Film Friday – Rebooted

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A little stop motion magic for your Friday. And the behind the scenes to go with it. [Film Friday – Rebooted by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 8 January 2021]

New Year, New Series

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2020 was not a productive year. I released a grand total of zero new books which as an indie author is not a good way to build a career. Amazon’s algorithms are ruthless and although I did sell some books the lack of new releases really hurt me. My writing productivity took a hit as well. I did crank out 175, 204 words but that’s a long way from my original goal of 366,000. I managed to finish the first drafts of a couple of new books and some short stories. Not spectacular but better than nothing. The chaos of 2020 was no doubt part of the problem but I’m very fortunate that I work for a company that is handling the pandemic very well and I can work from home pretty comfortably. On that note, I also changed jobs – moving from a technical role at a company I’d worked at for 15 years to a Narrative Designer role at a smaller but very well known and well respected developer whose games I’ve admired for a long time. My new role is a combination of narrative and game design. It’s a perfect fit for me and I’m really enjoying … Read More

“In space we’re here a million miles away”

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I saw Spike Jonze’s Her way back in January while I was visiting L.A. and it really stuck with me. It’s a quiet, tragic movie and Joaquin Phoenix is fantastic. I rediscovered the this track from the movie last week and I’ve played it dozens of time since then. [“In space we’re here a million miles away” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 7 October 2020]

Rutger Hauer (1944–2019)

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My abiding memory of Rutger Hauer isn’t Wedlock or The Hitcher or even Blade Runner. It’s Split Second. Sort of. Back in the good old days my local two screen cinema would run one-off showings of less popular movies at a discount price. My mum and I saw a few of these films, including Conan the Destroyer. I saw Natural Born Killers on my own. One of these “Tuesday specials” was Split Second. It had “the bad guy from Blade Runner” in it and looked pretty cool so I decided to go. Like all sane people I arrived early to get a good seat. The cinema was empty so I picked the perfect spot and settled down to contemplate the futility of existence (or whatever it was we did before smartphones) while I waited for all the other Rutger Hauer fans to arrive. Nobody came. The lights went down. Nobody came. The trailers started up and I was still alone in the theatre. It slowly dawned on me that I now had a decision to make. Back in those days there was still an “intermission” between the trailers and the movie. During that time an usher, usually a woman, would … Read More