9th January 2017

Toady I wrote 659 words on Penal earth before work and during my lunch break. This evening I have dragged my heels a little bit. I had a little trouble getting rolling but when I did I managed to edit through 3500 words of The Space Watch.

I think a problem I’m having with getting started each day with editing is its been so long since I’ve done any real editing I’m a little wary of it. Hopefully the more I do the more easier it’ll be to get rolling.

So far the story isn’t in too bad a shape, but I’m still in the bit I was on before I stopped for NaNo, and it’s the bit just after NaNo that I’m worried about. I fear it’s going to be messy and require a fair amount of re-writing, but if it does, it does. There’s not a lot I can do about it. I’ll try not to get demoralised by it if I do have a lot of work to do to tidy it up. I need to look at it as just another step in the process.

Reading wise I’m about half way through Day of Chaos: Endgame (Judge Dredd). This story is just getting better and better and I’m loving the artwork in it. I’ve also started listening to Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon. This is the audio dramatisation of it and I’m really digging it. It’s reminded me just how much I love the Alien films, and also how much I love anything set in space. I’ve got an urge to watch the Alien movies, and films like Sunshine, Moon, Pandorum, Avatar, and Event Horizon. Also the Predator films, and I want to dive into the Star Wars movies again (loved Rogue One, by the way). So I think over the next few weeks I’ll be digging these films out of my movie library and having a little look around Netflix and Amazon video, I might start with The Expanse, I’ve heard that’s good.

Tonight though I’ll be getting into Day of Chaos: Endgame before bed. I want to see how this gets resolved.

Building My Blu-Ray Collection

Just before Christmas my parents replaced their Samsung 32-inch HD LCD TV with the latest equivalent so to my joy they gave me the old one and for Christmas they gave me a Blu-Ray player. My brother brought me Pacific Rim on Blu-Ray and I’d treated myself to a copy of Dredd in Blu-Ray but I watched Pacific Rim first and WOW!! How cool is Blu-Ray?

Anyway, I already had Dredd on DVD and it’s one of a few that I was willing to replace with a Blu-Ray copy, there are a few others that I’m planning on upgrading, Avatar and The Avengers are the two main ones that I will be buying, and maybe The Matrix films but I’m not sure on those.

I know some people replace their entire collection when a new format comes out but as long as the Blu-Ray player plays DVDs I see little point in upgrading my 350 plus library of movies. If for no other reason then the cost alone prevents me from doing that.

From now on I will be mainly buying Blu-Rays simply because the picture quality is stunning.

Grand Theft Auto also looks gorgeous in HD as well.

WIP Challenge

Vikki over at http://the-view-outside.com/¬†tagged me in on this and I found her answers really fun, so here’s my answers ūüôā

 

1. WHAT IS THE TITLE OF YOUR BOOK/WIP? At the moment we’re calling it Project Delphi, but it does have a name.¬† We’re keeping that to ourselves for the time being though ūüėČ

2. WHERE DID THE IDEA FOR THE WIP COME FROM? I cannot truly answer that myself because my writing partner came up with the basic story line.

3. WHAT GENRE WOULD YOUR WIP FALL UNDER? definitely Science Fiction

4. WHICH ACTORS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY YOUR CHARACTERS IN A MOVIE RENDITION? This is a tough question to answer, simply because most of the characters not human so I think a lot of CGI and motion capture like that of Avatar and Lord Of The Rings would be needed.  Our main character is human though and I think Gary Oldman would be brilliant in the role.

5. WHAT IS THE ONE-SENTENCE SYNOPSIS OF YOUR WIP? An innocent man framed and has to clear his name to prevent a war.

6. IS YOUR WIP PUBLISHED OR REPRESENTED? It’s neither.

7. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE? Too long, we wrote three very different drafts and we’re about to send off to our beta readers.

8. WHAT OTHER WIPS WITHIN YOUR GENRE WOULD YOU COMPARE IT TO?  Any space opera out there like Star Trek

9. WHICH AUTHORS INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS WIP?¬† Owen M.G. Arnold. Owen is my writing partner¬†and he’s been my inspiration for the story as he’s been coming up with so many great ideas and has finally managed to get this universe which we have been playing with for years off the ground.

10. TELL US ANYTHING ELSE THAT MIGHT PIQUE OUR INTEREST IN THIS PROJECT.¬† This is not only going to be mine and Owen’s first published work (We’re self publishing it on Kindle) but it’s my first published work as well.¬† So it will be the first thing that either of us have ever had exposed to the world.

Avatar

I’m watching this film and I’m thinking it’s a proper kick-ass film.¬† I know that it had its critics and I can understand why a lot of people did not rate it highly but those little things are outweighed by all the good parts of the film.¬† Obviously its got some stunning visuals but for me it’s the planet of Pandora that I adore.¬† Just the richness of the culture that has been created by James Cameron and his team.¬† For a writer its great for inspiration¬†because we rarely see an alien environment¬†in main stream media like this.¬† It’s given me ideas on how to make an animal alien and a scale for the mech suits that are used in the movie.¬† Even the plant life of the planet has given me ideas.¬† It’s films like this that truly¬†ignite the imagination and inspire us to create as alien and more alien worlds.¬† For this WIP¬†that me and Owen are focusing on we have the opportunity¬†to really et our imaginations and creativity explode with what ever we can create.¬† I know I have the odd seed of an idea and knowing Owen as I do no doubt he has an entire forest of ideas for different civilisations.¬† That’s more to talk about tomorrow when I see my writing partner.

The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells

This is a book that I knew I would read one day but it was not up high on the list of books that I wanted to read, but my granddad¬†gave me a copy of it before Christmas.¬† One of the things that I¬†was worried about when I started reading this was that I thought it would feel dated and¬†I tend to struggle with books which are not close to our own time.¬† This was not a problem what so ever!¬†There was little that really drew my attention to the time era, although¬†I did note that the reaction to the invading Martians¬†by us humans would not be any different today, aside from us filming the fleeing masses we were part of with our smart phones.¬†¬†¬†There had obviously been nothing quite like it and the way that it was written, in the style of a personal account being shared after the event, gave a real ‘being there with him’ feel to it.

The vision that Wells had is breathtaking!¬† Bearing in mind this book was published in 1898 the things that Wells created is amazing.¬† I would have loved to see how his tri-pod fighting machines with their heat-rays were received¬†by the people of the time.¬† Aliens are such a large part of our lives¬†today but back then it must have still been a whole new concept for the man on the street to be introduced to.¬† The way that Wells describes it all is page turning despite there not really being much about the characters (most don’t¬†even have names) but that did not really click in my head till after I read the¬†book.¬† I was caught up in the drama of the narrator as he tried to first return to his wife and then as he tried to survive and evade the Martians.¬† His humanity is pushed to its limits by other characters as is his concept of how the world has changed around him and while he is stranded in a house which, unfortunately has a martian cylinder pretty much in its back garden.

One of the major points to this novel which I’m not sure was really mentioned in the research that I did about it is that mankind has no weapons that can defeat the Martians¬†own weapons.¬† Their technology is far more superior to that of the time that the rare victories that humanity has are quickly squashed by the Martians.¬† This has made me think about films like Independence Day where the invading aliens have technology far superior to that of ours and there is nothing that we can do about it.¬† This fear of an invading intelligent species has lasted since Wells wrote this novel and it sells! Us readers like to see the little guy win, as long as we can see ourselves as that little guy.¬† There is talk between the narrator and another character, the artilleryman, about how mankind are only ants to the Martians and if we’re in their way they will just kill us.¬† That is what us, mankind, does as a species.¬† We colonize what is not ours because we want what ever there may be.¬† In Avatar this point is explained in a real simple way and I think a lot of people don’t really realise that we have done it since we crawled out of the oceans.

The Influence War of the Worlds has had is numerous.  Whether it is in movies and Television, radio or the written word we can see how this novel has touched us.  I wonder how H.G. Wells feels about how his novel has affected the world that we live in.