Thoughts You Don’t Have When You’re Sober. ~ Outside the Margins with Kevin Klehr

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Like all writers I’m a huge note taker, and thanks to the modern age I record my notes verbally into my phone. Sometimes when I take my morning swim, my mind works overtime and I come up with a new plot twist to one of my books. I then talk into my device once I’m outside, probably looking like a spy detailing the lives of mothers taking their kids to the pool and elders attempting aqua-aerobics as if this will give some imagined enemy an insight into Australian life.


Then there are those times that I’m with friends, sharing a few wines, followed by a few more wines, and little gems of dialogue come out. Instantly they are recorded for prosperity. Once a friend casually referred to someone as having “A vanilla hint of gayness.” This made it to the first page of my first novel. Another time a different friend suddenly came out with “I think I swallowed a clown” – perfect for the stoner scene in ‘Drama Queens and Adult Themes’.

But then there are those recorded musings that sounded good at the time but I know I would never use when I listened back. Like “You know you’ve had too much to drink when you start doing an impression of a marionette.” Don’t ask! I have no idea. All that comes to mind is ‘High on a hill was a lonely goatherd.’


Another one was “You know you’re an older couple when you can pick out your partner’s taste in fantasy bed partners,” and having just found that one again, it might be worth using.

Then there’s “A web is re-weaved when we can see through the lies.” At the end of this recording one of my friends exclaims “What?!!!” We’re we just drinking wine?

I used this next one in a meme once – “Is there the subconscious smell of sex in the home of a contented couple?” If anyone knows the answer, contact me.

“Pick a country and imagine that country is a person. Would it be a top or a bottom?” I have no idea what the conversation was that led to this, and I don’t think I could even begin to imagine.

And they get weirder –
• “Do people who wear big glasses secretly identify with owls?”
• “How wide your balcony door is open is in direct response to how much you want to take in the mood of the day, whether rainy, overcast or sunny.”
• “Invite your gay friends over but don’t tell them about the box of wigs under the coffee table. Then see who breaks first.”

I’ve kept these rejected thoughts and posted them as blogs on my site (See Thoughts I Had When I Was Drunk), and looking back over them they remind me how imaginative my friends are, and how the lives we lead provide rich fodder for fiction.

~Kevin Klehr

About Kevin Klehr

Kevin lives with his long-term partner, Warren, in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.

From an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again.

Kevin’s first novel, Drama Queens with Love Scenes, has been relaunched via Wilde City Press along with the sequel, Drama Queens with Adult Themes. Plus his Romance ebook, Nate and the New Yorker is out now.

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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