'ere be spoilers, me hearties, k? In a Doctor Who story featuring two big reveals, the one regarding the vault was interesting, given the stuff about measurements of fatality, with an apt call back to River Song, but that was the curtain raiser. No, it was the other piece of news that kept me engaged … Continue reading Doctor Who: Use Your Words
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Lessons from novels: Umberto Eco
Vale author and academic Umberto Eco, thank you for your many 'little scraps of wisdom'. I can remember exactly when I first saw Name of the Rose, but I do remember when I first read it. It was as part of the recommended reading for my undergraduate degree and it was over the summer break. After … Continue reading Lessons from novels: Umberto Eco
Doctor Who: Who Dares Wins?
If Heaven Sent was about death, then Hell Bent returns to a corrupted culture obsessed with it in this season finale and end of an era. The Doctor's quest, set up as a hope of a dream in The Day of the Doctor, is now an ode to his devotion to his companion and a revelation of … Continue reading Doctor Who: Who Dares Wins?
Doctor Who: Doctor Memorius
There was banter, gallows humour, fight scenes, there was highway robbery, and, there was a fire-breathing alien lion. All this was more than enough to satisfy from The Woman Who Lived, but it wasn't even the main course. The main course was the thread of conversation between The Doctor and The Knightmare/Ashildir/Lady Me. For once, Clara's … Continue reading Doctor Who: Doctor Memorius
Lessons from ten-ish years of short story writing
I've been writing a while now and studied courses and read a few 'how to' books. They're all helpful in their way. My advice is take advice and don't take advice. Not everything I've been told works for me and I'm ok with that. So if some of this is too obvious you can ignore … Continue reading Lessons from ten-ish years of short story writing
In which therein you will encounter a writing update, talk of historical novels and study
One year of MA down. Summer semester over and a new one just begun, to quote from the classics. It was more gruelling than expected. Perhaps because summer kinda felt like it should have been holiday time and I was slaving over discussion threads and readings and deadlines (as well as some work and life). But it … Continue reading In which therein you will encounter a writing update, talk of historical novels and study