Mark 'Ponyboy' Peters
Aussie, Queer & Country
LGBT themed fiction with an Aussie flavour, reviews, observations and real life LGBT histories.
The Life of Bryan
The Life of Bryan: as told to Mark Peters 2013 Around 2013 I met a young man through an online forum after he had messaged me. His name was Bryan, he had recently turned eighteen, was about to finish high school and he lived in a small town not too far from where I was living.
Their Own Words – A Better Man (Part Four)
When I first sat down to compile my memories of Craig into this story I really had no idea where this journey was going to take me. I did mention previously that he had once asked if I was going to write a book about him and I have actually been thinking about that lately. Maybe I should write a complete novel that is based on his life? There certainly seems to be enough material for one and somehow I think it would be fitting. I can also think of quite a few young actors that would be excellent choices to play him in the movie version of his life! :)
Their Own Words – A Better Man (Part Three)
Their Own Words – A Better Man (Part Three) I have to admit that I was shocked when Craig first told me of the direction his life took once he had left the shelter of the orphanage. What can you say to someone who has just told you they made a living by selling their body? Especially when that someone is someone you had been finding yourself attracted to. For a moment I was stunned, maybe even repulsed, but then I realised that I shouldn’t be one to judge. I wasn’t exactly an angel myself.
The Colour of the Outback
I was standing alone on the train platform, my one suitcase at my feet. Dusk was falling and as I looked across the tracks at the plains which seemed to stretch on forever I had this feeling there was a great nothingness about to descend upon me and anyone else who might be within coo-ee of this outback outpost.
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!
Their Own Words – A Better Man (Part Two)
Their Own Words – A Better Man (Part Two) “So, are you going to write a book about me?” I remember Craig asking me once. I replied that I didn’t think the world would be able to handle his life story with all that drama and sex. He told me that I had led too sheltered a life, that there were hundreds of others out there who had gone through the same things he had, or worse, and that these stories should be told!
Fair Girls and Grey Horses
When I saw the Coming of Age challenge on Vocal a few days ago I thought that this could be something I might be able sink my teeth into, but even after thinking about it for a while I found it difficult to come up with anything that I may be able to write about. As I lay awake at 3.45 a.m. this morning, however, it finally dawned on me, as memories from my childhood and memories of my late father came flooding back to me.
1918. In the summer of early 1918, as a great war raged in Europe, and citizens of the Empire struggled with the sacrifices being made for the greater good, life on the shores of Thompson Lake went on, much as it had done for the hundred or so years since it had first begun.