December 5th, 2013
The eagle eyed amongst you probably noticed that there should have been a post yesterday. I’m quite annoyed with myself. I’d been doing a good job of writing articles ahead of time and scheduling them to automatically post, but I’ve been struck by another bought of anxiety/exhaustion that has stripped me of will to do anything except sleep and see if I’m ok in the next few minutes and the next. Just when I finally started settling into a regular posting schedule with this site something goes and mucks it up again. No one likes whiney posts, I know, but I wanted to explain the break in pattern. I’ll hopefully get back to posting at the weekend, but if its any thing like last weekend I’ll be crawling into holes and wishing I were immortal. I’d wish I were dead, but that’s the whole problem.
So I remind myself again that artists never produce anything good when they are happy….. But nor do I write when I feel this shit.
December 4th, 2013
It’s far too early to do a full series review, and I don’t like doing reviews of individual episodes as then I feel obligated to review every episode. If I don’t then episode I reviewed had no context. What’s worse, the people who don’t read this blog will go “Hey Matt. Where’s the context?” And I start to look awfully embarrassed. So I prefer a more general opinion on the series so far as a whole, and you can take my desire or lack of desire to continue with the show as an endorsement of its quality. Or maybe there is just something better on.
November 30th, 2013
Males are men. We all know men. Manly men with their sharp angles, bulging muscles, desire to kill things calmly suppressed by a business suit and fast cars. Men, who yell at leather balls abused on fields. Men, who like drinking, and socializing and women. Chances are if we think about men we think about similar things. Stereotypes are terrible things but for the most part, in this case, it is true.
With the other half it’s a little more complicated.
Elfy Alodia Gosiengfiao. A true elf if ever I saw one. Photo courtesy of BlackmageAlodia
November 27th, 2013
It’s that time again. Time for us to roll the dice and see what the gods of writing want me to waffle on about this week.
For those new to the game: I use the ios app A+ Writing Prompts and get a random suggestion for writing. I then use that to write a little spontaneous fiction for your entrainment and for my practice. I urge other writers to join in with the game and any feed back is welcomed. Zombies and French cats though, are never welcome.
So here we go. This week we get…..
Ok. So… This now will feature some editing to fit the word count. I’ll use the full hour, if needed, but no more, and get the story to 55 words. Aw its hard. Can I have something else? No? Ok.
November 23rd, 2013
Pacific Rim with spoilers!
by the Hellboy Pan guy, starring a bunch of people you have never heard of before and Hellboy without make up
So it’s the future and stuff. Giant monsters have been periodically crawling out of the ocean and rampaging for so long that people have grown bored of watching giant mechs destroy them all. With the giant mech programme about to be called off, but the incursions becoming more frequent (oh, logic where is thou?), one guy must overcome his brother’s death and partner with a hot Asian chick on a suicide mission to stop the attacks once and for all.
November 20th, 2013
It is a sad fact about myself that my imagination is so powerful that I will completely absorb, consider, evaluate and dissect an idea before I stop to think about the possibility of it. For a person like me, random news reports and rumour are sources of great inspiration and terrible despair. As stupid as this might sound, I have dealt with the reality of apocalypse nearly every day of my life. That it has yet to happen or that you think it is stupid has no effect on the weight of my consideration, nor the anxiety that has tested my system because of it. Unavoidably, my emotional reaction each time is real. So, in truth of fact, I have all but lived through the end of the world, a dozen times over. So join hands with me and we shall go traipsing through the burning fields of Trenzalore and many other apocalypses.
No My Little Ponies here. This is a dark post.
November 13th, 2013
Back once again. It seems sudden. Then I did change the order of articles so I could publish the SHIELD article during its hiatus. So, for those still in the not-know, Sponty Fiction is where I take one random writing prompt from the A+ Writing Prompts app and go to town for an hour or so, writing a flash fiction draft. If it’s good, I might use it for a short story or novel later. If not, we’ll just leave it here to amuse people.
Ok, crazy….. let’s go.
November 9th, 2013
I do love a good time travel. Er, story! Time travel story. Excuse me while I clear my throat suspiciously. You might have guessed that by my recent Stein’s Gate review. You might have guessed it if you knew that I watched Back to the Future three times in two days once, after having already watched it at least a dozen times in my life – but probably way more. You might guess it because I’m a Doctor Who fan, and believe it to be one of the best TV shows on television; the rest of the world might agree with me too since it’s 50th anniversary is less than a month away. Basically, I like time travel. Its a specific form of fantasy fiction where characters get to mess about within the structured set piece of well documented events, personal milestones or investigate bleak futures (don’t buy Microsoft, I’m warning you now). A branch of that genre deals with something called ‘The Butterfly Effect’.
November 3rd, 2013
I wasn’t going to weigh in on this already loaded topic, but weekly quotas must be filled and I haven’t finished Doctor Sleep yet, so here we go. The show has taken a small break for boring American sports or something so it’s a good point to jump in and look at how it’s going so far. Is it the thundering juggernaut the network and creators hoped it would be or is it more blasé than a normal human in a world that’s becoming increasingly super?
October 30th, 2013
Sponty Fiction, for newcomers, is the regular article where I look at a randomly generated writing prompt from the lovely writing app. A+ Writing Prompts and waffle on about stuff hoping to make spontaneous piece of flash fiction. I set myself a time limit of about an hour and I do not go back and rewrite or correct any errors. This is completely first draft material. The idea being to sharpen by creativity. By all means join in and send me links to your responses if you want to have a try.
So this week’s prompt is….
So let’s go….