Reminder. Monday, Jan 12 2009 

Sometimes I’m compelled to mention that I really like Cat and Girl. It’s true that a lot of the time the jokes and references go over my head, but every now and then Dorothy creates strips that are wonderful in every possible way and I’d like to frame them and put them on the wall if I could.

Also sometimes xkcd strikes true to the heart of the heart of truth.

In fact I’m in such a good mood that I like everything right now.


More wildly off topic than ever. Saturday, May 31 2008 

My girlfriend was telling me everything she knew about whale penises, but there were still some things I knew about them that she didn’t, which is weird because I know for a fact that she’s read the same sources of whale penis information that I have.

Why do the Past Masters of Cinema insist on demonstrating their competence as talentless hacks? Tuesday, May 27 2008 

Bluh… bluh… blogging!

I dunno… it’s been harder to blog about things since I found it was more rewarding to talk to my girlfriend about them instead.

I’m going to try to work on an Animation project now. Or not… the possibilities are endless!

I done a move. Sunday, May 4 2008 

Okay, so I moved in with my girlfriend. She doesn’t know this yet because she’s in New Plymouth making soup out of her old teeth. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been so quiet lately, moving out of my home of four years has been an Epic Feat. Especially since I carried most of my stuff by hand.

I had a whole lot of anecdotes about moving but I’ve forgotten most of them now. There was the guy who tried to intimidate me when I walked past him quickly in one direction with an empty suitcase (“You’d better run, brother!”) and then showed polite interest when I returned more slowly in the opposite direction with a very heavy suitcase (“You moving out, bro?”). Maybe I reformed him somehow with my example of perseverence. I never had any real trouble from the weird intimidating shady types who populate Newtown, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to miss them.

What else… I carried an extremely heavy desk to Kilbirnie at 1:00 in the morning in the rain. This was just to prove how tough I was.

Anyway, after a couple of days of Recovery I’ll start Producing stuff again. Hopefully.

Transformers comparison. Thursday, Apr 17 2008 

In the 21st century, Transformers cartoons are batshit crazy. In the 21st century, Transformers cartoons were batshit awful.

Personally I prefer the show now that the autobots have a ninja and the decepticons have a pirate. Optimus Prime is still an ass, though.

Writing has been like hard work lately. It don’t seem to be enjoying it as much as I used to. It’s depressing.

Bah. Tuesday, Apr 15 2008 

Blah. The way I wrote Pirate Space may have been flawed, but at least it worked. I wrote a whole bunch of random scenes, knitted them together into a story and rewrote the entire thing based around that story.

I’ve been trying to write another novel by cutting out the first part and jumping straight to the bit where I write a novel based around the story. It doesn’t seem to be working. For some reason my creative process involves paradoxes. I need to write before I can think of a story, and I need to think of a story before I can write. And what seems to me like wasting time writing stuff that I don’t intend to print is actually an important part of writing stuff I do intend to print.

I think I’m cursed to write every story twice.

Blakes 7 Tuesday, Apr 8 2008 

My girlfriend kept giving away spoilers for Blakes 7 so I spent a couple of days of marathon viewing to get through it all before she could give away too much. (more…)

Not the albatross, but some other metaphor. I forget. Saturday, Apr 5 2008 

On friday morning I woke up an hour earlier before work than I usually do. That mean I lay in bed for an hour contemplating the fact that I was about to go to work. It depressed me quite a bit. Usually I just wake up and get dressed and go to work and don’t really have time to think about it. I guess the fact that most mornings I didn’t have to think about going to work was keeping me sane.

I got annoyed with myself. I’d spent so much time working on publishing Pirate Space on Lulu that I’d naturally assumed I’d publish all my books the same way. I’d forgotten that writing a book with the intention of seriously submitting it to actual publishers was a course still open to me.

I’d been writing book #2 specifically to have it self-published. There’s no reason I couldn’t write book #2 to have it submitted to a publisher and then published on Lulu if that failed. That way I won’t be burning a bridge I have no real reason to burn other than a rather idiotic sense of pride.

So. I’m going to put that book aside and only pick it up again if I start having any success on Lulu. Instead I’m going to write a book with the intention of impressing publishers. Because the horror of work can make anyone a sell-out.

De-snarking? Really? Tuesday, Apr 1 2008 

One thing that Teletraan I (the Transformers wiki) has that Brickipedia (the Lego wiki) doesn’t is a sense of humour. Where the latter is very dry and informative, the former is quite happy to poke fun at the eccentricities of it subject. This excerpt, from the entry on a rather ugly Galvatron toy, for example:

“The tank shows very little purple on its hull, presumably to keep it a reasonably realistic representation of a real-life tank. The tank likewise has a giant translucent orange laser cannon that can fire a translucent orange missile, also keeping in the spirit of realistic alt-modes.”

So I was bothered to read the box at the top of this page and realise that there will always be people who object to the having of ‘fun’ in something so important as the online encyclopedia of a children’s toy.

The size of the internet divided by the size of me. Wednesday, Mar 26 2008 

Remember that project I mentioned last week but said I would only link to if I proved to myself I was able to persevere with it? It’s here. A serial story on deviantART. How am I supposed to be noticed among the 10,000 other people writing serial stories on deviantART? I don’t know. But I’ve posted two parts so far and for each of those parts I’ve had one complete stranger ‘subcribe’ to my work, so maybe if I post one part every week, within one year I’ll have… 52 readers. Maybe one of them will want to buy a book?

To come up with the idea for the story I just combined a name I already wanted to use for something with a story I already wanted to write somewhere. The benefit of thinking of more projects than I work on is that I’m never short of ideas when I need one.

One of the good things about deviantART is that I can also post pictures if I want to. So I could post random cartoons and things along with my story. I was going to post ‘bollards! fuck!’ but didn’t know how well the swearing would go down. Also the distinctive bollards might confuse people outside Wellington.

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