23th of December 2018

I’ve had a few busy days between work, our works Christmas Party and a few bits and pieces that needed to get done today.

I have written a few words in the last few days though, not many but a few. Friday I didn’t write anything, but I did watch Bird Box on Netflix which is based on the book by Josh Malerman. I listened to the book a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, and I think the film is a good adaptation of the book. The odd change felt a little unnecessary but it still worked overall, and it stayed loyal to the ending of the book.

Yesterday I managed to get 260 words written, god knows when because it was a damn busy day and then the Christmas Party. I’m not much of a drinker but did have a fair few last night, but no hangover today! So that’s a win if you ask me.

Today I had a bit of running around to do so didn’t really have a lot of time to spend at the keyboard but have managed 386 words for the day. I probably added another hundred or so but did some editing which meant a few words were deleted but I’m happy with what I did today.

I tried to read a DC Rebirth comic the other day, and I just couldn’t get into it. I was only a few pages in but it just didn’t hook me. I’m a comic book latecomer and I’ve liked some of the Marvel and DC stuff  I’ve read but the last few pieces I’ve not been gripped by. This is something I’ve been thinking for a while, that Marvel and DC comics really aren’t for me. I’ve got a few on my to-read shelf so I will check those out, and I really want to re-read DCs Hush again next year.

I’m not giving up on comics though, I’ve really enjoyed the 2000AD ones I’ve read, mainly Judge Dredd ones so far but I’ve begun Insurrection by Dan Abnett and Colin MacNeil. I’m a huge fan of Dan Abnett and I like that this one is set in the Judge Dredd universe but I don’t believe he appears in it. So far I’m really enjoying it and looking forward to really getting stuck in over the next couple of days.

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Preparing For Marvel’s Infinity War

Although it’s a few months away I’ve began my watch through of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies for when Infinity War is released. My plan is to have watched all of the movies that are available on BluRay by the time Black Panther is released.

I love these movies, the way each one works on its own but is also part of that bigger picture. It’s quite exciting to be on the brink on what has been building for the last decade.

Batman Vs. Superman & Suicide Squad

This year we see DC really go big in the movie world with Batman Vs. Superman and Suicide Squad, with Batman Vs. Superman in just a few weeks.

Now, I’m a confessed Marvel fan, but I do like the character of Batman and all of the pieces around him. Gotham and the characters that challenge Batman I think are really quite fascinating, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how DC pull this off.

Even though I am a huge Marvel fan, I’m not of the mindset to hate or belittle DC like a lot of people seem to like doing. Marvel have pioneered this Cinematic Universe idea and I’m quite excited to see what DC do (lets face it, if we’re getting all these films and they’re good then we as the fans win).

I’ve never been a huge fan of Superman; that said I did like Man Of Steel quite a lot. I’m a bit of a fan of Zach Snyder and there wasn’t much in Man Of Steel that I didn’t like. I thought Henry Cavill was very good as both Clark Kent and as Superman, but I thought most of the cast had were spot on.

Onto Batman though, I think the Dark Knight is becoming one of my favourite characters out there. Although I liked the Christopher Nolan Batman films I was never blown away by them, but I love the Tim Burton ones. I’m not worried about Ben Afflect as Batman/Bruce Wayne though; from what I’ve seen of him in the trailers I’m quietly optimistic about seeing the Bruce Wayne I want to see. As Batman I think he’s going to rock it, but it’s going to be as Bruce Wayne that I’m eager to see what he does with it. That was one of my major issues with Nolan and Christian Bale’s Batman. Bruce Wayne seemed more like an obnoxious playboy than a business leader, but with the advertising for the film I’ve seen I’m hoping we get a Bruce Wayne who, as far as the public is concerned, is quite happy in his life and is enjoying running Wayne Enterprises.

So, I am looking forward to seeing Batman Vs. Superman. I wasn’t really bothered about it until I saw the first trailer, and how it showed that Bruce Wayne was in Metropolis on the day that Superman and Zodd battled it out.

Suicide Squad though, that’s the one of these two films that I am really looking forward to. That first trailer really blew my mind away. It looked creepy and dark as hell, and the bare few seconds we see of Jared Leto’s Joker was genuinely terrifying. The whole trailer sold me though, there was nothing in it that caused me any concerns. Then the second trailer was released, and its got a totally different tone to that of the first trailer. This second trailer has given the film quite a humorous feel to it. So I’m kind of looking forward to seeing what the final film is like. With how the Joker, in particular looks, I think it is going to be quite dark, but I’m hoping it does have some decent humour in it because if it’s just dark then it could be quite a hard watch. So I’m hoping the director, writers, and the rest of those involved have managed to craft a film that has a good balance of the two.

I think both films are going to be good, but I’m really hoping to be blown away; and I’m hoping it gets me excited for the forthcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League films and what DC have got coming in the future.

 

Daredevil: Season 2

I am a big fan of the first season of Daredevil by Marvel and Netflix. I think it’s one of the best seasons of television I’ve ever seen. From the gritty action scenes and just how unapologetically violent it is to the actors and how they portray the characters to the writing and the pacing. I’m struggling to think of an element to it that felt slapped together. All in all its a beautifully crafted show, and we’re about to get a second season.

This is where I’m getting excited. As I’ve said, I loved the first season, but in season two we’re getting  Frank Castle, aka The Punisher. The Punisher is one of my favourite all time characters and I am itching to see how Jon Bernthal portrays him.

A couple of trailers and some images have been released and I’m even more looking forward to it now. Bernthal really does look the part.

Only about a month to go now.

NaNoWriMo 2015: Day Nineteen

Today I managed to knock out 1632 words before my brain stuck up the white flag and shut down for the day. Those words give me a total of 33,023 words for the month.

The world I’m working in is coming together nicely but I’m not really settled on an overall storyline. I’ve got lots to play with here but as I’ve said in other posts, it’s all over the place. It really is going to be interesting to look it over and see what I can do with after NaNo.

I’ve really made the most of having the iPad today. I wrote before work, during my lunch break and in the car to and from the hospital (no, I wasn’t driving). This is the sort of mindset that I need to nurture. Even with this story, which I’m a long way from loving, I’ve found it very easy to get the words down. My typing speed on my Logitech Bluetooth keyboard is getting quicker too.

I was hoping to get a decent word count this weekend but I have a relative in hospital at the moment and Jessica Jones goes live on Netflix tomorrow and I’m pretty sure I’m going to have it watched by the end of Sunday, Monday at the latest. But I’m determined to have at least the minimum daily amount written before I start in on it each day until I’ve seen all thirteen episodes.

Oh and I have dinner out Sunday evening, so I’ll probably won’t get Jessica Jones watched by the end of the weekend, but it’s not going anywhere.

As normal, if you’d like to add me as a buddy over at nanowrimo.org I’m PeterJReaper there. There are also links to my Facebook and Twitter on the right of this page.
Have fun everyone 🙂 

The Punisher Is Returning! 

I was flicking through Facebook last night, as one does, and I saw a post from one of the various comic book pages I follow, announcing that not only would The Punisher be coming to the second season of Daredevil but they had cast Jon Bernthal as Marvels notorious vigilante.

When I read this I was sitting in my car waiting for someone, I hit my head on the roof lining of my car as I jump from the sheer joy of seeing this news. I am a huge fan of The Punisher, I think he is one of the most interesting characters that Marvel has created and I’ve been itching to see him appear in a Marvel Studios production. I’ve been seeing rumours that Netflix are going to have a Punisher series and I really hope that is the case. Casting Bernthal as Frank Castle/The Punisher to me is a statement of intent to do just that.

I think Bernthal is a natural for this role. We’ve seen his acting ability in The Walking Dead and I think he’s going to be able to pull off that tormented nature The Punisher has. He’s also got the physicality that is needed as well.  In his time in The Walking Dead he also should that he could be brutal and that is something that an actor playing The Punisher needs.

Needless to say, I’m a tad excited about this and I think Daredevil had better watch out because he won’t have come up against anyone like The Punisher before.

NaNoWriMo: Day 16

It’s been a chilled kinda day today. My Nan was over for dinner so I decided to be sociable. I did manage to get a dead on 700 words by about 1pm when my iPad battery started getting low. Then I spent most of the afternoon reading Marvel’s Original Sin (got about halfway through) before going in for a couple of sprints on my local NaNoWriMo group on Facebook.
Those sprints got me up to 2791 for the day and for a total of 48,476.
I’ve said in the last few days that I wasn’t sure whether I’d had enough story to hit the 50k, but now I’m thinking I may have about another 10k words to go till the end of the story simply from what I’ve written over the last couple of days.

But we’ll see 🙂

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