Inception

“Last Christmas” (Doctor Who Christmas Special 2014) [SPOILERS]


last christmas doctor who

I have always found Doctor Who Christmas specials to be a bit hit or miss. That’s probably a description you could apply to the series in general, but the required shoehorning of Christmas paraphernalia into the storyline tends to stretch the credibility that bit further.

David Tennant’s debut in “The Christmas Invasion” is probably the pinnacle of them, whilst offerings like “The Next Doctor” were no different than ordinary. And the likes of “The Snowmen” were just pretty bad.

And, it being Christmas, the viewership figures will be higher, and opinions will be divided. So this, humbly offered below, is mine.

Read on…(and mind the spoilers!)

Heresy of the Week – Plot holes, even big ones, need not be fatal


prometheus engineer wakes

Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

“Plot holes are bad, and big plot holes are very bad. Yet whilst they obviously aren’t desirable, there is no reason that a plot hole spells doom for a film or TV series.”

Read on…

Heresy of the Week – A good trailer is every bit an art as a good film


guardians of the galaxy trailer

Heresy of the Week is a (mostly) weekly spot in which I entertain some of the unthinkable notions of geek-culture. The arguments I put forward are not always things I personally agree with, but often rhetorical devices designed to force myself (and maybe readers) out of the boxes which fan discussions can get caught in. But that aside, feel free to get yourselves worked up and your knickers in a twist if you really want to.

This week’s heresy:

“Forgotten as soon as the film starts to play, the trailer is forgotten. But given that they are what draws an audience into the cinema, and are pored over by fans eagerly anticipating the finished product. There are bad, there are ones which do the job, and that rare gem: the good trailer.”

Read on…

I Quit


The story I’m working on, that is.

I know, I know. I shouldn’t give in, I should keep trying. Never give up, never surrender, as Tim Allen (embarrassingly, I can’t remember the name of his character in Galaxy Quest) would say. But screw it. This story isn’t doing what I want, and it’s sucking the life out of me in the disobedient process.

Even this kid appreciates that writing can sometimes be an incredibly frustrating business.

I’m not really sure how widespread this sort of problem is. Writer’s Block gets a lot of press, and is a generally well-known affliction of those in the creative world. This isn’t that. It’s not a lack of ideas, but rather an inability to translate this particular idea correctly onto the page. I’m not sure if it’s more infuriating than genuine writer’s block, but right now it’s doing my nut.

The thing is, I like the basic story idea. I don’t see anything wrong with it (even taking into account that it was partly ripped off  by Inception*). But the actual execution of it hasn’t been going well. It took an odd twist early on in the writing, which I wasn’t sure of at the time, and now it seems apparent that I’ve written myself into a creative cul-de-sac.

So I’m abandoning it. Temporarily, I’ll stress. One day I will come back to it, and it will be completed. However, I had been labouring to get it finished and submitted by today, for the current Crossed Genres magazine. That’s not gonna happen, so sorry to all the guys at Crossed Genres. You’ll have to wait, to read and reject my work. Though actually, I have an idea for November’s superhero theme, so maybe you won’t have to wait that long.

This actually happened to me about the same time last year, so who knows, maybe it’s some sort of voodoo (or hoodoo, I’m not honestly clear on the difference) curse. That worked out alright in the end. I left the idea, and forgot about it completely for six months, until I came across the original idea scrawled in my little black notebook (someday I’ll do a blog entry devoted to that little creative lucky-dip) six months later. Now it’s sitting as a first draft, in my “to-edit-and-find-a-home-for” pile.

So it’s not the end of the world.

In the meantime, I’ll write other things. I’ve already started work on a potentially suicide-inducingly dark novel. And have probably just jinxed myself in one line there. Oh well. Also, I’m probably going to post up some flash fiction for the one lovely person who actually reads this blog sometime later in the week.

The writing goes on.

[*I’m not actually accusing Christopher Nolan of plagiarism, that would be stupid. But this idea is also based around dreams, and came to me before I had seen Inception, or even knew what Inception was. So neither Christopher Nolan nor I are guilty of plagiarism, he just has the advantage of more productivity, and a multi-million dollar budget. The bastard.]

Inception Review…


So, I saw inception on Saturday. And I wrote a review on the way home. I was going to post it on here, when I’d edited it up on Sunday morning, and left a Facebook status to that extent. But, as they say, the best made plans of mice and men, often go awry.

When I woke on Sunday, I found a Facebook message from Tony Lee (head honcho of Pigasus Press and DVD reviewer for TTA Press’ magazines), inviting me to instead submit the review to science-fiction magazine-website The Zone. So I did.

So if any of you want to know how good Inception was, then please take a look at my newly-published review, on the site!