Archive | June, 2015

Change Your Approach by Victoria Villasenor

5 Jun

Bold Strokes Books, UK


As blog mistress and whip cracker, (I’ve been called a number of things by the authors this year, including witch), it’s my job to give  the authors the pre-fest blog schedule. I usually fling dates at them like that annoying glitter stuff that sticks to you no matter what you do, and wait for the blogs to come in. This year, in an effort to be kinder, I gave them a topic: change. (Most of them did not seem to find this kind. Ingrates!)

I chose it arbitrarily, but in retrospect, I suppose it was on my mind. My life this year is quite different from what it was last year. (That’s an American ‘quite’, which means very, not a British ‘quite’, which means something along the lines of ‘yeah, a bit, maybe, kind of’.)

One major change for me is that I’ve started writing seriously again, and I’m just…

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Save the Shoe Leather by I. Beacham

4 Jun

Bold Strokes Books, UK

“I need you to blog,” she says in her usual relaxed BSB editorial voice.

I think ‘fine’. I’ll go mow the lawn and hope something relatively cerebral, adroit and, with just a hint of conceptualism – that much sought after topic will leap out to me as I behead the grass and leave all its dead little blades scattered behind me. I am often hit by inspiration when in the act of murder for I’m not a natural blogger. I only blog when I’m told to.


But then she goes in for the kill, and with the experienced lob of a World class tennis player, she adds, “Change. Blog on Change.”  One almost hears the sinister laugh before she disappears faster than a shoal of sardines amidst a pod of dolphin.




What sort of Change?

Change is that annoyingly overused multi word. A few examples:

  • Changing of…

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Everything Old is New Again by Cari Hunter

4 Jun

Bold Strokes Books, UK


They say that a change is as good as a rest, but then to countermand that there’s the slightly more cautious adage: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
If I’m honest, in terms of the books I’ve written to date, I haven’t a bloody clue which of those sayings best applies to me. I kicked off my illustrious career as an accidental author with Snowbound, a novel set in England, written in the most colloquial of northern English, and featuring a splash of romance amongst the bullet wounds and carnage. Sensible writers would probably have continued in that vein, capitalising on the success of their debut by sticking to a similar set-up. Never having much sense, however, I wrote Desolation Point, switching location to the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest of America and writing in American-English. I wasn’t 100% daft; one of the main characters hailed from northern…

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The Philosophy of Change by Amy Dunne

4 Jun

The Philosophy of Change by Amy Dunne.

Be Brave and Be Happy, by Andrea Bramhall

3 Jun

Bold Strokes Books, UK


Vic thought giving us all a topic to write about this year would make it easier for us to think of something new to write about. She seemed to think that the subject of “Change” would be something a little arbitrary. Now, I think she’s a witch with mad fortune telling skills, and a plug in to the universe to try and shake things up.

Waffling? Yes, probably. But right now, I’m on the brink of several changes and every time I think about them my heart is in my mouth.

Change; – Transitive and intransitiveverb to become different, or make something or somebody different. To pass from one stage or state to another. To exchange or replace something. To alter, modify, or adjust something.

Just a few of many meanings of the word change.

That terrifying and exciting moment when you realize that right here and now, your…

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The Philosophy of Change by Amy Dunne

3 Jun

My thoughts on change. 🙂

Bold Strokes Books, UK

The Renegade

We were all told to write a blog in preparation for the upcoming Bold Strokes Books UK Festival, which is the usual routine. Only this year, we’ve been given the topic of change to discuss. Which is okay, except we’re nearing the end of the blogging schedule and there have been lots of awesome and thought provoking blogs that have just about covered all a person can say about change.

A question that struck me was, can something change but remain the same?

In philosophy, change is a topic of varying theories, beliefs, and debates. The Ship of Theseus (aka Theseus Paradox) has always encouraged heated debate. There’s a ship and one day it’s decided that one of the wooden planks needs replacing. The original plank is stored safely away and the replacement plank is fitted. There has been change but most people would agree that the vessel remains the…

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The More Things Change by Justine Saracen

3 Jun

Bold Strokes Books, UK

The Witch of Stalingrad 300 DPI

Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose.

The blog-mistress, in her wisdom, has asked us to write about change. And certainly, as LGBT, we have seen a lot of it, at least in the western world. In my lifetime, gays have gone from being electro-shocked, religiously exorcised, shamed into suicide, and occasionally murdered – to being able to marry, serve openly in the military, and be mentioned with respect by presidential candidates. (Of course some of us are still driven to suicide, and occasionally murdered, but the numbers are down.)

As a writer of historical fiction, I look at change in larger scope, for after all, if nothing changed, the concept of history itself would be meaningless. The past intrigues us because the world has changed, and we amuse ourselves when we immerse ourselves in obsolete habits, customs, mores, and world views.

Lately my readers have been immersing themselves…

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The Next Launching Point by Mardi Alexander

3 Jun

Bold Strokes Books, UK


No matter how you look at it, love it, or hate it, life is all about change. I remember reading once that ‘change doesn’t look for a resting place; just the next launching point.’ And so we learn to talk, to walk, to run, to read, to get a job, be independent, to love and to lose and to keep moving forward.

I think about how far the LGBTQI community has come and how people’s perceptions and  social acceptance has changed, just within my lifetime, and how that has impacted on myself and those around me. I cried tears of joy as our cousins in New Zealand heralded equal marriage rights with a traditional love song in the hall’s of parliament; I cheered when Ireland voted ‘yes’ and as each and every state and country around the world slowly comes on board. I watch as my homeland, Australia, still ‘talks…

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Change Your Leaves by Rebecca S. Buck

2 Jun

Bold Strokes Books, UK


“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.” Victor Hugo

When the topic of ‘change’ was suggested for this year’s pre-Bold Strokes fest blog, the word sent the familiar shudder of fear through me. The usual response echoed in my head: ‘I don’t like change.’ It is the response of the child I was. I liked security, to anchor myself in certainty and familiarity. The sale of my childhood home, even after I’d moved out, felt like losing a limb. Driving past it years later and seeing the front distorted by a new extension, the beautiful ornamental cherry tree in the front garden gone, felt like nothing short of a trauma. I had to stare at the house and assure myself that, in my memory, it had not changed at all. I’ve always been good at denying change, even when it’s there in…

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We All Have the Capacity by Michelle Grubb

1 Jun

Bold Strokes Books, UK


Can people really change?

Once an idiot, always an idiot? Once a kind hearted soul, always a kind hearted soul?

You know, I hope not. I hope everyone has the capacity to change, the capacity to grow, to shrink, to stoop, to scream, to cry, to be outrageous and to be introverted.

I hope this for two reasons. Firstly, because I want to be able to change. We’re not all perfect, there’s always something to improve upon and without the capacity to change, I wouldn’t be able to put all my clothes away, or in the wash, at the end of each day and consequently I’d probably be divorced. The capacity to change in my case is vital!

Secondly, it’s not just in real life, where real feelings are at stake, that change is important to me. With self interest, I look at how a book is constructed. I read…

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