Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator 2: Judgement Day is the second movie in the Terminator series, and really steps up multiple levels from the first film. In this movie instead of a Terminator being sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor its been sent back to kill her son, John Connor, while he is still a child.

Like with my post about The Terminator I’m not going to give a plot summery, its a film which is two decades old so I think it’s more than bled into pop culture enough for people to know what the story is.

Terminator 2 is probably my Star Wars. I first saw it when I was in my early teens and it took hold of my imagination and hasn’t really let go. It influences so much about me. Whether it’s my habit of inserting Mini Guns into my fiction whenever I can, or my love of post-apocalyptic stories right through to my crush of Linda Hamilton. Even now, about twenty years since I first saw T2 I’m still discovering ways in which this movie has influenced me.

Arnold Schwarzenegger comes back as the Terminator and he smashes it, again. Schwarzenegger really was born to play this role and he steps up into it for a second time with as much passion and commitment as he did in the first movie.

Linda Hamilton has almost a totally different character to play in this movie. She’s no longer the naive young woman that was told she would be the mother of a great military leader. In Terminator 2 she has embraced the mission of raising this child, protecting him, and preparing him, to an unhealthy level really. Add in the fact that she’s lived with the knowledge of knowing the date that the nuclear apocalypse will happen has sent her almost over the edge. Hamilton really steps up spectacularly here. The intensity she puts into the character is very impressive.

Edward Furlong plays the young John Connor. He’s been brought up knowing he’s going to be this military leader, but the life he’s been dumped in isn’t what he’d been brought up to think it was. So he’s more than a bit of a juvenile delinquent. Furlong is very good here, he’s got that snarky kid down well, but when the story needs to show hints of the man he’s destined to become Furlong is able to pull it off.

A new terminator is introduced into this movie, the T-1000 is an advanced prototype terminator that is essentially liquid metal. Robert Patrick plays the T-1000 and he does so beautifully. The T-1000 is cold, relentless, and efficient as it tries to fulfil its mission. Robert Patrick, in my opinion is as good in this role as Schwarzenegger is as the Terminator.

James Cameron steps up the action, and the storyline, and the performances, and the special effects of the first film to make what I strongly believe is one of the finest movies ever made. If I am ever to make a list of my favourite all time movies, then Terminator 2: Judgement Day will be at the top of it.


Bring It On, Monday! 

I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a long day, today. I’ve woken up feeling incredibly tired and I know I’ve got a busy day at work before me as well. I’m also going to be doing some editing work tonight on the chapter I copied over to Project Apollo from an earlier draft.

So a busy Monday ahead, and despite feeling tired and that minor negative feeling that the day will be a long one I’m ready to attack the day head on! Moping around feeling tired etc. is pointless and counter-productive.

Bring it on! 

Rest In Peace Mr. Leonard Nimoy

I can’t remember ever watching the original Star Trek series, but I remember watching the movies when I was younger and I always enjoyed them and as I think back to those movies many of the scenes that have stuck in my memory were of Spock. The straight way that Leonard Nimoy played this character made it memorable and iconic and to me Leonard Nimoy became iconic as well. He seemed to have a good sense of humour about himself and from what I’ve seen and heard people say of him he seems to have been a good human being.

Rest In Peace Mr. Nimoy.

Looking Back at 2014

Last year was a year that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. It was a year in which I grew hugely as a person and as a writer.

On a personal level life was turned a little on its head in March when Tracie and I broke up. I’m not going to go into details, except to say it was an amicable break up. It was sudden though and it was quite clear to me that we’d made the right decision.
That changed a lot in my life about how I wanted to move forward. One thing I didn’t want to do was to dive straight into another relationship. I wanted to get my head, and heart, clear before even thinking about another relationship. I also wanted to make sure I knew how to be happy, or at least content, on my own. And I think I have done that. I still get my lonely points but they don’t last long and if I’m being productive with writing then it’s almost never.
I’ve been single since then, and I am okay with that. I’m enjoying having the time to myself and that time is letting me get writing, but more about writing in a bit. I think a few of my close friends may think I’m against meeting someone but if someone came along who blew me away then I’d embrace that, but I’m not willing to start dating someone who isn’t right for me.
That wasn’t the worst part of my year, I have family who are fighting serious health problems, but I won’t go into those in any detail at all. All I will say is that they are serious health problems that I wouldn’t wish on anybody.

A big upside of the year has been my cash flow. I won’t go into details but since becoming single it’s something I’ve worked hard on getting more stable. It wasn’t out of control but I was living a little close to the wire at times and I really didn’t like it. I’m not quite where I want to be, that’ll take a little while longer as I’m paying off a loan. But thanks to a little bit of luck this year is starting off really well now. Even without that bit of luck I would still be starting this year off on a good financial footing. Many months of being sensible are paying off and it’s a damn good feeling.

Now to the writing. Most of the year I was writing like I have always done, erratically. To occupy my mind I threw myself into writing after the break up and I got a short story written in about a day in April. That was also the first time I went to write-in with my local NaNoWriMo group. I’d been a member of the Facebook group for my region for a couple of years but this was the first time I really interacted with anyone from it, and I wish I’d done it sooner. This group has been incredibly supportive and inspirational since April and I don’t think I could have done as much as I have done this year without them (including a day when I wrote 7500 words, a personal best).

