Shaun [of the dead] speaks out about DEAD SET

Thanks to Brian for alerting me to this:

Seems SIMON PEGG agrees with me about DEAD SET – and even uses the same pic for his article. Although well written it doesn’t really get to the point of why running savage zombies just don’t work unless you take it to it’s logical conclusion, but he brings up some very good points nonetheless.

And here’s an ace video he did with co SOTD star Nick Frost:

Now as we obviously share the same views (it is as if he read my blog post first ;0)) – why not buy my scripts Simon? c’mon! I’ll sell em cheap!

So Long Schlong

This morning, after a pitiful night’s rest, I was surprised when I not only had an interesting idea for a story but I also felt compelled to capture it in more than just my usual note form. I set myself a goal of writing only 750 words, no more no less. None of my usual ‘Novelletes’ 10,000 word max epics. I did it and I am quite proud of the piece, even if anyone I told about it seemed horrified by the idea of me penning a tale about a vampiric pecker and then wasting more time agonising over many morally questionable puntastic title choices than the actual story writing. I settled for SO LONG SCHLONG… but now I am torn between that and THE WORM THAT TURNED…. but the most important thing is that I wrote a proper piece of Flash fiction and that I also used a female narrator – as I am rather conscious and ashamed of my habitual use of male main characters – and got to work the occupation of ‘fluffer’ into a story too; a pitiful long term goal of mine. ;0)

It was only afterwards when I was wondering what subliminally inspired it?

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I also stumbled across a brilliant writers resource – something I have been searching for all these years since the internet has grown to fruition – a site that tells you who wants what and what they will or will not pay for, especially for short horror fiction! CHECK OUT DUOTROPE! I have already started submitting stories to a few of these sites, ones that will take ‘novelettes’ – or waffly [overly verbose] short stories like mine.

Flow in creativity – flow theory

Mr. Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced chick-sent-me-high-ee) is chiefly renowned as the architect of the notion of flow in creativity; people enter a flow state when they are fully absorbed in activity during which they lose their sense of time and have feelings of great satisfaction.

Mr. Csikszentmihalyi describes flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”

As motivation for low points during future projects – remember what it is like when you are writing and totally immersed in the process so that you are not even aware it’s there anymore and you’re living in the world that you created.

Life lesson – scared of one's own reflection

Watching TIGER – SPY IN THE JUNGLE – the excellent and very chilled out documentary following the exploits of a family of beautiful and majestic Tiger cubs.

The 4 cubs have been plagued by a strange male Tiger while away from their Mother. While the other three play in the long grass, the fourth attempts a river crossing. As he is about to hop from stone to stone he spies a stranger in the water – his own reflection, but assumes it is yet another strange male Tiger. Frightened he backs off and moves to another part of the river to search for another crossing point. Each time he encounters the strange Tiger and is forced to back off. Eventually he goes the long way round, avoiding the water’s edge altogether, rather than solve the mystery of the strange Tiger in the water.

I can relate to this in so many ways…. the ‘fear of self’ is the major obstacle to overcome, in order to realise your dreams.


OUTPOST (2007):

I just finished watching this and have to say although far from original it was a damn sight more entertaining that I thought it would be. OUTPOST is a rag tag ensemble action/horror tale of 6 mercenaries and their client in search of an abandoned SS bunker which may hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of physics, but ultimately delivers nothing but a killing blow accompanied by some classic one-liners. It’s a tad predictable and totally unapologetic about the muddy bootprints it leaves after rifling through a couple of major 80s genre plots (PREDATOR and JOHN CARPENTERS’: THE FOG) and uses a carefree pick and mix US style approach to history and logic, completely subverting what would have happened for what could happen. I mean using nazis as the bad guys is like shooting Aryan fish in a barrel and hardly challenging… but having said that it delivers exactly what it promises – with invincible undead SS troops and plenty of answering fire power – and I will gladly watch it again for it’s atmospheric Field’s of the Nephilim style cliche back-lighting and as a reference for the way they financed the film so quickly!

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