Despite using my nasal spray and all the rest, my sinuses feel swollen and full. As a result, I’ve been awake since 3 am. I lay in bed for an hour staring into the dark before I decided to just get up and do some typing.

My brother and I had discussed some plot ideas for stories in the past, and he very kindly sent me some background materials that he had dug up online to flesh them out, so I had a read at those and then hammered out some thoughts on one of the stories.

I think it’s the most promising of the three (that’s a lie – I think one of the others is even more promising as a tale, but requires a lot of research because not only it would be set in an alternate-history Earth but also it is capable of holding far more layers than a much simpler tale).

Anyway, I’m going to take a painkiller and go back to bed, see if I can’t get myself a couple of hours worth of sleep.


…German retailer Galeria kaufhof pull all violent media from their shelves, responding to the fallout of Tim Kretschmer’s murderous rampage last week. (link from Reuters, via Kotaku)

I was going to expolde into vitriolic fury over this, but I can’t seem to find the motivation. Much like corrupt politician Keith Vaz, the retail chain is simply acting for the sake of appearing to leap into action, aiming the barrel of their misguided “oh won’t someone think of the children” morality at the first straw man they can find.

What does this change? Nothing. Will people suddenly rise up and shake off the fetters of a media conspiracy to keep us numb and drooling with the violent and gory media that Galeria Kaufhof has shunned?

Not likely.

Update: German retailer Saturn has apparently jumped onto the bandwagon, pledging to pull all 18+ material from its shelves. (source: Gamepolitics)

Meanwhile…Police in the UK arrest a student for writing a protest against infringement of civil liberty, in chalk, on the pavement. “Criminal damage under £5000”.

Ludicrous. It would be funny if it wasn’t so incredibly scary.


So, for Lisa’s birthday I bought her a Sony Reader eBook, since besides her normal habit of having at least three books on the go throughout the flat, she also reads a lot of stuff on the PC, and ends up getting tired most likely from sitting focussing on the screen for so long.

It’s a tempting thought to have one, myself, but I’m holding off for a couple of reasons. Firstly, and this is one gripe that Lisa shares with me, is that the download editions of books are currently not any cheaper than their cousins in print.

Continue reading “E-readers”

I’m torn…

Do I hunker down and work on my chanbara-inspired story, my horrid-but-thoroughly-plotted fantasy epic, or throw my hands in the air, cry “fuck it all!” and go watch Highlander on the new tv?

If I focus on one story, I could have 3-4k to post here as a work-in-progress by the end of the week, but then Highlander has got such awesome dialogue in it!

“Hi! I’m Candy!”

“But of course you are…”

How can I resist it?  HOW, GOD DAMN IT?!

Update: the urge to write won through in the end, and I concluded Chapter 1 of the fantasy story, in which young Vicarion takes a knife to his sister, driven by his o’erweening ambition.