After that I turned to getting my vampire collection of short stories sorted out. Which I have done. This is a series that I have had stories written for since the end of 2009 and it felt really good to get the last story done and have them all tied together. I had to write a number of new stories to make the collection a decent size and to tie them altogether. This collection is with one of my primary Beta readers at the moment, and I’ve already had great feedback from another Beta reader. I’m hoping to have this out this year, I do have a date in mind but that’s staying with me until I have everything I need in place to have it published.
For NaNoWriMo I wrote a sequel to the story I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2013. Before NaNo began though I wanted to go through the first story and get it all tidied up, but it didn’t work out like that. I spent a lot of time faffing about and cutting huge chunks of it, but I didn’t get done before November and decided to sort it out after I finished NaNo.
I ‘won’ NaNoWriMo this year, finishing with a good few days to spare. The problem I found as I was writing it was that it was much better than the first book. So during December I started to re-write the first book. I set myself an outside target of 60,000 words and I was over 30,000 when I finished writing last night.
That put me on 162,870 words for the year.

I just want to take a moment to talk about the two collaborations that I’m working on. Firstly, The Residents. This is still in the brainstorming stages but we’re getting closer to working on getting the outline done.
Project Apollo is a little closer to being ready for Owen and I to get the re-write started. Due to Owen’s work commitments he was unable to give the outline of the first third of the book a good look, over the last couple of months. So hopefully we’ll be getting more of the outline done, and locked down soon.

That’s the general parts of the year that come to mind as I sit here and write this, next year I’m going to up my output for word count and also get things edited and closer to being ready for release.

Today’s Update

I had more then a little frustration digging at me tonight. The day at work was a slow one and when I got home I just wanted to get some words written. It’s easier said then done though. Once I’d gotten home I had a quick shower and then ate dinner, and done the dishes it was almost eight o’clock. Eight o’clock. By that time I was more then frustrated I was annoyed. I know these things need to be done when I get home, I’d rather get them done before I sit down to write as that way they are done and out of the way.

All that said I did manage to get just over 1200 words in about fifty minutes, so I shouldn’t complain too much.

Stepping away from writing though I just want to mention the Terminator: Genysis trailer which dropped today. it looks good but raises lots of questions about timelines etc. which I hope get addressed in the movie when its out. It didn’t make me jump out of my seat like the RoboCop trailer did, but it still looked good. The trouble with this movie is that Terminator 2:Judgement Day is one of the most influential movies of my life, even to this day its one of my all time favourite movies and this new movie has to at least match how good that movie was for me to really enjoy it. That’s a very high bar and I truly hope it does it, but until I’m sat in the cinema I won’t know.

NaNoWriMo: Day 6

Today is the second day that I haven’t passed the 2k word mark, which is a little disappointing and I’m really hoping I’m not loosing my momentum here. I need to remember though that this is the middle part of the week, and I work a full-time job. So my average is going to drop a little. That said my average is still almost 2600 words a day and I can’t be grumbling about that.

On a positive note I am actually enjoying my writing again now. After what felt like a couple of years where I wasn’t really enjoying writing and I was questioning whether I could string words together I feel like I’m back on track now. I’m even feeling happier in myself as well, it’s feeling really good being this pro-active at the moment and I’m going to try my best to keep it going after NaNo ends.
I’m going to look at next year and plan out what I’m working on throughout the year and set myself a few targets on various projects.

So, with my 1759 words today I’ve gotten to just over 15,500 words written in six days. I’ve got thirteen plot points left on my outline, which I’m hoping will give me another 35,000 words worth of story but we’ll have to wait and see how it goes.

NaNoWriMo: Day 4

Okay, this will be a quick post (I know I said that yesterday and look what happened 😛 ) Anyway, I knew I may struggle to get to the minimum word count of 1667 done for today as I was off to the cinema this evening to see Horns (not bad, not fantastic but it was entertaining and got me thinking about characters motives etc. and there were some damn good performances too). I wrote a couple of hundred words first thing this morning (which is impressive bearing in mind I resemble a tired zombie till about 8:30) and at lunch I got another five hundred or so words down. Now here’s where it get’s a little off of the plan I had in my head for this evening. My brother was getting a quick haircut at just gone 6pm so I was gonna sit in my car and write (we carpool) until he was done, but this got de-railed when I had to run an errand which came out of no where at a quarter past five. I got back to work where I was gonna wait for my brother at about twenty to seven, so I thought I’d try and get a few words done. I got about five hundred before my brother got back to the car. This left me with about 450 words to get the minimum for the day, and I had till about quarter past eight to do it. So around getting ready to go cinema and eating my dinner I got to 1605 words, so I waffled and ended up with a chapter of 1667 words and I was very pleased (that chapter may need some editing later).

If there’s a lesson in this quick post (okay so it wasn’t very quick) it’s that if there is a will, there is a way. There are no excuses for not making time to follow that dream.

This has been as much a lesson for me today as it may be for anyone else.