#MeToo

I’ve been watching the #MeToo thing pick up momentum. I’ve been both saddened by the number of women who have typed #MeToo, and yet I’m also encouraged by the fact that we are finally speaking up and being heard. I thank God I was never sexually abused or raped. I had a firm but loving father, who encouraged me to reach my potential. I went out with young men who didn’t make unwanted demands on my person or, if they did, graciously accepted my negative response. And, I married a champ. (Kudos to the Old Boy.) So, I was one of the lucky ones. However, let me share a few of my not-so-happy experiences. I remember riding my bike home from school, followed by a car full of young men calling out rude and suggestive things to me. I was...

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Just an update

I’ve just had the latest dose of Denosumab. (Immediately my mind says: Ah Denosumab, Grand Vizier to the court of pharaoh and close friend of Imhotep.) Chatting with fellow patients while I waited, I was once more reminded of what a blessing this drug is to me. Next month, it will be six years since diagnosis. Six years! Anyhoo … I’m feeling a bit crap as a result of this wonder drug, so I’m not going to comment on Trump’s display of statesmanship with the hurricanes – especially poor little Puerto Rico – and the Las Vegas massacre. I’m sure you all have your own opinions on that. Neither will I comment on his latest executive order that restricts women’s access to birth control. (I grit my teeth with the...

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My bomb is bigger than yours

Here’s my suggestion for sorting out the North Korea v America situation: ignore Mr Kim. You see, he’s the third generation in a line of megalomaniacs, known for their draconian authoritarianism but not much else. He’s not the brightest cookie in the jar although, in the world of politics, that’s not always a roadblock on the path to success. (Come on, we can all name a few.) Nth Koreans don’t have the internet, or a mobile phone, or watch western movies, or any television shows other than Nth Korean ones. They have no access to the outside world, so they have no idea what is going on outside their borders. They only know what their “dear leader” tells them. As far as the bulk of the Nth Koreans are concerned, Kim Jong Un...

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It’s a weird, weird world

My apologies, dear world. I know I haven’t posted on this blog since July but I was hunkered down in the back room madly trying to get Dragon-friend finished before the deadline: the end of August. I’m happy to announce that I sent it off to the publisher on August 30th! Phew. When we get closer to the launch, I shall be boring you all silly with the details. So, I re-emerged from my hidey-hole to see what’s going on in the world and…well… You know, sometimes I wish I wasn’t as interested (slightly obsessed) with politics because I’m beginning to wonder if most of the people involved in the process have been drinking too much, or smoking illicit substances. What are you talking about, Wendy? I hear you ask. Let’s...

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George R. R. Martin and me

Progress is being made with book 2: Dragon-friend. I’ve got over 52,000 words written (that is, they’re the ones I’ve kept. I’ve probably written over 150,000) and I’m nearing the home stretch. This is a good thing because I’m also nearing the deadline. If I didn’t have the deadline hanging over me, I think I’d be enjoying the process more. I’m quite happy with the way the story has developed and some of the new characters are fun. Then again, without the deadline hanging over me, I probably wouldn’t be this far along with it. It’s all swings and roundabouts. I confess that I’ve never seen Game of Thrones; we don’t have Fox-tel so the opportunity wasn’t there. Mind you, I get...

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