No, I’m Not Dead

…though you may well have thought that, if your only interaction with me is in reading this blog. I started an unpaid work placement at a local charity last week (I’m actually writing this from my very own temporary office, which is obviously an invaluable use of apparently worthless time) and it’s 5 days a week, more or less 9 to 5, so I’ve got a better excuse than usual not be posting on here.

Thing is, I kind of miss it.

Not “miss” it in the usual sense – i.e. feeling guiltier and guiltier every day I don’t put something up – but in the sense that I’m not giving myself the chance to clean house in my own head and stretch my writing calves on a regular basis, which is pretty much the entire reason we’re still here. And I actually enjoy writing these when I do trick myself into starting a new post, despite everything the last six months may have illustrated.

Not that I’ve been doing bupkes, you understand: I haven’t been linking to the last couple of posts, but I’ve continued that weekly comics review column on Nerdly with Jack Kirby (Panel Discussion #006, in which Jack and I couldn’t agree less on The Dream Merchant and Panel Discussion #007, in which I gush lovingly about Young Avengers The Unwritten and rant for a couple hundred words about how disappointingly mediocre Avengers is) along with reviews of re-released oddities like The Stone Tape.

So, you know, that’s something. The other writing I really ought to be doing is getting done, though each project kind of dovetails into another without the former actually getting 100% finished, which is probably my worst habit (well, apart from being terrible, but I try not to focus on the negative). As of this moment I owe 1 of 2 I Am Tim first drafts to deliver, a short film draft, a punch-up rewrite on someone else’s short, a kind-of-infotainment-film, an outline for a new feature and the planning of the next draft of Scars to finish.

…That seems like a lot when I write it down, but I’m pretty sure the moment I finish it all (ha!) it won’t feel like I’ve done much of anything and that I’ve been incredibly lazy of late.

So I guess that means I’ll be blogging more often? I don’t really know how I got there. I wrote this post in two halves ’cause I didn’t want to get caught using work time for meandering nonsense.


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