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Firstly I went to the Guardians of the Galleries event in Wigan, snapping shots like a Hungry Hippo (the game, not the animal!) Paul Prescot and the team behind Bolton Comic Con did it again with a Con set in a market. The First mini-con of the autumn season saw me on the bus to Wigan, cos the trains were on strike.
Getting there wasn’t the problem, strolling round the Galleries was at times a bit of a squeeze, but enjoyable, doing a few mini shoots with the Wigan Ghostbusters, Buck Rogers and Twiki and so on.
Then, because of the Rail Strike, took a bus back to St. Helens and caught a bus to Liverpool, which actually didn’t take as long as I thought it would. I had been to the Bluecoat and begun the Biennial Art trail, as well as doing architectural shots of old buildings, so wandered round Pierhead, caught a few shots of the River Mersey, the Art Fair and then joined the gathering of Bring the Fire Project for their session. After their performance on the steps of St. Georges Hall on Lightnight in May, I’ve been hoping to see Bring the Fire project in action again. I missed their last Fire session in Sefton Park, so knew I had to try and make an effort to see them again.
I got to do a bit of juggling, tried a couple of new tricks, and was a bit rusty (try very) but it was great just to have a go. I had just begun learning the basics about Twenty eight years ago, when a few people in Runcorn park did some fire juggling. I’ve never really progressed much. Then I got to see them rehearse as well as run a kid’s workshop, putting my efforts to shame.
Then finally it was Showtime.
Getting dark helped as the group lit their props up and performed their routines flawlessly. I also juggled two cameras filming and photographing, so that was interesting.
It was a good night. A few blurry pictures, but with fire the results are always intriquing.
Next was the Liverpool Pirate Festival at Albert Dock- Ahoy there Peri Parrott! This year I did spend more time there, following the Mermaid Parade and trying to get shots from different Angles (Special mention to the Doorman at Revolution Cuba bar for letting me stand on the wall!) Highlight of the day was the full-sized Parrot at The Maritime Museum as well as the insane amount of Pirate paraphernalia at With Love From Liverpool and Nauticalia shops!
Finally, I returned to Chester Comic Con for a second time, having missed 2017 (though I had gone to the promo shoot the week before, oddly enough!)
This was shockingly confusing as I walked round to the Racecourse Pavilion and it was empty! I didn’t know it had been moved into the centre of the Racecourse, so that was a bit of a discombobulating experience.
I did manage to get a few pictures, even one of me with the Ewoks! Peri Parrot made her first Convention appearance, along with Tig 2 and got to shoot with Order 66 and a few Heroes and villains!
Thanks to Stu, Damo and the gang for another delightfully fun day out!
I have also been shooting the Moon, half/full and early morning, so will have to start editing videos at some point. I’ve also been hiking round Woodhouse and Helsby Hill and along Cycleway Route 5 from Chester all the way to Connah’s Quay, so will have to get those edited as well- oh joy!
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A TIGLETVERSE PRESENTATION 2018
So, I’ve finally made 500 videos, well, I’ve got the footage for a few more, so it’s mainly been catching up on editing the last couple of weeks, it’s a bit later than expected.
So, I ended up realising one of the best things I have filmed was the Sunset from West Kirby Marine Lake the day after the Longest day in June. Shows how much I fell behind in editing that it’s taken me this long to sort it out, but I did it!
It’s on time this year! A day early even!
Another summer has nearly passed and things have not been done and it seems to take FOREVER to get stuff updated. I am finally catching up on pictures for Tigletverse Facebook page, videos updated- no chance! Short stories have been blahhh! But I have made progress in the war against the back garden!
In amidst the entire editing/tidying/sorting/recycling/cleaning etc I have started Infinite Whoniverses series five, nearly halfway through and I’m already planning ahead for the 55th Anniversary, great stuff, but I can’t be the only one thinking of the 55th Anniversary surely?
I’ve been wanting to do something different for a while- I’m always doing hiking/nature photos and videos, so I did the Scarecrow trail for school and been to several Art places and doing Architecture pictures as well as a Horror festival that was literally comatose and an Anime/comics day at Manchester Library, which was good. It made me start the Bee Trail, only 14 out of 100, so might have another go at that sometime.
Looking at the weather forecast, today would have been the best day for a walk, warmer than the rest of the week, with plenty of rain to not look forward too. Guess the garden’s gonna grow back with a stuffing vengeance then- great-not!
