Blurgh

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I’ve been battling a cold for the last couple of days which has sidetracked any writing I was planning on doing. On the plus side, working from home did allow me to clear off a huge amount of day job related tasks. I’ve not been living in a total creative wasteland though, I submitted a story to Garbled Transmissions and Ethel the Muse visited last night (well, 2am this morning actually) and I now have a new idea for a short story which I’m going to try to kick off tonight. More on that tomorrow.  

Anonymous Driver Calling

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Movie day yesterday, three movies – two of them excellent. We started off with Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous – the story of the political and royal intrigue that forced a talented Elizabethan playwright to hide his identity behind that of an illiterate actor called William Shakespeare. Very entertaining, even if the theory that Shakespeare is not the real author of  Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet etc. is considered nonsense by most scholars. Next up was Drive. Based on the book by James Sallis, starring Ryan Gosling and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, it’s a stylish thriller filled with meaningful silences and sudden bursts of graphic violence. Just my sort of film and I’ve just added the eBook to my wishlist. Last of all we watched Simon West’s remake of When A Stranger Calls. This was actually better than I expected and there were some genuinely creepy moments although advances in telephone technology rob it of some of its effectiveness. If you’re tempted, I recommend you watch the Fred Walton original from 1979 over the remake. Either way, if you’re not familiar with the twist that comes towards the end of the film, don’t watch the remake’s trailer – it includes a spoiler. Movie day took up … Read More

Chocolate Covered Eyeballs

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Happy Halloween! I’ve just dropped my wife off at work, laden down with arm fulls of homemade Halloween treats. Highlights include demon claw cookies, cupcakes with spiders and worms and my personal favourite – chocolate covered eyeballs. Yesterday was a productive day, especially considering it started with a 16km run in the rain. After launching the blog, I finished the final draft of a new horror story, Amber, and submitted three stories to editors. That means I have twelve stories out in the wild although a couple of those have been out there so long they’ve probably been eaten by something nasty by now. No new words though, other than yesterday’s blog posting and a few changes to Amber. Tonight we’re going on a Haunted Halloween tour of Vancouver so no writing today either. Perhaps the “gruesome tales of troubled ghosts” will provide me with some inspiration.