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message 1: by Dreamspinner (last edited Jan 29, 2012 12:59PM) (new)

Dreamspinner Press (Dreamspinnerpress) | 2637 comments Mod
Anne Barwell joins us today from 4-9 pm EST to discuss her new book, Shadowboxing, and more!


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments I'm a few minutes early but while the jug is boiling for breakfast - as it's 10am Monday morning here in New Zealand - I thought I'd get started.

Any questions etc, please ask. I'll be posting excerpts etc and a contest a bit later, once I've had breakfast and that essential first cup of tea for the day.

Big thanks to Ariel for working around my time zone and work issues - I work from lunch time to evenings during the week, and all day weekends, so this is my Saturday, so to speak.


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments And happy Monday/Saturday to you. What a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon, I wish more of these were at this time actually.


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Rebecca (Rebecca_Cohen) | 90 comments Hi Anne

I didn't realise this chat was starting so late (10pm in Switzerland) and I have an early start tomorrow so I'm off to bed :(

All the best for the chat and I hope to speak to another time!

Rebecca


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Rebecca wrote: "Hi Anne

I didn't realise this chat was starting so late (10pm in Switzerland) and I have an early start tomorrow so I'm off to bed :(

All the best for the chat and I hope to speak to another time..."


Hi Rebecca, sorry about the time, I think we're about 12 hours apart. Feel free to comment later - I'll be keeping an eye on things afterwards too and I'll leave the contest open until the end of my weekend.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Elizabeth wrote: "And happy Monday/Saturday to you. What a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon, I wish more of these were at this time actually."

Thanks, Elizabeth. I miss out on a lot of these because they're usually when I'm working, and then I feel a little after the fact when/if I comment later.


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments That's the nice thing about these threads, one can always catch up or comment later.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Oh and I meant to say - because I'm still waking up - that's one of the reasons I like these chats on Goodreads. It's still there to be able to do that later to cater for time zones, RL etc.


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments So, do tell about Shadowboxing.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Elizabeth wrote: "So, do tell about Shadowboxing."

Shadowboxing came about because I love to tell a good action drama story, with a decent helping of hurt/comfort (whumping). I'm still not sure why an avid sf/fantasy fan like myself ended up getting so into historical fiction, but *shrugs* I've always been fascinated by history.

It's the first of a three book series - because I'm crazy that way - concerning Kristopher (Kit) who starts to have doubts about the project he's working on for the Nazis in WW2. Naturally when he finally decides to follow his conscience and confront his superior everything goes wrong. There wouldn't be a story if it didn't *g* It's not just his and Michel's story but there's another plot thread, which starts to come together at the end of Shadowboxing, concerning members of the joint OSS/SOE team sent to retrieve the plans for the device.


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Zahra (zahraowens) | 78 comments Hi Anne,

Lovely to meet you here. It's 10 pm here (Belgium). Time zones are a nuisance, aren't they?


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Sue Brown (sue_brown) | 190 comments Do you have a knowledge of that era? Your book has so many threads involved. I'm always worried about getting the historical details wrong.


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments Ohhh sounds good, and I love a good whumping story...lol


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Rowena Sudbury (RowenaSudbury) | 53 comments Hi Anne....I see I'm a bit late, caught up in Sunday chores over here ;) I'm about 25% through Shadowboxing...and I was going to ask you what made you choose that era of history, but I see you've already answered it.

Did you find it difficult to research all the proper names for the SS officers? How did you do all that research? I know you work in a library, but that seems like a LOT of research!!!


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Rhys Ford (RhysFord) | 80 comments Hello baby! COFFEE UNICORNS REPRESENT! :::cheers you on:::::


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments And while my toast is cooking, here's the first excerpt (from Shadowboxing):

Kristopher laughed then stopped, surprised at his reaction. After all, wasn’t being provided for, as the price for at least attempting to live up to his father’s expectations, the very thing about his life that he’d resented? In a twisted way fate had provided him with the opportunity to move on from that and maybe become the very person he’d always yearned to be.

