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Birthday Blog

As I type this at 4:25PM, it is exactly 90 minutes until I am officially 26 years old. I've always liked that, the nice, set time of my birth: 5:55PM on Tuesday, March 20th, 1984.

So I'm 26 and I'll be happy to leave 25 behind. Its one saving race is that I wrote my second feature length script during that time (God, I've gone on and on about that bloody script for so long.) The third and (for the time-being) final draft will be completed on April 13th. I know this because I refuse to wait any longer to get it done.

I'm unemployed again and hunting for work, but if I'm lucky I'll get a late birthday present of my unemployment assistance back. But I haven't received a letter from my last employer or P45 (official document thingy) to show I'm not working anymore. Must give him a call.

It hasn't been a very exciting week. I bought myself Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 yesterday and a couple of DVDs that were ridiculously inexpensive: Blade Runner - The Final Cut and The Fall. I've got a backlog of movies I haven't watched yet, so I expect it'll be another month before I put them on.

Oh, went to an open mic poetry reading on Thursday night. I'll write a little about that later, but I just got a text from my buddy Orla so it's time to go out and celebrate, or something.

PS - even if the book's set in America, I can't help but hear Spider Jerusalem with a South London accent.


I hadn't thought much about Livejournal since my last lame post, but then flatbear added me as a friend and I thought maybe I should actually post here. It's not like I didn't think about it in recent, um, months. I just couldn't be arsed to take the time.

Well, no more of that. I'm going to post again, a couple of times a week. Lord knows I can bullshit enough to keep a blog going. I guess the biggest news is that I got a job, and the second biggest is that I'll no longer have it tomorrow. I got hired as a sales agent for a company called Imrion, which specialises in IT and online services like web design. I got a six week trial run which amounted to a total of zero sales. Can't say I know why I didn't sell anything. I know I don't like cold calling people, so that was a problem. Also, I don't know if it's an Irish thing, but most people rarely seem eager to pay for stuff like website design. Perhaps that's a symptom of the culture we live in. I don't know, I'm not a sociologist. I'm also not a salesman.

Doesn't matter. I'm already applying for more jobs and focusing on writing again. My feature, a year in the writing, is finally nearing the home stretch. I have one more draft to write before I start shopping it around. kiji_kat has been really helpful in providing feedback and support, for which I am eternally grateful. If anyone else would like to see the script and offer some notes, I'd be glad to hear from you.

I started a drawing class a couple of months ago. It specialises in life drawing and, while I still have a long, long way to go, it's helped me get back into sketching. I was very much into my art when I was a kid, but my love for drawing was a bit soured in school. I want to brush up on my skills because I've had this comic book idea running around my head for... well, years, I guess. I want to put together some sketches for it before I start writing a script. Then I figure I can talk to an actual artist once the breakdowns are done. It's something that's ticking along for now - my main focus needs to be on getting the feature completed.

That's pretty much it. Oh, I also bought the new Ted Leo and the Pharmacists record, The Brutalist Bricks. It's oh so very awesome, but then what else would we expect from "the fuckin' Man"?


So, hey.

I haven't updated since August. I have no real reason as to why I haven't. I simply stopped updating my Livejournal, much like I stopped updating my Myspace and my Twitter. I tend to focus on one social network at a time, which probably explains why I'm so bad at networking in general. But I joined Holiday Wishes and I guess it gave me my LJ mojo back.

So what have I been doing since August? Same thing I was doing before I went MIA - looking for work and writing my script. The good news is, the script is finished and I'm working on the second draft. The bad news is, I've been working on the second draft since I last posted here. Progress has been stupidly slow, but I've set myself a deadline of Christmas Day to have it finished. It'll require a lot of work and a lot of time, but time is something I have in abundance. I want this script ready to go out in the New Year. It took most of 2009 to write it, and I plan on making sure 2010 is the year I make my first sale.

Not a whole lot else to write, really. Haven't had any great adventures, though I may have in a few weeks. Oh, I moved house. My old landlady decided to see if she can rent the house to the town council. It just wasn't economically feasible to have one tenant in there paying €55 a week; no way that was going to cover her mortgage. I'm in a nice place in the centre of town, though, so that's all good. I'm paying half rent until a new shower is installed, which is also nice, though it'll probably be finished by Christmas. That's cool, though; I have a little extra cash to buy some presents in the time being.

If you'll let me get my wrestling geek on: I just heard that Eddie Fatu, a.k.a. Umaga, died today from a suspected drug-related heart attack. So another young wrestler goes down to painkillers and performance enhancers. I honestly don't know how to feel about this. As a wrestling fan, I've seen maybe three or four drug-related deaths every year for the last decade, and the problem is only getting worse. Fatu was 36 years old; he should have still been in his prime. But the drugs he took on a regular basis screwed up his body and damaged his organs.

On the one hand, it angers me that the wrestling business, a form of entertainment that I've loved since childhood, has taken so much from yet another of its performers. But on the other, I can't help but feel the responsibility here is on Fatu himself. Up until earlier this year he was working for WWE. When he failed a drug test, WWE management suspended him and offered to send him to rehab. Fatu declined their offer, and because he refused to seek counselling for his drug problem, WWE fired him. Fatu threw away a six figure contract because he refused to seek help, and now it's cost him his life. No doubt tributes will come pouring in, which is only right - he was a great big man, and was involved in some memorable matches. But I won't be mourning him any more than I would mourn Davey Boy Smith, or Andrew "Test" Martin, or any of the other numerous wrestlers who found solace in a bottle of pills or alcohol. It's a sad thing to see, but while the companies and the fans can do their best to clean up this business, until there's a serious change in attitude among the wrestlers themselves, Eddie Fatu will not be the last name on what is an increasingly long list.

