Wow, it’s been a long time since I updated, huh? Between a hard drive crash, finishing my university work, and moving home, it’s been a struggle to find time to write anything, let alone a blog post. It is unfortunate that I have lost my dedicated writing space, but I should have something more permanent set up at home fairly soon. Until then, it’s a case of writing in bed or on the couch in front of the television. Neither particularly conducive to the creative process, but it is what it is.
Since I haven’t written in a while, I’ll be easing myself back into the process with some short form work before diving head first into anything long term. I’ve tentatively started work on the first of these. It was originally an idea I had for a novel, but there’s sadly not enough story there for a long form story, so I’ve condensed the idea into a shorter story that should fall somewhere between five and ten thousand words. I’ll be dividing it into chapters and posting it on my blog as I go along, so keep an eye out if you’re interested in seeing that. It’s a horror story, and I’m treating it as an exercise in world building and creating an atmosphere as well as hopefully telling an emotional story. I’m excited to have the opportunity to share it with everyone.
Beyond all of this procrastination, I have found the time to read some books, go to the cinema a few times and live tweet the E3 press conferences. I’ll leave out my opinion of the E3 conferences because it’s well documented in my Twitter history. Like most of the internet however, I was underwhelmed.
Sadly, I found myself feeling the same way about Prometheus. Alien is one of my favourite films, so I had very high hopes for Ridley Scott’s return to this universe, but the film was kind of a mess, especially the second act. It hasn’t been out long enough for the moratorium on spoilers to be up, so I’ll skip the details. There were, however, several moments where characters who were supposedly intelligent made unreasonably stupid decisions. As a fan of storytelling, seeing characters act out of character just to further the plot annoyed me a lot more than it probably should have.
Speaking of books, I recently read the newest China Mieville novel Railsea. It may be one of the only stories I’ve read that managed to break the fourth wall and not be completely obnoxious about it. Recommended for anyone in the mood for a clever adventure story with some steampunk tendencies. It helped to cement Mieville as one of my favourite modern authors.
Anyway, enough procrastinating, back to work on this short story and preparing my desk upstairs. Oh, and buying post-it notes. Impossible for me to organise without post-it notes.