Also inspired by my friend Alastair using contactless card payments at the branch of Pret where I was trying to think of a story. I’m simple and easily influenced sometimes.
Anyway, let’s go!
Second weekly (hopefully) News Surfing round-up on The Digital Fix, including two appalling photos, a lot of Armando Iannucci and... who is the document wallet douchebag?
I have a go at The Fire Rises, a new Dark Knight Rises tie-in online game for Dork Adore. Join Team Bane! Be a street criminal! Fumble in the dark!
Review of Armando Iannucci's Veep on The Digital Fix. Starts tonight on Sky Atlantic, it's actually pretty fun.
Tiring schedule at the moment, but the MA portfolio is slowly getting cranked out, as is a bunch of internet material. Most recently, I did a slightly mocking TV news summary for The Digital Fix, which I think came out okay and may even do again in the future if I have time.
Oh, and on Tuesday on this very website, I reviewed the sci-fi novel Genus. And I’m about to post a short story I wrote about not-really-politics. Now, if someone could just edit my novel for me…?
In a blogging moment I'm quite proud of, TV news round-up for The Digital Fix. Includes The Newsroom reviews, 10 O'Clock Live renewals, funny Shatner video, masturbatory news, other things...
I review the new romance mini-series True Love, in which the BBC try to recreate Love Actually on a TV budget with no script. Let's see how that goes.
My book reviews will rarely be prompt, as I read painfully slowly and pick most novels up in the Kindle sale. Nonetheless, I did recently finish one: Genus by Jonathan Trigell. After taking a month to read it, I should get some thoughts down before I forget them, so let’s go! (Trying to whip up some energy!)
Review of Dexter season 6 DVD on The Digital Fix. Mostly of the actual episodes as DVD extras were pretty minimal.
So here it is at last, although I did post that audio monologue about pigeons on Friday evening to tide you all over anyway. Oh, and I also did a blog post on Tuesday about the use of technology in stories, although that doesn’t apply to this at all.
Primeval returns on ITV soon, airing a series that was on Watch ages ago. Does this bode well? Probably not. Me on Dork Adore investigates.
The real world isn’t as conducive to beautiful literary representation as it was back in the day. Real-life dialogue too often takes place via text, email or instant messenger, which means ur book might have 2 feature awful abbrvtns and smiley faces. :(
Many authors would rather be kicked in the crotch by a centaur (or a binary camel - see illustration to right) than incorporate any of that modern nonsense, but it’s increasingly hard to avoid. Everyone is obtainable all the time, so what’s your excuse for any character being out of the loop when they could call, email, text or tweet someone? Isn’t it funny how they keep losing their mobile phones?
On a whim, I have recorded a brief audio ramble about pigeons, inspired by a fairly dull occurrence on the way home. Thoughts welcome, especially if they relate to how you would survive a pigeon attack.
And yes, this is kinda instead of a Friday story I suppose.
Preview of shows starting up this summer in the US on The Digital Fix, including 200 glorious words by me about Breaking Bad.
Final Game of Thrones review of the year on The Digital Fix. Most of the fighting was last week but we can still have fun.
Not much time today, or this week as a whole, hence a slightly dashed off snippit of dialogue as this week’s “Friday story”. But I think there were a few good jokes in there, so here it is regardless.
Oh, and if you didn’t catch it earlier in the week, I have also been doing a bit of blogging about writing. Well, the plan is to do it every Tuesday, so here’s the obligatory intro post. First real attempt coming up in a few days.