I’m Pretty Sure I Had an Idea a Second Ago

light-bulb-current-light-glow-40889 A few minutes ago I had an idea for this post. I know I know – it is not good to have two posts in a row that talk about ideas or lack of same.

Actually in general ideas are fairly easy to come by. I think if you’re serious about writing you will probably find this to be true. Of course having an idea, or a concept, is no guarantee of turning it into a workable story. Sometimes when writing I hit a brick wall pexels-photo-207142 with writing because I lack a certain piece of knowledge.  And finding out some information can be very difficult.

I’ll tell you one idea I had a while ago in a bit – but first let me destroy a concept that some people have. Giving a writer an idea does not mean you have done a significant part of the job. It is the tiniest part of the whole thing. For instance the concept of a TV series like ER or Casualty is quite straight  forward – the drama of hospitals – life or death – and the drama of the staff too. To write that? You have to lean so many details of diseases, treatments, and so on and so on.

When starting to think of a TV series I have heard two, in a broad generalisation, ways a show can be pitched. The first is to say that your idea is this meets that. Deep Space Nice could, arguably, be a western meets space opera. A workable metaphor. Sisko is the mayor, Odo the sheriff, Quark runs the saloon/brothel, you get the idea. The second way to pitch is the what if question. The TV series The Man in the High Castle, based on a book, is: ‘What if we last the war.’ It is a quick way to explain an idea.

So here’s my idea: What if a Roman Legion, or other primitive society, discovered advanced alien technology.    pexels-photo-339805

To me this idea has great potential. Romans were advanced for their time and it would be interesting to explore what they would do if the galaxy was opened up to them.

However to write this story would be so difficult. I know very little about Roman culture, tactics, cuisine, and so on. I think the Legate, in charge of the legion, discovered this technology he would probably use it to take over the Empire.

This could be an excellent story, if I do say so myself, but writing it might be beyond me.

Although, now that I think about it, maybe there is another way. Maybe I don’t have to be historically accurate. Maybe I could invent my own pre-industrial society and work with that – but an idea does not a story make.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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The White Page

Isn’t it funny how ideas can sometimes escape you? There are so many things that I could talk about here. I don’t want to get into light-bulb-current-light-glow-40889anything too depressing. And that would be so easy right now.

It feels like there is always something terrible in the news these days. We might as well keep our flags at half mast all the time.

There are flags outside the place where I work and sometimes, when I see them at half mast, I have to wonder – is that for that thing that happened – or is it for some new thing that I have not yet got caught up on.

So it would seem that I have chosen this as a topic despite saying I would not. That is what happens when you start to think out loud in this manner. It’s like asking your mother to help you find something.  As soon as the sentence passes your lips you will no doubt find whatever it was you were looking for.

So yes it does seem like things are bad at the moment.  Are things really that bad or is it just that we hear about tulips-bed-colorful-color-69776 everything going on in the world?

I’m just a blogger and I don’t expect to give any concrete answers. I do know however that too much following of the news can lead to great sadness.

There are times when ignorance really is bliss and, usually, information will trickle down to us eventually. That just seems to be how it goes.

As I right this I am feeling very tired and it is not even half twelve yet. There are times when the weight of things seems to get to me. So perhaps adding the weight of worry for terrible news is a bad idea.

I’m afraid I have no particular wisdom to impart here. So I will close by saying smile. Maybe it will help. And try not to think too much.

Thinking too much is the curse of my brain. How wonderful it would be to feel able to slow down now and again.

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A Political Post – Sorry

business-cash-coin-concept-41296 This is going to be a political post which I know is probably a bad idea.

Why?

Because when it comes to politics there are, broadly speaking, three types of people.

  • People who don’t care.
  • People who agree with you.
  • People who disagree with you.

In the case of the first one a post like this isn’t going to make them care. And if they don’t care they may not even be registered to vote.

In the case of the second there is little need to do anything.

And in the case of the latter it isn’t going to effect them.

So why am I doing this?

In spite of the fact I tend to agree with Kent Brockman … that democracy doesn’t work not that we’d be better with insect overlords – I still make sure to vote. I did miss a vote a couple of years back I seem to remember – I can’t even remember what that was for.

And speaking of missing things I had planned to post this before the election – I guess I just treat deadlines the same way that Douglas Adams does.

This general election was a very important one.  Before the election it was important because it gave us the rare opportunity to evaluate a government midterm – given the brexit vote I believe that was important. In retrospect it was important because it showed Labour, under Jeremy Corbyn, as a credible opposition. I know he lost and I am not going to say otherwise but some people are now predicting he will be Prime Minister – and that it is only a matter of time.

I hope that everyone reading this from the UK got out to vote. People often say that all the parties are the same. I’m not so sure it was true this time around. My philosophy with elections is to take each one as it comes. I don’t believe that one party is the best. I have voted for different parties at different times. Unfortunately the nature of our system necessitates tactical voting.

I am left wing. I believe that services like the NHS are extremely important. It makes me so sad, and to be honest a little angry, when I hear about the state of health care in the US. Some people are in crippling debt and some die simply because of the cost of health care. Free health care is a basic human right and the Tories are in danger of destroying it. To quote Aneurin Bevan: ‘No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.’

Obviously the NHS isn’t ‘free’ per se it is paid for my taxes. Now it may be that I live my entire life without any major medical expenses. If that happens then my money has just gone to help someone else – to me that is the only way to do health care.

Some people seem to hold the ‘everyone for themselves’ view. That, at least, is my bias opinion based on what I observe in the world. However give that the Tories are so well know for cuts I believe it has some merit.

I don’t know why people vote Tory. And I am not going to try and understand. That is their right but I will never vote Tory. As said above I am on the left and I think I will be to the day I die – even if I did become a millionaire who would be effected by a Labour tax policy.

Labour lost the election and I won’t try to argue differently. However I think it is important to look at ideology. Labour, Libdems and the SNP, broadly agree on many issues. In terms of votes the left got more collectively than the Tories. Which indicates that that ideology is what people want but the Tories get in because of how the system works.

This video explains the problem far better than I could.

So, for now, we shall see how things go with this government. I just want to end with a reminder, paraphrasing Ian Hislop, that just because you loose it doesn’t meant that you don’t go on making the argument.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Emma Blackery – Cardiff – The TramShed

My father sometimes says that I was born an old man. He’s probably right. To unpack EMMA-BLACKERY-SQUARE-600x600 that a little let me explain what I mean.

I have never been someone who enjoys clubs or loud music; at nursery I once got a joke told amongst the staff; and my idea of a fun evening is usually sitting at home in relative quiet.

So going out to an actual concert was never something I did growing up. I went to my first concert at 26. That concert was Emma Blackery and last night I went to another of her shows at the Tramshed in Cardiff.

It was a good show. Emma was on top form and it was a most enjoyable evening. She mentioned the terrible events in Manchester last week, and thanked us all for coming to see her, supporting live music, and showing that we were not giving in to fear.

I have to say though, old man comment coming, I don’t understand the idea of the boombox. I’m not even sure if that is the right word. It was the speaker that just seemed to be putting out noise rather than amplifying the actual music. For me it rather drowned out her voice and made my ears ring so I couldn’t hear so well when she spoke or sang a quieter song.

I told you I was an old man.

Nevertheless it was an enjoyable evening. And I feel sure I will go and see her again when she next comes to Cardiff.  Maybe next time I can go with someone.

Emma Blackery is one of my favourite singers. When I manage to drag my butt to the gym a couple of her songs are on my playlist. And when I get a really bad day The Promise and Perfect help me greatly. 

Emma was supported by  Rusty Clanton and Valeras.

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The Orville

So I saw this this morning and wanted to share it with you. It looks like it could make for an interesting TV series. Obviously it is a Star Trek inspired spoof but it does look interesting.

Comedy science fiction is a fun genera – from Red Dwarf to Galaxy Quest. I’ll be sure to check out this series when it is released. Hopefully the best bits aren’t just in the trailer!

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Star Wars Day: 2017

sky-lights-space-darkToday is Star Wars Day. The only celebration, at least to my knowledge, based around a dad joke.

Dad jokes are good though. What would a dad be with out being able to make us groan at a silly joke. Sometimes the funnest part is when you know something silly is coming but you can’t quite see where he’s going to go with it. So yes: May the Fourth Be with You.

I saw Rogue One back in, I think it was, January. dark-toy-detail-legoIt was a worthy addition to the Star Wars universe. It had its problems certainly – but it was enjoyable. I think the biggest disappointment to me was no opening text crawl – and when thinking about it afterwards I couldn’t even tell you the names of the characters.

If there is a battle between Rogue One and The Force Awakens my vote goes to the latter. That film had issues too but I warmed more to Rey than I did to Jyn. My major issue with The Force Awakens was bringing in yet another planet busting weapon. I hope The Last Jedi does something new.

Happy Star Wars Day to you all. Are any of you marathoning the films today? Are you skipping any of them?

May the force be with you.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Hello everyone. Just a quick note to say Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out in the world. And before you start to panic just remember that the date may be different in different where you are in the world.

I’ll be spending time with my parents pexels-photo-341378 and my brother’s family. It should make for a most enjoyable afternoon. We’ll probably be going out for a meal somewhere.

It’s not just about my mum this year. There is my brother’s wife too. I don’t think I have mentioned my nephew yet on here. He was born back in November.

So I hope you have a wonderful day with your mums – with many hugs and laughs.

And for those of you who may not have the best relationship with your mums – I am heartily sorry for it and I hope you have a wonderful day too.

And if your mum has passed away I’m sure you’re thinking of her at this time.

I’ll admit to not being sure how to close this out. It is a rather soppy thing but I couldn’t let the day pass without comment.

So whatever you’re doing have an amazing day!

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