Tag: November

A Slightly Confusing Metaphor To Illustrate How Utterly Redundant Cyber Monday Is As A Concept.

Sometimes I like to think of Black Friday as the ‘bad guy’ in a second-rate action flick. He’s over-the-top and stupid, but poses a genuine threat to our hero – ‘Captain Common-Sense’. Oh no! How will Captain Common-Sense survive that unbeatable deal on headphones? How will he remember that he already owns a perfectly good…

I’m Still Not Entirely Sure What It’s All About…

Happy Thanksgiving! Is that the correct greeting today? I don’t know. I’m British. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving over here. Or I don’t anyway. I can’t speak for all British people (unlike many Brexiteers who think it’s perfectly fine to speak for all British people all of the time…) But I’m not familiar with anyone celebrating…

Not NaNoWriMo – Part 10

Have I really come up with ten of these? Well no, as it happens I’ve come up with eleven. But this is the tenth. The eleventh is coming soon. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s just enjoy number ten. For it is the wonderful: Quest Fallen If you like Sci-Fi and Fantasy, then…

The World Is Watching

Apparently today is ‘World Television Day’. I don’t know why we need a day for that. Don’t get me wrong, I like watching TV as much as anyone, but is it really worthy of its own day? Evidently so, for today is that day. It’s not even one of those frivolous ‘made-up-for-the-sake-of-it’ days like ‘World…

Not NaNoWriMo – Part 8

Another day, another horrendously bad idea for a novel. A novel I won’t be writing. In honour of my continued non-participation in this year’s NaNoWriMo. Although one person’s idea of a bad novel is another person’s idea of a ‘must-read’. It’s all subjective really. There’s probably no such thing as bad or good. It’s all…

Not NaNoWriMo – Part 7

Ok people, you know the drill. This is the bit of my blog when I tell you about a novel that I’m definitely not writing in order to fully ‘not participate’ in this year’s NaNoWriMo. There’s a hint of Scandinavian whimsy about today’s effort as I present: The Old Man Who Did Something It’s essentially…

Not NaNoWriMo – Part 6

If I were taking part in NaNoWriMo, I’d almost certainly be on track with my word count and winging my way towards a commercial and critical success. Instead I’ve chosen to affectionately lampoon the whole thing by sketching out ideas for novels I will never write. Because they are bad ideas. Today’s worthless would-be work…

Not NaNoWriMo – Part 5

Hello people that are reading this, and welcome to the fifth of my ‘novel’ ideas for novels that I almost certainly will never write, except in the unlikely event that someone comes across this post and wants to read the finished work so badly that they are prepared to give me a stack of cash…

Not NaNoWriMo – Part 2

Hello fellow Internet-users. I’m back with more evidence as to why I really shouldn’t participate in the year’s National Novel Writing Month with another idea for a novel that no-one should ever write. The title of this non-idea is as follows: The Darkness Of The Light This ‘clever’ sounding title is my attempt at literary…

Not NaNoWriMo – Part 1

Two days ago, I explained that I would not be participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo to the aficionado). This is mainly due to time commitments but also partially because I can’t really think of anything I’d want to write an entire novel about. I did speculatively play around with some…

November Novelties

Yesterday I wrote about how growing a moustache is something you can do to help you get through the atrocious month that is November. But if moustache-growing is not your thing then another November hobby you could try is novel-writing. For November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is affectionately known. It…

Movember Madness

So it’s November, a month that is genuinely hard to love. It’s cold, dark and miserable. It’s like December but without Christmas. Yes there are fireworks, but that’s pretty much it, and they’re all done and dusted before the end of the first week. Thankfully there are ways to survive November, to help us all…

Supernatural Indifference

Today is All Hallows Eve, or Halloween as it known in some circles. It’s a day which overwhelms me with terror. Though it is not a phobia of phantoms, a horror of harpies or a dread of Dracula that fills me with fear. I have no worries about witches, warlocks or werewolves, no stress over…

Quality Is Overrated

Happy Cyber Monday! Words to warm even the coldest of hearts as November draws to a close. Not some dystopian vision of a future in which robots control our every movement, but a cheerless reminder of our mercantile present.

It’s The Taking Part That Counts

It’s November. November is a rubbish month. All the shops are full of Christmas stuff but Christmas is still ages away. It’s cold. It’s dark. I will probably be ill for at least some of this month. It’s not that surprising that November is commandeered annually as a month in which to achieve formidable things…