Dad and old boilers

The Historical Novel Society Conference is on 17th October in Manchester. Theoretically this is under 200 miles from here but as it’s entirely across country with no motorways, I’ve gone from "yay! we should all go!" to "fuck me -it will take me five hours to drive that."
I can’t easily go overnight (Cats, Dad) and if it had been in Birmingham that would have been ideal (even so it’s a fair tramp on A and B roads) And it’s on Sunday, so no trains that will get me there at 10am. I shall think on it some more. I really would like to go, though. I’d like to go SATURDAY because Maria McAnn is giving a talk and I want to sit and worship her. Perhaps the cats WOULD be ok overnight if i put a whole heap of food down. After all, I used to leave Spooky from Saturday morning to Sunday night on a regular basis when I went over the Isle of Wight from Bournemouth. The UK conference is only every 2 years and I think it’s important to have a gay historical presence this year–seeing as how they are accepting our books into the historical world without any of the apron waving and "Janet, Donkeys!" that you see from the Romance Crowd.
I stopped and snapped this beautiful young man on my way to "work."

Talking of work; – I went and signed off at the Jobcentre yesterday and was treated (by yet ANOTHER strange face, and presumably a contract worker) with the care and attention and politeness that I have come to expect from the Jobcentre.  I really feel like writing a letter outlining my experience with them over the 2 years of my unemployment. Perhaps I will – I don’t want it to sound like a frothing rant, though, just a clear explanation of how rude many(not all, some of them have been very helpful) of the staff treated me like something on their shoe.
I should get Muffled Drum finished by Sunday, if I push on and work through the hump– and then it’s off to the betas (particularly a very valuable Prussian beta!) for their opinion, a quick brush and polish and then off to a publisher. Eek. Then on with something NEW. Hurrah!! Muffled Drum is novella length-; will be about 35k when done I think, which means I’ve done two novellas back to back, I really want to get stuck into a novel again, and exploring new characters and savouring the slow path.

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