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Topic: Today I feel _________________ because .....
Posted: 05 Nov 2010 03:59

Frustrated...as I have thirteen staff reports to complete by last Friday and a mid-year budget meeting to attend today that I know will result in my blood pressure rising exponentially in relation to the stupidity of my fellow managers...but hey, it's Friday and "The Walking Dead" starts on FX tonight! Zombies!!! ZOMBIES!!!

Okay - I'm starting to geek out right now...lol

Topic: What's in your mug?
Posted: 04 Nov 2010 09:32

Three-hour old coffee...

Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Posted: 27 Oct 2010 01:01

Muppets in my office singing some ruddy Lady GaGa song very, very badly.

Topic: Use One Word to Describe How You're Feeling
Posted: 26 Oct 2010 02:48


Topic: What music are you listening to?
Posted: 25 Oct 2010 07:25

Is it actually possible to watch TV these days without running into a reality TV show of some sort or other? I mean, you've got that rubbish called The Apprentice (I want my money back from that crappy Amstrad computer I purchased from you in the late 80s, Sugar!); Come Dine With Me (that's just the perfect opportunity to give someone food poisoning); Coach Trip (why??) - have UK TV companies lost all sense of originality?

Oh, I'm sorry - looking back at that it's clearly a rhetorical question and a smidge off topic...eeekk!!

Topic: the end is the beginning
Posted: 25 Oct 2010 04:40


Topic: What music are you listening to?
Posted: 25 Oct 2010 04:18

The mindless prattle of people whining about the paucity of Saturday night television...

Oh, hang on - you wanted music! Then it's "Barbara Streisand" as sang by one of my team members to my right...AAARRRGGGHHHH!!! STOP WITH THE SINGING!!! :)

Topic: Your Favourite Character Creation
Posted: 22 Oct 2010 08:13

As much as I love writing my amoral anti-hero Cassandra Vincent, I have to confess that writing the Leah Hargreaves character in "How I Met Your Mother" has been more interesting. She allows me the opportunity to reverse several stereotypes while trying to convey the internal conflict within her character, something that becomes more evident in parts three and four.

Although, I also have a couple of apocalyptic characters that are always a blast to write, but you can never sustain that level of comic-book supervillanry for too long before it starts to grate.

Topic: Story Locations
Posted: 22 Oct 2010 04:24

It depends - I love New York but I fear I'd never do it justice to include it. Most of my stuff tends to take place in places I've visited, mostly through my slightly shady employment history...or in the industrial heartland of Middle England where I've grown up...

Topic: Being Typecast by a Genre
Posted: 22 Oct 2010 04:20

I wonder whether, despite their success, well established authors still feel insecurities about their talent and if this has anything to do with the decision to use a pen name for a genre outside their comfort zone?

And I would really love to read a romance novel by Stephen King. If only he'd write one!

Wasn't Misery a romance novel??? icon_smile

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Dark Future Ch1: Disciple

Disciple The room was just what he was expecting – white, pristine and so perfectly sterile. Just what you would think would be inside the monolithic headquarters of the Ashcroft Foundation. He found the light painful – it felt like it was burning something into his mind. Or burning something out of it. The door to the room opened and a woman entered. He looked at her through...

Added 10 Nov 2010 | Category Science Fiction | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,270

The Time of Your Life

New York Steve Bendarek couldn't believe his luck. A rudimentary night out in the local bar had taken an unexpected turn when this unbelievably attractive woman had bought him a drink. Her name was Mireya – her features were an appealing mixture of Caucasian and Hispanic. Her naturally brown hair was strewn with blonde highlights as her hazel eyes locked with his. One became two and...

Added 04 Nov 2010 | Category Supernatural | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,549


Instant Messenger transactions recovered from hard drive of item #23 recovered from primary location search on 20/1/2009. BellotheBall says: Hey there – how r u? Didn't think you'd be online today? RocketScientist says: Hi – I'm good thanks – sorting out some crap at home. What's the weather doing over there? BellotheBall says: Sunny today. 27C and clear blue skies. ...

Added 03 Nov 2010 | Category Mystery | Votes 5 | Avg Score 4.8 | Views 1,402 | 2 Comments

How I Met Your Mother Ch 3: Love Bullets

How I Met Your Mother: Love & Bullets Thursday, 9:34 am  His fingers fumbled with the lid of the bottle of water. Eventually, they managed to open it and pour the cool liquid down his throat. As Andrew Hargreaves swallowed, he noticed his wife watching him. “Save some for me,” she said. Andrew screwed the lid back on and handed it to her. “So, having trouble keeping up?” “Me? No –...

Added 02 Nov 2010 | Category Action | Votes 49 | Avg Score 2.47 | Views 1,444


Author's Note: I thought I'd try writing something inspired by superhero comics...so here goes nothing! SPECIAL I've been told that I'm special – right now, I don't quite see it. I'm in a basement of a building filled with dead men. They don't know it yet, but by the time I'm done everyone here will have had a very bad day. Why the basement you ask? Well, that's where the wall...

Added 25 Oct 2010 | Category Action | Votes 5 | Avg Score 4.4 | Views 937

How I Met Your Mother Ch 2: Mother's Day

How I Met Your Mother: Mother's Day It was one of those traditional Friday afternoons as far as the traffic was concerned. The speakers located in the door frames of the green Toyota SUV vibrated heavily to a pounding drum and baseline as Andrew Hargreaves pushing the volume dial upwards; while carefully navigating his way through the swell of cars and people carriers, he muttered...

Added 21 Oct 2010 | Category Action | Votes 7 | Avg Score 4.57 | Views 1,280 | 1 Comment

Dinner Date

Dinner Date She entered the restaurant and checked her coat. As she held onto her purse she brushed the long red dress flat against her body, smoothing out the few creases. The Maitre d' approached her as she walked towards the main dining area. "Hello there, I'm meeting a friend here for dinner, an Englishman…" she said. The smartly dressed man behind the podium held his hand up...

Added 20 Oct 2010 | Category Supernatural | Votes 4 | Avg Score 4.75 | Views 877 | 1 Comment

This Could Be Love

This Could Be Love  In hindsight, I should probably have just turned her away there and then. However, you know how it is – no matter what sort of day you have, you just can’t turn away a devastatingly attractive woman on your front doorstep. Even when you know that she’s a professional assassin – and the reason you know this is that you hired her to kill your business partner less than...

Added 18 Oct 2010 | Category Crime | Votes 2 | Avg Score 4.5 | Views 7,879

How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother “No, no, that’s okay – I’ll have the final draft finished by then so you can come by and pick it up.” Andrew Hargreaves said as he cradled the telephone in the crook of his neck. On the other end of the line was his editor and agent, Diana Ingram. There was a gentle yet insistent tugging sensation on his right leg. He looked down into a pair of big blue eyes looking up...

Added 17 Oct 2010 | Category Action | Votes 5 | Avg Score 4.6 | Views 1,211 | 2 Comments

One Word

One Word    It was one of those things you say in the heat of the moment that, if you’re lucky, you get chance to regret. She looked at me with what I’d normally call bedroom eyes, sultry and dark with black lining and thick lashes. Realistically she was the type of woman you took home for one night and spent the rest of your life dreaming about; not the type you took home to present to...

Added 15 Oct 2010 | Category Crime | Votes 7 | Avg Score 4.71 | Views 4,429 | 6 Comments

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