Queen and Latifa


50,000 Words In A Month

Posted on November 30, 2010 at 11:41 PM Comments comments (1)

Hey! It's been a while!


I apologise that there's not been a blog entry for so long! Some of it was planned (no blogs in November because I was writing a novel); some of it not so much (laziness during October). Normal service will now resume, but I thought you might like to know that my lack of blogging was worth it, and bore fruit:





Yup, despite my incredible neurosis, I actually managed to write 50,000 words of a novel in a month! I'm over the moon that I managed it, and would just like to thank my lovely man Jamie for not only introducing me to the whole NaNoWriMo thing, but also supporting me throughout the month when I was panicking.


M x

Latifa's Guest Appearance Over At GGWF

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 12:34 AM Comments comments (0)

As regular readers will know, I write another blog by the name of Grumpy Gay Wrestling Fan: it's a lot more blunt, forthright and ranty than Q&L and is aimed at a more mature audience - it's about my experiences and views about matters involving LGBT in professional wrestling. And yes, I do flagrantly promote it quite often on this blog. I also enjoy writing 'crossover blogs' that I slightly adapt for the two seperate audiences, but essentially post the same thing (the last blog here being a prime example).


The latest entry on GGWF is still technically a crossover blog but I'd never actual post said entry on Q&L because, frankly, one of the images on this blog is too graphic and Q&L is a family friendly website.


However, the more mature readers here might like to see what was written. The specific entry is here.


M x

Guest Post: Trans Cat - Part 3

Posted on July 22, 2010 at 9:21 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to the third and final part of the fabulous Trans Cat guest post by Andrew Whiteoak.


Thanks again to Andrew for taking time away from the main plot of his Trans Cat webcomic to do this guest comic for Q&L: I think he's done a great job, and it's been really great to see some artwork on Q&L!


Anyway, enough blither! Here it is! Enjoy!


M x






Q&L Webcomic?

Posted on July 19, 2010 at 10:22 PM Comments comments (0)

It has always pained me that I have absolutely no talent when it comes to drawing. Like absolutely zero talent to the point of nothing but laughable, paper wasting atrocities when I even attempt to draw. The recent Trans Cat Guest posts have only made the fact that I can't do a Q&L webcomic even more painful because Andrew's drawings of 'Tifa are so awesome and spot on!


But then I saw this cuddleh kitteh at the RSPCA Summer Fayre over the weekend:






As you can see, it kind of looks a bit like 'Tifa. This got me thinking: my mate mcphee used to do a webcomic called Monkeys Like Us where he used Teddies to make his comic, thus transcending the need for any artistic skill. So, if I can acquire a Ken doll/ Action Man/ Troll with its hair chopped off/ soft toy that looks vaguely like me, I could cheat like 'phee did and actually start a webcomic! And that would be awesome!


And even if I don't, it gives me an excuse to go to Toys R Us. Yay!


M x


Guest Post: Trans Cat - Part 2

Posted on June 24, 2010 at 12:26 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to part 2 of the Trans Cat guest post by Andrew Whiteoak.

Since the last post, Andrew has decided to make the comic a three parter, not a two parter as we initially thought, so watch this space for the final installment!

I had a bit of a problem with the link to Andrew's website last time, so here it is without any HTML faffery:



M x


Guest Post: Trans Cat

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 12:26 PM Comments comments (2)

I am somewhat excited about the first ever guest post webcomic, indeed, the first time that Q&L have been in a webcomic whatsoever! Huge thanks go out to Andrew from https://sites.google.com/site/transcatcomic/trans-cat-comics" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Trans Cat who has written and drawn a special edition of his own webcomic for Q&L. It's actually part 1 of a two part blogisode - so watch this space for the second half!


Trans Cat is one of the few webcomics I read. Webcomics have always been something that I've thought I should investigate more, and while I read some D&D and World of Warcraft webcomics, I've always struggled to find any LGBT webcomics that I've ever enjoyed. Trans Cat bucks this trend and really is just very lovely: it's sensitive, relevent, and actually genuinely compelling. Whenever a new trans Cat is posted; I'm there straight away! Check out the https://sites.google.com/site/transcatcomic/ " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Trans Cat webcomic, follow Trans Cat on Twitter, and like Trans Cat on Facebook.


M x








Blatant Plug

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 8:51 PM Comments comments (0)





Like Q&L, Zhoosh Magazine is returning after a hiatus! It will, of course, feature a new Q&L column. They are looking for new LGBT writers/ photographers/ artists to contribute, so if you're interested, why not get in touch with them?


The Zhoosh website, where you can download the last edition (which, remember, has an exclusive Q&L column!), and get in touch if you're interested in contributing can be found here.


M x

Living Book

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (1)

In my borderline obsessive personal mission to make the diva kitty famous, I have endeavoured upon what might appear to be another shameless self-promotion of this blog. However, I'm not quite conceited enough to do something that I don't want to do to promote my writings, but I am prepared to do something unusual. As a fringe benefit, I am doing more voluntary work in equality and diversity. It's all win!


I am in the trade union UNISON at my place of work, and they have launched a campaign recruiting 'living books' to visit public libraries. Under the initiative, a group of 5 or so UNISON members visit a library for a few hours and people can 'borrow' a person who has a unique story to tell, instead of a book. It is a project aimed, essentially, at encouraging diversity, acceptance and understanding: the organisers have deliberately built up a catalogue of living books who are from different backgrounds and cultures. I am, however twee this may be, a representitive of the LGBT community. When we visit libraries, members of the public can sit down and listen to our stories in small groups or one-on-one and will be able to ask questions.


So, of course, my living book is called Queen and Lafifa and is about my life as a neurotic gay man living with a diva kitty. Sound familiar?!

Essentially, I will be reading the more substanstive and (allegedly) funny entries from the back catalogue of this blog to people in libraries. Perhaps I'm peculiar, but this prospect just seems a lot of fun, and if I can educate people inasmuch as I present to them a likable, fallible chap who loves his cat who happens to be gay then this is a good thing. If I can reach out to people who have preconceived ideas about gay people and I can make them question these ideas, I've done a good thing. And I've also managed to promote this blog. As I say: it's all win.


We have to write a little blurb about what our 'book' is about. The majority of them are a lot less frivolous than mine and are about personal tragedies and enduring hardship, but the way I see it is that every library has its autobiographies, its cookbooks, its comedy, and its factual books - I happen to be (hopefully) one of the books in the comedy section of this particular library.


This is what I've come up with as my blurb:

Mark Adams is an early thirties, geeky gay man who is a self confessed neurotic. His book, Queen and Latifa, is more of a living blog than a living book. Based upon his popular blog, Mark's story is how his life was changed for the better when he adopted a rescue cat called Latifa: he's the queen; she's Latifa, if you will. When he met her at the cat sanctuary, she was affectionate, friendly, and meowed a lot. He instantly fell in love with her! Little did he know what he had let himself in for and that she is a complete diva! Hilarity, a frustrated geek, and cat treats ensue...


If anything interesting happens at the Living Library events, I'll report back here.


Have fun,


M x

Q&L Seasonal Card

Posted on December 1, 2009 at 8:23 PM Comments comments (0)

Seasons’ Greetings to all my friends and blog readers!

As I established on my previous blog (remember, it isn’t family friendly like Q&L), I’m not sending out paper greeting cards for a couple of significant reasons (beyond the fact that I would find writing out cards phenomenally dull!). Without wishing to sound like too much of a save the planet recycling loon, it is clearly better for the environment to send an electronic card rather than chopping down trees to say what can be said on my blog. Beyond this, as always, the money I save by not paying for paper cards is given to a charity. This year, unsurprisingly, I have decided to give a donation to the RSPCA Manchester and Salford branch. So you may not have a paper card from me that you’ll throw away in January, but you did get goodwill vibes and the satisfaction that some money went to a good cause instead!

Another thing that using this medium allows me is the opportunity to do something silly and ‘internety’. Please do click play on the video below if you fancy a chuckle at silliness, courtesy of Q&L.

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So all that is left for me to say is that I hope that you have a relaxing and enjoyable seasonal break, and a prosperous and happy New Year.


Have fun,


Mark & ‘Tifa



Rev. Latifa Adams BA?

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 11:19 PM Comments comments (0)

That's 'Batchelor of Arts', not 'Bad Attitude' (although oftentimes she can be accused of the latter)...


I was recently made aware of a BBC documentary that managed to register a cat as hypnotherapist. This got me thinking deliciously childish thoughts: what could I register 'Tifa as or get her qualified in? What mailing lists could I get the diva kitty to join? A friend of mine went through a particularly fruity stage of joining as many mailing lists as humanly possibly and making up the most ridiculous names possible (I'm sure I remember Barbara Smellipoo being one of them) and seeing if bands/ cluns/ etc would notice or not and send information to his parents home.


So, if I actually get off my backside and bother to do this (a la wanting to make 'Tifa an official lolcat and/ or launch a Q&L webcomic), I shall post up what qualifications I've gained for the diva kitty or what associations I've managed to join on her behalf. Or, as I suspect is likely, it'll remain a mildy amusing, silly thought...


M x

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