Sunday, 22 January 2012

Tiberius cover art?

Artist Julie Cuthbert has supplied a provisional end product for the cover art of Tiberius Found, following our initial meeting last week. It still needs a little polishing and tidying up but I think this is the one we're going to go for.

It has the feel of sci-fi and enforces the gentic, DNA theme which is at the heart of the story.

This version differs wildly from the original artwork as we decided that the image as was didn't really convey what the story was about.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

War of the Dead UK Premiere

At last! War of the Dead, Marko Makilaakso's long awaited WWII Zombie feature, starring Andrew Tiernan, will finally have its UK premiere during Glasgow's Film Festival horror film fest on Friday 24th February.

For anyone that's not aware about this film, it's been years in post-production following disagreements between the producers and for a time was thought that it might not even see the light of day. Ironic really, considering it has zombie-based theme. However, after a titanic effort on the part of its lead actor Andrew Tiernan and a handful of others it has crawled its way onto the film festival scene and the news of a UK premiere is fantastic news.

Ten of the eleven films in the festival are getting their UK premieres and you can get more deatils / buy tickets here. If horror flicks are your bag then these films are those which need your support; you can get a festival ticket for all 11 films for £55, or pay £8 per film.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Tiberius editing

I've been editing and tweaking Tiberius Found for about ten days now, and the process is actually quite interesting. Sentences that I thought perfectly good a few months ago now seem terribly structured. And what's with all those redundant words? Where did they come from?

I'm a few chapters in now - fitting the editing in during the early evenings after work, and at weekends - and I'm happy with the tightening up that's going on. But let's see how I feel once the whole process has been done and I look back at it in a month or two's time.

Artist Julie Cuthbert has provided a provisional cover art sheet which I'm going to have a look at in a couple of days. The busy life of a wannanbe author, huh?

Sunday, 8 January 2012

The Danes are coming, the Danes are coming!

Actually, they're already here. It's been a long time since Viking raids played short-season appearances along the British coast but this small island is being invaided once again. Only this time we like it.

After the super impressive The Killing and its nearly as good follow-up The Killing II, BBC4 have brought us another series from the Danish broadcaster DR in the shape of Borgen. It's a 10-part series which centres on Copenhagen politics, and has already had double-dealing, blackmail and death. Episodes 1 and 2 were shown on Saturday 7th.

Sidse Babett Knudsen plays Birgitte Nyborg Christensen - the leader of the Moderates Party - who (by the end of episode 2) eventually assumes the Prime Minister role. British viewers of previous DR series will be happy to see both of Sarah Lund's previous side-kicks - Soren Malling and Mikael Birkkjaer, Jan Meyer and Ulrik Strange respectively - in the roles of TV news director Torben Friis, and Birgitte's husband Philip.

It's great to see Soren back on our screens as he made such an impact as Meyer, and refreshing to see Birkkjaer in a good-guy role. 

Borgen is being shown, as two back-to-back episodes, for the next four weeks on BBC4 each Saturday.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

On Your Marks, Get Set ... now what?

So here we are at the start of 2012 ... with about ten days short of a year to live - if you believe the Mayan prophecy of world destruction, that is. It'll all be over on 21st December, apparently. Still, that'll save on deciding where to spend Christmas, I suppose.

The trouble with world-ending prophecies is that they haven't - so far - been particularly accurate. But then only one has to be, I guess. I'm not sure if the end will come in quite such a 'Newton's Cradle' kind of way, but I like the picture. Maybe the apocalypse will come in an Armageddon fashion with a huge meteor strike, or perhaps an attack of giant, mutated Guinea Pigs.

We've also got the London summer Olympics to look forward to, so it'll certainly be a year to remember.

The question is: with all this ahead of us is it worth doing any actually writing? Is it worth doing anything at all? Will the millions of well-intended resolutions be redundant? Of course they won't.

Keep calm and carry on. What's the worst that can happen? I plan to finish the re-writes on Tiberius Found (my second test reader has finished now and given notes) and get it published using the Kindle Direct Publishing platform, as I intend to do with Oliver Drummond and the Four Horsemen. Oh dear, I seem to have come back around to the apocalypse. Never mind.