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  • Urgent! LeahH has had to drop out of Pop-Ups today (she’s bed-ridden! Get well soon!!!) so if any other Litopian wants to jump in and fill the vacancy, send me a message NOW!
    So looking forward to having Arianne "Tex" Thompson guest on Pop-Ups this Sunday! I’ve never spoken to anyone whose middle name is “Tex” before :) And I hear she wears a cowboy hat too… unmissable!
    Unreasonably happy to find that Hayao Miyazaki is now on UK Netflix...
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    AgentPete
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    Really hard to choose. There was only one I didn’t love so much, The Wind Rises, which didn’t have the magic for me. I know very little about Japanese storytelling, probably only Miyazaki and Murakami, but they both seem to have a very loose but effective approach to story. May not be a representative sample, tho :)
    Emily
    Emily
    Spirited Away is a great favourite in this house. My eldest is a huge fan; now studying film in Uni and was taught himself Japanese for years thanks to Hayao Miyazaki :)
    Nmlee
    Nmlee
    I'm not sure how anyone can possibly choose one Studio Ghibli film as a favourite. There are so many amazing stories, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Grave of the Fireflies (which reduced me to a sodden mess of tears), and Castle in the Sky just to name...well, several.
    On tomorrow's Pop-Up Submissions: special guest Mo O'Hara with fantasy by Victoria Bastedo; commercial women's fiction by Caroline Meech; adult romantic fiction by lynn hughes; historical fiction by Victoria; dystpian by Theo Von Cezar. Join us live in the chat room, 5pm UK!
    Big day today, Ian McKellen recording Michelle Paver’s next book in the Wolf Brother series!
    Sorry, folk – last-minute substitution: The Lake at Standing Rock by Rachel O'Sullivan will now be on next weeks’ show and has been replaced on today’s show by "PINTO!" by M.J. Evans.
    Join me live in the Litopia chat room for today's show... with fiction by Andrew Smith; self-help by Julie Leoni; historical by Hannah Rose Marsden; social thriller by Sinead Nic Cionna; speculative by Rachel O'Sullivan. At 5pm UK.
    Coming up on this Sunday's Pop-Up Submissions... "Alice the Wise" - ya sci-fi by Bob Albo; "One in a Trillion" - suspense/thriller by Darren Burgess; "Toubab Tales" - travel / biography by Rob Baker; "Our Wandering" - upmarket by Lorna Brown and "The Eye Collector" - urban fantasy/thriller by Simon Kewin. Join me live at 5pm UK here in the Litopia chatroom!
    My first Rolfing session this Saturday. Apprehensive.
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    And? How was it?
    AgentPete
    AgentPete
    Not nearly as painful as I expected! In fact, virtually no discomfort. Not so much a massage, more like pushing the fascia around – a lot. Nearly two hours. Still thinking about it, but not as intense an experience as I suppose I was actually hoping for. Ashtanga is so darn intense, I probably expect everything physical to be on that kind of scale now. I didn’t cry :)
    Barbara
    Barbara
    You're probably fairly relaxed already and so used to intense work like you say, or they didn't work deep enough. It might hit you tomorrow. Are you going again? Maybe they are willing to get in there if ask for deeper work.
    Hi Pete, thank you for voting my submission, ‘The Beating Heart’, as winner yesterday. I very much appreciate the feedback from you, Ali and the chatroom, and will re-write my opening accordingly. I’ll probably re-submit in a few weeks. Leaving the genre off the submission was an unintentional mistake on my part. I watch Pop-Up Submissions most weeks because I find it so helpful. All the best, Liz Brown
    Tomorrow’s Huddle is now full, but remember there’s another one this month on the 25th. And of course, hope to see you this Sunday in the Chat Room at 5pm!
    Coming up on this Sunday's Pop-Up Submissions... "The Beating Heart" by Liz Brown; "Dara and The Red Branch Knights" - children's novel by Maire McGuire; "War of Redemption: Awakening Warriors" - fantasy by Abigail Hall; "The Hunter's Walk" - fiction by Nabeel Ismeer and "The Key" - crime-thriller by Zoran Stojanovic. Join me in the Litopia chatroom live at 5pm UK!
    On this Sunday's Pop-Up Submissions: humour by Ian Creese; crime/thriller by Norton Sims; literary fiction by Aaron Kent; comic fiction by Martin Ross; survival-thriller by Cameron. Join me live in the Litopia chat room, 5pm UK!
    Delighted to say that my client Michelle Paver’s DARK MATTER will be serialised by BBC Radio Four as their Christmas Book at Bedtime this year. Prepare to be terrified!
    Coming up on this Sunday's Pop-Ups... "I Want Out" - a political thriller from Steven McCracken; "The Man Who Lived Twice" - romance from Kenneth McCormick; "Jeanne de Vixouze" - historical fiction from Bruno; "Dead Man Walking" - YA from Micah Carlsen; and "The Devil's Apprentice " - historical fiction from Fiona Fraser-Thomson. Join me live at 5pm UK in the chat room!
    Today’s Pop-Up Submissions: science fiction by Dan Payne; historical-fiction by Adam Alexander; fantasy by Abigail Hall; alternative history thriller by Alistair McKechnie; thriller by Raven Taylor. Join us in the Litopia chatroom at 5pm UK!
    Just back from a weekend in Margate(!) and dying to get stuck into today’s Pop-Ups… see you in the chatroom in an hour’s time!
    Steve C
    Steve C
    I went to boarding school in Ramsgate and sometimes we escaped and made our way to Dreamland in Margate. Ice cream and the Big Dipper, those were the days :)
    AgentPete
    AgentPete
    Dreamland is certainly an oddity… and what’s with that bizarre 1960s tower block next to it? Lumps of it are literally falling off… but it’s still inhabited!
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Katie-Ellen Hazeldine
    Margate on the box last night, all this, and the Turner gallery and Turner Prize.
    Coming up on this Sunday's Pop-Up Submissions... "Secrets on the Marsh Wind" - children's, 9-12+ by Jeremy Barron; "Ten Francs and a Banana" - romantic comedy by Ian Shannon; "The Angrelline" - sci-fi/fantasy by Pete Bonasso; "The 93rd of April" - women's fiction by Sarah Holt and "Century" - literary fiction by Jonathan Page. Join us here in the Litopia chat room at 5pm UK!
    On next Sunday's Pop-Ups..."Water" - ya sci-fi from Andy Dickenson; "Blue Shift" - science fiction from Dan Payne; "love and care" - personal narrative/memoir from shaun deeney; "Pay the Premium" - historical fiction from Joanna Beresford; "The Life and Death of Harry Peace" - crime / thriller from David McKeown. Join us in Litopia's chatroom, 5pm UK
    On today's show... urban fantasy by Jeff Fulmer; adventure chapter book by Sarah Wynne;
    horror by Marc McGowan; autobiography/urban drama by George Ofurum; urban fantasy satire by Rob Stoakes. Join us in the chatroom @ 5pm UK
    SORRY!!! I have inadvertently just forced all members to re-accept the Terms & Rules. My mistake! They haven’t changed! See, I'm overtired :(
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