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Second Sun #31

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From a distance Urqin looked almost like a child, but standing closer, his wrinkled skin, broken teeth interrupting a gaunt face, and his grey hair gave him the look of someone very old.
He was neither. By age he could still have been a warrior, but he preferred warmth and talking.
"Hevne has begun a war and called calamity upon us in a time of misfortune. The Fire Isles will come for our land. The second sun is imminent. Can a mere child deal with that?"
Jibrith shook his head.
Urqin took that gesture as agreement and moved in closer.

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    Drew Martyn 13 days ago

    And now, to change the subject, a little bit of shameless self-promotion.
    My short story The Purging is now on the Seren Books website (they offer a free short story every month). I'm well chuffed because Seren are one of (if not the) biggest and most respected publishers working in Wales and they produce some amazing books.
    The story is a reworking of a series of Drabbles that appeared here, so you guys may remember them. I can't post a direct link here but google Serenbooks and short story of the month
    and you should find it :)

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    Christopher 13 days ago

    Congratulations, Drew. Well deserved, I say. I'm on my lunch break but I'll definitely check it out as soon as I have the time.

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    Drew Martyn 13 days ago

    Thanks very much Christopher. I hope you enjoy it :)

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    Neville Hunt 13 days ago

    Well done Drew. I too will check it out... and maybe try to get something up there myself.

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    Neville Hunt 13 days ago

    And now, wrt this particular Drabble, Urqin certainly sounds like a chap one can’t wait to avoid like the plague. What a character. He puts the worst of my evil folk right in the shade. (Please take my various comments about him as very positive... it’s just that I don’t think I want to meet him on a dark, or even super-light night!)

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    Neville Hunt 13 days ago

    Re The Purging... I’ve found it! Well done... will read it tomorrow. (Funny... I was certain you lived in the London area. Please excuse me if I’ve ever taken the mickey out of the Welsh!)

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    Christopher 13 days ago

    I found it too. I have it bookmarked. I'll read it as soon as I can.

    Regarding Wales, some of my ancestry is Welsh. Not sure how much as I've never traced it but was told by grandparents that that was part of my make-up, along with a healthy dose of Native American, even though I don't look it. There's Irish in there as well somewhere. I think that and the Welsh smothered the Native American part.

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    Drew Martyn 11 days ago

    Neville, all comments taken positively my friend :) I can understand you thinking I was from London - I lived there for ten years or so and it's such a special place, I loved it there. It's made me wonder if there really is something in psychogeography. London had and still has such a profound hold over me.

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    Drew Martyn 11 days ago

    Also, I don't think you've ever taken the mickey out of the Welsh - but tbh if you had, it would probably have been well deserved :) I don't actually identify as Welsh, even though I love the culture - guess I think of myself more as European if I'm not saying something trite like the only race I'm a member of is the human race ;)

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    Drew Martyn 11 days ago

    Trust the Welsh and Irish to get everywhere ;) love 'em all :) I think it's amazing that you are part native American. I wonder what your name would be...

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    Neville Hunt 11 days ago

    Your last comment Drew reminds me of a non-pc joke that will have to remain untold, except that you've probably heard it. It relates to the practice of the naming of little-uns according to what was going on outside the teepee at the moment of birth...

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    Drew Martyn 11 days ago

    Ah yes, know it well. I'm chuckling as I write this... :)

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    Neville Hunt 11 days ago

    Well how ephemeral is that, Drew! I just went to Seren Books website again just to remind me of The Purging.... and it had been purged... no longer there... dropped down a mineshaft without so much as a by your leave. Very short months indeed at Seren Books! Shame!

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    Drew Martyn 11 days ago

    Well, bugger me ;) short months in Wales, see, all this sunshine has addled peoples brains!
    It's probably been up around three weeks or so I guess, it's only recently I got around to telling people about it lol. But it's still in Short Story Archive (right hand side of the page).

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    Neville Hunt 11 days ago

    OK, I'll seek it out. Next time... maybe give us the heads up when it's posted? Don't be bashful Drew!

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    Christopher 11 days ago

    My Native American name is Chief Fulla Bull. 🐂

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    Drew Martyn 11 days ago

    I'll try not to be Neville :)
    Christopher, that's a great name lol. Think I'd call you Chief Great Pen (now someone's got to follow that name up with something...)

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    Neville Hunt 11 days ago

    ...mightier than the sword!

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    Drew Martyn 11 days ago

    Knew you'd come up with something good Neville :)

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    Neville Hunt 11 days ago

    Glad I didn’t disappoint. Btw. I have tried a temporary change of ident visual, but the new image doesn’t seem to appear. (Not that I’m unhappy with my logo). Do you know if it take a while to kick in? Thanks.

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    Christopher 11 days ago

    You're still showing the doodle drawing on my end.

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    Drew Martyn 11 days ago

    I've had this issue before. I think it may well take a while to kick in.

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    Neville Hunt 11 days ago

    Weird! I wonder if Michael has to change it by hand?

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    Neville Hunt 11 days ago

    Is this the longest comment string... ever?

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    Drew Martyn 11 days ago

    I was wondering about that. Or maybe he has to reboot the server his end to update it - but then drabbles and comments get updated quickly - but then there could be security or data protection reasons - or... now I'm rambling....

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    Drew Martyn 11 days ago

    if this isn't the longest thread, it must be pretty close...

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    Neville Hunt 11 days ago

    Well I’ve no complaint in rambling on. It’s what I do! Apparently.

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    Neville Hunt 11 days ago

    Actually, you’re probably right Drew. This GDPR malarkey does impact on things like personal data and I guess photos are pretty personal. My photo would probably infect the software, along with Urqin’s, should he be snapped, if any camera could survive the snapping process. Best neither of us try to post real piccies.

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    Neville Hunt 11 days ago

    On the other hand... when I was a male model (huh!) back in the days of yore, I was photographed in Wales, of all places. One climbing up Snowdon in mountaineering gear with a pack on my back and the other in Moefre, Anglesey getting out of an inflatable boat with, you’ve guessed, a pack on my back. Maybe I’ll upload and interchange them for a summer season of art. (That’ll keep Michael busy!)

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    Christopher 11 days ago

    Now you've made me want to start singing that song about the "knapsack on my back."

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    Christopher 11 days ago

    I think it's called "The Happy Wanderer."

    Sorry, just adding a little more thread.

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    Neville Hunt 10 days ago

    The Happy Wanderer... yes, I know it welll.

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    Neville Hunt 10 days ago

    It’s really odd. I changed my picture in the personal data page and on all our machines (iPads and Lenovo laptop) the old visual (my personal logo) is still coming up. However, on my daughter’s iPad Mini, the new one’s there. Guess I’ll have to bother Michael to find out what’s happening.🤔

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    Christopher 10 days ago

    It's still the old one on my end too. I don't understand it because Drew's changed for me to the new one.

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    Christopher 10 days ago

    I'm on an Android phone, btw. I haven't checked on the computer. I'll do that tonight.

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    Neville Hunt 10 days ago

    Thanks Christopher. It’s really odd!

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