“First things first,” he muttered under his breath, reminding himself of the reason he was here. On the run for murder, theft, and God knew what else, and he was planning his future. He was definitely losing his mind.

His hands twisted the towel over and over while he attempted to calm himself. He took a few deep breaths. There was no point alarming Michel. He had enough to worry about. After returning the now-damp towel to its original hanging place, Kristopher drew himself up straight and walked back out into the main room.

Michel looked up from where he was sitting at the table; he seemed thoughtful. “Feeling better?” Was that concern in Michel’s eyes?

“As much as I’m going to be,” he answered, giving a small smile with his reply. Maybe Michel did really care? After all, everything that Kristopher had seen so far seemed to suggest that scenario. Or perhaps it was just wishful thinking? “Is my being here going to be a problem?”

“You’ve taken a great deal of risks to get this far.”A determined expression crossed Michel’s face, and he shook his head. “I am certain that the priorities of this mission will be changed to include your safe passage out of Germany.” He slid the case back under the bed and looked Kristopher up and down. “You need to change your clothing into something less conspicuous. The cut of your suit draws attention to you, and you want to be able to blend in rather than stand out.” He opened the wardrobe, pondering its contents for a moment. Finally he pulled out a pair of gray flannel trousers and a nondescript cotton shirt, holding them out in front of him as he obviously attempted to gauge the sizing. “These might fit you. Try them on, and let’s take a look.” Turning back to the wardrobe, Michel chose a dark-colored, woolen zip-up sweater to complete the ensemble. “It’s cold. You’ll need to keep warm.”

“Thank you.” Kristopher took the clothing from Michel and headed back into the bathroom, wanting some privacy in which to change. “See you in a minute.” He almost regretted that decision when it brought home just how small the bathroom was, but he managed to only hit his elbow on the side of the sink once. Re-entering the room, feeling quite pleased by his accomplishment and how well the clothes fit he… stopped.

Michel was standing by the bed, clad only in a pair of very form-fitting undershorts. The earlier assumption about his uniform hiding a well-developed physique was quite an understatement on Kristopher’s part. Michel was… extremely good-looking. In fact Kristopher would even go as far as to use the word gorgeous to describe him.

Oh God.

Blushing, Kristopher stammered his apologies and ran from the room, seeking refuge in the small bathroom he’d just vacated. He splashed himself with cold water. What the hell? One look at Michel…. Glancing down, Kristopher willed the bulge in his trousers to disappear. What was wrong with him? This was not the reaction he should be having in response to seeing another man in a state of undress.

His heart was thumping, his skin flushed.

Kristopher groaned.

No, he wasn’t going to allow himself to react like this. He couldn’t, not after putting all this behind him that last time. A small voice whispered to him, reminding him the only other time he’d felt desire such as this was in response to accidently walking in on another man in a similar state of undress. It had to be a coincidence. He wasn’t attracted to other men. He couldn’t be. It wasn’t natural. At least according to what he’d been taught. It was his belief that those teachings had to be right that had prompted him to back away from David in the hope that some distance between them would make it easier to ignore the situation. If he was going to burn in hell it was better he do it alone rather than drag someone he cared about down with him. Hurting David by cooling their friendship was supposed to be better in the long term for both of them.

Yet, he’d still felt an echo of that physical attraction for David the last time they’d met, although the emotions that had once accompanied it were very much mellowed.

That attraction, in hindsight, had at least been easier to hide. He’d never had a physical reaction to David to this degree. David had been, and still was, a good-looking man. Michel…. Kristopher licked his lips, his mouth dry.

Michel looked amazing. He was muscular, yet not overly so; a fine smattering of light brown, almost red hair dusted his chest.

These thoughts were not helping.

“Kristopher, are you all right in there?” Michel sounded concerned.

