And still it goes on – the news I mean. I’m writing this a little early this week but already we’ve had Farage resigning, again, He’d done his job, so he says. No thought about the aftermath or what responsibility he might have. And Chris Evans resigning from Top Gear. I haven’t watched the new series and neither, for a long time, did I watch the old version. I like James May and Richard Hammond but Clarkson increasingly got on my nerves with his views. But a TV programme is unimportant compared to what is happening to the government of our country. I’ve read and heard Europeans comment that they thought us Brits were calm and thoughtful and wouldn’t, couldn’t, make such a mess of things as leaving the EU. Well, all I can say is that they haven’t met the ones that voted Leave because if they holiday abroad at all, it’s likely that they stay in hotels and camps that are shut off from the country they are in and the only “foreigners” they meet are the waiters, chambermaids, etc. Doesn’t apply to all of them of course. We shall see what the next week brings.
Having finished Aberration last week I have decided to take a break from writing Jasmine Frame stories for a few weeks. Writing the stories is fun but each episode takes up a considerable time each week. I also feel I need to give Jasmine a rest so I can get the imagination and creativity going again. I am writing another fantasy novel which I need to devote more time to. I also want to get the third Jasmine novel ready for publication, and perhaps prepare another of the prequels for e-book publication, so that will keep me busy. It is almost three years since I started writing the prequels and I have finished nine of them (I thought it was just eight!). For those of you that are interested, the table below lists all the Jasmine Frame stories, written, published or planned. There are still a few gaps in Jasmine’s life story, particularly her first years in the police force. However, I don’t really like writing police procedurals and her opportunities for investigations as a uniformed PC may be limited – but we will see.
This blog will continue nevertheless, with comments on the world outside fiction, especially my experience of transgenderism and news about the Jasmine publications (perhaps some free or reduced price offers soon) so I hope you will continue to pop in for a read.
To show how things change in three years here are a couple of photos of me during that time.
|Provisional title||date||situation||crime||Publication & length||Publication date|
|Discovering Jasmine||2000||James experimenting with his gender identity||Transwoman intimidated by youths||Ebook, Discovering Jasmine
|Soft Focus||2001||James meets Angela at Uni.||Transman dies; suicide or murder?||Ebook, Murder in Doubt
|Aberration||2004||James & Angela living together post- graduation||Transman killed||16,000w|
|Flashlight||2009||James seconded to V&SCU, meets DCI Sloane for the first time.||Woman killed by drug overdose supplied by transwoman||24,000w|
|Resolution||2009||James appointed to V&SCU. Meets DC Tom Shepherd||Colleague (from Flashlight) murdered||23,000w|
|Blueprint||2009||James reveals he is trans||Crossdresser suicide||38,000w|
|Self=portrait||2010||Start of transition||Young transman accused of murder||27,000w|
|Close-up||2010||Jasmine back at work. Conflict with DS||Baby alleged to be snatched in high street||23,000w|
|Split Mirror||2011||Separating from Angela, move into flat. Conflict with DS||Transwoman disappeared||22,000w|
|Painted Ladies||2012||Jasmine working as private detective. Divorce from Angela.||Serial killer targeting trans women||Ebook & paperback, Painted Ladies 80,000w||2013|
|Bodies By Design||2012||Biorchidectomy, start of relationship with Viv||Transwoman murdered||Ebook & paperback, Bodies By Design 72,000w||2015|
|The Brides’ Club Murder||2012||Electrolysis. Planning to move in with Viv||Leader of Bridal wear group murdered||t.b.d
|Molly’s Boudoir||2013||Breast augmentation. Living with Viv||Arson at trans shop||t.b.d.||?|
|Impersonator||2014||GRS.||Female impersonator killed||t.b.d.||?|