Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Audourd'hui, moi aussi, je suis français

I lost a friend today.

She wasn't someone I'd ever met in person; I only knew her over the net. But we'd been talking for a long time, remotely; she'd shared a lot of herself with me, and I with her. I knew she was pretty right-wing, but it didn't matter all that much. We were close.

Then came the Paris attacks. In the aftermath, it all came spilling out of her: how she blamed the Syrian refugees for everything; how all Islamic people were to blame; how mad it was of President Obama to be welcoming ten thousand refugees into the USA.

I told her that, actually, I favoured helping Syrian refugees in any way possible. She told me that France should nuke the lot of them.

I said goodbye.

She was still swearing and typing insults at me as I unfriended her and set a block so that I wouldn't hear anything from her again. But that wasn't what disturbed me the most.

What really disturbed me, and still does, is that her attitude…her blind, unreasoning hatred of Islam, her eagerness to see them all slaughtered or nuked…is exactly the same—exactly the same—as the attitudes of the terrorists themselves.

My friend, and ISIS…I can't tell the difference. That bothers me. Actually, it terrifies me.

I'll pray for her. Somehow, somehow, this hatred has to end. On both sides.

Monday, 29 September 2014

So, yeah, not dead yet...

...But damn I'm not finding many opportunities to write.

Married life.  Buying a house, being a landowner.  Getting seriously involved in something which takes quite a lot of spare time (and also requires me to edit a quarterly magazine, and write big chunks of it as well).  What with one thing and another, most of my spare time goes into, well, unwinding.  I hardly even read fanfic any more, which is a shame because when I do get the chance, I'm finding some pretty good stuff.

But.  Well.  Now and then I do get a chance to crank some new words out. 23,647 words at last count.

It's still coming...

Thursday, 25 April 2013

A new update!

So...yes.  I've been writing.  About 4000 new words...
(Not dead yet!)

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Chapter 15 Preview

OK, as promised, here is the current beta of chapter 15. Please let me know what you think - preferably by email.

It goes without saying, I hope, that anything you read in this beta chapter is subject to change. I think for one thing, that there's a fair chance that I'll change the chapter title.

Meanwhile, enjoy (what there is of it).

Friday, 26 October 2012

Still Plodding Along

11,000 words done now on chapter 15. The entire chapter is supposed to cover 2 months, and I've about covered the first week. But I think the pace should improve!

I've been thinking of posting the incomplete, working text, both for commentary and as a "reward" for those of you who've been waiting for a long, long time. Commentary would be particularly welcome because, when I'm working this slowly, I fear that the text may become rather dry and/or disjointed at times. But ... well, if/when I get around to it, you'll be able to see for yourself.