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Happy New Year

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A Happy New Year to both my readers. I don't do resolutions these days, the only one I've ever kept was not to make any more. However, I intend to finish Snafu and Whatever Next, do some more Charlotte and Bonkers and the occasional short. I'd like to do a whodunnit sometime as that requires a different sort of writing, and may or may not be tg.

So from Bonzi, Whizzo and yours truly, a healthy and happy 2012.

Angharad.

Don't forget, comments are what keep the writers writing.

Beyond belief

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No wonder the bosses of banks get away with huge bonuses - those lower down the food chain seem rather dim.

The story in yesterday's Daily Wail is astonishing, it should have been in the Fortean Times,
how a preop transsexual impersonated glamour model Katie Price and stole from her bank.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2078962/Kerry-Marsha...

At least they used correct pronouns. The same story on the BBC makes no mention of her gender status.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-16355229

Bike research

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In the interests of accuracy, historical and otherwise, I mounted an expedition to the uncharted wastes of Hampshire yesterday. Bonz had offered to come as bodyguard until he realised where I was going, when he suddenly discovered he had an urgent appointment at the mouse agents. Whizzo was busy with the washing up, so I had to go alone.

I have a rather unusual problem.

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I have a house full of booze, very little of which I've bought myself. The problem is that it takes up space, which I'd like just as space or so I can reuse for other things - like books. I have even more books than bottles, possibly more than a small library.

The wine and lager has been accumulated over the months and years from patients who've wanted to thank me for seeing them, or as a Christmas box and so on. But I drink very little alcohol, I drive most days so won't risk it, compared to masses of tea.

Genderswitching to reinvent classic novels.

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A bit of nonsense from the Guardian which I think is art imitating art, it was done here long since. See the link below to read it yourself including a passage of Shirley Holmes and Dr Jane Watson.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/dec/23/classic-fiction-...

Angharad

PS. I seem to have over 50,000 of those kudo things, will I need a bigger house if I get any more?

More than just a writer of endless serials.

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I seem to be classified primarily as a writer of transsexual serials, and it's true I have one or two on the go, including one which is probably the longest TG story in existence and still going strong.

I do also write short stories and they're not all about people changing sex, some simply like to cross-dress. I've also contributed drabbles and poetry/doggerel.

For those who think I just write endless serials about neurotic women, try the links below - I hope it will change your mind. Do I have a favourite? 'Yes, Interview with a Vamp.'

Amazing photo of Andrej Pejic

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The Observer magazine has done a photo shoot of mainly gay icons. The cover has one of Pejic dressed like a bride, but the collection in the link shows an amazing one of him with a python or boa constrictor - it certainly isn't a snake in the grass. There's also one of Chaz Bono.

See what you think.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2011/dec/11/g...

Angharad

Not another bloody birthday!

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Where has the past year gone? I don't feel any older - can I demand a recount?

Had my hair cut, bought myself a birthday cake - an apple and custard turnover, which I shall have for elevenses. Watch the rugby between Wales and Australia this afternoon and go and see my daughter and my ex tomorrow.

Could be worse, it was last year, it snowed.

Angharad.

Bike 1544

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Sorry folks - just run out of time to post this tonight. Got home late, been distracted by various things including a friend phoning at 11.00pm. Will try to make sure I do one tomorrow. Bonzi is nodding.

I have to go to bed - I'm very tired.

Hugs to all,

Angharad.

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Charlotte's Tale

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I've been re-reading this series and wondered if there'd be any interest in me doing another episode. The reason I haven't for a long time is that I find it harder to write than my other series, in places it's a bit intense emotionally.

Anyway, if there's enough interest I'll think about writing some more.

Angharad.

Snoring dormouse clip

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A link via the Daily Wail of a dormouse who seems to have gone into torpor or early hibernation in a nest box. I don't believe it's hibernating, they usually do so in nests in the ground, it's far too vulnerable in a nestbox, so I hope they removed it to a safe place.

Anyway the clip is fun although the camera didn't appear to get the sound.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2064348/Snoring-dorm...

