Sunday, 11 December 2016

Odds and sods and Captain Bollocks

It's an odds and sods sort of Sunday afternoon, so...

Writing-wise, I'm working on the first draft of a new book. It's as messy as my first drafts always are with scenes I know I'll have to bin completely, others that will be moved around and plotlines that will be massively expanded in later drafts. Overall, it's not terrible even if Hemingway was right: the first draft of anything is shit. In any case, I'm just under 40k at the moment and predict it'll be done by the middle of January. Then, of course, the real hard work begins.

Reading-wise, I've had a mixed bag of books lately - some that have really disappointed me and others (John Connolly's second volume of short fiction) which have been genius from start to finish. I've just started one called I, Lucifer which was a present from my brother. Early days, but enjoyable so far.

Film-wise, I finally got a copy of John Carpenter's In The Mouth Of Madness which I loved. Bonkers but genuinely creepy in places which is always a big plus. The recent remake of Pete's Dragon (you weren't expecting me to watch that, were you?) was excellent, and I'm looking forward to Train To Busan if the release date stops being pushed further back.

Other stuff-wise: Chrimbo presents need wrapping, 2016 needs to jog on because it's been a year I think almost everyone would like to forget (not that 2017 is shaping up to a great start with Captain Bollocks becoming President), and I'm looking forward to seeing the publication of Ascent next summer. If the world hasn't ended by then, of course.

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