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September 23rd, 2012 (01:51 pm)
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feeling: happy

I probably shouldn’t be callooh callaying at all, as the contract isn’t signed yet, but I think I can announce that I KNEW HIM has been sold to Lethe Press.

I KNEW HIM – as the title suggests – takes themes from Hamlet. The main theme being a young man who comes down from University to find that his mother is planning to marry his Uncle. It’s set in Somerset in 1922 and the reason I chose this period was that the 1921 marriage act allowed a wife to do this for the first time since about 1560. But the law had been in place for such a long time people were genuinely shocked about it.

Also, the main character – the Hamlet character, is homosexual, and I’ve long been of the opinion that Shakespeare meant Hamlet to be homosexual but perhaps wasn’t brave enough to be as overt with it as Marlowe was in Edward II. When looked at it from that perspective, much of what Hamlet does in the play(particularly to Ophelia) makes a lot more sense.

As you can tell from this burble, I haven’t yet written a blurb.

Anyway, I’m pleased as punch that a great press like Lethe has taken it on, and I’ll keep you posted as to release dates etc.

Pink cava for me tonight! (again prematurely but what the hell). FRABJOUS.

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Posted by: sandra_lindsey (sandra_lindsey)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)

Woo-hoo! Frabjous joy indeed! I very much look forward to reading it :-)

...and I didn't know anything about those things you mention - Hamlet, or there being a 1921 Marriage Act.

I mean, I knew about Hamlet (the play) existing but have never got on with reading Shakespeare so as we didn't study that one in school I have no real idea what happens in it so hadn't caught the reference!

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)

I've sort of shot myself in the foot, as it was an 1907 amendment that changed it, and the 1921 amendment changed it further, but I'm sure no one will notice... (although there's always one...) but what the hell, people bend facts all the time.

Posted by: Lunalelle (lunalelle)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)

Excellent news!

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

Posted by: grace_roberts (jessie_lansdel)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)

Well done. So pleased for you matey. Enjoy your Cava-you've earned it. :D

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:09 am (UTC)

Thanks dear - I decided to skip it and have it on the night before my day off, probably a sensible option!

Posted by: Becky Black (becky_black)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)

Yay! Great news!

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:07 am (UTC)

Thank you, dear!

Posted by: kcwarwick (kcwarwick)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)

Fascinating idea! I'm glad you have some good news after the rough time you've been having.

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:08 am (UTC)

Thank you, it's definitely cheered me up, that's for sure!

Posted by: Rikibeth (rikibeth)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)

WHEE! So... Hamlet/Horatio or Hamlet/Laertes, dear?

I look forward to reading it!

Posted by: Erastes (erastes)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 10:08 am (UTC)

Hamlet/Horatio, although... Laertes should be so lucky, but Hamlet/Ophelia too in a way, although it's not het. *chortles * I did play around with it.

Posted by: YM (belluthien)
Posted at: September 24th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)

YAY! Go you!
=)
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Posted by: lee_rowan (lee_rowan)
Posted at: September 25th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Wee Mad Amelia

HUZZAH!

If you need a blurb I'd be happy to send you one - just let me know how it ends, I don't think the draft I saw was anywhere near finished.

Posted by: Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll)
Posted at: September 26th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
Brig -- Good Show by sallymn

Congratulations!

I can't wait to see what you've done with it since I last saw the WiP.

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