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  1. northie

    Consequences

    Yes. What kind of pizza though? I'd imagine something small and pretty plain.
  2. northie

    Consequences

    Yep, I think people the world over will recognise that.
  3. northie

    Consequences

    Yes, indeed! In some way, that's one of this chapter's highlights for me. Right back at the beginning, if Eric had been the same position, he probably would've gone to bed hungry.
  4. northie

    In Demand

    Hmm...yes and no. Think of him as he was at the start of Book 1 and he has changed. A lot. However, his essential nature is still present and shows through despite any patina he might've accrued in the meantime. πŸ€¨πŸ˜„
  5. northie

    Consequences

    There are still gaps though - insurance, for example - but Eric's in a much better position than he was.
  6. northie

    Consequences

    An email comment from a regular reader:
  7. northie

    Consequences

    Yes, we all know Eric's reactions to strangers.
  8. northie

    Consequences

    Yes, indeed. A part of the internet Eric doesn't know about at all.
  9. Andy yawned cavernously and stretched as far as he could within the confines of the seatbelt. Sunshine pouring into the car from his side did little to keep him awake. Adam glanced sideways. β€œYour idea to get up at the crack of dawn. That's pretty damn early at this time of year.” β€œI know. It's the least we can do though. This way we'll be home about the time Eric'll have finished his breakfast.” β€œAssuming he's had any sleep.” β€œThe shock will have left him exhausted. Even if
  10. For me, that's all I need to hear. As I said before, I do appreciate the desire to attract the 'right' readers to our stories and for them to find what they want. Otherwise, they might end up going off somewhere else.
  11. I agree. Most of my stories are about self-discovery, friendship, or other topics which aren't easily fitted within genres. As my readers know, they're almost always that European phenomenon 'a slice of life'. I appreciate the desire to give readers stories which more accurately fit their parameters. Who hasn't had the experience of reading something and wondering how on Earth it got categorised as whatever? But there are stories which cannot be squeezed into genres. What is going to happen to them? If you're rejecting Drama, is there going to be any other general category? I would hate the idea that most of my stories will end up un- (or mis-) categorised because the possibility of a general category has been taken away. PS When this subject first came up, I did advocate for the retention of Drama.
  12. Friday is the day of the week to post your story. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„
  13. I am always immensely grateful for those people who have given my antho entries a needed final polish. That @Parker Owens manages this along with his myriad other commitments (being my editor / beta reader is but one) is a source of amazement. ❀ I'm sitting this antho out - too much else writing-wise.
  14. Just received the email newsletter. The genre short story challenge sounds fun. There are so many I've haven't used, I'm going to be spoilt for choice. Maybe. πŸ€¨πŸ˜„ πŸ–Šβœ
  15. northie

    Creating Dread

    Yes, indeed. Animals, creatures, are often a very rich seam of dread and fear.
  16. I think that's pretty likely. I'm constantly amazed at how many views Never Too Late's discussion thread gets without anyone reacting or joining in. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  17. northie

    Encounters

    So all my fault? That's OK - I can live with that. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„
  18. northie

    Monday

    Yes, indeed. And he's also confused, without an emotional compass, and has no-one to turn to. Eric is likely to be upset. Exactly how much, we'll have to see.
  19. northie

    Encounters

    πŸ˜„ You and @spyke both? And me of course, whenever I'm within reach of York. Fortunately, I don't bake.
  20. northie

    Monday

    Of course, this makes sense but it doesn't make Tyler's actions any more acceptable. Grist for a social worker, volunteer, or someone else though.
  21. northie

    Monday

    My regular email commentator makes one of his insightful contributions:
  22. northie

    Monday

    Yes, it would be easy to curse Tyler and leave him to rot. All three have a story to tell. Confession time. I wrote this chapter without any plan or real intention of involving Tyler in the story after this. When my long-suffering editor @Parker Owens re-read the opening chapters, that was one of his main points. So Tyler has been retro-fitted into the story, mostly seen through another character's eyes. He does have a part to play though.
  23. northie

    Monday

    In case it's not clear, that's Tyler's dad who's being quoted. The 'filthy perversion' is then pretty obvious. You'll have to keep reading...
  24. northie

    Monday

    Yes, hopefully not confusing. It's part of my development as a writer, I think. Eric's story has tracked my writing evolution. Absence makes the heart grow fonder? Kinda. Even Tyler acknowledges his dad can be a bastard. Maybe it's the hope (however useless) that the absent parent can't be as bad as his current homelife. Tyler's a mess, basically.
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