Angharad.

Whatever Next 29

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I've just sent the latest chapter of this version of the saga to Maddy, who will doubtless post it in the next week or so. I'm intending to wrap this book up in the next few chapters hopefully resolving the Meadows question as I go along, otherwise we could end up with a four book trilogy - duh!

I'll do a link when it's posted.

Angharad.

Poignancy of a picture

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You might have seen the photo that Jodi Bieber took of Bibi Aisha, if not then do look at the one in the link below. Bibi is an Afghan girl who left her husband and he followed her and cut off her nose and ears. It sounds barbaric, which it is, but the photo conveys a woman who has an inner serenity despite her mutilation.

She now lives in NY city, so possibly might have some sort of plastic surgery eventually. If we tend to feel dissatisfaction with our physical appearance, imagine what she goes through every time she looks in a mirror.

Being Normal - an essay.

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Being Normal?

An Essay by Angharad.

I’m sitting here in my dining room, which serves as a study cum computer room and library–I use the latter term loosely, I have books all over my house, but the dining room has a few more than the others, about a thousand more but that’s not the subject of this piece.

The idea for this arose as I was dressing this morning and is one that has occurred to me many times. It’s simply this, that much of the time the sort of things I wear are not that dissimilar to the things I wore many years ago, ie before transitioning.

'My Transsexual Summer'

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I watched this against my better judgement - usually, I stay well away from cliche TV - and on the whole was pleasantly surprised. There were still cliches, Drew takes two and half hours each day to apply her makeup, and sadly looks like she should either be on the catwalk or stage - it's OTT big time. Presumably a case of overcompensation, sadly because both she and Donna - who is all tattoos and piercings could make quite attractive females in a more conventional way. All the new women had rather male voices which also shattered the illusion they were trying to create.

Killing off characters

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Killing Billie off in Bike is the hardest thing I've had to do and it's left me feeling like I've had a real bereavement, I've been flat and depressed since - so why did I do it?

At times I've allowed the fantasy stuff take us away from the realities of life. Cathy's had to deal with all sorts of low-lifes and some quite absurd incidents too. At times the story has been humorous, verging on comedic; at others it's been more like a thriller and just to let you get your breath back I slip in a couple of domestic bliss storylines.

Transient global amnesia

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I saw this article in today's Guardian, which has possible implications for scientists understanding and ultimately treating Alzheimers.

It has absolutely nothing to do with transgenderism but does have an amazing picture of a fluorescent micrograph of a mouse's hippocampus (part of the brain).

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/neurophilosophy/2011/nov/0...

Angharad

Bike Record

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I'll wait for PS to do the official statistics, but just doing a quick count using the cat's toes, and counting back the last six or seven episodes, Bike has reached well over 2 Million words.

My mother always told me I would use half a dozen words where one would do, perhaps she had a point.

In keeping with the title of the story, I demonstrated the ease with which I manage to fall off bikes yesterday, thankfully no serious damage was done to the bike. Oh me, just a few scratches - bike riders is tough (unfortunately not as tough as the average road!).

Bike 1500

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If things continue as they normally do, then I should post episode 1500 on around Sunday. I'm pleased to see that I still get 6-700 reads per episode, not as many as some stories or some authors, but I suspect I get as many Kudos as most, and rightly or wrongly assume my cadre of readers enjoy my output.

I assume those readers want me to continue turning out tales of Cathy and her family for a bit longer, and also that Erin is prepared to have me clogging up her servers with my ponderous, prosaic and precipitous prolixity for a persistent period.

Are my assumptions correct?

Sam & Evan: From Girls to Men

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Film following the journey and the prejudice encountered along the way of gay couple Sam and Evan as they undergo the process of changing their bodies from female to male.

BBC3 tonight at 9.00pm.

According to the Guardian, they look to move to Manchester in the hope of finding more acceptance than they get in Rochdale. I wish them luck.

Angharad

PS Now on BBC iplayer.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01605z2/Sam_and_Evan_F...

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