Their Own Words

Just a quick message to say that the third installment of A Better Man: The story of a boy named Craig has been posted to my Vocal.Media page.

Please enjoy.

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Another month . . . another challenge story

The idea of writing for a challenge has been growing on me since I started getting more active with my Vocal.Media page. As I’ve said before I’m under no illusions about whether I would ever win one of these things (it might happen when hell freezes over) but I do think it is a useful writing exercise . . . and I could do with sinking my teeth into a few more of those I reckon.

The subject for the latest challenge was The Scarlet Macaw, and as it turned out something registered in the back of my mind when I read about this. Something my father once told me.

So, after going back through the memory banks it finally came to me, and now I’m offering it to you. Another story my father told.

Please enjoy.

The Colour of the Outback | Fiction (

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A Book Review: Craig Silvey’s HONEYBEE

After having read the blurb on the back cover of Craig Silvey’s HONEYBEE, I have to admit that after I had finished reading it this novel was definitely not what I had expected . . . but I mean that in a good way, of course!

“Honeybee is a heartbreaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show.”

Read more…

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Their Own Words . . . real life histories about growing up gay in Australia

As I mentioned a while back, one of the projects I have been working on for my new Vocal.Media page is a series of real life histories of LBGT people I have known, covering growing up gay in rural Australia, coming out, personal experiences and anything else they wanted to share.

These experiences were largely from guys who have responded to my stories online and I have subsequently corresponded with. All of these people had one thing in common – at various stages of their lives they have struggled with their sexuality and with coming to terms with what that meant.

My original idea was to compile these stories and publish them in book form, with the subjects permission of course, but I think these need to be shared and so I have begun the process of publishing them online instead.

I posted an introduction to this project on August 6th, followed a few weeks later by the first installment; A Better Man – Part One.

A Better Man – Part Two has now been posted today. Please now find below links to each of these posts.

Thank you.


Their Own Words – An Introduction | Pride ( (posted 06/08/21)

Their Own Words – A Better Man | Pride ( (posted 28/08/21)

Their Own Words – A Better Man (Part Two) | Pride ( (posted 09/10/21)

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Up for a challenge…

One of the reasons I decided to give the Vocal.Media site a try was because it offered so many opportunities, including the chance to participate in challenges, at least in part aimed at helping to improve our writing.

I recently noticed a challenge called Coming of Age and figured I should give that a go, even if only to get something down in writing. I found it to be an extremely interesting exercise and one that I very much enjoyed tackling.

Hers is my effort: Fair Girls and Grey Horses – Life lessons my father left me with


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Gold, Silver, Bronze and Rainbows

With the curtain now having drawn to a close on the celebration that has been the (somewhat delayed) 2020 Olympic Games, the feats of those athletes who identify as LGBTQ are being celebrated like never before in history. There have always been gay athletes who have excelled in their chosen sports, and won Olympic medals, but for the most part it wasn’t until they had finished their careers before they would show their true selves to the world. (Read more)

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A little something . . .

Here’s a little story I had started ages ago (like, about 8 years ago) that I dusted off recently and have posted on my Vocal.Media page.

Have to say up front that it’s not an LGBT themed piece, but who knows what may happen in the future? I see it as a possible opening to a YA type book. Your thoughts and feedback are most welcome!

Thank you, and enjoy!

Stay safe people!

A Very Fine Line | Fiction (

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Updates for my Vocal.Media page

Hello all. Just following on from my last post, just wanted to let everyone know that I have been chipping away at creating some new posts on my Vocal.Media page recently. I have really enjoyed getting back into doing some writing, even if it hasn’t actually been my usual offerings of fiction.

I have added one of my previously published stories, along with some new items, including a book review and the beginnings of a new series of ‘real life’ histories about growing up gay in Australia, titled ‘Their Own Words’.

The really interesting thing is my already receiving a ‘tip’ from a mysterious, anonymous benefactor, for which I am extremely surprised and grateful. So to whoever you are, thank you! 🙂

Please take a look at my page. I hope you enjoy it. There will be more updates to follow.

In the mean time, I hope everyone is keeping well and staying safe. Take care.

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Trying something new…

Howdy!  I guess most of you had given up on seeing anything new from me . . . and understandably so! Sorry about that. Life has been busy . . . and then there is all the disruption being caused by Rona, which seems to be the gift that just keeps on giving *sigh*

I hope that all of you out there are well and that you and your loved ones are staying safe?

Anyhow, despite all that has been going on in the outside world please be assured that I haven’t forgotten you. I have been extremely grateful for the continued support and the lovely messages coming from readers following the posting of some of my older stories on a couple of other sites, which seems to have sparked a flurry of activity within me. So, while the iron is hot, I figure it’s time to do something about touching base with you all.

Just to let you know, I have continued chipping away at a few projects, but I would rather wait until they are complete before I will start posting. I’ve made the mistake previously (well, on many occasions actually) of starting something and posting as I go, only to stop midway through the project and not get back to it. I have promised myself that I wouldn’t fall into that trap again, so am doing my best to resist that temptation, as annoying as that may be for some of you. Sorry!

There is one secret that I can let you in on, however. It is a new web-based forum that I discovered some time back which I am keen to try out, called Vocal.Media. It is designed to allow creators to post their works and receive some financial reward for doing so, based on the number of reads. The concept appealed to me, so I thought I would give it a try, and in doing so I seem to have kick started my writing again.

Here’s a link to my Vocal page:

As you will see I have already added a couple of posts. I’ve also added a new page to Ponyboysplace which will contain an index of all posts added to the Vocal site (necessary as the Vocal page doesn’t currently have an indexing option apparently).

What I am hoping to add to this page will be new stories as well as including reviews of books and movies, and maybe some personal views and opinions on topical subjects or current events which relate to or affect the LGBT community. I will also be adding a new series of articles to be called Their Own Words, which will include the personal stories of a number of guys I have met and known over the years, as told to me and shared with their permission. This has been a project I have had in mind for some time and I am grateful for those who have contributed by sharing their stories with me. I hope that some of my younger readers in particular will be able to get some benefit from hearing the stories of others who have already trodden the well-worn path of coming to terms with who you are.

Thank you all for sticking with me and I look forward to catching up.

Happy reading and stay safe!


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Just a quick message . . .

. . . to offer all my friends and readers my very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year, along with my thanks also for all your support and encouragement over the past year, despite the fact I haven’t been able to post anything new for a while.

As I’ve said before, sometimes life gets in the way of being able to do the things we love, but rest assured I do still have new stories in the works and old stories to complete, so please stay tuned! 🙂

Twelve months ago we had come to the end of a truly trying year here in Australia, with drought and bush fires taking its toll. Our prayers at the time were that 2020 would be a turning point and that life might be able to get back to normal. In some respects the year started on the right note, with much needed rainfall extinguishing fires that had been burning for months and filling up dams that had long been dry!

So, what happened next? Along came Covid-19 . . . and what a year this has given us! Sheesh!

Hopefully the world is now getting on top of this scourge, with the beginning of the roll-out of vaccines, so despite the ongoing fight in many countries, including my own, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. We can only hope that by this time next year life will finally be back to normal for all of us, no matter where we live in the world, and we can all once again enjoy life as we have previously.

In the mean time, however, please be sure to follow the advice of your local medical professionals so that you can stay safe and keep your loved ones safe!

Wherever you are in the world please enjoy your holiday season, no matter what your religion or traditions dictate, and I hope to see you all in the New Year.

Thank you again for your continued support and please take care!

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