Why The Wait?

An-orange-highway-safety--012Some of my readers and authors know a little of my history. The BBC is currently running a series of programmes and articles called “In The Mind” all about mental health. So I thought I might add my own contribution.

I have been suffering from depression for many years, since adolescence. Although I am taking medication and for the most part it is under control, I do suffer from replases. And just after the New Year I suffered a severe relapse of the type I have not had for many years.

When I relapse I have a coping mechanism of totally shutting myself off from the outside world. For the past month and a bit I have done nothing but work and sleep, my online life fell off a cliff. Ironically, I always felt better at work.

I am now much better, although still not back to normal, and feel more able to get back to carry on with my life.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding.

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Happy New Year

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With the internet reaching people from all continents and all time zones, the clocks turning to midnight in any one timezones seems more and more insignificant. So with New Year now sweeping across the globe I would like to wish all my readers and authors a great 2016.

Each year brings us great joy and also sorrow. I sincerely hope that you all get more joy than sorrow this year.

2016 also sees the tenth year od Screeve! Who would have thought it would have lasted this long! Well we all need something to do when we get back from work that takes our mind off it all. So thank you to all the authors and readers that make Screeve such a great site.

I will be raising a glass of something fizzy to all of you this evening. So enjoy and let’s make 2016 great!

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A Very Black Friday

_79361314_024904339-1It would seem that the latest import from the US has caused a problem over here in the UK. Bargain hunters have been fighting, and I heard of people taking bargains out of other shoppers trollies when their backs are turned.

Now I’m not blaming the US, it’s not their fault, I blame the British public. Surely we are better than this! But I think the problem is that we all expect something for nothing, or very little at least. The retailers also have to take their fair share of blame also, they didn’t manage the scenes properly and also they are very good and telling us what is a bargain when they hiked the pre-sale price skyways in order to show the huge discounts they give us. This behaviour is being looked at but it is still rife. Why can’t we just be honest.

Although I was out shopping that day, I didn’t take part in the scrum. I had a very nice day just doing my Christmas shopping. And I bought myself a nice christmas present, a nice compact tablet.

Farewell to HandJobs

HandjobsAfter 24 years Handjobs is closing. The reason is that people simply aren’t buying it anymore, mainly due to piracy. As soon as a new edition was published it was on the torrent sites, among others, so all and sundry could download it for free.

This got me thinking! When I started Screeve I never intended for it to be a paysite, I realised they simply don’t work. The internet means that you can find queer stories all over the place and mostly for free.

Now, I’m not going to knock Nifty as it provides a valuable service and was my first foray into reading queer stories, but there is a lot of dross out there. The benefit of magazines such as Handjobs is that you know that you are always going to get good stories and artwork. And if you want quality, you have to pay for it.

I think there will always be a place dedicated magazines such as Handjobs and it is such a shame this one has now gone.

Go With The Flow

Do you do it? Pee in the shower I mean. There is a campaign at the University of East Anglia UEA to save water by taking your first morning pee in the shower. It’s a subject that divides the nation. I must confess that I am not a fan of other people doing it, especially if the shower is shared, but I must admit that I have done it a few times when caught short and just can’t be bothered to hold it in or get out and go to the toilet.

If you have an opinion on the subject then let me know in the comments. I’m sure some of you like a little water play.

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New Host, New Design

Hi folks, I’ve moved to a new webhost. This one is more adult site friendly, not that my last host had an issue with Screeve, but the potential was there. So here we are with a new host. And because we are with a new host I thought a new site design was in order.

I have droppen my usual site designer software and have moved to a CMS. It means I can update the site on any computer, so when I’m travelling all I need is to take my little netbook or tablet with me and I can keep the updates coming.

I’ve not changed the design dramatically, but over the coming months and years I will be including more cover art and possibly some pictures.

Let me know what you think at the usual address and if you find any problems or broken links then let me know.

All the best to you all devoted fans.

David