The Journal of the Empire’s Most Beloved and Extraordinary Explorer Reginald P. Smythe

The Journal of the Empire’s Most Beloved and Extraordinary Explorer Reginald P. SmytheEvents that first happened on the 18th of January inspired the 158th Microcosms by events: whether it was an x-ray generating machine first being exhibited in 1896 or the first time an aircraft landing on a ship in 1911.

The three elements I used for my 263 word tale, The Journal of the Empire’s Most Beloved and Extraordinary Explorer Reginald P. Smythe, were Explorer, Island and Journal. The story went down well with this week’s judge Sian Brighal who said,

The title is perfect, and if titles could smile fondly at their story and its main character, then this one most certainly does. The writing style was a joy to read, the tone and language pitched perfectly.

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Space Rush

To celebrate the 100th Microcosms we went back to the old format and were asked to submit stories that were only a 100 words long. They also went back to the first ever Microcosms to get the elements – which seems a very long time ago now. My contribute to this celebration is my 100 word tale Space Rush. Using the elements of Rebekah, Spaceships and Western, you’ll find my story below. Enjoy!

Microcosms 100

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Foreshadowing the Ghost Monument

Foreshadowing the Ghost MonumentIn my look back at Series 11 of Doctor Who, I talk about how the writing throughout the whole series (bar a couple of episodes) felt it needed an extra draft. Today I want to go into that opinion in a bit more detail by looking at the second episode of the season The Ghost Monument.

It is a fun but low stakes story of the Doctor and her friends trekking across a dangerous alien planet trying to get home during an intergalactic race. The tension is taken out of the episode because of a poor example of foreshadowing. I’ll go on to explain why I feel this way but first let’s look at what foreshadowing is, and a good example of it contained in the same episode.

Spoilers below for Doctor Who: The Ghost Monument

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Doctor Who Series 11: It’s Fine

Foreshadowing the Ghost MonumentIn these click bait times in which we live, revealing the conclusions of an article in the headline goes against the norm but in many ways a simple blog title is the best metaphor for the 11th series of Doctor Who.

What follows below the break are my thoughts on various parts of the series and why, when place in the whole, they result in my verdict of ‘It’s Fine.’

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