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« Reply #765 on: January 13, 2009, 10:03:30 AM »

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As a teen I used to have a weekend job on a farm between Cheltenham and Gloucester - so not too far from where Del lives. I had to get there just before dawn or an hour after in summer. Most of the work was running repairs of fences and walls - me! Brick walls I hasten to add cos the farm was on lias clay not the limestone of nearby hills. I am to skilled brickwork as a banana is to a wheelbarrow! Doubt those walls remain standing.

I grew up between Cheltenham and Gloucester. I recall fondly those days of knocking down fences and walls from the nearby farms...  azn

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PS You have my vote, Geoff.

LOL. I forget the name of the farm near Churchdown, but I did a bit of knocking down myself. Made sure there was work to do the following weekend.
Thanks for the vote.

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« Reply #766 on: January 13, 2009, 11:25:33 AM »

Yep, Churchdown was my old stomping ground, from fishing in the old gravel pits, tobogganing on Chosen Hill, mooching along the railway track, and watching the airshows and motorcycle racing at the airfield. Grand days, Gromit. Grand days.

Derek
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« Reply #767 on: January 13, 2009, 11:52:28 AM »

for a couple of years in the late 1990s my dad lived in Melville Road, Churchdown. He once hired a skip and quickly filled it with broken furniture and junk before neighbours filled it with theirs. Next morning the skip was empty.  It stilll creases me to recall seeing his face.

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« Reply #768 on: January 13, 2009, 02:07:20 PM »

  I never lived on a farm but the house in Antrim I lived in when I was a kid backed onto fields. We had great fun there chasing the cows, building dams in the stream, the farmer weren’t very happy with that one, and exploring the woods. We spent a lot of time trying to demolish an old house by throwing stones at it, walking the disused railway lines and trying to make double headed coins by laying two pennies on the live lines. We even used to put our ears to the tracks, cowboy film style, to hear if a train was coming.

  Memory’s a wonderful thing, it makes me realize how lucky I am to still be alive. 
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« Reply #769 on: January 13, 2009, 03:47:50 PM »

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We even used to put our ears to the tracks, cowboy film style, to hear if a train was coming.

  Memory’s a wonderful thing, it makes me realize how lucky I am to still be alive.

Not sure about memory - but under the circumstances hearing is a wonderful thing to keep you alive, too!

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« Reply #770 on: January 13, 2009, 04:06:58 PM »

double headed coins by laying two pennies on the live lines

Ever read Vanessa Gebbie's story "I Can Crush the King, Tommo"? Second in last year's Bridport Prize.
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« Reply #771 on: January 13, 2009, 06:40:55 PM »

I voted for you, Geoff - good luck in the poll afro
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« Reply #772 on: January 13, 2009, 08:39:03 PM »

That reminds me. At the risk of pestering and losing my friends here, there is one day left for the poll. Exit is at #2 but I don't know if one more vote is needed or a thousand. If you feel inclined please click on

http://www.critters.org/predpoll/novelsf.shtml
then scroll down to find Exit, Pursued by a Bee and then hit its button

Your grovelling mate

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Don't apologize. I'd pester too if I were you!  afro
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« Reply #773 on: January 14, 2009, 11:05:59 AM »

Thanks Ed, and everyone,

The poll ends in 6 hours time and my Exit, pursued by a Bee has swapped places at #1 and #2 several times today. The other book has two authors and so two lots of friends and family - good luck to them too.

If anyone has yet to vote and would like to support a doomer then the link is

http://www.critters.org/predpoll/novelsf.shtml

I'm a nervous wreck.

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« Reply #774 on: January 14, 2009, 01:53:05 PM »


Not sure about memory - but under the circumstances hearing is a wonderful thing to keep you alive, too!

Derek

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Ever read Vanessa Gebbie's story "I Can Crush the King, Tommo"? Second in last year's Bridport Prize.

I've never read it, but if it's reminiscent of my childhood days in Ireland then I might give it a go?
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« Reply #775 on: January 15, 2009, 09:06:20 AM »

A rare glimpse into how life could be today. Decided to take a lunch break and do some writing. Knocked off over a thousand words in 45 minutes. Was right in the zone, standing there with my character, seeing what he was seeing, and (especially for Geoff) smelling what he was smelling. Was great, except for the fact that my lunchbreak seemed to vanish in a flash.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a life where such moments were what one did all the time? Instead, it's back on the treadmill now. Sigh. Still, better a few moments like that than none at all.

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Derek
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« Reply #776 on: January 15, 2009, 03:48:38 PM »

I know what you mean, Del, but at least you're still getting good ideas for stories, too. There's been a few times lately when I've wished I'd had a laptop with me so I could write in my lunch break. I only get half an hour, though. It'd have to be flash fiction smiley
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« Reply #777 on: January 15, 2009, 04:09:22 PM »

This is a much longer piece, Ed. I've even done a first for me and planned much of out before starting. I think that's why I was able to write so much - I knew exactly where I was going.

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« Reply #778 on: January 21, 2009, 07:44:53 AM »

The zany Oz publisher, Lutz Barz has posted reviews of Exit on the web. link in my blog. It has warts and typos and the oddest review but it's positive and urges readers to buy it.

I see the icon Britney Spears has a £10m advance on her life story. I meant to have offered my ghostwriting services but someone beat me to it.

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« Reply #779 on: January 23, 2009, 03:44:14 PM »

Wow, and here I was thinking you should actually do something interesting or important to have your life story written.  huh
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