Jan. 13th, 2017

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I've just posted a story called Vanishing Act on the Buffyverse crossover site Twisting the Hellmouth - https://tthf.me/kl7K

This is basically a Jonathan Creek mystery in a world with superheroes, the main fandoms being Jonathan Creek and an AU non-magical version of Harry Potter - and bits of several other fandoms.

I won't be posting it here because it's set in the Teraverse, a hugely complicated multiple crossover setting created by Diane Castle which must be getting on towards three million words by about twenty authors - the bits you will need to read for it to make any sense, at a minimum, are the first, third and possibly fourth stories of this series: A Brane of Extraordinary Women - together they're about 2 million words! I think it's a fair assumption that most people who read this will already be familiar with this setting from having read these stories over several years, so I'm not going to try to explain it here.

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This one was in Basildon and sold me an iMac G4 17", buyer collects, with keyboard and mouse. The fare to Basildon is only £5.50 for someone my age with Freedom Pass and Over 60s Railcard, so it seemed reasonable. Unfortunately it took me two hours to get there, it was bloody cold, and when I finally found his place it turned out to be a 15" one without keyboard or mouse - the idiot had used a stock sales template with a photo he'd found on line. The picture in his item description was also clean, the one he sold me was covered with cigarette tar etc.

So I refused to accept it and said that if he didn't cancel the sale I'd have to report it, and by the time I got home this evening it was cancelled. So I'm out £5.50 and time, could have been a lot worse.

Meanwhile the other one I didn't buy (the one that was my fault) has now been cancelled - I've now got an unpaid item strike, but I've never known them to cause anyone any problems so I'm not too worried about it.

I'm really hoping that this will end my run of bad luck with G4s, but I'll be honest, if I saw another on offer at a good price I'd probably go for it, I just find them fun to work with when they're OK.

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