“Fine. I’m fine. I just needed to um… adjust something.” Kristopher hated lying, but he wasn’t about to admit the truth. He didn’t want to see the disgust he knew would be reflected in Michel’s eyes. There was no need for anyone to know. It wouldn’t happen again.

This had to be a side effect of the stress he was under. Getting out of Germany would be very dangerous. No wonder his body was reacting in ways it shouldn’t. After all, it wasn’t every day that he discovered everything he’d believed in was a lie and the ideals he’d spent his life working toward weren’t worth the paper they were written on.

Seeing David again had also brought back memories and the emotions of the time they’d spent together as friends.

Kristopher walked out of the bathroom, hoping he appeared much more nonchalant than he felt. “Sorry about that,” he mumbled, hoping he hadn’t made a total idiot of himself.


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments Rhys wrote: "Hello baby! COFFEE UNICORNS REPRESENT! :::cheers you on:::::"

Beat ya to it...snorts...hehehee


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Zahra wrote: "Hi Anne,

Lovely to meet you here. It's 10 pm here (Belgium). Time zones are a nuisance, aren't they?"


Hi Zahra. Time zones are the bane of my existence some days. It was really nice being able to sleep a little later on my Saturday for this one instead of being up at 6am like the last coffee unicorns chat. I'm not a morning person.


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments Anne wrote: "And while my toast is cooking, here's the first excerpt (from Shadowboxing):

Kristopher laughed then stopped, surprised at his reaction. After all, wasn’t being provided for, as the price for at l..."



Poor Kit.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Sue wrote: "Do you have a knowledge of that era? Your book has so many threads involved. I'm always worried about getting the historical details wrong."

Hi Sue. I've always loved the time period. Getting the facts right is something really important to me. I've read and watched a few things and it's thrown me completely out of the story when the details aren't right. Research was my middle name while I was working on this - I used the library extensively and researched EVERYTHING. Though of course I'm still paranoid that there's something I missed, but that happens. It was the little things though that drove me crazy - like phone fixtures in Berlin in 1943. Luckily one of my beta readers is German - I'm sure I drove her crazy with all my questions.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Elizabeth wrote: "Ohhh sounds good, and I love a good whumping story...lol"

*grins* So do I. Cat and Tomas got off quite lightly in Cat's Quill on the whumping. They're going to have to play some catch up on the later books *smiles sweetly at them*


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Isabelle Rowan (IsabelleRowan) | 19 comments Hi Anne! Early Monday morning in a wet and steamy Melbourne. Great excerpt! I'm really looking forward to reading Shadowboxing - really interesting era and like the others here I'm really interested in your research!

Izzy


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Sue Brown (sue_brown) | 190 comments Anne, I can't wait to read it. It's an era that's a passion of mine to read.


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments Anne wrote: "Elizabeth wrote: "Ohhh sounds good, and I love a good whumping story...lol"

*grins* So do I. Cat and Tomas got off quite lightly in Cat's Quill on the whumping. They're going to have to play some ..."


Yay...I mean awwwwww


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Rowena wrote: "Hi Anne....I see I'm a bit late, caught up in Sunday chores over here ;) I'm about 25% through Shadowboxing...and I was going to ask you what made you choose that era of history, but I see you've a..."

Hi, Rowena :)

It was a LOT of research. Everyone at work just rolled their eyes when they saw all the books I had on the staff reserve shelf. I did luck out though - I found a couple of books with charts on the various ranks and what the equiv. was re US/British etc. That page got photocopied and is scribbled over quite extensively.

*grins* Already starting on the research for the sequel although I still have to finish the second draft for Magic's Muse and write my dragon shape shifter story. I look at it all and honestly question my sanity - and no comments from the peanut gallery on that thank you :P


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Rhys wrote: "Hello baby! COFFEE UNICORNS REPRESENT! :::cheers you on:::::"

Rhys! Go Coffee Unicorns :)


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Isabelle wrote: "Hi Anne! Early Monday morning in a wet and steamy Melbourne. Great excerpt! I'm really looking forward to reading Shadowboxing - really interesting era and like the others here I'm really intereste..."

