Thursday, 9 July 2020

My First Week On Medium

I've been making a concerted effort to publish some articles on Medium. I'm still new at this and working out how it ticks.

Monkey Tennis?, about how Alan Partridge singlehandedly created the TV landscape of today.

An Interview With Velvet Chain, a band that appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Why I Adore The Station Agent And You Should Too, a brilliant yet underrated film. I was pretty excited, because this article got 'curated'

An Interview With The Discworld's Falconer Dave 'Hodgesaargh' Hodges, the real life individual who inspired Terry Pratchett to include him in his Discworld novels.

My Sixteen Month-Old-Son Made This Fauvist Masterpiece And What It Taught Me About Parenting

What's The One Thing Most Billionaires Have In Common? It's not garages.

An Interview With Pulp. I have a habit of asking the wrong questions.

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Carruthers Ten Years On: July 2010

July 2010 saw the blog reach 800 posts. By now the photos were probably more important than the words which were becoming glibber and glibber. The Pest Of The Week posts were a real favourite of mine. I used to pass the pest control shop on my way to the tube station everyday. Weeks One, Two, Three and Four.

Often the photos are funnier than anything I've written to go with them. Although this one, this one and this one still made me laugh after all this time, but in all honesty, it wasn't a big laugh. I was pleased to see this neck.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Insecure Writer's Support Group #7

Last month, I failed to write a proper Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Well, not this month. This month I attempt to atone for that. Sign up here.

I have no more time, but I have managed to organise things better. I'm attempting to fit a week's work into a Friday and although I am ultimately not succeeding. I am getting a lot done. My new job has involved filming a documentary Carleton In Lockdown reflecting upon how Covid 19 has affected a small village in North Yorkshire. I've also entered a couple of writing competitions, been pitching some things, so fingers crossed, and writing things which haven't been announced yet, so I'm not in a position to say much.

This month's optional question:

There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

I would like to see online writing receive similar pay agreements as print work. I've heard of one massive media company that has recently cut their payment by a third and blamed it on Covid-19. I would like to see writers of all genders, ethnicities and backgrounds offered the same terms and, in particular, advances. A recent twitter conversation revealed that cis white males were far more likely to get a decent advance than any other group. This is obviously discriminatory and unjustifiable.

Ten years from now my son will be eleven years old and it feels that during his short life so far the planet has taken several regressive steps. I hope that we can catch up in that time.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Outside In Freebies

After this post about Outside In Makes It So Supplemental which contain no work form me, I discovered that ATB Publishing had given away several pdf freebies before and that one of them did feature my writing.

The first is Inside Outside In 2 which like the book that inspired it, is about Doctor Who since 2005. It features some work from Outside In 2 and some original writing as well: an introduction from Robert Smith?, an alternative take on Father's Day from Michael S. Collins, Death Is The Only Answer by Albert Einstein (as told to Kenyon Wallace), The Angels Take Manhattan by Jason A. Miller, The Night Of The Doctor by J.M. Frey, Prologue by me and The Doctor's Meditation by Robert Smith?

Th second is also Doctor Who related, This one was released a tribute to Jennifer Adams Kelley on the sad event of her death, Mise-En-Scene As A Narrative Force is her excellent piece on Logopolis, from the original Outside In.

And finally we have the Outside In Gains A Soul Sampler, which unsurprisingly samples Outside In Gains A Soul containing pieces on the Angel episodes Carpe Noctem by Trey Korte, Waiting In The Wings by Melissa Beattie, Unleashed by Roman Banias and You're Welcome by Jill Sherwin, alongside the Firefly instalment Objects In Space by David M. Barsky.

Again, if you enjoy these free slices of Outside In, please consider purchasing one of the books that spawned them. Again again, all money raised goes to Avert, a UK based AIDS charity.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Carleton In Lockdown Announced

So the first project that I am working on with PMH Productions is called Carleton In Lockdown and it concerns how the North Yorkshire village of Carleton-In-Craven has been affected by coronavirus and the lockdown in response to it.

Residents of the village were interviewed on their doorsteps about their experiences of lockdown. All interviews were conducted under strict social distancing guidelines and the film crew remained two metres away at all times.

The Craven Herald and Pioneer gave the documentary some coverage.

More details to follow...

Friday, 19 June 2020

Outside In Makes It So Supplemental Published

ATB Publishing's book about Star Trek: Picard has been released as a pdf. Guaranteed no papercuts.

Outside In Makes It So Supplemental features zero writing by me, but instead contains the work of Rich Handley, Liu Yin, Jessica C. Clark, Anthony Wilson, Andy Hicks, Lars Pearson, Drew Meyer, Arnold T. Blumberg, Rebecca Iverson, Ashley Heaton Kuczenski, Eric Pelot and Jason A. Miller.

It's available to download here for the princely sum of absolutely nothing. If you enjoy this free foray into Outside In, please consider purchasing one of the other books. All money raised goes to Avert, a UK based AIDS charity.

While I haven't contributed to this volume, I have written pieces for a couple of other Outside Ins, but more on them later.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Twitter Twatter #83

May 2020 on Twitter: