It has to be said, readers, I'm not sure this show is part of my plans for a perfect world.
I'm also currently watching The Office (UK edition) for the first time, so I'll be doing a comparison piece soon. Little tease for you there.
It's actually pretty good, which is a relief. I really enjoyed series 4 and hate being disappointed.
And now, having written 25,000 words back then, I'm rewriting most of it yet again. Three starts on the same story. My impatient younger self would've told me to give up and try something else by now. Does he have a point?
I've isolated three factors to blame for this third restart – oh yes, synchronicity. Let's list them.
In my earlier blog post about toy-based Vine videos, I asked if anyone had made an amusing Vine video featuring Spider-Man yet.
No-one responded, so I took it upon myself to get that sorted. Here we see Spidey trying to enjoy a quiet Guinness, only to be accosted by an unwelcome visitor.
Love that moment at the end. Who knew Spidey had such Amazing comic timing?
Ever curious and easily led, I downloaded Vine, a new video app owned by Twitter, aiming to do for internet video what they did for blogging - make it short, simple and doable for all.
Whether Vine will face an Instagram-style backlash, I don't know - "Now that everyone thinks they can make nice videos, how will professional video editors get work?" - but it seems unlikely. Unless the whole world decides that their wedding/birth/ransom demand videos need only be six seconds long.
Anyhow. My only use for Vine so far has been making rudimentary stop motion videos of the toys on my desk! (I'm nearly 29.)
Yes, I warned you there was more coming. Think that's it for tonight though. Sweet dreams, readership.
It's going to be a busy week in TV reviews, guys, so get ready. A couple of new shows starting, all the usual suspects too.
Should really do some work on that novel too.
Includes new Being Human trailer and other assorted embeds. Plus - which TWO major properties are both returning over Easter weekend? What three-letter word links the two series returning in April?
Best read my article and find out, really.
It was okay. File this under I for "interesting". Oh, and not one of my more thoughtful pieces, but I also threw up a news piece about the return of Black Mirror on The Digital Fix yesterday.
If you enjoy the nausea-inducing November writing challenge of NaNoWriMo, maybe you’ve found yourself wanting to find other ways to turn writing into a game. Myself and a friend, both living in the Nunhead region of London at the time, once attempted a second 50k writing challenge in the month of March, under the name “NunheadWriMo”.
You may laugh, but it kinda works with the abbreviation. Without a forum to motivate us, we pushed each other by exchanging trash talk on MSN. For those of you without a kindhearted friend to hurl verbal abuse, though, how can you keep “winning” at writing?
Well, if a daily target and willpower aren’t enough, here are some other incentive schemes.
Second up, a review which has required a month's research (well, TV watching), so I've let myself have a whole thousand words to cover it:
Can Birgitte discipline her ministers? Well, she'll give it a shot.
Two TV reviews today, after a particularly hard day of staring and typing yesterday.
And, last but definitely not least...
Seriously, though: Way To Go is actually pretty good. It's always exciting as a reviewer to discover a great new show you'd not heard of before. Although it may also mean BBC PR haven't been doing much. Still, check it out.
There are, you may have noticed, a lot of books on writing out there. So, as someone who has already done a whole Masters on the subject, did I get anything extra out of Thomas's contribution to the genre? Well, yes and no.
Last TV piece today, unless massive news happens. Proper blog post tomorrow! Imagine!
Poo running in the street this week, as cholera comes to town.
That's The Last Worker and Battle Ready. Enjoy. More coming later.
Yes, I've already covered the individual episodes for Digital Fix, but here they are combined. Features brief playing with language.
So, happy new year! As you might notice, I’ve made some 2013 changes. As in, we’re now on Blogger (because Tumblr kept crashing), and the site has a new look. For anyone reading this on the RSS feed, why not go check out the new design?
(And if you’re not yet on the RSS feed, why not subscribe? It’s easier than remembering to check the site. Previous subscribers should have come across.)
Anyway. Aside from a new look website, with added staring eyeball, what else is new?
A fun project, and I decided to write about the tube stop I know best. So: a story about the street directly outside Brixton tube, with my usual warmth and humour.
Other writers following this blog, totally contribute if you have the time and inspiration, it's a fun project.
It's okay. Better than the first one.