Help! (Acrobat/Writer’s Brain Fade)…

It will not have escaped your notice that I write books – three acrobatic/circus/gay/adventure ones so far. A fourth is nearing completion, but I have a problem! First, an irrelevant picture to keep your attention:


…well, not irrelevant, exactly, since that’s the sort of thing we do. But, anyway:

Book 4 (unrelated to the other three) is essentially fiction but inspired by a Native American boy who crossed our path. As the story nears its tragic conclusion, I have another Native American boy, 14 or 15 max but estranged from his parents and working in Illinois on a horse farm. I need to put him on a flight from Chicago O’Hare to Seattle. Unaccompanied. No passport for picture ID; no driver’s license (obviously)… not even a school ID card (if that would do). The airlines various websites suggest that a parent or guardian would have to sign forms ahead of check-in; however, some airlines (and Alaskan is one which flies direct on that route) would then let him aboard on his own if 13 or over. Problem is, he has only an employer (or around eight weeks duration) who is effectively responsible to the parents. I can get around the issue of this ‘guardian’ couple letting him go, but how would he/they deal with the check-in situation?

Another airline (American) says a ‘Native American registration ID’ is acceptable picture ID, but we don’t know any native Americans to ask. Other folks I have taxed with this question of getting him legally on to the flight have given various and conflicting advice. Obviously, it is easier than for an international flight since then he would need a passport (however!) and then problem fixed. Anyone any ideas? This seems to be outside the experience of everyone I have so far asked, and I need to finish off my Chapter 12!!

Meanwhile, here’s a bit of history:


Old-style acrobatics! And then, the new:




All performers first need to practice… although a college dorm room may not offer the best situation…



At least handstand’s seem to be no trouble for that group:


The first part...Cover 3 ThumbThe second part...You’ll notice that the covers of my first three books all feature acrobats in silhouette – thanks to my good friend Roman for that suggestion, made one day as we were walking in Austria!

Of course, to have any hope of being successful in acrobatics, you need to work on two other things as well – flexibility, and strength…


kitchen stretch



Strength does not conflict with flexibility if you train properly!




You can try combining the lot!…


…and make sure you include for having fun, showing off the body and the skills you created and, most of all, enjoying yourselves…



Just for once, “R.S.V.P.” on the little matter of getting my vagabond Native American boy on his place trip! You can use if you don’t want to make a public comment.


About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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1 Response to Help! (Acrobat/Writer’s Brain Fade)…

  1. tonycavanagh says:

    Thanks to everyone who e-mailed me in response to this question. I think that I have it sorted now: time will tell when the book gets published!

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