Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Girl Number 9 on Australian TV

Girl Number 9 has just started airing in Australia, on TV. It's on ABC2, Mondays at 9.25pm, and the first episode was shown this week. If you missed it, you can catch up here for the next 11 days.

Episode 2 continues the story on Monday January 24th. Episode 1 is only 5 minutes, so you've got plenty of time to catch up, unless you're busy 24 hours a day. Even if you are, take a break for 5 minutes, have a rest! By watching a dark drama about a serial killer! It's the best way to relax, apparently.

Update: It's only airing in Australia at the moment because ABC2 have the Aussie distribution rights. Deals are currently being done elsewhere, so it will appear in your area fairly soon, you're not being left out. I'll announce when I know of each local deal, whether it's online or TV, etc.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Entweetening

The main reason blog posts here are few and far between is usually lack of time and topics - I never know what to write about, until something pops into my head. And that's fine, I don't want it to feel like a chore, it's something I really enjoy doing, but I don't want to force myself to do it.

The other reason is the Twitter, which is far, far too much fun. If you are following me on the Twitter, then hello! And thank you for following me. You're lovely, and special, and better than all the other followers. Yes, you are, you're the best one. I really enjoy being on there. I talk a lot of nonsense, find interesting links, see what's happening in real time during major global events, keep up with friends and family, and chat to loads of fun, cool, interesting people. If you work at home, as I do, you can go a bit stir crazy, not leaving the house for days, talking to yourself or your characters. This way, I can see what everyone's up to, but also turn it off when I need to get back to work. And sometimes it's nice to celebrate achieving a writing goal, it feels like everyone's rooting for me to do well.

It's a fascinating slice of everyone's life, always there, whenever you want to have a look. Obviously you get some people who don't say anything interesting, but the great thing about it is you're in control - you decide who to follow. I try not to follow too many people, otherwise my feed would swiftly become too big to handle. I regularly feel compelled to read my entire feed and catch up on the stuff I missed, and if I followed too many people then I'd do nothing else all day but read tweets, sitting in my own filth, crying, scrolling through a never ending page. Usually I just dip in and out, and unlike my blog, each tweet of mine doesn't have to be a big post with news or advice or useful information, I can just have fun with it. Some recent examples (linked ones are together):

-- I am full of eggs. Like a giant sea turtle.
-- My flippers are pushing me feebly along the sofa, looking for a good nesting spot.

-- Movie pitch: Hallmarked for Death: Steven Seagal hunts down a serial killer who kills according to greetings cards, Se7en-style
-- Hallmarked for Death features a man killed by stuffing him with blue foam to look like a Forever Friends bear.
-- I may have had too much coffee

--If you think I didn't just watch Star Trek 4 for the kazillionth time, then a double dumbass on YOU!

-- The whoopee cushion has claimed its first victim: my brother John. Thppppp! 4 grown men fell about laughing for AGES

-- Dear East Coast trains free wifi: you are slower than an asthmatic trying to suck a golf ball through 50 feet of garden hose.
-- Also, the garden hose is made of asbestos, and the golf ball is the size of the Moon. And the asthmatic is ON the Moon.
-- Without a spacesuit, I mean. Making it even harder to breathe.

-- I have eaten all the food in the world. I regret nothing.

-- When @jodiekearns asked why I and the Angry Birds hated the green pigs so much, I simply yelled "THEY'VE TAKEN ALL THE EGGS"

-- Why do baddies always shove goodies the last few steps? "Get in the cell!" *shove* Okay! They were already going!


-- Internet porn opt in is nonsense. Why not make all TV channels only show Teletubbies, unless you "opt in" to grownup shows?
-- Bloody Tories. Taking our money that we earn to buy porn, now you're taking the porn too?? Damn you! What next, a ban on wanking??
-- If they seriously attempt this, I propose a Wank-In outside Parliament.

See? Look at me one day, you'll (hopefully) think I'm witty and clever. Another day? A foul mouthed lout. Another day? Both. Or neither. Who knows? That's half the fun of it though, isn't it? By the way, if you do follow me, I'd advise not getting text updates from me on your phone, because I might say nothing all day, or I might suddenly go on a 50-tweet rant. And for some reason, I seem to swear a lot more there than here, so be aware that my language is usually going to be adult. Well, childish, but for adults only. You know what I mean.

The other great thing about it is that there's no right or wrong way of using it. If people like what you say, they'll follow your updates. If they don't, they won't. And if someone is being an arse to you, if they won't stop, you can block them, and vice versa. It's a really good way of keeping it useful and fun for each user, which is probably why I enjoy it so much.

I should mention this while I'm on the subject: I often get requests to retweet someone's charity fundraising site, and sometimes I'll gladly oblige to spread the word - but not always, otherwise I'd be constantly reposting charity messages, and it would defeat the purpose of drawing attention to one at a time. So if I haven't done yours, it's nothing personal, I just don't want to do too many. Sometimes I'll see a worthy cause myself, and pass it on because I think it deserves wider attention - in those cases, I'll have donated too, because I don't think I should ask people to help out without doing so. I hope that's clear and fair. Also, please donate to my new charity, "Jimbo Likes Jim Beam", you can donate at any pub (if I'm in the pub at the time).

Anyway, if you're not on there and are curious, sign up and try it out. It's free, easy, but you have to use it for a bit to get a feel for it. Follow some interesting people, see what your friends are up to, talk to them, join in. It can be great fun, sometimes very silly, sometimes very profound. But it's what you make of it. See you there! Only, not right now, I'm writing stuff. But maybe a bit later on! Woo!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

SFX Weekender 2011

Announcement! This is me announcing an announcement!