Well now I'm all bummed out. Time to see what Noah Antwiler is up to.

Top 5 Great Things About The Blue Beetle

(In which I go all comic book nerd and don't shut up about one of my new favourite superheroes.)

So, last week I finished the 36 issues that made up the most recent series of Blue Beetle, starring the third incarnation of the character, Jaime Reyes. I was so taken by the series that Jaime immediately slipped into my #2 spot of Favourite Superheroes (sorry, Deadpool - but then, there's a good argument that you shouldn't be in a "heroes" list at all.) Since I wanted to share my love of the character (and because it's been a week since I last posted anything) I decided to list the Top 5 reasons why I love Blue Beetle.

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My next step now will be going back and looking for the Ted Kord and Dan Garret Blue Beetle comics. It seems like the character has never really been able to catch a break in his own comic series, forced to stand in the background of more popular characters. But I really hope Jaime and the rest of the gang in El Paso get another chance to entertain and move readers as only the big blue bug can do.

Teddy Roosevelt Facts

Collected here for posterity. Please feel free to suggest additions that may have been overlooked.

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Odds 'n' Ends

So I'll probably write up something a bit more interesting at some point, but I figured I should at least update the good people of Livejournal on how things are going with me. As per usual, that would be not a lot, but I suppose that's better than announcing I have leprosy, or something.

I'm a few pages away from finishing a feature length fantasy script I've been working on for a few months, and I'm finding it very hard to get the motivation to write. Right now I'm managing maybe a page a day, which is better than nothing. The easiest thing to do, as William Goldman once said, is not write, so I should be thankful for small mercies. I suppose, having had this script in my life for so long, I'm just subconsciously worrying about finishing it and moving on to something else, plus the more than necessary second draft. That may explain my reluctance to finish it.

Better news, however, as I've finally added a bunch of new designs to my shop Forever Fifteen. Cough up a few bucks and buy something, why don't ya?

All designs are in the "Movies" section. The first came to me after discovering you can buy exact replicas of the Batman suit from The Dark Knight, complete with spines on the arms: http://www.cafepress.com/foreverfifteen/6823167

The second is inspired by this awesome LJ icon: http://www.cafepress.com/foreverfifteen/6823196

I like to say it as if I'm Dr Weird from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

And finally, I made up this last one because I'm taking it back: http://www.cafepress.com/foreverfifteen/6823207

That is all. Later.

Fear and Leon in Punchestown

We were somewhere outside Goffs, on the Park & Ride to Punchestown Racecourse, when the Budweiser began to kick in. And there were magpies everywhere, black and white harpies swooping through the air in twos and threes and solitary figures trying to rain down bad luck on me. There'd be enough raining down on me this day without those blasted birds tripping me up at every corner.

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Blood: The Last Vampire

I wrote this last night, when the pain was still fresh in my memory...

Before I go into my rant on the cinematic stillbirth that is the live action adaptation of Blood: The Last Vampire, I should warn you that there will be many spoilers. So if you're intent on seeing this God awful movie, you should stop reading now.
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More student films on Youtube

"Art Is Hard," my tragically-titled documentary about student film makers, is now up on Youtube. I had to break it into two parts so that it would upload.

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Any feedback would be much appreciated. I just realised that the sound is out of sync, so it looks like I'm going to have to upload the videos again.

My letter to Debbie Schlussel

You may already be aware of my fascination with Debbie Schlussel. You'll be interested to know that my opinion of Debbie has changed dramatically over the last few days. I would like to share with you this e-mail that I sent her only minutes ago, thanking her for all of the hard work she is doing.


Hi Debbie!

You probably don't remember me - I e-mailed you a couple of months back in regards to your review of Watchmen. At one point I called you "a desperate huckster incapable of rational thought," but I wanted you to know that my opinion of you has changed dramatically since then.

You see, I was certain that no one could be as prejudiced against all races as you seem to be, and I was right. I see now that you are not a hard right zealot but rather a satirical genius, developing a new and exciting form of comedy - an Andy Kaufman for a modern age, if you will. You go beyond the simple posturing of, say, Stephen Colbert, tightly embracing the persona of the conservative blogger.

I admit to wondering at times if perhaps you've taken the character to a point of absurdity that no one could fully believe, like in your review of Terminator Salvation when you drew parallels between Arabs and Skynet. But then I realised that's exactly what a conservative blogger would do! Finding evidence to support their world view in absolutely everything they come across is a common trait!

Your skill puts most mainstream comedy writers to shame. Other people would have baulked at the idea of nicknaming Sonia Sotomayor "So-So," referencing a media star who hasn't been relevant since 2006. But your knowledge of how the conservative mind works, distinctly unaware of changes in modern society and culture, means that you weren't caught out!

Do you know many conservatives? Your expertise in how they think is incredible. Also, it's remarkable that you've managed to convince so many xenophobic right wingers to sign up to your site and comment with all the vitriol they can produce. It's the sign of any good comedy, peeling back the thin veneer of respectability to reveal the dark thoughts that sadly permeate through so many minds.

Anyway, keep up the good work. Your articles are far funnier than anything more popular satirical sites like The Onion could ever hope to produce, and I am in no doubt that your genius will be recognised by your comedy peers and the general public for years to come.

Take care



If you would like to share your love of her satirical columns you can e-mail Debbie at writedebbie@gmail.com. She tries to read every e-mail personally, so let her know!