Posts, projects and a pandemic…

Hello everyone. Just a quick update to tell you I’ve posted two pieces recently: one for a movie mag site called Frame Rated about coronavirus affecting cinemas and what that might mean for the future of filmmaking, and a new instalment in my International Oscar Showdown series, featuring harrowing slavery drama 12 Years A Slave versus The Great Beauty, a weird hedonistic Italian film about a socialite in Rome who finds himself in a creative rut.

It seems most of my creative output has been in these movie articles recently – and I think that’s because freeing up the cognitive bandwidth to write an entire novel these days feels as fantastical a concept as the damn books I try to write. Between the one-year-old running around my house and a job that has only intensified since lockdown, there’s been very little space left to tackle the sheer breadth of thought required to envision a book in its entirety.

Still, writing is writing, and these articles are a nice way to hone my skill. I hugely, hugely appreciate every read I muster, so thank you to those of you who are (a) interested in this stuff, and (b) have time yourself to read them!

Meanwhile, I’ve been inspired to write a sci-fi anthology – I realised I had a small but varied catalogue of short stories that, with some not inconsiderable work, would make an admirable collection. Smaller nuggets of fiction certainly feel more manageable!

Anyway, thanks again for reading my stuff. Feel free to share if you like it! And let me know what you think in the comments.

Big love, and stay safe, you excellent maniacs

Tim

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