I will be a guest at the 2011 SFX Weekender, from 4th-5th February - you can click here for the full, amazing list of guests. Look at those names! Not mine, all the other ones! I really enjoyed last year's Weekender, and I'm really looking forward to going again. Well, going to the Weekender again, I mean, not going to last year's one again, that would be very difficult, we'd have the Blinovitch Limitation Effect to worry about for a start.

Go here to check out the ticket situation and all that stuff, they have all the details you'll need. I'll be on a panel or two, talking nonsense, not sure what the panels are yet, but the schedule should arrive soon. Hope to see you there if you're going, come and say hello. Hint: when I'm not on panels, I'll probably be in the pub.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Big Finish audio and Torchwood Kindle news

Some actual news! Blimey, you're probably dying of shock as I type this. So I should probably call an ambulance or something. In the meantime, try to stay comfortable.

I've written a short story for Volume 2 of the Big Finish Short Trips CDs, which is released in March. Each CD contains a story about Doctors 1 to 8, read by actors from or relevant to their respective eras. So you can probably work out from the order of the cast list and order of the writers, that I've written a 7th Doctor and Ace story, which is read by the lovely and brilliant Sophie Aldred. I've wanted to write for that team for *ages*, and am really pleased that Sophie is reading out my words. I may have gushed a bit when I met her and Sylvester McCoy, as I loved their time on DW. Also on Volume 2 is a story by Darren Goldsmith from the Twitter, and Simon Guerrier from… well, from a magical land where tall men roam free. There are other marvellous writers on there too, but I have no comedy names for them, so they must remain anonymous. Unless you look at the page I linked to above.

Volume 4 is out in August, and features a story by Jason Arnopp, read by Peter Davison. Lord Arnopp has been fantastically busy lately, so get over to his blog to see all the other great stuff he's got upcoming, and stuff you can buy RIGHT NOW. Also, he's just landed himself an agent, so huge congratulations are in order. Go and touch him!

Still on Big Finish, the second season of Highlander audio plays has been slightly delayed to March, but is all going well and on track for the new release date. Get in there.

And in techno-magic news, the electronic elves of Book Mountain have worked their trickery on the Torchwood: Consequences book, and turned it into a Kindle edition that you can read on your Kindles or iPhones or iPads or (insert other device here, no, don't insert it like *that*, you'll hurt yourself). So if you buy it, you'll have a virus on your machine! Okay, a story called "Virus". Which isn't about a computer virus. Shut up, the joke still works. Sort of.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Slight reorganisation

I've decided to move the daily pic over to its own site, so as not to bombard this one with updates. The pic thing is mainly for me anyway, to see if I could keep it going, and amuse my future self. If you still want to see them, they're on my Posterous page here, which you can subscribe to or follow or whatever people do with Posterous things. Today's pic is actually something that's not in my house! But you'll have to go over there to see it, there'll be no mention of the pics here from now on.

Stay tuned for actual news on Monday. I know! What's the world coming to, eh?

Friday, January 07, 2011

Daily Spork Pic 7

Another indoor pic, this time a closer view of one side of my desk. And yes, I know all of the Doctor Who items are the wrong scale for each other, I don't care, it's my desk. Hopefully tomorrow I'll leave the house! Won't that be exciting??

If not, maybe I'll move this over to a separate site, to stop it cluttering this one up. Or stop it altogether. Or post pics taken a while ago that nobody has seen yet. Or just run shrieking into the street, photographing the reactions of startled passers by.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Daily Spork Pic 6

Okay, I really need to leave the house more often if I'm going to keep this up. Day 6 and I'm already doing food/drink items. But in fairness, it's a rather splendid cocktail and must be shared with the world. It contains gin, and... other stuff, I can't remember.

If this photo thing makes it to the end of January then I'll be very surprised. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now everyone knows how uneventful my daily life can be. It's not always like this! Sometimes I go outside! But not today. Maybe tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Daily Spork Pic 5

Obviously, doing this daily pic thing is going to require leaving the house regularly, otherwise it'll end up being photos of cats and door handles by week 24. But for now, another indoor pic: the sad pile of streamers and burst balloons that marks the end of the Christmas and new year holidays. It's a metaphor for something or other.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Daily Spork Pic 4

As I passed through Leeds today I was startled to see a giant Dalek standing near the train station. No eyestalk or gun that I could see, they're probably hidden inside, ready for a stealth attack. Or as stealthy as a giant Dalek can manage, at least. So, people of Leeds - run for your lives, I guess.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Daily Spork Pic 3

Near my sister's house, is The Steepest Hill In The World. See where it disappears out of shot there?? It drops vertically off the edge of the planet and INTO SPACE. I just walked down it, at a 45 degree angle, it was like a deleted scene from Inception. I survived, in case you were worried. But still. Look at it. It's insane. Kids - don't try this at home.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Daily Spork Pic 2

Today's pic is the chalkboard in my sister's kitchen, with a new year message drawn by my nephew Nicholas. Imagine several of those bottles, tipping their contents down my neck, and that's pretty much what happened that night.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Daily Spork Pic 1

Happy New Year! I meant to do a "photo of the day" thing ages ago, but never got round to it. So I may as well start now. I've set up a Posterous account so I can easily email photos from my phone wherever I am to make it easier for myself - it takes anything I email to it and sticks it on here. So let's see how it goes.

First Daily Spork Pic is from the opening minutes of 2011, just before I burned my hand on a used sparkler. Who knows what the year will bring? Hopefully a bit more caution when playing with fireworks...