At last, I have reached a point of no return. My scribblings on our adventures, not yet completed, have been accepted by a publisher (!) and they even have cover designs for the first sections. As I’ve tried to explain, we were a group of gay acrobats, ‘Living the Dream’ of doing what we most love to do (acrobatics!) and actually getting paid for it, enjoying the loving relationships which the gay community affords – Dave, my personal partner, the rest of the close group we called Tuan Jie, a wider group of fitness freaks… and then it all went pear shaped. Twice. Well, I eventually wrote up (and re-wrote, again and again) the first part up to where we got shot up in Edinburgh:
It was so long that the publisher made me split it in two:
I cannot believe I’ve actually done it. I can tell you – being presented with these rather excellent covers, and being told that the words are actually being typeset, is a pretty scary experience. Well, not as scary as Edinburgh, and certainly not as scary as what followed.
Hey – the big days are November 4th for the first part and January 1st for the second. When it will actually ‘hit the bookstalls’. I think that those are the days I go and hide.
As for the final bit, well I’m actually still writing that. The ‘thriller’ element is much stronger in that because what happened was really scary – seriously life-threatening in fact and, afterwards, Zach and Gary had to disappear for a while. It’s safe to reveal now that they went to UK and hid out in Wales before eventually sneaking back to rejoin us as we performed in Canada.
Which brings me to the Welsh connection – these days, a kind of ‘rival’ to Chad’s gym in Oak Ridge, a private bolt hole whenever we or our friends need it, and a ‘European base’ where we can store a set of our performance stuff without flying it back and forth across the Atlantic. So, more of ‘Cefn Derwen’ to come – that’s ‘Oak Ridge’ in Welsh, by the way – we thought it appropriate. Dave and I are shortly headed back there, to sort out some performance work around Europe for later in the year, and me to finish the last book (ahem!).
But, just because I’m committed now to these books, that doesn’t mean the blog tales end here. I’ve so much to share about the sequel, the ‘pre-quel’ and indeed more about the story itself as it evolved. More acrobatics, gym bunnies and circus tales. So stay tuned!
In fact, here are some dedicated gym bunnies right now, just to cheer us up:
PS – as we’re coming back over to Wales, there’ll be tales of weird things that go on in a land populated mainly by sheep. Such as something Dave and I are determined to try:
Can’t wait for that one!