Saturday, 4 January 2014

Happy birthday JRR Tolkien.

Head on over to brainpickings for a really nice piece about JRR Tolkien that discusses a new book which focus' on his illustration artwork.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

The Alan Moore Lecture 2013 in Full


Well, here we are, the beginning of a new year. Should you be reading this, then I would like to offer my best wishes to you for 2014. Here's hoping that we all get a little closer to realising our dreams and ambitions.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Fangoria Kim Newman interview

I was recently having a trawl though Fangoria's website when I spotted an interview there with author Kim Newman to promote his new book JOHNNY ALUCARD This is the latest in his Anno Dracula series. I've read most of Kim's books and I've really enjoyed them. His Anno Dracula series is brilliant and I'll certainly be picking up a copy of this latest instalment.

You can read the interview over at Fangoria by clicking HERE.

You can also find Kim Newman's website HERE.

The importance of libraries by Neil Gaiman

Here's a great piece from Neil Gaiman who talks about the negative impact of closing libraries. They've been several closed in the town where I live and I think that it's shameful. And they were beautiful old buildings in their own right, that have now been demolished so that the council can sell the land. No doubt something new and ugly will be built there that will be falling apart in a decade or so.

Anyway, you can read it HERE.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Author Patrick Rothfuss interview

Here's a great interview that I found with author Patrick Rothfuss, writer of The Name of The Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, which are books one and two of The Kingkiller Chronicles. I have both of these books and they do sound fantastic and I'm really looking forward to reading them. However, I'll wait until he has completed the series (I Think that there's one more), before I read them.

Patrick Rothfuss Interview by SFLTV

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Bit's and pieces 1

I've been chopping and changing my Blog quite a bit over this past week but I've finally settled on this look. I'm really hopeless when it comes to anything technical so it's taken me some time to figure things out and get the Blog set out in a way that I'm happy with.

I'm still chipping away on my novella. Currently I'm making lots of notes etc on establishing the world and getting everything down and worked out. And whilst I'm doing this I'm figuring out the story as I'm still not happy with it. It was originally a screenplay but I was never entirely happy with it. So now I've decided to rewrite it as a book I'm pulling it all apart, lol.

I've been reading some ebooks by Chuck Wendig on writing. 500 Ways To Be A Better Writer, and a couple of others of his. Although I've not actually read any of his fiction, I've found a lot of helpful tips and advice from these books and I've been making a lot of notes from them. I can't afford to go on any writing courses so books like these are a great help.

As well as working on my novella, I've been thinking about maybe writing some short stories. I've got some scripts that I'd wrote a long time ago which I'd envisioned as short films, so I'm thinking of turning them into short stories instead.

I'm on season five of Breaking Bad at the moment. Over the past month or so my wife and I have worked our way through series' 1-4. I've enjoyed it for the most part although I have found some episodes and aspects of it to be a little slow for my tastes, but I'm really glad that I stuck with it. I've not wigged out over it like a lot of people have, but it's good. I say that TV is offing so much great stuff that I'm not watching a lot of films. I'm still watching some, but to be honest I'm really not enjoying them. All the big releases of the summer just left me feeling a bit bored. My two biggest disappointments were Pacific Rim and World War Z. They really should have adapted WWZ for TV as that film was a pretty poor on its own but as an adaptation it was staggeringly bad. Pacific Rim just left me feeling cold. I was really looking forward to it but cool monsters aside, I didn't like the characters very much and it's world felt half-baked. I was gutted to say the least. First time I'd been to the cinema in over a year too.

Book wise I've picked up quite a few recently. I'm currently reading China Mieville's Embassytown. I'm quite a fan of his but I must admit I was really struggling with this one and I came close to leaving it. But, at the half way mark, it finally kicked in big-style and I'm really enjoying it now, lol. I'm thinking that once I've finished it I'm going to read JOhn Connolly's last two Charlie Parker novels as that will finally bring me up to date on them.

That's it for Bit's & Pieces 1. Whatever you're doing, I hope it's going well :)