Pane in the Glass

Everyday journal of Fiona Glass

Weird film
Has anyone else seen the film 'Shoot 'Em Up'?  I watched it last night and found it really strange.  I could watch Clive Owen in a commercial for drying paint *g* but I couldn't get a handle on whether this was a thriller or a comedy.  It came across as a comedy but what an odd subject - and as for that body count...  O.o  I'm surprised there were any gun-men left in America by the end!

New releases

I've been forgetting to mention that I have a couple of new stories out.

The first is in Velvet Mafia, the online gltb magazine which specialises, in its own words, in 'dangerous queer fiction'.  Oo-er.  Actually, my story isn't all that dangerous - just a naughty little tale set in a desert where nothing is quite what it seems.  The editor updates the contents every Friday so you should still just have time to catch 'Heat Haze' at the zine before it's consigned to the archives!

The second story is 'Washday Blues', a fun romp involving two men, a washing machine and a pair of navy blue socks.  ;)  It's available in the Cobblestone Press quarterly magazine CPQ, which you can download absolutely free as a pdf file from their catalogue.  The issue (which is out a little late due to editorial constraints) also contains an interview with yours truly.

Happy reading - hope you like the stories.  ;)

Did anyone else happen to see the first part of this new drama on BBC1 last week?  After the let-down of Bonekickers (and to a lesser extent Merlin, although that's aimed at kids), I wasn't expecting much but... wow.  It was actually rather good.  A little melodramatic, perhaps, but then it is about demons and exorcists, so what can you expect?  :)  It was surprisingly strong stuff, too, with scenes in a gay bath house and someone being flayed alive.  Oo-er.

I've been a fan of Martin Shaw for years, but haven't seen him looking as good as this for a long time.  A beard and black clothes seem to suit him down to the ground.

I just hope episode two lives up to the quality of this pilot.  Fingers crossed.

It's like buses...

None for a while, then two come along at once! I had not one but two stories released yesterday - first the Byker Books one (see previous post) and then Aspen Mountain put out 'Shifting Perspectives 2'.

This is a follow-up, unsurprisingly, to 'Shifting Perspectives' and contains sequels to both Feathered Friend and Emily Veinglory's The Rat Burglar, as well as a brand new story (about a shapeshifting fish!) by Sharon Maria Bidwell.

In my sequel, Steal the Sky, Avery insists on entering a pigeon race but gets off course and finds himself locked, naked, in a stranger's garden shed!

As ever you can find more details including full size cover art, a blurb, and how to order the book, on my website.


Byker Books have very kindly offered to feature Any Means Necessary on their website, even though its previously-published status means they can't use it in their anthology.  It's up there right now in the 'Radgepacket' fiction section of tales of inner city life.  Do please bear in mind this is a slightly abridged version from the story that appeared in 'Men of Mystery' (Haworth Press); if you like the story enough you might consider visiting my website and splashing out on the full-length version (plus a heap of other great gay stories) in the anthology!

You can read the Byker version here (the link is a little way down on the right hand side) and you can find out where to order 'Men of Mystery' here.

I think I've mentioned before that Byker Books are based in Newcastle (Byker is a district of the city) and they seem like a fun crowd to deal with.  But please don't ask me what a radgepacket is, because not being from the north-east myself I have no idea!


Dave's away on business this week so I've been treating myself to some of my favourite films on dvd.  Last night I had a wonderful wallow with King Arthur, a recent and thoroughly original take on the Arthurian legends starring Clive Owen and Ioan Grruffud as Arthur and Lancelot respectively.  I'd seen it several times before, but I'd never really noticed the slash potential before.  There are lots of wistful glances between Arthur and Lancelot , and as for Gawain and Galahad, they practically seem to live in each others' pockets (or whatever the hell they had in the fifth century).

Lo and behold, I've just popped over to the Theban Band slash art page for the first time in absolutely ages, and what did I find there?  One picture of Arthur and Lancelot, and two of Gawain and Galahad.  It seems I'm not the only one to notice! 

london rain

Well, this wasn't on any weather forecasts that I saw for the day:


It's absolutely perishing and they're now saying it could freeze solid overnight, so heaven knows if I'll be able to get out of the front door for tai chi tomorrow.  Last time it did that we had what's known as a 'flash freeze' here in Brum and it took thousands of people up to eight hours to get home from work.  Nasty.  Let's hope it doesn't come to that.  In the meantime, I'm breaking out the winter woollies....

Wrong Number!

This is the title of a new 'flash' story appearing in the latest issue of Gay Flash Fiction, which came out yesterday.

The story involves a mobile phone call with disastrous results.  It's rather darker than my usual flashes but it does have a twist in the tail.  You can find it, together with the rest of the new batch of stories, at the magazine.


Passive headaches...

One of the biggest challenges I've found in writing mostly for the American market is the little-known but surprisingly big gulf in grammar between the two languages.  Over the last few years I've argued the toss with various US editors *g* and been geuinely surprised by their explanations.  In one case, the use of passives, the difference is so great that I decided to write a little article about it, in the hope of smoothing the waters both for other British writers, and for American editors who may be tearing their hair out over the British language.  :)

The article, 'Separated by a Common Language', is up now at the British Writers Blog and you can read it here.

Kicking leaves

Usually when we go to Solihull for a shopping trip we park in a dull town centre car park.  Sunday was such a lovely day, though, that we decided to park up in Brueton Park, on the outskirts, and walk in to the shops.  And what a good idea it was. 

brueton park

The park was absolutely lovely, with vast areas of grass for dogs and kiddies to run wild on, beautiful big trees that were turning every shade of red and bronze you could think of, a lake filled with ducks and geese, and a little bridge over the River Blythe.  There's even a path linking in to a new nature reserve, on a site that used to be the local council's tree nursery, but it was too muddy for us to venture far.  I guess it isn't called Marsh Field for nothing! There were some lovely views of the church spire as we approached (St Alphege's, a fine medieval building), and some interesting old buildings that we'd never noticed before including Malvern Hall, which used to be the town's grammar school until a vast new edifice was built in the 19th century.

solihull church

After a coffee and a mooch round the shops we walked back through the park again, tripping over high speed spaniels and small pink bicycles.  All in all it made a really nice change.  And we caught the best of the weather, too, because it was raining by mid afternoon.


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