A little update

It’s been a good few weeks since my last post, not much has really happened (apart from one weekend, but I’ll get to that later). I’ve accepted that uni is over and feel ready to move on. Writing is at a minimal at the moment, but that will all change soon. I have big plans to keep things going. I have a piece that should be ready to post on here next week and after that I’ll be finishing the second part of The Fragmented Sequence. I’m about 5000 words away from the end of that one. 

I wasn’t going to carry on with The Fragmented Sequence, for a while, but I’ve had a few people ask me for an update on the sequel and it’s made me reorganise my priorities. The Man Out of Place also hasn’t been forgotten. It is finished and just waiting to be edited. It links into The Fragmented Sequence but it stands alone completely. My idea is to have a whole range of stories that build upon the infinite amount of universes and worlds that began in To The Other. None of them are really connected, but characters, places and events may pop up in several books/stories. One of the things I’m working on at the moment isn’t involved in this at all, so I’m not bending things to match this idea. If it fits, it fits.

I went to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes this week. I’ve been waiting for this film the second the credits went up at the end of Rise. I love all of the Apes films and this is no exception. Brilliant, and I can’t wait for the next one. Probably going to be a 2 year wait on that one.

A couple of weeks back I went to London for the London Film and Comic Con. It’s my first time going to a convention where it’s not solely comics. Seeing people I recognised from movies and tv was really cool. I got a poster of Empire Strikes back signed by a few of the cast and am currently waiting for a frame to arrive to hang it up. I also met a personal hero, George A Romero. Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead are 3 of my favourite films of all time and it was an honour to meet the director. It was a great weekend and I can’t wait to go again. Hoping to go to the winter one.

There will be an update next week I promise.

Maybe I shouldn’t make that promise. :)

Thanks for Reading,

Ashley 

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I’m Back!! Finally.

It’s been nearly 3 months since I last wrote a post on here. Nearly a quarter of a year where I’ve let things slip and haven’t been keeping up with this blog or my writing in general. I’ve tried, but haven’t been able to do much. Yesterday I sat down and forced myself. Twenty minutes later I have 270 words down on the page. The start of a new story. A story that’s been going around inside my head for about 6 months now. It feels good to get it down on paper. (or screen) Although I do know the ending already, something that rarely happens to me. I don’t know how long the story is, although I’m going to guess at not that long, but I do know the ending. And all I want to do is write that bit down. Forget the rest. I’m hoping that will turn into momentum and I’ll get the story down in no time. I’m really happy with the plot and hope it comes out the way I want it. I’ve decided to focus on this, something fresh after a long break, before picking up old projects. I’ll be 21 in 2 months and 4 days.  The aim is to have some kind of plan then. 

I have finally finished University. No more exams, essays, portfolios, presentations. Nothing. I’m so glad it’s over. The last year in particular has been a bit of a nightmare. I think it might be my outlook on it, rather than the quality of the university but I was starting to feel stuck there. It’s been about a month since the last exam and I can’t describe how much better I feel. The Dissertation, I’m ashamed to admit, was mostly written in just over 5 hours. I lost so much of it, due to a memory problem on my laptop. I left everything to the last moment and completed it in one five hour stretch. 5500 words in one sitting. I did achieve a B with it. I’m shocked at that. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the story. I might put it on here one day, or I might just leave it in a folder and leave it to be found five years from now when I barely remember it. I say that because I’ve been doing a lot of sorting out recently and have found stories (paragraphs) I wrote towards the end of GCSEs and the start of sixth form which was around five years ago. It’s a strange feeling. 

Today I started reading Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. I’m only 25 pages into it, but what an opening. Being pulled in that much two pages in is an amazing feeling. I know I’m going to finish this one quickly. It’s been quite a while since I read a book, glad it’s a good one.

I’ll try to update more regularly.

Thanks for reading,

Ashley 

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London Super Comic Con

One of the biggest comic conventions in the uk rolled around last weekend. Of course I had to be there. And had a great time. Meet some amazing creators, spoke to some other fans, picked up some bargains and learnt more about my biggest passion, comics. 

First thing to do on the weekend was get in Mark Buckingham’s line. My girlfriend’s favourite artist. I do quite like him as well. He’s been drawing Fables for about 10 years, and before that he worked with Neil Gaiman on Miracleman, Sandman and Death. All great comics. This year we got a joint sketch from him of Bigby from Fables. It’s signed To Tabatha and Ashley, Mark Buckingham, with his little crown signature as well. One of the nicest sketches we’ve got. I will try and scan it in soon to show it to you all. 

We met John Layman, someone I’ve wanted to meet for a while. The writer of Chew, which is quite possibly the craziest comic ever written. A world where chicken is banned and underground places open up offering the poultry on the menu. Madness follows. He was also selling a Kill Bill style cover for issue 35. Couldn’t help but get that one. 

