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44 DAYS TIL THE 9TH BLOGGERVERSARY- EEK!

001That’s right Earthlings/Marslings and any other lifeform picking up this transmission! I’ve been whittering/rambling on for nearly nine years on this blogsite! Some of it makes sense, but sometimes it hasn’t..

ANYWAY, From Saturday, I’ll officially begin the countdown, trying to write something everyday, even if it’s just reblogging other’s posts- It’s the Summer Blogathon where Anything can happen, Tuesday til Monday and then it starts all over again!

I’ll probably hit 900 posts by September. This one is 842-ish, so miles and miles to go before I sleeeeeep!

Better get cracking then hadn’t I?

 

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MERCER’S MUSICAL MUSINGS- SHATTER ME!

“Somebody make me feel alive and shatter me.”

 

SHATTER ME, performed by Lindsay Stirling and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm is an awesome duet. It’s the song that makes you fall in love with dubstep violins.

 

At times it feels like such a melancholic track. When you feel like you’re just going through the motions and desperately need an epic change of direction or 180’ turnaround or paradigm shift.

 

It would also make an awesome theme tune. If I ever get round to making my Star Wars fan fiction film ‘Another Chance’ about the Survivors of Alderaan and Officers aboard the Death Star, then this’ll be it.

I actually found it when I was looking for the Attack on Titan spin off No Regrets about Levi. Someone had made a music video

Levi/Attack on Titan AMV-

 

Then I used it for the theme of the first Cosplay get together in 2017. While roaming round the Museum and Library, saw a video with Tim Peake aboard the Space Station, so had to include a shot of him- Awesome!

My post on LS Facebook page-

https://www.facebook.com/lindseystirlingmusic/posts/used-shatter-me-as-the-theme-for-my-cosplay-vid-hope-you-like-ithttpswwwyoutubec/1302452973149457/

 

 

 

Ian’s Travelblog 19- Looking back at Woodhouse Hill and Helsby Hill circular trail 2018

ABOUT

These are the Epic Adventures and Travelling Tales of Ian Cai Mercer and Mr. Tiberius Tiglet.

Ian Cai Mercer is an Antevasin, a wanderer, writer, poetic lonely soul and philosophical rambler.

Seeking out New experiences, new destinations, to Boldly Amble where he’s not Ambled Before!

Tiglet sometimes offers an alternate perspective, and can even take over too.

 

There is something to be said about getting your feet out of the door and going on a great big Adventure.

As I am particularly fond of the Grieg sketch with Andre Previn from Morecombe and Wise, as Eric said- “I’m playing all the right notes, not necessarily in the right order, I’ll give you that sunshine!” So here you’ll find me referring in the videos to hikes I have already done, but maybe not shared yet. Don’t worry though, it will all become clear. At least clearer than at the moment!

So, to catch up on places been to, I have edited a few hikes from last year I didn’t originally post on Youtube. The (nearly) Circular trail for Woodhouse Hill and Helsby Hill was from 50 Walks in Lancashire and Cheshire by Jon Sparks, AA Publishing 2005. So the book is a bit dated. I haven’t actually done many walks in the book and actually went off this partway through.

This time I missed off the Iron Age Hillfort remains on Woodhouse, following Joes path rather than the section of the Sandstone Trail I have hiked along before.

I wanted to end the walk atop Helsby Hill, but the rain put me off, but it was a good hike, a lot of musing over places I’ve been and ideas of where I’d like to go. Of course, little did I know back then that I’d spend the next seven months doing staff cover, so all my little walking plans went bye-bye like Dorothy in a hurricane.

 

So, another mini-epic over and done with, what’s next?!

 

UPDATES

 

I’ve been working on editing videos and photos recently. Trying to catch up on the backlog of the never-ending to do list. I’ve still got a number of events and comic cons, but nearly caught up on hikes. Trying to find a sunset at Albert dock and a stroll round Chester are the latest ones.

Seeing a Smooth-Hound Shark at New Brighton while at the River Festival a few weeks ago made me realise I need to go on more coastal walks thid summer.

Anyway, that’s 530 videos up on my Youtube channel. With a bunch more to edit and post.

 

new vids!

 

busy busy busy at Mercer Central as catching up on three dozen videos for Tigletverse Photography.

Mostly it’s been hiking and events over the last year- Red rocks/Wirral festival of firsts/Liverpool Makefest/Upton Scarecrow trail from last year, while hikes from 18 and Jan 19, so far, plus Halton Comic Con and Chavassic Park, which has led me te rewatch Jurassic Park!

So, still lots to go, including a New Scarecrow Trail, in the meantime, here’s last years!

