A Writing Daze

Above is the new cover photo from the Author’s Notes site on Secret Paths. 

 

This has been a busy writing time, culminating in the last four days during which I wrote over 12,000 words (if the figure means nothing to you, let me just say it’s a heck of a lot! I was in a bit of a writing daze.) and completed the first draft of Colourful People, the fourth book in the Boy & Girl saga. The draft has 52 chapters and an epilogue amounting to over 110,000 words.  For more about Colourful People including an extract see here

 

I have written two new articles since my last newsletter:

And if you’re interested in articles on the impact of technology on society and learning in particular, check out my Connected Magazine.

 

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have feedback. Even the smallest reaction is welcome in a world where publishing material is like putting a message in a bottle and throwing it out to sea.

 

All the best. Alan.

 

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The Boy & Girl Saga

Boy & Girl – Twelve-year-old Peter secretly dresses as a girl. Imagine his delight when he finds himself in the head of a girl. Yet, despite his wild hopes, that girl is not him. She’s Kaitling, the daughter of a mage in a beleaguered world. Peter has his own problems when a vicious new girl at school threatens to reveal his girly ways. Becoming friends, Kaitling and Peter join forces to do battle with those who oppose them.

In Search of Lost Girls – Dressed as a girl, Peter sets out in search of his soul-mate Kate, who has been ripped from his arms and kidnapped. In his quest, he is hounded by fanatics bent on eliminating those who mess with gender. Meanwhile, Kate has been dumped in a nightmarish girls’ orphanage where she emerges as a decisive figure in the rescue of her fellow orphans. Will the two ever be together again?

We Girls – Retain his androgynous ambiguity or say goodbye to his girlish self, such is the existential choice that besets Peter. Circumstances, however, force both him and Kate to take up other challenges. By straddling the line between child and adult, between carefree creativity and weighty responsibility, between play and work, they find imaginative ways to confront far-reaching problems on which adults persistently turn a blind eye.

Colourful People – What happens when a boy who dresses as a girl, but has no wish to transition, is confronted with a boisterous crowd of transgender youth in a desperate search for a safe haven? The fierce will to be themselves despite the determined opposition of society is common to both the Lost Girls and the Colourful People. Not surprising then that they join forces and advance together.

Alan McCluskey,  Secret Paths Editions, author.secret-paths.com

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