In the Headlines

In case you CBF’ed reading the copy above, my trilogy just sold in Poland to Buchmann. They publish Tom Clancy, so maybe he can advise me on which Pacific Islands are worth buying. Hai fivez.
In other news, my month-long post-edit hiatus is now over, and I’m back to working on book two.  I’m about 80k into it, but only the Flying Spaghetti Monster knows how many of those are actually good, so we’ll see how we go once the dust settles. It’s most definitely shaping up into a “it’s always darkest before the dawn” style tale, but therein lies the trauma with all second acts. I admit that I quite enjoy torturing these tiny little people I’ve created. Plus, I actually thought of a title I’m super-chuffed with, which in my mind is 90% of the battle won.
I’ve made it over the Eccleston hump and I’m into the Tennant episodes of Doctor Who. Mickey just joined the crew, and I’m praying he gets face-huggered very quickly, or the Doctor cracks the shits with his constant “What’s goin’ on ‘ere den?” routine and flushes him out an airlock.
No further news on STORMDANCER. Edits are still with the Powers That Be. No doubt as soon as I get into the groove on Book 2, I’ll get more edits on Book 1, so rather than lolly-gagging about here on the blog all day, I’d best get back to it.
Oh btw, in case you missed it, I’ve got an author page on Facebook here. And if anyone can reveal to me the secret of changing my Author Page URL (rather than the Personal Page that admins the Author Page) I personally guarantee you a signed copy of STORMDANCER once it comes out. Or some skull-stonkingly good booze. Whichever you prefer.

13 Responses to “In the Headlines”

  1. Disco Stu says:

    Stormdancer II: Electric Boogaloo does have a nice ring to it, but my money is on Stormdanceharder.
    Tennant’s first season had some great moments, but wasn’t his best. I’d say the next season wins out there; that’s when they started reformatting and updating the better tales of the ‘New Adventures’ (DW fiction produced in the 90s, much of which rocked).

  2. A-bomb says:

    It’s kind of bullshit that you have to sit through two season of crap-to-average before a show hits its stride. Surely there’s some kind of viewing guide out there, telling you what shows you need to watch in order to get the essential over-arching plot points or meet characters that will be important later without having to endure Every. Single. Episode. of Mickey’s pointless whinging?

  3. Disco Stu says:

    Well, I think that bad DW is still average-to-good TV 🙂
    As for the key episodes, it depends on what you want to focus on. Mickey’s character arc takes a couple of seasons but he’s a different person at the end of S2 compared to the start of S1.
    Season 1 (Eccleston): Rose, Dalek, The Long Game, Father’s Day and the two last episodes will give you the key gist of the series; you’ve got the key characters, some development and backstory, set-up and pay-off of the bad guys, and a neat little story that shows why the Doctor doesn’t just choose anyone to be a companion.
    Season 2: the Christmas Invasion introduces Ten but isn’t that fantastic an episode. The next episode (New Earth?) is a good introduction to his character and shows his love of little shops. School Reunion and Girl in the Fireplace are nice single episodes, that tap into some old tropes but present them in new ways.
    Age of Steel isn’t great but is semi-required viewing for the finale. The Impossible Planet/Satan Pit two-parter is quite good, but skip Fear Her and head straight to the final two episodes.
    Season 3: Human Nature / Family of Blood / Blink are three of the best episodes in the entire show, and they’re all on one disc. If you just want a taste of the show, this is where to start and finish. The finale is a three-parter; the first two eps of it are solid, the third not so much – which is a recurring problem with Russell T Davies’ story arcs.
    Season 4: half-good, half-bad. Silence in the Library, Forest of the Dead and Midnight are all great, but a lot of it is pretty meh; as an example, the Fires of Pompeii episode looks fantastic (they re-used the sets from HBO/BBC’s ‘Rome’) but the story is mediocre. Catherine Tate plays a surprisingly likeable companion – I don’t like her comedy, but she has good chemistry with Tennant.
    The 2009 Specials: skip the lot of them.
    2010: Matt Smith. About 25% good, 75% awesome. Funnier, madder, darker and a little more adult without losing its childish sense of glee. Within moments he establishes himself as one of the best actors to ever play the Doctor, blowing childhood favourites out of the water.

    • Dude, he’d want to be the second coming of christ to top big Tommy Baker.
      Like, he’ll need to literally roll up on set, bust out the sonic screwdriver and start turning water into wine.

  4. Disco Stu says:

    I have the box sets if you wanted to borrow them, btw, plus a bunch of the older stuff for comparison. The War Games (’69) still holds up well, especially considering they filmed several key segments in a rat-infested garbage dump, through sub-zero temperatures, whilst being slightly tipsy and without the time or money for re-shoots when things went wrong.

    • Do you have Robots of Death? GodDAMN I loved that one. And Genesis of the Daleks. Revenge of the Cybermen. Pyramids of Mars. Talons of Weng Chiang. Terror of the Zygons. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  5. Lindsay says:

    Ahhhh DAVID TENNANT. Hurray. I dig series 2, despite the presence of Mickey. (And he actually gets less annoying, which is cool.) The Girl in the Fireplace is one of my favorite episodes — but oh man, just want till you get to The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit. That is GOOD SHIT RIGHT THERE, that is.

    • Saw the Girl in the Fireplace last night. It was very good (even though the whole TARDIS = universal mental translator thing wouldn’t have worked when the portals got closed. They should have all been speaking French with subtitles. And don’t tell me there isn’t a legion of girl geeks who wouldn’t swoon when Tennant started riffing au Francais) But yes, it was good. Best episode yet.
      But now they’re back on earth. With Rose’s fkn dad. And Rose’s shrieking shrew harpy bitch of a mother. And a totally re-written cyberman genesis andIjustwanttopunchthefknscreeeeeeeeeen

  6. should allow you to set the URL for your Author page 🙂

    • Alas, it doesn’t 🙁
      Here’s the prob. I have two pages – Personal and Author. The Personal page is admin for the Author page. I can change the Personal URL through the link you gave. I want to change the Author URL, but it won’t allow me to log into the Username tab whilst using FB as the Author Page. It forces me revert to my Personal ID. Thereafter, any changes I make affect the Personal page, not the Author page. It seems IMPOSSIBLE to enter the username area while using FB as a Page.
      Facebook makes me sad in the pants. 🙁

  7. Disco Stu says:

    Jay, responding to your earlier comment, I’ve got some of Doctors 2, 4, 5, 7-11. None of the stories that you mentioned though!
    Baker was the Doctor for too long – he had major problems working with others, and some of the sprays he gave cast and crew off-camera are quite eye-opening – but he had a great way of capturing a bit of the ‘otherness’ of being a Time Lord. Matt Smith does that too; he’s got some occasionally awkward expressions, comments and gestures that show that the Doctor doesn’t quite get social cues or mores. He’s great at making you remember that the Doctor is an ancient alien, even though he’s played by a personable twentysomething. He also carries William Hartnell’s library card.

  8. Judd says:

    I’ve got two very good friends who just moved to Poland. They’re metalheads. And nerds. And drink beer and eat sausages like it’s their fucking job. THEY’LL fkn love your book, I am sure.

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