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ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS- THE BEST OF 2018

ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS- THE BEST OF 2018

Time for another video update, well over due anyway, like my Library books probably are!

I had thought about another 10-15 minute epic, but Eric Calderone’s Metal cover of Bohemian Rhapsody swayed me toward something quick and simple, although watching it back, there should have been a few tighter edits- though the end is probably one of the funniest things I saw all year.

There are a few new events I’ve been to- Bolton Comic Con, Lightnight Liverpool, as well as The Pirate Festival and Fire sessions with the Fire Project. I even took in a bit more architecture, though I’m not sure about Art Fairs anymore.

Wildlife has been a bit thin on the ground, seeing the Fox was great, but need to practice that a bit more. Comic Cons are still the main events, so I’m looking at going London or Birmingham this year.

And there were a few Welsh Castles, something else to finish off, at least in North Wales anyway.

So there you go, Any way the wind blows, the Best of 2018!

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What’s to review?

So I know a few other people are writing about End of Year/what they’ve accomplished etc etc.

Me? I’ve been reading and watching stuff to review, trying to catch up on photo and video editing, so not much progress there.

I have updated and tried turning my Linked In profile into a new CV, which is okay, they left out loads in the conversion to pdf, but it’s a start.

So, here’s a taste of what I’ve been up to lately-

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ian-cai-mercer-3a273233

Happy 2019!

 

TIGWARTS SCHOOL OF TIGCRAFT AND GIMMICRY-

An unfortunate attempt to mix puppetry with craftwork, oh well, you live and learn- never do that again Ian!

 

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https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2015/12/25/tigwarts-school-of-tigcraft-xmas-special/

And that is the 780th post!

 leap year cover

 

 

 

 

The End of another Term

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I made it to the end of another year at Millview, which was quite a surprise as I never intended to.

Over the past year I’ve been applying for jobs, sending CV’s and pitching ideas/stories, none of which have gotten me anywhere. Nothing has changed at all, well, except my credit card debt has increased, but nothing positive. So I’m still going back and forth like a game of eternal ping-pong. This past week alone has seen a diversion on the bus route, train delays and cancellations and I even got on the wrong train home and had to change to go back just two stops last night, not fun.

 

But it has been a good Term overall. Got to meet new Reception class while doing Mid-day cover, updated Safeguarding and brushed up on First Aid. Made a few new crafty-things, even though I’m no good at that, I’ll give it a go, including Dreamcatchers! Went to see Wizard of Oz at the Storyhouse with KS2.  got some great photos of Rory Mcgann’s art Mural. Won a few things at the Tombola at the Xmas fair, and had a challenge putting the marquee up, though it was easier taking it down! Even got to do some interview prep with my boss and take home three bags of food on the final day.

 

So it has been good, for the most part, I just wish I could teleport/fly/go through a mini-Stargate to beat the traffic once in a while!

At least I get a break over Christmas to recharge, refocus and get this Blogathon moving, as well as catch up editing/posting photos and videos. Although I did not go back to Chester Zoo, I did catch the tail end of the Saturnalia/Winterwatch parade, so that’s something new I have been meaning to do for a few years done.

And then I’ll be ready to get back into it in the New Year, for now, that’s my End of Term report!

 

 

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A TIGLETVERSE PRESENTATION 2018

 

 

 

GREY DOMINION CONCEPT ART- CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

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GREY DOMINION CONCEPT ART- CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

As well as not completing the short film this Christmas, I realised I haven’t told anyone I’ve changed the timescale. I’ve also committed a bit of a faux-pas, although you wouldn’t know about it unless you’ve read the short story, which I haven’t shared as I’ve been submitting it to magazines. So far it’s been rejected by Interzone and Asimov’s,

Anyway, in the first Trailer, I did sme model shots from Pierhead, Woodside Ferry and New Brighton. It was ok, but I have since come to realise that the ship flying down the River Mersey was NOT the Domeship known as MerseyDome, but actually a Grey Battlesaucer. “What’s the blinkin difference?” you may ask. Well, a Battlesaucer is a fighter/troopship combo and a Domeship is the Capital-city-sized vessel that makes up 999 of the fleet, with the Central Domeship three times as big.

Trouble is I haven’t actually designed a Domeship, apart from in my head It’s like a rugby ball, but just the top, the bottom being flat, with anti-gravity repulsers underneath. I’ll have to design it, or get someone to draw it. That’s what I need, my own Ralph McQuarrie-type concept artist who’ll draw it for me.

Yeah, there’s an idea- any takers??

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DOCTOR WHO’S 55TH ANNIVERSARY- PART 4- (4/4)

ROBOTS OF DOOM didn’t get finished for the 55th Anniversary, so I’m putting it up as The Christmas Special, either Xmas or Boxing day, not sure which.

I know I’ve had a moan about the false numbering thing (JW is 15th Doctor, NOT 13th!!) and said BBC hasn’t made much of a bother with the 55th Anniversary, but the 11th Season itself was actually pretty good.

ROSA is the stand-out story, but I’ll be doing a full review a bit later on, but for now I’m planning ahead to the 60th Anniversary in 2023. INFINITE WHONIVERSES is moving forward, series 6 I am already nicknaming ‘The Season of the Daleks’ because of the dozen factions from Alternate WHOniverses vying for supremacy.

So, a lot to look forward to- in the meantime, here’s the very first post from IW in 2014-

 

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Xmas Blogathon 2018/2019- A Midwinter challenge

Xmas Blogathon 2018/2019- A Midwinter challenge

In the bleak mid-winter- we’re off to the Blogging Olympics!

 

I didn’t complete Nano again, made a lukewarm half-hearted attempt, but after four years of trying, it’s still not happening. Yes, I tried adapting Tiglet’s Time Travels, expanding 17k words into 50k, but with multiple viewpoints/styles it’s an exercise in mind-bending discombobulation of the First-kind, or should that be Third-kind? Dunno, Anyway, with 27 more posts to go before 800, I’m going to have a little Blogathon, just like in 2012 after the Olympics. That was epic- trying to find something to write about every day. I’ve got two dozen things I’ve started, so maybe it’s about time a few got finished.

There are book reviews, Doctor Who and Star Wars-related posts and a few other things.

So here we go- Counting down to the 800th Post.

Hold on tight now!