Another thing I have tried to do is more pitching/submitting CV’s/ideas and projects to TV broadcasters and producers. I’d have better luck removing my teeth with pliers, just as much fun. I guess I have to admit that maybe, just maybe I am stuck in a bit of a rut, creatively/life and work. But instead of feeling sorry for myself, am still looking for that ever-elusive silver lining, a way forward, some endeavour that might shine a little light on ahead. Oh yay, It’s another Philosophical ramble boys and girls. Might just have to go for a walk, even if it rains, or do the garden, or finish a story or pitch a script. Slay some internal or metaphysical Dragons!
Hi ho, let’s get to it then- Happy 8th Bloggerversary, whatever I end up doing!!
It’s that time again when I get the usual bunch of short stories sent off to be rejected. Most were submitted in May, but a few done today takes the tally to nine, the most out at one time, I think. Okay, there’s four already ‘out there’, both A Riot in the Library and Inquisition were relegated to being online by the University of Liverpool while Incineration Day was included in Epic Anthology and the Case of the Missing Mince Pies in the Chester Writers Anthology last year. None of them I was paid for, by the way, so I’m still fishing for that elusive, slippery First Commission, wriggling like a fish, if you get the imagery.
So what’s out? Well, The Last Christmas of Planet Earth is with Analog, Time of the Centuroids with Galaxy’s Edge, The Bestiarium, revised three times and probably-most-rejected-story-ever is with 3LBE, Terror of the Centuroids, eight years old this August, is with The Masters Review New Voices, Making the First Move and By the Lights of the Silvery Moons are both with Hearts Kiss. Today I have sent The Band of Firebrothers to Third Flatiron, The Beckoning Call to Apex and SID The RoboDetective to Asimov’s.
Writing is like slogging through treacle, a tough hike that makes you wonder why you bother, although with my hikes I always manage to find something unexpected and occasionally even spectacular. Red Rocks up at Hoylake was awesome last weekend, and I’m looking at going back to film an episode of Infinite Whoniverses at some point. Another example would be the spot I found on the Sandstone Trail last year and the silence was incredible. It’s these little gems that make it worthwhile. With story writing, the thrill is the same, when you find that moment that just gives you a cosmological whammy and it’s something you’ve written. Amazeballs!
Anyway, after writing that I think I’ll head off to the Coast again, because it’s gonna be another glorious day and because life’s a Beach!
GREY DOMINION- Trailer 1- I slept through the apocalypse
I’ve put up a new video on my Youtube channel. Shocking, I know! After putting up a dozen hikes and events from Jan-March, I’m now behind again on April’s events. One thing I spent most of last weekend on was the footage I had shot of ‘The Mothership’ or Mersey Dome at Pierhead, New Brighton and Woodside the other week. This is part of Grey Dominion, an unfinished film script I first outlined back in 1997/98. Set in 2028, a decade after Contact with the Grey Dominion, the last few resistors discover the truth behind the Greys and witness the End of the Grey Lord’s reign.
There are several obvious influences- V, War of the Worlds, Independence Day. When I learned that the new version of War of the Worlds was being shot in Liverpool, I thought I had best get a move on with my own version.
I was going to work on the sequel to Tiglet’s Time Travels- again featuring an invasion centred on Liverpool. In fact, most of my scripts/short film ideas are set in or around the city and I’ve made over a hundred videos of different places and events over past five years. GD I actually pitched to Phil Redmond when I was involved with Shout radio- the Student radio society at JMU, but didn’t really develop it into a Radio play. I did pitch a Doctor Who version in about 2000 to BBC Books, but that wasn’t accepted, so I lost interest and worked on other things.
I have also been watching V again, as it was the 35th Anniversary last week. Most of the storyline of GD began as a ‘Liverpool Resistance’ story, although it was headed by Stevie Kuza, a Japanese student. When I changed the Lead to Lucius, who I thought might be Black, but I don’t know if that would be best. I mean, what do I know about Casting? I’ve sent CV’s to Agents in the past and heard nothing, I’ve cast myself in several puppet shows including doing Dalek voices, plus had my Nephew’s in Pawlock , but Casting Other People? Okay, let’s do it!
So, I will be getting that sorted in the next couple of months and hopefully get two more trailers done and the main shoot by the end of the summer- though I am aware I’m not the best at scheduling either- IW 5 has only one story out of six finished, so that’s dragging its feet. But the journey to get GD made has begun!