2433
Happy 50th, Ed. Take care of yourself. You'll need your wrists in decent shape for when you hit the keyboard again. Brainstorming any story ideas?

 on: May 26, 2017, 03:01:29 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Yeah, it's funny, isn't it? I thought I was busy ten years ago, but that's nothing compared to how it is now. Maybe it's just our perception changing as we get older, though -- could be that we are less able to cope with multiple simultaneous challenges the older we get?

I've just hit the big five-oh, which made me stop and think a bit. Take stock, and all that. I'm starting to find that bits of me are wearing out after years of heavy lifting and wielding tools. Apparently my flexor tendons are shot and I've got carpal tunnel syndrome. When I play squash my wrist aches for three or four days after. Oh God, I've just realised I'm turning into one of those old people who talk constantly about their ailments. Next thing you know I'll be talking about my bowel movements....  Shocked

 on: May 08, 2017, 02:43:56 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Geoff_N
Just poking my head around the door to see if anyone is in the room.

An update then. My historical fantasy, Xaghra's Revenge, is to be released on July 24th, the anniversary of the real event. Pirate corsairs abducted everybody on Gozo and their spirits cry out for revenge.
I have short stories out this year. A mix of SF and fantasy. I still lead a crit group for the BSFA and I have to produce a short story every two months - harder than it seems. My writing speed has slowed lately.

I'm off to a writers' retreat in Greece again in September but half the time there will be cycling.

Many of us that used to inhabit Cafe Doom here, see each other in other forums or on facebook. If you aren't a pal on fb or twitter then please friend / follow so we can remain in touch. If you want to. On fb I am at and on twitter @twitter.

Hope you are all well.

 on: March 25, 2017, 06:19:43 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Hi Ed

I echo what the others have said - it's a generous offer, but time feels tighter than ever (for everyone) these days. Whatever happened to all this leisure time we were going to get when the computers took over.

It is a shame that CD has had (for the moment, at least) it's time. There was a period when the people, the crit group, the discussions, the support were just brilliant and helped me and my writing no end. I've searched in vain for a comparable writing forum out there, but there ain't one.

I'm still writing - just finished draft one of the latest western. It'll be going off to the publisher soon, so fingers crossed. But I'm a bit like you, work is all encompassing at the moment. As I edge towards retirement age I fully expected work to start to gentle tail off in terms of time / stress / travelling / expectations and so on. Let the young twenty and thirty year olds take the strain. But no, the pressure is accelerating. Maybe they have a course at CEO level on how to drive us all into early graves in order to ease the pension gap?

I still harbour hopes that when I do finally give it all up I will find time to write properly again (rather than taking a year to pen a short western) and have a go at some gothic rock'roll romances, which of course is the finest genre going. So, as I said at the start - I hope this place can become great again, but I'll too have to decline the kind offer of taking it on board.

Take it easy with your won workload, too. It really isn't worth. This year I've used up far too many days leave attending funerals.


 on: March 22, 2017, 05:22:52 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Hi Jerry and Delph -- yeah, I think things tend to have their time, and then life moves into another gear and things get left behind as we move on, for better or worse. The reason I first got into writing was because I was bored stiff at work all day, with no stimulation, didn't see hardly anybody, and writing gave me something to do and learn about, and get the grey matter turning over. It's really nice to have diverse group of friends to chat to online as well -- people I otherwise wouldn't have met or even known about. For the most part I've really enjoyed my time here, though it's been hard work at times, and we've had our challenges here and there.

I'll still keep popping in from time to time. May even rev it up again at some point in the future and get another comp going. I've been thinking about packing my job in. Work, these past few years, has been all encompassing, to the point where I have no life outside of it. I've been properly miserable and stressed like never before at times, to the extent I realise it's just not worth it. There are easier ways to make the same money. Just today another crisis happened, and now I'm going to have to drive to the site tomorrow -- a seven hour round trip, to deal with something that wasn't my fault, but could cost me dearly. I promised myself at Christmas I would give it six months, and if things weren't better I'd shut the business down. Roll on June afro

 on: March 18, 2017, 10:29:23 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by marc_chagall
Very generous offer, Ed, but like most of us, I simply don't have the time to take it on. Wish I did.

 on: March 03, 2017, 01:40:24 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by elay2433
Oh, man! That's awfully kind of you Ed.  afro  I couldn't do it myself, but I'd love to see someone step up and kick it into gear the way you had it running  a few years back. I miss this place -- the crit-group in particular. Truth is though, even if it the group were running, I'd be lucky to participate once every two or three months. Can't keep up with my writing the way I used to (let alone the reading and thought that goes into a well done critique). Life is busy, and seems to just get busier.


 on: February 19, 2017, 05:49:54 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
I was thinking about this place again today, and how I hadn't looked in for a while, and what a shame it was that the crit group had fizzled out. Truth is, it takes a fair bit of energy to keep it going, and it needs at least a few committed critters to make it work, which is hard to achieve and keep going week in week out. Personally, I'm swamped with work, to the extent I have pretty much given up on catching up with everything I need to do on a day to day basis.

I've certainly no time to write, and no time to crit. All I do in my down time is veg in front of the telly. I'm too knackered to do anything else.

Anyhoo, perhaps it's too late, but I was thinking maybe there was somebody here who would like to take over Doom and run it as their own? The hosting is paid up for a couple of years, as is the domain name, so it wouldn't cost anything, and if cost was an issue, I'd be happy to pay it up for say five years, and put up a few quid to run a competition to get some new blood into the forum again.

Any takers? smiley

 on: February 14, 2017, 05:48:36 AM 
Started by marc_chagall - Last post by marc_chagall
In this morning's post, my contributor's copy of issue 18 of 'Bop Dead City', containing my poem 'The Song Still Waiting'.  dance

 on: January 23, 2017, 09:19:49 AM 
Started by desertwomble - Last post by desertwomble
Said Kelly, "A fact isn't true
if it puts Mister Trump in a stew;
and let me just add
that lies needn't be bad
if conforming to our point of view."

DW Cheesy

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