Year Of The Dolphin

January 11, 2013

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It has been one year since I started to write my Fish Out of Water column for the Dolphin Talk Paper out of Seadrift, Texas.

So for the upcoming column I wrote about how it felt to be kind of thrown into the fire of reporting right around this time last year.

Here is a little preview of the column:

“It was a cloudy day that threatened to drop rain out of the sky, and little drops could be seen on the folding chairs lined up in the middle of Main Street, which was blocked off to vehicle traffic for the dedication.

I had spent the day before at Wal-Mart of all places, trying desperately to find a shirt that looked professional. I was not out of my depth, but I was definitely about to take on another aspect of the craft of writing, head on.

As I approached the building, I saw the little white cat decoration on the front of the Johnstone Building, which I took as a good omen as for a guy I am a total cat nut(seriously, I have statues).”

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“Recently I was talking to a friend I have known for years who is a visual artist. We were chatting about the kind of things people probably think artsy people talk about when eventually we touched on how some people can turn their talent into power trips. I quickly related this to how I felt about reporting for the paper. Although it was fun to be able to walk up to people and interview them and arrange and take photos to appear alongside the text, it was never a power trip to be able to do so. Rather it was one of the best feelings in the universe, to be doing what you loved and being respected for it to boot. To a man who at times in his past thought he would never be able to get anything out there due to a past of troubles, it was like a dream.

So I enjoyed every little problem, every little odd quote that you had to fit in to have a news piece but you had no idea how, every deadline looming (tomorrow) and every opportunity to make each article and column my own, to try and find a voice that would hopefully hold reader’s interest, as well as entertain and inform.”

I will try and remember to place a URL in this spot to the rest of the column once it is published.


New Additions!

July 31, 2012

I am making this blog page the one stop shop for all of my writing related posts and information as well as a kind of online resume as I try to pick up some more writing jobs.

The old website still exists, and I have the feeling I will be doing something with it in time…

 


Ultimate Regeneration is Now on Kindle!

January 14, 2012

Ultimate Regeneration: The Incredible Resurrection Of Doctor Who is now available for all Kindle readers and apps. This means you can now take this book, now in it’s second edition, anywhere you want to!

Take it to the beach!

Take it to Work and get in trouble with your boss!

Take it on a first date and make conversation!

Take it to parties and wear it as a hat!

OK, I went a bit too far there but indeed the second printing of the popular Doctor Who book Ultimate Regeneration is now on Kindle for your reading pleasure.

Over 300 pages in length and featuring material spanning almost six years of the BBC television program Doctor Who, Ultimate Regeneration is the brain child of Kasterborous editor Christian Cawley and even has some contributions by some guy named Thomas Willam Spychalski in it, whoever he may be.

Physical copies of the book are also still available via Lulu and Amazon if you are the old fashioned type who wants to hold an actual printed book in your hands.

Buy a copy in any format today and let me know what you think!

Some of my contributions to this book are as follows:

  • Review of the Doctor Who episode Age of Steel from 2006
  • The Boomerang Bride: Article on Catherine Tate Returning To Doctor Who as companionDonna Noble
  • Review of  the Doctor Who Episode The Doctor’s Daughter from 2008
  • Review of the Doctor Who episode Turn Left from 2008
  • The Lone Doctor: Article on the Doctor and the times he has spent traveling through time and space alone without a companion at his side
  • National Treasure: Article on Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott on Doctor Who and his popularity in the role

Writing of The Bulls

January 10, 2012

In sports I only have one love and it is the game of Basketball.

I suppose it makes sense, as I grew to be six foot five and played the game every night as a teen and into my twenties.

No longer able to play, I still soak up every NBA story out there on the internet and regularly play games of NBA 2K to relax when I’m stressed out and need a bit of  a break.

Recently I got an opportunity to meld my ‘love of the game’ with my writing when I was contacted about writing for a new NBA blog called Shatter the Backboard.com, specifically about my favorite NBA team from my old hometown, the Chicago Bulls.

I love this chance to give an opinion about my Bulls and the NBA in general, and I want to invite you to check out my posts and as well as the site in general.

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Seating Arrangements (A Tale of Woe and Discomfort)

December 24, 2011

I have a nemesis.

It can stop me from working longer than a couple of hours at my desk, it stops progress on both The Severe Storm & Weather Phobia website as well as my personal writing site. It halts me doing long involved posts for Cult Britannia and even worse scares me away from doing any kind of fiction writing as its powers are too strong to resist.

But my greatest enemy in writing well and often is not writer’s block, not a fear of rejection by editors or webmasters, not even the horrors that are editing and proofreading.

No my enemy is a cheap twenty-dollar ‘student chair’ from Wal-Mart that kills my back and my left knee and allows for no leaning back while deep in thought (Bad enough I can’t smoke cigars at my desk!) or long sessions trying to beat Castlevania: Lament Of Innocence on the PS2 either (Which perhaps is not a bad thing?).

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Cult Britannia Gets a New Look For Christmas!

December 22, 2011

Cult Britannia has gotten a major overhaul for the holidays courtesy of editor Christian Cawley and it looks great:

You can now also follow Cult Britannia on both Facebook and Twitter as well.

Things are looking up in 2012!

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Update On All Projects & New Facebook/Email Info

October 12, 2011

Hello again (Yes, I’m talking to you, the one guy in his bathrobe who was waiting for a new post to appear in this space!).

It has been awhile since I have written, but just wanted to update this blog a bit as I intend on trying to be a bit more on the ball about it.

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