Friday, 25 October 2013

Stardust in Newtonmore

It's been almost two months since my last post - why so long?
Well, a combination of reasons, really.
Firstly, I've been spending a lot of time on my new soon-to-be-bestseller 'Fractured Time' (which is now at 30,000 words and is currently being reviewed by Pash and Dan-The-Man to see if it's worth writing the other 70,000 or so words); and when I haven't been working on that, I've been writing short stories, such as SoRaMA which, even if I do say so myself, is brilliant!! (If anyone wants to read it (it's about 3,000 words), drop me a comment)
Secondly, work has been really bloody busy, including a week over in India with the team in Mumbai, enjoying a late Wednesday evening of spontaneous bowel evacuations...
Thirdly, I've been doing as much reading as I can...see below.
All in all, there hasn't been a lot of time to do any blogging.

So why choose today to get back on the blog-pony?
Well, as I am sat in the fantastically quirky surroundings of a converted signal box beside the main Perth-Inverness train line at Newtonmore station, (check it out at, ref 1304) looking out across the darkening fields towards the River Spey through sheets of falling rain, it felt like the right thing to do...and no, I'm not going to say anything about what's going on at Grangemouth with Ineos and those idiots from Unite!!

Instead, I'm going to reflect on the fact that I've just finished reading Neil Gaiman's 'Stardust' (one of the six books I've bought this week from Waterstones in Inverness and Aviemore) - it really is very different from the film (which was one of the reasons I wanted to read it). Did I enjoy it as much as the film?
To be honest, the storyline in the film is more entertaining, which is a surprise, because I often find it's the other way around. But the book is still a good read and, in a way, is all the more interesting because of the comparison with the film.
Maybe, just maybe, someone will one day be writing a blog in which they say that a film made from one of my stories is better than the cool would that be?

Anyway, it's now time for a fry-up before the packing starts - off home tomorrow.