January 28th, 2019

The Spy Who Loved Me


A couple of months ago, I did something I'd been thinking about for at least half my life and got a tattoo.

It was a belated 40th birthday present to myself and also a belated reward for giving blood 50 times, since you have to take a few months off donating after a tattoo.

I'd hesitated because I have many interests and I'd never been sure what I wanted most. In the end, I went for the OO7 logo in current use on the James Bond novels (because I'm too much of a literary snob to go for one from the films), on my left wrist where it would usually be concealed under my watch.

It seemed to take ages, and it was mildly uncomfortable at best (at worst it actually hurt), so I admire anyone who has sat through a large and complicated design, but I am pleased with the results.

I wrote an accompanying article about Bond and tattoos for the Artistic Licence Renewed website:
The Girl with the James Bond Tattoo
The Spy Who Loved Me

The Jackal Who Came In From the Cold

Fox Spirit is a UK small press publisher of offbeat fantasy and sci-fi. They're furry-friendly (they'd have to be, with a name like that) and have just released their first all-furry anthology, The Jackal Who Came In From the Cold.

As the name suggests, it's spy-themed, and of course I was going to write and submit something for it. I was delighted to have my story The Off Air Affair accepted.

You may be able to guess from the title that it's a Man from U.N.C.L.E. pastiche. It stars coyote Montgomery Luck and ferret Nikko Ilyushin, agents for the United Nations Collaborative Intelligence Agency (U.N.C.I.A.), as they battle the forces of Shrike.

It's a good 20 years since I last had MfU fanfic published. Long enough ago that it was in zines.

And here's a picture I commissioned to celebrate the acceptance, from an alternate universe in which The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was a Hanna-Barbera cartoon:


(Artist: To0nMutt)

I have no idea why the furry fandom has embraced spy fiction so wholeheartedly of late, but obviously I am all for this.