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I wrote a novel decades back. No electronic copy exists of this - it would take a lot of scanning. In any case it was written in the 1980s and would need to be written again as parts became out of date. A second effort was partly lost in the breakdown of the Amstrad 8256 wordprocessor and a mangled copy only was copied from 3 inch disks to the added 3.5 inch drive. It was saved from CP/M to DOS, but the result needs much reworking to exist again. However, I am writing another and after a long time with text added now and again it has received quite a push. Having finished the write-through, it received new sub-plots and characters and then went through a substantial revision to streamline the plot and then a substantial edit. It's now around nearly 1700 story pages with footers for page numbers. It includes a map, a list of characters, and plans of floors of the independent bethel. My method of control, review and editing is in the use of the excellent YWriter, a download of specialist novel-writing software. It might be worth publishing! The most recent major alteration was uploaded on 3rd September 2021. If you look at it and then return to it later, it will have changed. There is now an accompanying family tree data file.
My interest in the Outlander novels and television series (that I have seen on DVDs) is reflected here. I am a loyal critic: the ideas are great but in the books the later first person and third person limited narrative switching confuses and there is a lack of psychological depth to the lead character Claire. The books and TV series are wrong on language and religion. The protrayal of Gaelic and Scots is fragmentary, and Gaelic speakers tended not to speak Scots. Catholicism was supressed and there were no Catholic parishes - only private observances. Television season 1 was superb, anthropological and broad in vision, Season 2 had purpose and focus, Season 3 showed the pain of separation but then went utterly silly, Season 4 shows what happens when producers take their eye off the ball and make significant plot variants, casting and 'retrofit' rewriting mistakes, and season 5 was an improvement on 4 but with an attempt to create a plot on an overlong plotless book (by bringing in something from book 3 and somethings from book 6). I have read the first two books of Diana Gabaldon's, and read into two more. I have book 5 but find it unreadable. I have no wish to buy any more. In my view there was plenty going on post-Culloden in changes to lairds to have occupied a pardoned Jamie Fraser, before perhaps a direct transfer to America. We'd expect him and family to go to Nova Scotia in Canada afterwards.

I decided to produce the Pluralist Magazine in 2017: a means to deliver a collection of articles mixing topic areas and showing something of current activity or thinking in each issue.

I don't claim to be a poet but this is where any poems will be found.
Some jokes are in this section.
There's a magic trick with cards. It is a narrative of deception. Obviously the reader will want to use the webpages to see how it was done.
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Adrian Worsfold

Pluralist - Liberal and Thoughtful