The Huntsman Winter’s War Review

The Huntsman Winter's War ReviewBack in November I posted about the trailer for The Huntsman Winter’s War and claimed that

The Huntsman Winter’s War will be a hot mess of a film but at least it will be a fun one!

Well I saw the movie yesterday and I thought I’d report back my thoughts and whether I was wrong or not. You’ll find the answer below the break.

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Progress – Author’s Notes

Progress - Author's NotesWhen I published my story Progress I said it was very timely due to the real life story that inspired the story. That means there will be a lot of politics in this post and hopefully not too much ranting! However, we’ll start with the prompt that came from Flash! Fiction itself.

The Novel Prompt

In the later half of 2015 Flash! Friday used novels as the inspiration of their competition. On the 2nd of October they actually used the famous ‘Scottish’ play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. From that story of ambition I took the plot elements of conflict and an overly ambitious wife – one of the most famous things about the play. Below the break you’ll find all the politics I promised at the start of this post.

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AttentionAs some folk know I’m not a fan of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I just found the book dull and its character’s uninteresting. So when Flash! Friday used it as one of their prompt novels I went in a totally different direction focusing on the other side of the 1920s, its gangsters. Using the themes of man vs man, jealous husband and 1920’s New York I came up with my one hundred and forty-nine word tale Attention. You’ll find it below the break

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Checkmate – Author’s Notes

chess-345904_960_720This week’s Microcosms took inspiration for their prompt elements from the 1997 movie Titanic – with a few odd prompts thrown in for good measure. I used the three elements they’d got on their first spin which were

character: millionaire,
setting: England,
genre: steam punk

Using these three I came up with my tale Checkmate. As you’ve probably already guessed chess does play a part. You’ll be able to read the story below, along with my thoughts about how I wrote the story.

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This entry to Flash! Friday from October 2015 feels very timely as it is based on one of America’s Presidential candidates and his experiences of trying to build a golf course in the North East of Scotland. I’ll touch more on that in the Author’s Notes for this story. For now all I say is you’ll find a tale of ambition and old static caravans called Progress below the break. I hope you enjoy!

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Humanity vs Survival – Author’s Notes

Humanity vs Survival - Author's Notes

Naufragos/Shipwrecked. CC2.0 photo by Luis Marina

I’m still catching up with posting my old entries to Flash! Friday so here is my entry from October 2015. That week’s competition was inspired by the novel Moby Dick. Using the elements of conflict between a woman and a man along with the character of a captain with a wooden leg, I came up with my flash fiction tale of Humanity vs Survival. You’ll be able to read all 122 words below the break

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Batman v Superman Review

Batman v Superman ReviewLast night I finally got to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. After the critical mauling the film received – with a score of 29% on Rotten Tomatoes at time of writing – but this is unfair as there is many things to recommend this film. To give you a sense of what I thought of the film I gave it 7 out of 10 on IMDB and would have put it on a level with Ant-man on my count down of 2015 Summer Blockbusters. To explain these thoughts requires spoilers so jump below the break to find out more.
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Preparing Tomorrow’s Meat – Author’s Notes

This week Microcosms went all cockney thanks to Steph Ellis meaning that their usual character prompt was replaced by a cockney phrase. This certainly presented an unusual challenge however, one I rose to as you can see below

I was more successful – as far as Microcosms were concerned – with my second set of prompts creating a story that was within the word limit. Using the phrase China Plate, the setting of London – very suitable really – and the genre of horror I came up with my tale Preparing Tomorrow’s Meat. I hope you enjoy!

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The Big Bad Wolf – Author’s Notes

The Big Bad Wolf - Author's NotesAs I said I entered this week’s Cracked Flash Fiction weekly competition this week with my tale The Big Bad Wolf – a crime drama version of The Three Little Pigs/Little Red Riding Hood.

Below you’ll find out how the story developed first into a crime drama and then into an alternative take on the two fairy tales I mentioned above as well as finding out what the judges thought, if anything, about The Big Bad Wolf.

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