It’s about time that I wrote a posting that wasn’t prop centric as really, that’s not what this blog is all about. I do like to think of it as being rather broad in its subject matter, even if ultimately, I am kidding myself. Unfortunately, I do realise that sometimes it does become single tracked… which is a shame.
In that light, I was looking at all the unpublished postings that I have racked up here waiting to see the bright spectrum of day and there are rather a lot of them. This got me thinking, why do I get the urge to write something, then not publish it?
Sometimes I can get very enthusiastic about a subject and pour my heart and soul into writing about it, but then after a while, I get second thoughts where I think to myself, “Is this really the kind of thing you should publish?”
A good example was when about four years ago, I wrote about my Father’s failing health and how a particularly nasty disease has him in its grip. Reading the entry back, I found that what I was saying was far too personal for public consumption and some readers could take it the wrong way, that I was fishing for sympathy – which I certainly wasn’t, it was just my way of paying him a tribute for everything that he’s done for me during my lifetime. So the posting was shelved.
Recently I wrote a non spoilery review on the five leaked Doctor Who series eight scripts and I was actually rather pleased with how it turned out. I only read the scripts because I was interested in the technicalities of how the writers were crafting their tales and I can assure you that I wasn’t desperate to know what was going to be happening in the new season.
Anyway, I think that I wrote a fair and balanced review of each episode, speaking about what I thought were the highlights and failings of each script (and by the way, episode two reads like a first draft of a fanfilm script written by a semi-literate 13 year old), but when I sat back and thought about it, it dawned on me that really, I shouldn’t say a word – people can get very tetchy about this sort of thing with some out there who consider it heresy to have even dared to look at them. That posting too was shelved. Since then, the first episode has also leaked. Have I seen it? No. Do I want to see it? Not in the slightest, I can wait a few weeks until it’s on the telly.
Do you know, I still haven’t seen any of those returned classic episodes either – there were a few from Hartnell’s era that turned up out of the void, followed by a few more from Troughton era. The gumption to go out of my way to see them has failed me entirely. It just goes to show you what sort of fan I am. Maybe I should turn in my membership card in shame.
So then, what else has been going on around here of late?
Well, last week I taught Alex to ride his bike. He just came up to me and suggested that he was now ready to have his bicycle stabilisers taken off after I’d floated the idea by him a week or so previously. Spanners at the ready, off came the supporting wheels, out into the car park we went and 40 minutes later, there he was, peddling around the place like an old pro. I’d like to say that he’s a quick learner, but that’d inflate his ego too much, so I’ll take ALL the credit and say what a fantastic teacher I am! It’s true, I’m just amazing. No really. I can sense you all nodding your head in agreement… I’m that good.
Oh yes, something else. School is almost coming to an end and as of September when the new year starts after the holidays, both of our kids will be in full time education. That should ease our purse strings a little and so we may even be able to resume saving for a deposit for a house, plus I may just stretch the cash a bit to start buying some replacement tools and new materials for all those projects of mine that have lain dormant for the last lord-knows how many years!
And lastly. Will wonders ever cease?
I joined Facebook.
I’ll let that sink in a little bit for you.
Yes, I joined Facebook – after having said for years that I never would.
Look, in my defence, I still think it’s a little bit pointless, but its virtues have been pointed out to me repeatedly over the years by several friends who’ve suggested that I could use it as a tool for networking. Okay, that makes sense to me.
I think I created my account back in April, but I just left it as I had nothing to say, I still don’t actually, but then within the last day or so, I started to tinker with it. I’m still learning, but if I do use it, I’ll no doubt keep it purely focused on build stuff, daily updates and wotnot… sort of like a commentary to the accompanying posts that I put up here.
Who knows, I may grow to like it or it could just die a death. At least I can still say that I don’t own a mobile (cell) phone!