Monday, July 30, 2007

Well, there goes the neighbourhood

Last week was a mixture of chaos and random events, and as usual am I able to say much about them? Noooooooo. Sorry. In a month's time I may be able to, at which point there may be a big change around the corner. Nothing I've planned, mind, just a bizarre yet valuable opportunity. Maybe two. Just as well - I need something to balance the slowly developing yet fairly predictable let-downs this month.

So instead of exciting developments, all I can write about right now is the fact I have my monthly script deadlines hitting this week ("it's the first of the moooonth") and between that and my new project (not to mention a few older ones) I'm a tad too manic to do a big update today. I'm so late writing this that another week will have nearly passed soon after anyway and I'll be able to dedicate a bit more time by then.

In the meantime, I've a day of script editing, rewrites, plot planning and ticking off all the outgoings on my horrific bank statement that just came in the post (no doubt my bank manager is wringing his/her hands at the fact I've spent another month in my overdraft).

Don’t let J.K Rowling's well deserved success fool you – 90% of other writers in the world are doing the exact same thing. Rock and roll lifestyle!

PS. I still haven’t got a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Albeit, the only reason why is because I've been trying to get a cheap one from Asda (£5! Even I can afford that!). I'm also sans copy of Warren Ellis' Crooked Little Vein, which is damn near essential, as far as I'm concerned. You can preview the first chapter here:

Although a word of warning: it's not for the faint hearted. Especially once you realise what the title potentially alludes to...

Saturday, July 21, 2007

A sign of things to come

It's preview week!

As promised, a sneak peak into a few things that are coming down the line in the not too far flung future, with any luck. I'm not saying much about them as I'd rather let the artwork speak for itself (and indeed it does, because it's all superb) but the following snippets and early sketches are taken from forthcoming works, drawn by the very talented S. Catley, S.Calvert and S.O'Donnell. The names don’t necessarily correspond to the order of images and I've left off first names until everything is 100% and done, but needless to say these guys are very VERY good at what they do and I'm extremely privileged to be working with them.

Expect more in the coming months as we build towards the next dreaded publishing dates of the year.

Another preview of another kind (hopefully) next week.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The fine art of misdirecti-- *disappears*

Sorry about the lack of updates or even the lack of surprises I had planned originally. Let's just say the week got away from me and things didn't quite play out as I wanted. But still, lots of good things happened. Just stuff I can't say much about.


In the meantime, feel free to check out a couple of my more recent features over at Wii Chat. Plenty coming up, we're just experiencing a bottleneck at the moment. One column which seems to have opened up interesting discourse is my look into our speed obsessed culture and how this affects the gaming landscape:

"However, one thing that has become increasingly apparent is that we're looking in the wrong places to attribute culpability when it comes to the growing number of shorter, 'small' games. We blame casuals, non-gamers and Nintendo via Wii for supposedly pandering to them.

"But we're burning the wrong witch.

"If you're looking for someone to blame, don’t point a finger at them. Instead, invert that twitchy little RSI fated digit to yourself and you'll find the culprit.

"Because we're all to blame. Every single one of us. "

You can read the rest here:

Other than that, I'm hoping what I wanted to show last week will be available this week. We'll see.

PS. Oh look, comics!


Saturday, July 07, 2007

Pray… for… Mojo…

It's my birthday today!

Ok, it isn't. Just seeing if you were paying attention. It was actually my first full week without hayfever in ages…

…but it ended up being a week where I got food poisoning instead. Hn. At least I didn’t have to worry too much about a runny nose.

Actually, besides being 'bowl-bound' for most of the 7 days, I was pleasantly surprised with a few things.

- My PayPal account issues have finally been solved, meaning my bank balance is now only slightly in the red instead of being an out and out blood bath. Just as well, seeing as I'm re-entering birthday-season and will be spending more money that I dont have. Bring the pain. And gin.

- Another work opp came up, and best of all,

- My artist hunt has turned up several very talented individuals for my stories due in the third and final Futurius Tales From the Plex anthology due Christmas this year. I'd almost given up the prospect of getting anything done as the submission deadline is painfully close and I've had numerous artists disappear on me without word or reason over the past few months (despite the fact the actual scripts were long done). Which wasn’t exactly convenient. So I went from having 4 stories coming out this year, to none, and now back to about 4 – as long as everyone can get everything done in time. But you know what they say; the quickest way to get a project cancelled is to talk too much about it before it's completed…

We'll see. This time next week I'll either be fairly excited or back to wanting to smash things out of frustration again. And this time next month my head will have either exploded from joy or disappointment. Stay tuned, bat-fans.

But in compensation for such a short entry, I should have something to show in a few days time. Cross those fingers.

I don’t care about your chronic arthritis, I said cross them, stumpy!

See you again in a few…