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Month: March, 2014

Ladies And Gentlemen Short Story: Death Of The Old Ways

It is high time that I posted on here about (so far) the only time that something creative of mine has been judged as good enough to be printed. My good friends that I met through the University of Leeds Comic and Graphic Novel Society, Richard Worth and Jordan Collver, are something of creative types themselves. By that I mean that they’ve only got and made their own independent comic book! It’s absolutely tremendous to see their work and I implore that you check them out at The Water Closet Press.

Rick and Jordan were lovely enough to open up their world of rambunctious Victorian adventurers (titled Ladies and Gentlemen) to other independent writers and artists to spin their own little tales and have them collected into a big bumper book of creative goodness. There’s some lovely work in there along with a short story I wrote about a magician, Hex. It was a great exercise for me. For one, I could take any of the characters that Rick and Jordan had already made and do anything I wanted to them. Not literally, of course, because they could always not print what dastardly deeds they think wouldn’t really fit into the character.

The second reason it was a great experience is that I finally have something tangible. I have a story, printed and bound together, that I can pick up, point to and shove in people’s faces and that feeling is, quite frankly, out of this world. It’s a good feeling to have a ‘best thing I’ve made’, which means I should start going from strength to strength.

Various Writing Around The Web – Mouth London and The Hollywood News

arthur-christmas

As I mentioned in earlier posts, my quest towards writing for a living received a great boost from the website What Culture. From there on out I tried applying for various other website to try and broaden my portfolio (if I could truly call it that) of writing material. I had a very quick run, before some major reshuffling that unfortunately got rid of all voluntary contributors, at Mouth London. They ran a student magazine for the Greater London area and while I didn’t know them for very long, were lovely people. I managed to get two video game reviews for them in the form of:

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
http://www.mouthlondon.com/technology/game-review-ni-no-kuni-wrath-of-the-white-witch/

and Tomb Raider (PS3/Xbox 360/PC)
http://www.mouthlondon.com/technology/game-review-tomb-raider/

Following that, in August, I had a great opportunity to start reporting film news for the exceptionally nice people over at The Hollywood News. Every week I could report however much news I had to time for, and they were a real great community of people with lots of passion towards delivering a quality site among the great amount of film sites out there.

All of my articles I wrote for them can be found here though my personal favourites have been posted below. These were the first review chances I ever got for the great documentary of film-maker John Milius and phenomenal How To Survive A Plague. I also managed to channel a bit of the academic within me by exploring the various uses of space in films as Gravity was on the verge on release, and my wonderful opportunity to say what Arthur Christmas means to me as a Christmas film (hence the above image!). Check out the links below!

Gravity Countdown – Space and the Movies
http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/2013/11/04/space-movies/

How To Survive A Plague Review
http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/2013/11/06/survive-plague-review/

Milius Review
http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/2013/11/17/milius-review/

THN Advent Calender: Arthur Christmas
http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/2013/12/21/thn-advent-calendar-day-20-arthur-christmas/