Morning Øutput #36
It’s been five years since my first story was published in a little-known collection of short-shorts called, ‘Flash Fiction World’.
So to honour, move on, ritualise, something, I’ve decided to take the best (audience favourites, most downloaded, personal selections) short stories and put them into one halfway decent collection.
Take The Corvus: Short Stories & Essays by me
It will have stories previously published. It will have some new stuff. It is a best-of. It will be FREE to all of my patrons. I will be doing some signed print editions. I’m definitely going to want a copy of this on my shelf.
I haven’t worked out the blurb yet but here’s the track-listing:
- Take The Corvus
- Finders Keepers
- Women’s Running Magazine
- Photoshop Wizard
- Chew Toy
- The Three-Oh
- Hell’s Kitchen
- Mr Lundin
- Ocean Eyes
- The People Who Live In My Beard
- The Old Fools of Tudor Close
- It’s Wednesday Night!
- Monty’s Meats
- Old Knobbly
- Blackberry Gap
- The Last Days of my Dad
- The Corvus Takes
- ESSAY: Tales from my first Five Years in the Womb
- ESSAY: On Writer’s Block & Other Buckets of Shit
- ESSAY: What I Learned from Writing a Short Story a Day for a Year
- ESSAY: How I made an Award-Winning Short Film in 7 Days with No Money, No Camera, & No Ideas.
The stories are all written but I’m going to go over and do another round of editing. So it should be primed and ready for the new year.
Star Wars - The Last Jedi
I went to see TLJ last week. I liked it. I didn’t love it. I laughed at all the jokes. I was in awe at all the beautiful bits. I got all tense at the battle bits. But something didn’t click for me.
Now, for me, I give it a B.
I’ll definitely rewatch it at some point and that may change, but what’s been more interesting to me, is how people’s reactions have almost turned into a parody of left-wing, right-wing politics.
People have been radicalised in their opinions. It seems, either you’re a far-left ‘Best SW film since Empire’ sorta person. Or you’re a far-right ‘Triggered nerd boy who doesn’t want change’ sorta person.
I’m sure there are many people who feel the same as me. Middlin’. But even I’ve felt a little forced over to one side based on people’s reactions.
When you read articles with headlines like ‘TLJ doesn’t care what fanboys think’ or meme’s like ‘Fanboys complained because Force Awakens was too similar, now they’ll complain because Last Jedi is too different,’ it forces you to try and justify your feelings, pushing you further and further into them. And then you come up with conclusions and you try to justify them, too. It turns into a feedback loop, pushing you further and further into your position, into your far-right, or far-left views.
Swap out all the Star Wars stuff and pop in something to do with Election Results or Brexit and I imagine the situation will be pretty similar.
...or maybe not. Who knows? Politics is weird.
If you really care for my thoughts on the film, I’ll put an image at the bottom of this post. It will contain SPOILERS.
Some essays for you!
When I’ve not been thinking about The Last Jedi, I’ve been reading a ton of interesting essays and articles. A lot of them I found on this wonderful website called The Electric Typewriter. Some I just happened upon.
Here are my favourites.
- ‘Attitude' by Margaret Atwood
- A Tale of Two Londons by NICHOLAS SHAXSON
- What If Consciousness Doesn't Drive the Mind? by Peter Halligan
- Brian Keene’s History of Horror Fiction, Chapter One
- My Endless New York by Tony Just
- 100 Years. 100 Million Lives. Think Twice. by LAURA M. NICOLAE
- Film Crit Hulk SMASH: Let’s Talk About “Pickle Rick”
- Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
- One Giant Leap to Nowhere by Tom Wolfe
- In the Valley of the Shadow of Death: Guyana After the Jonestown Massacre by Tim Cahill
Currently in the middle of three separate books and I watched a LOT of films. Mostly HH stuff.
Black Christmas, Jack Frost, & Krampus
All for the Horror Hangout Christmas episode.
The Last Jedi *SPOILERS*
Here are my thoughts:
- Act 2 and 3 are the wrong way around. (You end with the kamikaze, obvs.)
- Porgs are cool.
- Luke fake out and then dying anyway isn’t emotionally satisfying and is actually a bit of a cop out. He meditated so hard he popped his clogs? Eesh. Dude needs a final moment of bad-assery.
- Superman-Leia was awesome. I got goosebumps.
- Such pretty visuals.
- Why are all the battle scenes so rushed? Take your time. Give us the ups and downs of the battles, dude. OG Trilogy had the best battles. Hoth comes to mind.
- I kinda loved the Falcon going through the caverns. It reminded me of the run to the core of the Death Star II.
- Maz Kanata scene was like a checkpoint in a game. “Now you must go find the codebreaker, bring me five alien-horse collars and I’ll throw in some extra bonus points.”
- Ackbar!!! Dammit. That fish deserved better.
- Rey & Kilo dynamic was the most interesting part of the film.
- Poe Dameron is a mutineer! And all his superiors can say is, “Awh, ain’t he cute.” No! He should be in fucking space prison.
- For me, it’s not as good as people are saying. It’s also not as bad as people are saying. It’s a solid B.
Like I said, I'll watch it again. It's a good film. But I can't lie and say I came out feeling particularly jazzed about it.
A baked beans-on-toast sorta movie. Doesn't wow you, nor does it change your life, but it hits the spot. Also, the thing itself, Calvin, was really kinda scary.
The Robocop Soundtrack and this compilation of Star Wars tunes.
That's all for this week. Hold onto your balls because Christmas is upon us, and Krampus is coming.
Until next time,
Luke & Family