Tuesday, 1 April 2008

New website now live

My new website, Alien Son: Reflections of life—set up to publish my stories—is now live.

I guess I should introduce myself...I am a (very) middle-aged Australian dad of two sons and two daughters, one foster son, two daughters-in-law and a son-in-law. My foster son and his wife have two beautiful daughters.

I hate to see people hurting, particularly kids, so when I read of the problems that some young people—particularly gay and lesbian teenagers—face, it got me thinking. The suicide statistics for young people are alarming, and gays and lesbians are over-represented in those figures. Perhaps I could write a story that would encourage a person thinking about suicide to reconsider. Because I suffer from depression, and have many times felt like taking my life, I would be writing from experience. I began the story last year, and decided to publish it online so that it could have as wide an audience as possible.

Why Alien Son? That's the title of an autobiographical work about a Russian Jewish boy growing up in Australia after his family migrated here in 1914. He was an alien in a strange land. I suspect that some of my readers feel like that at times, as I do myself, so it seemed an appropriate nom-de-plume.

Click here to visit the website.

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