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Doctor Who: don't blink, don't breathe, don't think, don't watch

The classic ideal of British science fiction, Doctor Who, has been around since the 1960s. It became such a fundamental part of pop culture that when it was revived in 2005 after a lengthy absence, it wasn’t considered niche anymore. It was full-on Saturday night entertainment for all the family.

Which is why it’s so disappointing that the current show is a crude, poorly-written mess that’s so slathered full of misogynistic hate that I am legitimately surprised anyone even agrees to act in it.

Experience another point of view

In addition to the full-length stories, I am proud to announce my first collection of short stories: I Am Machine. A series of tales about the lives of artificial intelligences, written solely from their perspective.

You can check out the first short story in the collection, The Howl of the Wolf, right now. There will be more to come in the future!

From kitchen to keyboard

It might not come as a surprise, but I really love cooking. It’s creative, kinda messy, and you can eat the results. My favourite sort of food is the kind of big, heavy meal that sticks to your ribs and leaves you feeling warm and toasty. Usually involving something getting fried or grilled. I’m not one to go off recipes, I like to practice through trial and error. I experiment a lot, throwing in new ingredients here and there.

Hobbit Tales: shire-based storygaming

The other day I got the chance to try out Hobbit Tales from Cubicle 7, a card-based game that isn’t really card-based at all. Sure, it uses cards, but the real meat of the game comes from the players. The cards you get are story elements, settings and twists in the tale, and you have to take the hand you are dealt and come up with a story that fits as much as it entertains.

You might be starting to see why this game appealed to me.

Plotting, planning, scheming, and eventually doing

When I was much younger, in my teens, I used to think that I had no need for extensive planning. I’d just sit down and let it all flow from my mind, connect those plots together using nothing but my raw natural talent. Like most things that rely on “raw natural talent”, this was an exceptionally bad idea and I should have never been so thoughtless. Plans are cool, and the more you plan the cooler you will be.

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