Movie option!!

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Today I signed a movie option for my zombie book The Last! It is not big money at this stage, but the potential is there. I’m excited. Its a contract we’ve been negotiating for a few months now. I’ve learned a thing or two about movie option contracts in the process. I had legal advice from the Society of Authors …

Origami light

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Our house settling-in has reached a new and advanced phase. We are almost wholly out of the ‘first-fix’ stage, where we didn’t have a working shower, boiler timer, downstairs toilet, internet, phone, front lights, front door lock or side gate lock. The side-gate lock still needs to be replaced, and the internet is still spotty, but the rest are all …

Why Tom Hardy’s Legend is basically a true story.

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Numerous critics have been slating Tom Hardy’s movie ‘Legend’, about the notorious gangsters Ron and Reggie Kray, on the grounds that it misrepresents history, glamorizes and Americanizes violence and the gangster life, and generally does a poor job of showing the REAL Krays and the REAL social cost of their bloody trail of terror splattered from London’s East End to …

We went to church!

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Today we went to church. That is not an earth-shattering admission for most people to make, neither is it for me, though from my point of view it is a really foreign and alien-feeling thing to do. My Dad was a Church of England vicar when I was a kid, up until I was perhaps 8, so I’m thinking I …

Was the UK always like this?

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I’ve been back in the UK a year now- my longest continuous period in the country of my birth since 2003 when I left for Japan- and many times up til now, with a double whammy today, I’ve been hit with the feeling that- ‘this is not the country I remember.’ Lots of things could potentially explain this. First I’ll …

John Grist

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Since my Dad’s moved in with his mom (my grandmother) he’s been reorganizing her Kent farmhouse, which involved bringing a few older bits of art to the fore. Here is an image of one of my late Grandfather’s factories – a man after whom I appear to have been named (John Grist). I’m not entirely sure what it made. It …

Tokyo Year 1

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My first year in Tokyo was 12 years ago now. I was 23, I think, 6 months after finishing university. It was mad, heady, crazy days- a drunken extension of my Uni days but one where I had a job and a ready-made community of folks to hang with in my language school’s students. I mention this not for any …

Ugne from Bakeoff!

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This morning on the train into work SY and I totally saw Ugne from Great British Bakeoff!! She was squeezing into the Hammersmith and City line, and I felt the urge to yell out “Hey Ugne!” followed by something like, “Great baking!” I didn’t- perhaps I was too star struck? I should be prepared, honestly, after seeing Richard who nearly …

Things I’m looking forward to.

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What with all the forward and backward stepping with the house of late, and no time set aside for doing purely fun stuff, and the next 3 months of term looming ahead monolithically, I think it’s a good time to contemplate the positives. So, a list of things I’m looking forward to: – Seeing The Martian. I loved the book, …

Poor, poor Cerulean

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I did some work on chapter three of Zombie Ocean 3 today, and made myself tear up about the ordeals poor old Cerulean is going to face. It is a hard life for him, without a doubt. SY says- “Why does it have to be so miserable?” Me- No great answer. A story needs ups and downs? But why can’t …

Painting & skating the kitchen floor

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Today we painted the tile kitchen floor. Of course first we sanded it, with 40 grit sandpaper under our booted feet, skating around without a care in the world. Yesterday I bought a belt sander, a fairly serious bit of equipment, and had a go at sanding off the glaze on the tiles with that- necessary because with the glaze, …

Flower ordering service?

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A full, knackering day today of decorating, shopping, exercise, sanding down tiles (photos soon), using polyfilla for holes, and tidying up, that was kicked off with this long and tortuous exchange- re: our broadband is down. Broadband fiasco (9-10am) I called to our broadband provider and try to arrange an engineer visit to fix the fault on the line. End …

Cover design day 

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Today I spent many many hours working on the typography for the new Mr. Ruins cover. Hours hunting for good free fonts, then hours more tinkering with colors, font combos, spacing and placement, as well as making mini changes to the image itself. It’s amazing how long it can take to do such little things that nobody will really notice. …

Toilet philosophy

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Today during a training day at work, I came across this piece of wisdom scrawled on a toilet cubicle wall: It gave me real pause. Fascinating, and so pithy. This completely sums up my philosophy on writing and self-publishing, on blogging, on just about anything. Lots of thoughts went through my mind- with regard to blogging- that until I started …

Break-even!! Not only digging anymore…

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Today is the day I have finally broken out of the red in my writing career, through the glass break-even ceiling, and into the black! Wow, the air up here is rarefied. It’s balmy. I can just swim in these waters all day. Amazon release the payouts for the previous month (August) on the 15th of the next month (now, …