Recently I’ve been reading many David Lapham books. Finished Stray Bullets, after picking up issue 41 at the weekend. Hoping to find Stray Bullets: Killers #1 next time I go into the local comic shop. Stray Bullets is one of the best series I’ve ever read. It’s like Tarentino in a comic. Every issue is a different story, but they all build up a world full of characters that make many appearances.

Got to finish a portfolio for uni tomorrow, and then a presentation on thursday, another portfolio a week on sunday, the dissertation sometime after that, and then and an exam and essay. All done. Cannot wait. It’s not been all bad, but it’s felt that way this year. 

Hoping to go to Thought Bubble this year. Got to keep on thinking about that and I will get through the end of uni. Scott Snyder is going. He is my favourite writer, aside from Alan Moore. I have a stack of around 50 issues for him to sign. I have plenty of time to slim that down, or work on my apology after handing them to him. He writes the series American Vampire, which I forced myself to read because it was him who wrote it (Along with Stephen King for the first 5 issues). I didn’t like the first issue, but it gets better and by issue 10 I was hooked. Now it’s one of my favourite series. This weeks marks its return after a year hiatus. Cannot wait to pick that up tomorrow. I’ve avoided previews and cannot wait to read it. 

Thanks for reading,

Ashley

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The End is Close

March 27th is the date of my last ever University lesson. It’s not a lecture, instead I’ve got to give a 10 minute presentation on Victorian Fantasy with a friend. We have chosen to talk about how radical the genre was during the Victorian era. So far we have a basic outline. I’m not exactly worried. It’s only 10 minutes. 

After that I have an exam, on the 6th May. Romanticism. Not my strongest subject, but it should be alright. We will be having a look at exam papers next Tuesday and that should make it a lot easier. 

Everything else will be done at home. Just my Dissertation, Fiction and Creative Reading & Writing portfolio left. It’s hard to believe that my education is this close to an end. As long as nothing goes wrong I will never have to write an essay, or do an exam ever again. A really good feeling. I keep on forgetting I have to actually do it now, because I’m looking forward to it ending so much. 

I thought I would panic more once it was close to the end, but I’m not panicking at all. I feel like only good things can come from it. 

This weekend is the third London Super Comic Con. I went to the first two and they were two of the best weekends ever. Comics and geekiness. All with a Friday night playing games beforehand. Can’t get much geekier than that really. This year I’m looking forward to seeing Dave Gibbons, Jonathan Ross, Sean Phillips, John Layman, Mark Buckingham and Gary Leach. 

I recently started reading Zom-B: Gladiator by Darren Shan. Finally. I bought it the day it came out, back in January. But for reasons I can’t explain I didn’t pick it up. I kept going to, but didn’t. I’m about 50 pages from the end and plan on doing a review for it once I’m finished. 

Thanks for reading, 

Ashley

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Part 7

You can catch up with The Brig HERE. 

I’m in a corridor. Dark. Empty. Nothing. I can’t see anything in front of me. I had shut the door behind me, not thinking it was the only light source. I step forward. Feet echo. Not brave enough to take another. Want to turn back now, but can’t. There has to be something here. Something to prove one way, or another Abe’s intentions. Everything was unlocked up to here, so he trusts me, at least he wants me to think that. Why isn’t my head hurting. How long has it been since the plane crash? Not long, can’t be. My head doesn’t hurt.

Don’t know if my eyes have adjusted to the dark, or a lights been turned on somewhere, but I can just about see. There is a door just in front of me, on the left wall. Locked. Another one opposite. Locked as well. Both just normal doors. Both locked. I can’t hear anything from beyond the second one, not that I was really expecting too. Come on. I don’t know how long I’ve got.

Can’t see to the end of the corridor, but can see enough to start walking. Every step echoes. I try to slow down, plant every step down with no sound. But it can’t be done. I’ve got boots on. That would have been a good start. I take them off. The echo is gone near enough. I can still hear each step, but that’s just in my head. I’m sure of it. No one would be able to hear me. They would have probably already heard me by now. Stop thinking that.

Another door, on the right, locked. Then nothing. The corridor carries on and on.

“I told you to stay in your room, why do you never listen.”

Frozen. No. How did he get there. Where is he? Behind me. I slowly turn.

“Don’t turn around to make sure I’m there. I’m here. Now carry on walking. I have something to show you. I didn’t want you to see it straight away, but you might as well. I’m guessing it’s what you were looking for. Carry on. Yeah, next left door. Should be unlocked. I don’t like locking doors, but as you can tell people wonder when they shouldn’t be. I didn’t lock this one, as I didn’t think anyone would even try. The light switch is just inside, on the right. It’s there you’ll find it. Sorry. I didn’t want you to find out like this.”

No. no no no no. It’s not him. Can’t be. I won’t let it be. Can’t reach the table where Chip is laying. Half of his stomach had been ripped out. No. No. He’s alright. He has to be. We’ll get through everything together. I drop to my knees. Why?

 

Thanks for reading, 

Ashley

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