Pandemic-Mode Me & Fun & Games!

WebsiteMVThe pandemic has been a bit or a revelation to me. I think I’ve secretly wanted to live the life of a shut-in for a long time. Don’t get me wrong I like people and I like socialising. Okay, scrap that, I like some people and being around them. I like the outside world. But I like all those things in small doses. I find them tiring otherwise. The peace and quiet, the reduction in people, the order of shops, it’s really minimised life’s frustrations for me and a lot of self-directed pressures have been lifted. I’m working from home–which I’ve wanted to do for a long time as our office is so hot, busy and stressful. I don’t have the travel time to work, so I get a bit more time out of my day, and I don’t need to worry about balancing my time with family and friends–as we can’t see each other. Although, don’t get me wrong, I am missing not being able to do stuff with my family. I’ve also had a lot more time for hobbies. Lots of editing has been done, but I’ve also been catching up on films I have earmarked and been buying and not getting time to see. And I have started a new project…

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Other People in a Pandemic…

WebsiteMVSo. We’re all in  a bit of a pickle, aren’t we? I don’t know about you, but currently we are social distancing due to corona virus, and being one of the fortunate ones, I am able to do the majority of my job working from home. Life is indoors with occasional ‘end of the world’ runs for supplies. I actually had a head start on this as I developed a dry cough out of no where and had to self-isolate about a week before the UK went into lock down–I felt a 100% fine aside from the annoying cough and a bit of wheeziness and a burning sensation in my chest at times. I was in a bit of denial about it as I felt so well, but thought ‘what do I know?’ as these were the symptoms the government were telling us to self-isolate over, so I did as I was told. I was kicking myself though, as I had spent a couple of weeks nagging my mum to take the situation seriously as she is a high risk of complications from corona virus due to her age and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), and I saw her the very day before I got symptoms. I was worried I had given it to her. Thankfully, she didn’t get ill. Of course, I don’t even know if I actually had it.

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Bad Movies, Sex Cults, a Bit of Home Town Murder & a Horny Goat Man…

WebsiteMVNot quite how I spent the last month personally, but some things I’ve enjoyed on TV, YouTube, and via podcast.

In a previous post I shared a couple of YouTube videos I had enjoyed about Christopher Lee and his iconic role of Dracula in the Hammer Horror movies in the 60s and 70s.  ‘Dark Corners Reviews’ produced them and have also reviewed LOTS of really not so classic bad movies. And I mean really bad. Like,  REALLY, REALLY bad. Like how the f*** did these movies get made–get past a studio–and get picked up for distribution. Meanwhile… my downloads are pretty much flatlined… Not that I’m bitter. Okay. I’m bitter. Thankfully the presenter of the channel does his best to milk every bit of humour out of his reviews, showing the worst best bits so we don’t have to actually watch the films. ‘Roar’ is just one of them, and it has crazy terrifying production background which needs to be seen to be believed. Check it out, and check it all the videos waiting there for you–I’m hooked.

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The Meta World of ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’…

WebsiteMVMy love of classic ‘Doctor Who’–especially the 70s Gothic horror styled stories–were a big influence on my series ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’. I have been reminded of this recently through reading ‘The Doctor Who Handbook’ by David J Howe, Stephen James Walker and Mark Stammers, which delves deep into the background of the production of the classic series of ‘Doctor Who’ with a fascinating amount of detail–collected interviews, production notes and even quotes from memos I’m amazed are still about. Reading all the mixed messages and confusion and opposed departments it’s crazy how the series ever got made. For me, my interest in ‘Doctor Who’ has always been the stories and characters, but also the production and the history around it, and I had always intended to reflect this in ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’ by the conceit of rooting it in the real world…

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Highs, Lows & Some January Moans…

WebsiteMVI don’t like writing about my dislike of things. I try to avoid negative posts, but wow, I have had a slew of disappointing entertainment recently. So, it’s January, everyone is miserable, so f*** it…

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I loved The Force Awakens. Great chemistry among the new characters, respectful inclusion of the old characters, and seemingly a nice new arc no longer constrained by the past as the prequels had been and any of the stories which filled gaps before or within the original trilogy. The we had The Last Jedi, which was just a bad movie–jarring childish flippant humour at the expense of drama and character, Finn and Rose wasted on a dull side-plot, spaceships ignoring their own momentum in space when they ran out of fuel, the set-up of Kylo offering an alternative to the Jedi and the Sith only to seemingly dismiss it all scenes later, the rebel admiral holding back a plan and creating a mutiny–a plan which should be possible to use again and again against any terrifying First Order Armada, and also ending its own new chosen one plot. And this is nothing to do with the accusations of SJW and sexism. I was more than happy for female leads in Star Wars, and I am proud to be a SJW. It was just a bad film IMO.

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Getting Back to ‘Normal’…

WebsiteMVI have had a break from the writing desk. Finally, after 6 months, our home move completed. We are now in the new house. There was lots to do to prepare, and then settle in, and we’ve only been settled for the last week or so. In all honesty, I could have been back at the keyboard last week, but I just needed the weekend to do sweet nothing. I needed it after… THE MOVE. I’m sure this is going to be a horror title in my writing future…

The Move

The move was pretty intense. It was only a three property move, with only us and our buyers actually required to physically move. The place we bought was vacant. The owners died. Under pretty mysterious circumstances actually. They were found in the basement with loads of candles lit around them. Eh, not really. We don’t have a basement. They were murdered in the lounge. Eh, not really. They already live somewhere else. We thought the move would be quick, as we all settled offers in May, but it dragged on. We were all set, our solicitor was on the ball, and we started the packing and selling stuff we didn’t want to take with us, and were ready to go by the second month. Unfortunately, we were told our buyers hadn’t instructed their solicitor and our solicitor and estate agent pushed how unusual this was and that we should think about putting our home back on the market.

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