Nov 1st – Nanowrimo DAY 1 – EEEEEEeeeek!

I am feeling the fear.

It is only Day 1 of Nanowrimo and I realise that I hate my plot – which is still partly unfinished – and I am just not in the zone to write 2,000 words a day today. I have written 562 1,719 and they’re not the best.

How the hell am I going to survive this thing with my already fragile psyche intact?


LEFT 4 DEAD – free download

I just bought a copy of the film TEN DEAD MEN on DVD.  Why? well I like Indie cinema, escpecially when it is UK cinema and even more so when it is violent. I will of course gladly check out any cinema – but this DVD is special as it is made by a friend of mine – Ross Boyask.

Anyway, I digress, his first film LEFT 4 DEAD is available for free! – Yes, that’s right, I said free! – from the Britfilms website. And having seen it already, I can definitely vouch for it being a worthy download. And that has nothing at all to do with the fact that I was almost in the film. Yes, you read that correctly – I originally did a one day shoot with Ross and the other main cast members, with a view to starring as one of two ginger thugs in the film, fighting the main hero in a boxing ring in one scene and playing numerous dead bodies in another scene set in a Dojo. Anyway, to my knowledge, all of that footage remained on the cutting room floor – but now I have the download I can go through it frame by frame and check to see if I recognise myself.

Check out the site and try a streaming version of the full film or download the film as a Quicktime (.Mov) file from:

New ways of working – what tools do you use?

I am currently taking a small break from writing a new short story – a slaughterhouse tale – one that is definitely stretching me in unexpected ways, due to the amount of research I am needing to do, and the restructuring that I need to do to the plot to make it work for me. As a result I am having to learn new, more grown up, ways of working. Mainly because I tend to write instinctively and throw things together, then force them to bend to my will, rather than plan everything intelligently from scratch. I tend to see it in my head and go for it and that is why I often get bogged down later on, when the process is interrupted by the stress of my day job and then I struggle to remember where I was going with something and the mood I was aiming for at the time. I am slowly forcing myself to plan, to plot, to make notes, to research and delay the actual writing process until I am truly ready. It’s quite a demanding process and a bit too much like homework for my liking.

And this hopefully brings me around to the actual point I am trying to make [and badly]: that I am curious as to what tools you [Dear readers] use to construct your masterpieces?


The Strange Adventures of HP Lovecraft

Ron Howard is to tackle a comic book Lovecraft film:

He plans to direct “a big-budget adaptation of “The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft,” based on the Image Comics series.

In the article he says “It very cleverly uses H.P. Lovecraft in a fictional way, but there’s some loose biographical elements. But it certainly has the flavor and the tone of Lovecraft,” …. “The character is a very young Lovecraft.”

Oh God, let’s hope he gets this right and doesn’t bring us a comedy action hero failpic. Ron Howard has made some very shrewd and manipulative films and there’s potential here to launch Lovecraft’s work into the public eye like never before. But we all know that the average cinema goer might not be ready for a proper descent into the realm of Mythos. But they did lap up Burton’s excellent SLEEPY HOLLOW, so there’s hope for them yet.

Still I’ll definitely have to see it. Mainly out of curiosity of which stories are going to make it into the adaptation…

Empire summarise the article quite well here: