On Writing

July 22, 2009

The title of this post is borrowed from the prolific Stephen King’s non-fiction of the same title.  In it he waxes lyrical on the art of writing and his life.

I have started a new book and as always, when I begin, I strike upon an impasse.

The book is to be a biography and the layout is my blockade.  I can’t decide if a linear or topical structure would work best.

In the mean time I will continue to scratch out thoughts and fragments that will hopefully be usable when the decision is finalised.

Caissa and the latest Stephen King

November 21, 2008

I splashed out £3 on Caissa chess for my iPod and iPhone.  It seems like a decent enough application but I would really like to know its playing strength if anybody out there has an idea.

And finally, a bit premature I know (story of my life), I have downloaded the latest Stephen King, Just After Sunset, from Audible.

A collection of short stories to be sure.

I’ll let you know.

Blaze – Stephen King / Richard Bachman

April 6, 2008

Blaze by Stephen King is what King calls a ‘trunk novel’.  One that was written in the past and left as either unfinished or not good enough to publish.  This particular book was written during the high productivity period of his pseudonym Richard Bachman, and the tell tale signs of this are all over the book.  Thus it is ‘authored’ by Bachman.

The book itself, as King states in his introduction, is composed of bare and to the point writing.  Not that this is a bad thing, as I have felt that in King’s more recent works that he has been bogged down some what, either by his own belief that the weighty writing is needed, or simply in his evolving writing style.

I hate the cliche page turner, but simply put, that is what this is.  And as I mentioned, because the book is composed in the starker style that I prefer of King’s, the story roars along sweeping you up in it’s ‘Of Mice And Men’ inspired yarn.  King’s turn of phrase, in some parts is as always, something to be in awe of, and patches of dark humour lighten up what is really a bleak, wrenching, criminal tale.

King’s works are the popcorn of my reading and after getting a few salty mouthfuls recently, this is him back to his balanced best.  Or is it?  Remembering that this book was written by a 25 year old King back in the 70’s.

1408 (2007)

October 11, 2007

Director: Mikael Håfström
John Cusack – Mike Enslin
Samuel L. Jackson – Gerald Olin
Mary McCormack – Lily Enslin

Writer Mike Enslin, an author of two hit books, focuses on supernatural phenomena. As research for his latest book, Enslin is determined to check out the notorious room 1408 in a New York City hotel by personally staying as a guest in the fabled room. With the intention that 1408 is just a myth perpetuated by stories and rumor that Enslin has collected for his past works. However, hotel manager Mr. Olin has strong objections to Enslin’s stay and only warns him of possible danger to come. But Enslin is determined to go through and convinced that the horrific past of 1408 is just mere coincidence and a myth. But what Mike Enslin is about to experience is no myth, as 1408 truly is a room where the guests don’t check out by noon.

I’m not a horror chiller fan by design, but I do like a good scare if it’s a decent one.  This film starts off well enough with a interesting if fairly typical introductory opening half hour, here’s the character, here’s the plot and here’s the scare angle.  Then the scares begin, which also start out pretty well for about twenty minutes and its downhill from there.  The suspension of disbelief disappears *poof*.  S L Jackson doesn’t have a part worth crediting but John Cusack does his well as per usual.  The twists are forecast and the formula is die cast.  I used to love Stephen King’s books, but like them, his films of late have taken a down turn.


Pause Live TV

July 13, 2007

And no, its not an oxymoron, moron.

So I got a little, well big present yesterday.  A Philips DVD recorder with built in hardrive.  Nifty little bit of kit, I got it so I can record every single Chelsea match this season, starting on Saturday at 2am with our first preseason game in america.  I intend to build the ultimate Chelsea football library and maybe even try and tackle an end of season review compilation this year.

Still doing the Vegan thing, its going fine, though i was tempted by a slice of the girls takeaway pizza last night.  I resisted though!

Also got The God Delusion in paperback yesterday, I’m looking forward to starting that next along with A book on Muhammad Ali and the latest Stephen King.  We’ll see, I didnt read anything yesterday so I’m slacking in that respect.  I keep wanting to go fiddle with my new toy heh.

I suppose I should get some decent video editing software too, I recorded my first DVD from Chelsea TV, a ’94 game between The Blues and Man U.  Came out perfectly.  It should do too, it was expensive.

I had a vegan pasty from the health food shop, it was yummy, then had vegan burgers for dinner, all bought from the deli of that shop.  They were different but tastey, the burgers were like chilli burgers.

Thats about it.

‘A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time.’
– Oliver Wendell Holmes