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Just read this article by Roland Kelts in the Japan Times about Jeff Gomez and I am reminded what a huge influence his story words years ago, have had on my approach to telling.

He changed my thinking and approach to story entirely, whilst supporting, encouraging and validating the purpose of this writer – one of many who listened in wonder in Perth, Western Australia.

I needed a reminder today, because I have (somewhat) lost my way and need a push to get back into writing.  I have spent many words on my novel and it seems such a shame to let it languish in discarded disc heaven…

Perth Words... exploring possibilities.

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My novel started life way back  in 1986 as ‘Competing’ then became ‘Kathy’s Clown’ and finally ‘Toy Soldier’.

I’m still not sure what to call it… the story just won’t go away but I have had to adapt working ‘docs’ for each and it’s getting very confusing so I must settle on a name soon!

This 3 para Synopsis will give you an idea of the story and characters:

SYNOPSIS:  ‘Kathy’s Clown’

The Army Reserve is a volunteer group that consists of weekend soldiers.  Peter Watts-Brown is their Colonel.  He has made his hobby his career – his day job with the Department of Agriculture, pays the bills. He enjoys playing games – with the army, with money, with women.

His favorite opponent and total opposite at work and play is Colin Williams.  Colin is in line for promotion which Peter feels he deserves. He also wants Colin’s wife Kath.  Both have…

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