Archive for December, 2012

There’s a saying that goes if you dwell on the past, then you are trapped within it, and its only those who look to the future who really live at all. With that in mind, I’m not going to reminisce about what made 2012 great or memorable, especially as on the personal front it was one of the worst years of my life: this blog and the things associated with it have been the only standouts of the year.


Future’s so bright… (Click to play)

Culturally speaking, I was dwelling too much in the past to enjoy the present. Nearly every kind of media I consumed was from yesteryear. I read a lot of books from ten or twenty years ago (Pride of Chanur, Halcyon Drift), and one over two hundred years old (Vathek) and while I enjoyed most of them, each one meant I spent more time away from the fore-front – the present and future – of culture. But then, looking at what 2012 had to give us, I didn’t lose out on much.

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Gerry TB-1

Gerry Anderson holding the model of

2012 has been a tough year for the greats of science fiction with the passing of Ray Bradbury, Ralph McQuarrie, Jean Giraud ‘Moebius’, Harry Harrison and now Gerry Anderson, who recently passed away due to Alzheimer’s disease.

To SF aficionados the works of Gerry Anderson are well known and revered, but I’ve found that a lot of people don’t actually know Gerry’s name in connection with his work.  They grew up on a diet of UFO, Fireball XL-5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, had their minds blown by Space:1999 (most likely because of the iconic 1970s design aesthetic of the ships, sets, etc) and might even have followed up with Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Terrahawks, Space Precinct…  If they didn’t know him from all of those (and more!) TV shows, then they definitely knew him as the guy who brought in “Super Marionation” and all those “creepy puppet” TV shows.

thunderbirds-puppetsGerry’s show productions and the people he hired to make it happen, such as the famous SF model-maker Martin Bower, revolutionized SF on TV. I’d wager that show for show, person for person that more lives have been touched by Gerry than Gene Roddenberry did with Star Trek. Obviously, Star Trek has had a much deeper and more heartfelt impact on the world at large than Gerry’s TV shows, but its hard to find someone who hasn’t heard of one of the many shows Gerry created.

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NaNoWriMo and Site Update

Winner-180x180NaNoWriMo has been over a week now so its about time I summarized the experience. This was my first NaNoWriMo after years of sitting on the fence, watching and thinking I should do it but never finding the time or quite frankly the need to do it, but now I’ve finally done it, I’m rather sad I didn’t do it earlier. The resources, the helpful people and the “shared pain” with many other like-minded, aspiring authors is extremely gratifying. You know, misery loves company. 🙂

With my job as a video-game developer, specifically a content creator (designer, writer, concept), I got to write a lot, but most of the time I didn’t have to do it every day and certainly not a huge output everyday. NaNo pushed me toward that end. As usual, I was very enthusiastic toward the beginning amassing about 2500 words a day and sometimes 3-5k on weekends. I crossed the finish line around Nov 21st, a good nine days before the event was over, so I felt pretty good about things.

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