Severed baby’s foot now found on spike in suburbia. Police await arrival of nappy-clad spleen. (Taken with instagram)
Review of Christmas Doctor Who now up on Dork Adore! Who feels festive? (Seriously, hope Christmas was good.)
I did consider doing a whole blog post, rambling for a few hundred words, but I’m not sure there’s audience or need for it on Christmas Day, really.
Stil, to anyone reading, hope you’re having a good time with whatever combination of turkey, presents and crackers you’ve ended up with. If you’ve had a crappy year, you’re not alone, but that’s the beauty of the bright colours and big garish ideas. Distraction, if only for a day.
If you do want season-themed internet content, I posted a festive short story a few days ago, so give that a look. Otherwise, have a great one, and I’ll be back here before you know it. That Doctor Who Christmas special won’t review itself, y’know.
On The Digital Fix, I preview tonight's Outnumbered Christmas special. Only one TV blog left before Christmas! Regular readers can probably guess what it is.
Stairway to heaven. (under construction) (Taken with instagram)
I’ve been away from the Friday stories for a while, mostly due to MA deadlines, but I really wanted to do a Christmas Friday story. Especially since I wanted to do one last year, but was stopped by having to voyage pointlessly back to London to replace my smashed glasses. (Don’t ask.)
So, here it is! To make up for last year (and because I ran over quite badly), it’s longer than usual. Ta-da.
A lookback at the whole of Misfits series 3 for The Digital Fix, including the usual pining after Rudy.
Black Mirror review now up on The Digital Fix! And yes, this has been a very hectic TV blogging day. Hopefully you found at least one that mildly interested you.
A thoughtful lookback on the second series of The Killing (Danish edition) for The Digital Fix. Death & jumpers aplenty.
The x-ray reindeer cookie. (Taken with instagram)
Gingerbread TARDIS - complete. (Taken with instagram)
Gingerbread TARDIS in progress. (Taken with instagram)
And if you’re a particularly big fan, there’s even more in this other album as well.
Welcome, street-people, to the Hotel Elephant. (Taken with instagram)
Notes on a verse-novel lecture. (Taken with instagram)
Misfits vs zombies in the latest Dork Adore episode review. (A few days late, sorry. I did post a podcast, though.)
The new podcast from the Television @ The Digital Fix people, featuring, terrifyingly, me talking about Christmas television in my post-cold voice. Features Doctor Who, obviously, and a few other things.
Feel free to give it a listen above, or you can download it for yourself here.
Slightly exciting bit of blogging today, I've reviewed the upcoming Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie for Dork Adore, some time in advance of release. Go read.
Review of the second Black Mirror on The Digital Fix, in which the concept starts to... perhaps unravel a bit?
The office Christmas tree is up, tiny atop the printer. Fa la la la la etc. (Taken with instagram)
The Digital Fix team review the X Factor final LIVE! As you can imagine, this is among the happier moments of my life.
The Digital Fix team covered the X Factor final first night in a glorious live stream format. Behold.
Police baffled as another baby’s hand is found on a spike in suburbia. (Taken with instagram)
Review of both the new Misfits episode and the attached mini-episode thing "Erazer", up on Dork Adore.
Review of last night's Black Mirror debut episode on The Digital Fix. Pig sex finally hits the mainstream.
A short review of last night's X Factor, now up as part of The Digital Fix communal support group thing.
Latest Dork Adore review of Merlin, in which Elyan gets his moment in the spotlight and... um, does nothing with it.
Mum has been trying to sell this… thing on her bazaar stall for 4-5 years. Anyone want it? Only £3. (Taken with instagram)
And on The Digital Fix, a general mid-season review of The Walking Dead Year Two to date. I think I've definitely covered it now.
Tiny Christmas Skittles. (Taken with instagram)
Anyway, you don’t care about this “Dear diary” stuff. This is the fourth part of a serial, so you may want to read Satellite One, Satellite Two and Satellite Three if you want to understand what in hell’s going on. Let’s see if I can wrap this up in a vaguely satisfactory way.
Behold. CCTV on a stick. (Taken with instagram)
New Merlin review on Dork Adore, in which I pine over Lancelot and try to sound serious occasionally.
Notes on a Short Stories seminar (Taken with instagram)
If you haven’t been following it already, this is the third in a four part serial, the first two of which were cleverly called Satellite One and Satellite Two.
Battersea Power Station seen from a pub. (Taken with instagram)
An excited preview about the return of The Killing on The Digital Fix. (The Danish one, not the ropey remake.)
Review of the latest Walking Dead for Dork Adore. It's basically a gushing love letter to Daryl Dixon.
Time for the second part of the serial, cleverly entitled “Satellite Two”. You might be able to take an intuitive stab at what the other two will be called. And yes, this too has been written as part of my NaNo word count.
For those just joining us, you may want to read Satellite One before continuing…
My contribution to The Digital Fix group X Factor review now up. And check back an hour or so after Sunday's horror-broadcast for an update!
New Merlin review on Dork Adore, and the show is really trying to be "dark" this week. Old man torturing!
Also, in trivia, this is the 501st post on this blog. Wow. (Yes, this might’ve been more exciting if I’d noticed in time for the actual 500th, but never mind.)
And I think it goes up forever. (Taken with instagram)
Just found this in my wallet. Tempted to try and cash it. (Taken with instagram)
Write-in fuel. (yes, those are gingerbread Santas. Yes, that is the TARDIS.) (Taken with instagram)
Preview piece for The Digital Fix about tonight's Life's Too Short premiere, with Warwick Davis and Ricky Gervais.
It is raining at London Bridge. (Taken with instagram)
It’s also a bonfire night themed story, because I own a calendar. Perhaps a little bit of a scary one too, maybe I’m not entirely over Halloween.
And next week, the website story routine may change a little. I’m working on something. For now, plenty more stories are available as ever. Oh, and I seem to have gone slightly crazy with Instagram lately, resulting in massive expansion to the photo category on this website. I may get over it soon.
Notes on a Dickens Lecture - by Nick Bryan, aged 27 and a half. (Taken with instagram)
A recommendation for the excellent Russell Tovey sitcom Him & Her, which starts a new series tonight. Love that stuff.
Pub Classic. (Taken with instagram)
Also, my weekly contribution to The Digital Fix mass X Factor review, now available for your delight...
Review of the series 3 Misfits premiere now up on Dork Adore! New character, new powers, new everything!
The body of a giraffe. (Taken with instagram)
One Last Lantern (Taken with instagram)
Pigeons: A Selection (Taken with instagram)
Review of The Walking Dead season 2, episode 2, now on Dork Adore for your Halloween zombie pleasure.
Pub O’Lantern (Taken with instagram)
Also, I find it helpful to imagine the cars in this story as being the ones from the Pixar animated movie Cars, which I have never seen. As ever, if you want to read more stories, they are in the archives.
Sighted at badminton. (Taken with instagram)
Steampunk or merely pipes? (Taken with instagram)
My review of the Spooks finale for Dork Adore, posted within seconds of it finishing because I could.
New series of reviews on Dork Adore: The Walking Dead season 2! (Well, not ENTIRELY new, I did cover season 1.)
A bit of anticipatory blogging for tonight's Walking Dead season 2 UK premiere, for The Digital Fix.
But there are plenty more short stories on the website, and my 12,000 word story in an anthology, so hopefully this isn’t too inconvenient.
Or, if you’d rather not pay money, consider liking my Facebook page, I’m shooting for the 20+ mark. (Begging is a valid social media strategy, yeah?)
Now up on The Digital Fix, the last ever Spooks advance review ever to be written by man. Well, by me.
My episode review of the last Sarah Jane Adventures story, now up on Dork Adore, which is a bit of a bummer.
New Merlin review on Dork Adore, in which I spoil the plot twist and complain that they didn't utterly telegraph it. Well, I don't complain sincerely...
Oh, except it looks like I might be doing NaNoWriMo again, in some form. Not quite decided how yet. I know I said that exact same thing last year, and ended up just doing it in the normal fashion.
Anyway, fun time. More stories are available, as ever.
My latest Spooks review is on Dork Adore, covering their latest effort to confront religious fundamentalism.
The communal reviews of X Factor on The Digital Fix hit the first live show, including a 300 word bit by me...
And as before, you can get the anthology I’m in for as little as three quid if you go for the PDF format. It’s a decent story, honest.
Spooks preview time on The Digital Fix! Advance spoiler-free review of this coming weekend's episode! Excite yourselves!
Sarah Jane Adventures series premiere reviewed on Dork Adore. Yes, new weekly gig, but only for three weeks.
I wrote up both this weekend's episodes of X Factor for The Digital Fix, alongside a few other good folk.
Doctor Who may have finished, but you can now see me reviewing Merlin on Dork Adore on a Saturday night. Today: the series premiere!
The Dork Adore review of the 2012 Doctor Who finale is upon us. And may I point out how efficient I have been.
This week, The Digital Fix does the top ten final episodes and I write up a couple of them. Crucially, one of mine is number one.
And if you like it (or any of the others), you can still buy the anthology containing my 12,000 word piece “Blood Will Stream”, of which more details here. Or you can read the entire Friday story archives for free as ever.
And, included for completeness’s sake, there is a “Meet The Team feature up on The Digital Fix too, which includes a picture of my real human face. Exciting, I know.
A medium-length story I wrote called Blood Will Stream is in a new anthology called Standing In The Kitchen At Parties, from indie publisher Deserted By Dignity. (Yes, both those names do work pretty well for me.)
The story itself is about one woman’s quest to kill her boyfriend and stream it live over the internet. And I work part-time in IT and use a lot of social networking sites, so it’s obviously going to be 100% technically accurate.
Anyway, this does mean you’ll need to spend some currency to get hold of it, but the story is 12,000 words long, so you’re getting a decent chunk of me for your money. (That’s twelve times as long as the stories I post here on Fridays.) The publisher has posted a brief preview of my part on their website.
You can buy the book from Amazon UK, Amazon US, probably other branches of Amazon too. It isn’t up for Kindle yet, but I think that’s coming. For those of you who are not made of money and don’t care about having a real book, you can also get it in PDF format from Lulu for a much cheaper price.
(Although, for what it’s worth, I have the proper book and it’s a nice package. I’m rather pleased.)
Anyway, this is a big step for me, so I’m excited. If anyone buys the book and wants to let me know what you thought, there is a comment section below, or I also have an email address.
Latest Spooks review up on Dork Adore, as our heroes face the up-to-the-moment issue of... Spookileaks!
My weekly small segment in the Digital Fix group X Factor review. At least something happened this week.
Because all the cool blogs seem to have them, and because Facebook seems to be taking more steps towards world domination and I want to make sure I’m “in there”, I have created a Facebook page for Nick Bryan Dot Com.
If you want to get updates without having to visit this blog or mess around setting up an RSS feed, just ‘like’ that and away we go.
This has been an administration update. I do have some interesting news coming soon, I promise.
The Digital Fix counts down the top ten first episodes ever. I rave on about two Aaron Sorkin shows.
Advance non-spoiling review of Sunday's Spooks episode 2 now up on The Digital Fix. I do also write about things other than Spooks.
I contributed a few slightly annoyed paragraphs to this week's mass X Factor review on The Digital Fix.
Oh, and for fans of stories what I wrote, I may have some exciting news soon. Maybe, just maybe.
The final Torchwood: Miracle Day review on Dork Adore! Features Captain Jack menstruating backwards!
I sampled the new Doctor Who online video Facebook app thing for Dork Adore and wrote a blog post about it!
Advance review of the first new Spooks episode for The Digital Fix. Actually written in advance! Wow. (Don't worry, I've tried to avoid spoilers.)
New Doctor Who review on Dork Adore, in which I intuit the video game preferences of the creative staff.
Yes, the creativity was on fire this week. It’s named after this Pogues song, which I was listening to extensively when I wrote it but has little to do with the actual plot. As ever, more stories are available.
Man Vs Camera #106: Train Corner View
Episode 8 of Torchwood: Miracle Day reviewed for Dork Adore. With mere weeks to go, it must be time to pick up the pace?
In this week’s news broadcast, I take on the sudden omnipresence of football in my news consumption, seemingly (to me at least) much more so than in the last few years, and then that whole Nadine Dorries abortion counselling mess, just in case football was too dull and inoffensive.
The latest group X Factor write-up on Digital Fix, featuring a (somewhat grumpy) few paragraphs from me.
The preview/predictions for the new Doctor Who episodes on The DigitalFix, including some recap haikus for early series six by me, as well asa paragraph of predictions.
And if you like those, you can read my haiku representations for the first Matt Smith year on this very website.
New Torchwood review on DorkAdore, looking at pointless sex and violence and thinking "Aww, the good old days".
My latest, apparently weekly, news broadcast. This week, Steve Jobs steps down from Apple, GCSE results step up their grades, the US earthquake destroys everyone’s steps and the cat steps up its reign of terror.
This is the end of my Confessions highlights package. More are available on the old Confessions blog if you like, namely the ones I decided weren’t good enough to come across here.
Latest Torchwood review on Dork Adore sees the show get stuck in a rut, again. And again. And again.
My latest news broadcast thing, exploring A Level results as well as the imminent return of both Big Brother and X Factor. 1.5 minutes of your life that you’ll never get back, but hopefully you won’t mind too much.
Spooks is ending this year! The nice people at The Digital Fix let me write a heartfelt eulogy for the constantly angsting spies.
The latest Torchwood review for Dork Adore, and I'm starting to worry about these falling into a pattern.
A second news broadcast by me, this time covering today’s Parliamentary debate on anti-riot measures. I’m still getting the hang of this, feedback welcomed.
If you want to check out my first attempt, you can still listen to it here. (For now, at least.)
A small picture by Nicholas Matthew Bryan, aged 27 and a third.
A mock news broadcast I recorded, using my actual voice, at 1AM on a Sunday morning. It’s only one minute long. Unsure whether I’ll ever attempt anything like this again - I don’t hate it as much as I expected to.
In an indulgent homage to myself, this story also features a duck, and you can see the rest of the backlog as ever. Enjoy!
I’m porting over some of the better efforts from my old The Confessions blog, to try and make this a more definitive chronicle of my “work”. I’ll post a couple a day until I run out. Enjoy! (I hope)
I drew this. It is called “Camping”.
Yeah, I don’t know.
But, as ever, you can always pick through the archives for past efforts you haven’t read if you miss them badly.
Still, I’m off to Belgium for the weekend shortly, so I don’t have time to write anything different, Enjoy! (As ever, more stories are available.)