Hi Isabelle. We actually have sun here in Wellingon and not much wind for a change. Washing machine is going through in the background.

Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I have another couple to post :) The research was the daunting part about writing this, getting that right mix of location, what was going on etc. I must admit I do love that kind of thing though and it is very well documented. I found a couple of books in the library which were personal accounts of operatives for the SOE and OSS - they were wonderful for those tidbits that the history books don't mention. The Time archive online was good too. When I have a bit of time I'm planning to write a blog post for the Macaronis listing all the research I used as I figure that might be useful/interesting for others.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Elizabeth wrote: "Anne wrote: "And while my toast is cooking, here's the first excerpt (from Shadowboxing):

Kristopher laughed then stopped, surprised at his reaction. After all, wasn’t being provided for, as the p..."


Oh, it gets much worse for him before it gets better. I did mention I love whumping so, didn't I? Hmm, perhaps it's time to post some whumping...


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Sue wrote: "Anne, I can't wait to read it. It's an era that's a passion of mine to read."

Thanks, Sue. I've always loved movies and books set in this time period too. That and WW1 (I'm planning to write a shorter piece set in 1914 later in the year)


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments Anne wrote: "Isabelle wrote: "Hi Anne! Early Monday morning in a wet and steamy Melbourne. Great excerpt! I'm really looking forward to reading Shadowboxing - really interesting era and like the others here I'm..."

Wow, I'd think the personal diaries you found were fascinating. How cool. You should definitely make a list somewhere of your resources for others, you did so much work with your research.


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments Anne wrote: "Elizabeth wrote: "Anne wrote: "And while my toast is cooking, here's the first excerpt (from Shadowboxing):

Kristopher laughed then stopped, surprised at his reaction. After all, wasn’t being prov..."


Yay...whumping...oh I mean awwww poor guys.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Elizabeth wrote: "Anne wrote: "Isabelle wrote: "Hi Anne! Early Monday morning in a wet and steamy Melbourne. Great excerpt! I'm really looking forward to reading Shadowboxing - really interesting era and like the ot..."

There's a few books out there like that. I love them, and the library has a fair few of them. They really put the human element into the time period, and that's the thing I love about history, the people behind what happened. There are a few incidents in Shadowboxing which borrow from the real life stories and the brave people who risked so much to help others.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Elizabeth wrote: "Anne wrote: "Elizabeth wrote: "Anne wrote: "And while my toast is cooking, here's the first excerpt (from Shadowboxing):

Kristopher laughed then stopped, surprised at his reaction. After all, wasn..."


*grins* Elizabeth, you are a person after my own heart. I have pointed out to them that at least I haven't....no hang on I have or that's later in the series ;)


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Zahra (zahraowens) | 78 comments Anne wrote: I'm not a morning person. "

Neither am I. I'd love a job where I worked noon to night, but I'd have trouble with the weekends.

The story sounds great. I love WW2, and I admire anyone who takes the risk writing historicals!


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Zahra wrote: "Anne wrote: I'm not a morning person. "

Neither am I. I'd love a job where I worked noon to night, but I'd have trouble with the weekends.

The story sounds great. I love WW2, and I admire anyone ..."


I work Wed-Friday 12.15 to 8.45, all day Saturday which is the one that kills me after the late night as I start at 8.45AM, then 12.15 to 5.15 Sunday. Every Saturday I have to get up early it reminds me why I wanted these hours. Having Monday/Tuesdays as weekends works well as it's easier to keep in touch with others who are tied up with family on weekends and banks and doctors etc are open. I also do my socialising on Monday and Tuesday nights - orchestra and SF club - so I can get home late and not have to worry about an early start.

Thanks, re Shadowboxing. This one's my 'baby'.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Another excerpt - this one contains whumping...(GR ate my first attempt to post this, hopefully this one works okay)


“Are you sure you’re all right?”

“I’m. Fine.” Kristopher’s answer was through gritted teeth. Michel placed a gentle hand on his arm, making him stop under a nearby light.

Kristopher let out a small moan of pain and swayed. Michel hooked his arms around Kristopher’s waist, pulling him close. Resting his head on Michel’s shoulder, Kristopher leaned in, allowing himself to be held.

“I’ve got you,” Michel whispered soothingly. Kristopher’s breathing was ragged, his face covered in beads of perspiration. Now that his attention wasn’t totally focused on putting one foot in front of the other, it was more difficult to hide whatever was wrong.

His eyes glazed over; he was fighting to stay conscious.

“Kristopher?”

Jerking free from Michel’s embrace, Kristopher reached inside his shirt, his hand brushing gingerly against his shoulder. He bit down on his lip but didn’t manage to hide a murmur of pain. A frown creased his forehead when he removed his hand and held it up to the light, staring at it. “Michel,” he said slowly, “is that blood?”

Blood? Oh God, no. Michel’s mind returned to the gunfight and the shots Reiniger had managed to fire in Kristopher’s direction.

Kristopher stared at his hand as though he didn’t believe it was his. His eyes began to close. He blinked, whimpering. “I don’t feel right,” he whispered faintly. He let his hand drop to his side.

“Kristopher, you need to stay awake.” Michel slid his arm around Kristopher’s waist, trying to help him stay upright, but Kristopher pushed him away, pulling the borrowed jacket more tightly around himself. His eyes fluttered then he slowly reopened them.

Michel gently replaced his arm around Kristopher’s waist holding him close again. This time there was no argument. “I’m sorry, Michel.” He gave Michel a shaky smile. “I’ll try, but I’m so tired.” He groaned, his head drooping before he pulled himself awake once more, leaning more heavily on Michel. “I just need to sleep. I’ll be fine once I sleep. I only wanted to make the world a better place.” He looked up at Michel, his expression pleading, his fingers gripping Michel’s sweater. “I tried to stop the nightmares. Please, you have to help me… put… things… right.”

Kristopher’s eyes began to close. He shivered. “It’s cold. Why is it so cold?”

“Kristopher… please. Look at me.” Michel lowered Kristopher carefully to the ground and felt for his pulse. It was fast and irregular, his skin cold and clammy to the touch. “You need to try and focus.” Michel’s fingers shook as he eased the jacket from the shoulder Kristopher had favored. The inside of it was soaked in blood. Michel’s breath hitched, but he forced himself to examine it more closely. He was no doctor, and it was difficult to tell how bad the wound was, just that it had obviously been seeping for quite some time.

God, how had Kristopher managed to get this far? Michel knew that Kristopher was strong willed and stubborn but this…. Michel bit his lip. If he didn’t get Kristopher to a doctor and soon…. Michel grabbed a handkerchief from his pocket and rolled it into a makeshift pad, pressing the cloth against the wound in the hope that pressure might at least help
staunch the flow of blood.

“Thank you.” Michel barely heard the whispered words before the grip on his sweater loosened and his friend slipped into unconsciousness. He bent and lifted Kristopher into his arms, cradling him.

Nearby a dog barked and men shouted. “The dogs are picking up on something. It looks like blood!”


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments I used to work 1-9 Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 1-6, every other Sat 8-4 and Mondays 7 am to 4 pm. I liked it for a long time then it got really old to start my day, do stuff and have to leave for work, then be too tired when I got home to finish. It was like I had no free time.

Over the last few years I've managed to switch it to mostly days, except for Tues. But then when I come home I'm tired--I have a physically active job--I need to not work. That's the solution.


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Sue Brown (sue_brown) | 190 comments I am toddling off to bed. Good excerpts and good night.


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments Anne wrote: "Another excerpt - this one contains whumping...(GR ate my first attempt to post this, hopefully this one works okay)


“Are you sure you’re all right?”