 

Thronizing of the Epic Metanarrative-Doctor Who’s Metanarrative- Welcome to Infinite Whoniverses

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Doctor Who’s Metanarrative- Welcome to Infinite Whoniverses

 

By Ian Cai Mercer

“THE UNIVERSE WITHOUT THE DOCTOR- THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES”- MADAME VASHTRA- THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR.

 

“A Timelord? But they’re forbidden to interfere.” “This one calls himself The Doctor, and does nothing but interfere.”

The Cyber lieutenant and Cyber leader- Earthshock Part 2

 

With the 55th Anniversary Season over with (Series 11- or Season 37 if you’re counting from Season 26) I have been re-evaluating my own efforts. With 80 stories over four and a half years, plus Dr. Rrr’s guide to the Whoniverses and other sundry writings, there are two possible directions to go in.

The first, as originally envisaged, is to carry on series 6 and 7 in episodic form. The alternate approach is something I’ve called Thronizing of the epic Metanarrative. Yes, it’s that word again- Paracosm/Metanarrative- if you don’t get it yet, go see Avengers Endgame. 22 movies and a number of TV Series over 11 years led to the culmination in Avengers Endgame, a triumph in narrative storytelling. While the epic Fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire has seven published books, with two more to go, the TV adaptation has ended. The first book was in 73 chapters, each 3rd Person limited omniscient.  Nine characters are featured-

Eddard: 15 chapters

Catelyn: 11

Daenerys: 10

Tyrion: 9

Jon Snow: 9

Bran: 7

Sansa: 6

Arya: 5

Will: 1 (the Prologue)

The weaving together of each Narrative thread is 780 pages and over 300k words, but the shortest book in the series so far. It’s an interesting study and it crossed over into the TV version, with twenty four character threads that needed wrapping up in the final season. I wonder if it’s something I can do for IW.

So, whilst the majority of The Doctor’s Adventures have occurred in one universe, there have been occasional side trips- the 4th Universe/the Infernoverse/ Arthurverse/E-Space in the Classic series. The Alternate Earth with Cybermen/House and a couple of others in the new series. I’ve started over a dozen storylines with Alternate Doctors, each weaving together in seven series, with an option for more storylines afterward. The question is do I attempt it? I’m thinking, with the lack of time, plus how the Neodoctor stop-motion mini-series still hasn’t been finished, then no, at least not yet. NDA was supposed to be a prelude, but having technical problems with Youtube means I’m gonna have to find another platform for videos and I’m still trying to catch up with other things.

Anyway, there’s an update at least. Things will be moving forward, even if it is just at a snail’s pace- we will get there eventually!

 

https://www.shmoop.com/game-of-thrones-book/narrator-point-of-view.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Song_of_Ice_and_Fire

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outline_of_A_Song_of_Ice_and_Fire_franchise

https://sixactstructure.com/story-structure-analysis-a-game-of-thrones-ned-stark/

http://screenprism.com/insights/article/what-makes-the-structure-of-game-of-thrones-so-unusual

 

 

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU PART 2- DEWIE THE WOOKIE AT WIDNES LIBRARY AND WIDNES COMIC CON @THE STUDIO

Saturday was Widnes Comic Con, Part 2 at The Studio, the live-music venue and only part of the Queens Hall Theatre complex still standing. I decided a week ago to give my Chewbacca doll a shower and take him along, as I said I would in my last brief post.

I was going to follow up with thoughts on Phantom Menace and Last Jedi, but that’s proving to be a large essay-in-the-making, so to make a trilogy I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the event, plus the side-trip to the Library.

It was different from the first time, making use of the stage, so floor space had rows of Traders and guests, with Local Authors in the front room while a side room had craft activities. Very small scale, but nice and cosy, although a bit sparse on actually comic books. The thing I find at these smaller events, rather than MCM or Monopoly or the larger organisations is there are fewer crowds, especially early on. Space will be an issue with future events, like the Doctor Who one in November, something I thought about a couple of years ago when I began looking at the logistics of putting something on myself. The cost of doing it put me off, but it is interesting to see how the Studio have done it, while the approach by the management of Halton Lea was to get an outsider to do it for them and use several empty units. Either way has worked out fine, but I’m left wondering if there could be something of a more co-ordinated approach.

With the Library, it was a bit different. When I did my placement there in 2005/06 we had a Harry Potter day and a few years later a Doctor Who day, but the person who organised those left. I heard that there was a Star Wars Day event on- turned out to be a couple of craft tables and Lego-building, but took the Wookie anyway. It was a different trip than usual.

So, not a bad day, different, and I have even managed to edit a couple of videos and photos, which makes a change.

Now all I’ve got to do is finish my original essay about the 20th anniversary of the Phantom Menace, which should’ve been done yesterday, but I saw Avengers instead!