“I’m. Fine.” Kristopher’s answer was through..."



Oh lovely excerpt.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Elizabeth wrote: "I used to work 1-9 Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 1-6, every other Sat 8-4 and Mondays 7 am to 4 pm. I liked it for a long time then it got really old to start my day, do stuff and have to leave for work, t..."

I set my alarm still and write before work - I'm too tired by the time I get home and I suspect if I worked 8 - 5.30 it would be the same. It's working for the moment but by the time I get to Saturday night with the late night/early morning and busy day I'm knackered. The weekends are our busiest days.

Needing to not work would be wonderful - I could cut my hours down and have more writing time. The hour or so before work isn't enough. My weekends at too hetic, not sure having the kids moving out to go flatting in March is going to make that much difference.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Sue wrote: "I am toddling off to bed. Good excerpts and good night."

Night, Sue. Sweet dreams. Thanks for stopping by.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Elizabeth wrote: "Anne wrote: "Another excerpt - this one contains whumping...(GR ate my first attempt to post this, hopefully this one works okay)


“Are you sure you’re all right?”

“I’m. Fine.” Kristopher’s answe..."


Thank you :)


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Zahra (zahraowens) | 78 comments Anne wrote: " Having Monday/Tuesdays as weekends works well as it's easier to keep in touch with others who are tied up with family on weekends and banks and doctors etc are open."

I used to work odd hours as a nurse and didn't appreciate that until I got a 9 to 5 job. Now I only work 4 out of 5 days and the free Wednesday is such a blessing! I have a 'writing' day now.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Zahra wrote: "Anne wrote: " Having Monday/Tuesdays as weekends works well as it's easier to keep in touch with others who are tied up with family on weekends and banks and doctors etc are open."

I used to work ..."


A writing day would be wonderful. I try to get some decent writing time over the weekends but often RL explodes on me - plus I'm trying to keep up with some kind of maintenance on my section and that evil thing called housework.

When I worked 25 hrs a week it was a good balance of the two but sadly it wasn't enough to live on :(


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments Sue wrote: "I am toddling off to bed. Good excerpts and good night."

Good night,Sue


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments Zahra wrote: "Anne wrote: " Having Monday/Tuesdays as weekends works well as it's easier to keep in touch with others who are tied up with family on weekends and banks and doctors etc are open."

I used to work ..."


I wrangled Fridays off, which is my writing day. When that backs up to my weekend off, we're open on Saturdays, I have three days, which is delightful. Especially after spending years working 6 or 7 days and two jobs.


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Zahra (zahraowens) | 78 comments Anne wrote: "When I worked 25 hrs a week it was a good balance of the two but sadly it wasn't enough to live on :( "

I work 30.5 hours a week now and with a little government grant and the royalties from what will soon be 5 novels, I hope to make up for the lost hours and write enough to keep compensating for when the grant ends. Fingers crossed. It's a leap!

Was lovely reading the excerpts and getting to know you a bit, but I'm off to bed now. Alarm goes off in exactly 7.5 hours!


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Elizabeth Noble | 285 comments Oooh grants, I forgot there are grants offered to artists/writers and such, I have to look into that.


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Anne Barwell (anne_barwell) | 360 comments Zahra wrote: "Anne wrote: "When I worked 25 hrs a week it was a good balance of the two but sadly it wasn't enough to live on :( "

I work 30.5 hours a week now and with a little government grant and the royalti..."


Glad you could drop by, Zahra. Sweet dreams. Check back later. I'm going to post another excerpt and then the competition shortly - will leave it open until the end of my weekend.


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Zahra (zahraowens) | 78 comments Elizabeth wrote: "Oooh grants, I forgot there are grants offered to artists/writers and such, I have to look into that."
Where I live it's simply a grant for giving other people a chance to work instead of you. Don't know how much longer it will last since they're cuytting corners left and right...


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