Sunday, 29 January 2017

Monthly Round-Up (Reviews, articles and more) - January 2017

Well, it's a little later than I would've liked, but at last, I'm updating you on all the goodies in January, and where to find them..

As always, you can keep up with my Official Facebook page, for all news and updates relating to me and my projects:
https://www.facebook.com/abeldiazwrites/

So, first up, reviews for all episodes of Series 4 of BBC's Sherlock. To start, The Six Thatchers review on Blasting News:
http://uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2017/01/sherlock-season-4-ep1-the-six-thatchers-review-001362169.html


And next, a two for one deal with The Lying Detective and The Final Problem reviews:
http://uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2017/01/sherlock-s4-ep2-and-3-the-lying-detective-and-the-final-problem-review-001431437.html

Over on ThirdActFilm.com, I review one of the year's first, and best, films, A Monster Calls:
http://thirdactfilm.com/monster-calls/

Next, I do a WHOCAP on 4 New to Classic Who Recommendations:
http://thirdactfilm.com/whocap-new-classic-doctor-who-recommendations/

Then, a review of 1975's Royal Flash, based on the Flashman novels:
http://thirdactfilm.com/throwback-review-royal-flash-1975/

An article on my thoughts on Noel Clarke's Brotherhood, the third and final part of the Hood trilogy:
http://thirdactfilm.com/why-brotherhood-was-disappointment/

More goodies over on my SavageScribe DA Profile: http://savagescribe.deviantart.com/

Get your copy of Time Shadows here and support a really good cause for the disabled:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/matt-grady-and-samuel-gibb/time-shadows/paperback/product-22750801.html

Also, be sure to check out the ongoing journey of my own animated series, Agents In Odd (nay Very Strange Things), here (fun ahead!): http://verystrangethingsanimated.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Moving into the New Year (2016 in review and plans) - 3/1/17

Happy New Year! 2016 is done, and it's feels redundant to make any kind of remark about it, as it's been more than well spoken for by social media. But putting all the political shenanigans to one side, I wish to say that this was an important year for me as a creative mind:

A few major stumbles, having followed a turbulent period in mid 2015 that juxtaposed graduation with the loss of a very valued collaborator and the resulting collapse of our project, forced me to really reevaluate how I want to go forward with my work. It not only hit home the fact that you have to go through a lot of pain and strife if you really believe in something's merit as a work, but to have a proper plan. Not a fancy buzzword or some vague thing in your mind, but an actual design to cover you in the event of failure. Having a Plan B through H is vital in something as turbulent as Film and TV.

I admit it: I got the balance wrong. I put so much stock in one thing that when it failed, I was lost. I made bad calls, blundered into situations unprepared and took on more than was advisable. I believed in quantity over quality, and lost focus of the things that I value most in my creations. I stopped saying and making what I wanted to, and just threw stuff at the wall in vain.

2016 made me decide: either commit to the long haul and fight, sodding those who want to hold you back for their own goals, or stop messing around with a pipe dream and do something else. Coming soon: Agents In Odd will starting its round of pitching within the next week, so break a few legs that that bears some fruit. The children's novel, The Eyes of Ra, is set for a third draft very soon, and that should be cranked by February. Some outside negotiations and the development contract should have some further advents in the next two months, so hopeful there too.

2017 means much to a lot of people, and for me, it'll be the first year in a while that I feel optimistic about, knowing that there may be something over the proverbial horizon.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Monthly Round-Up (Reviews, articles and more) - December 2016

Happy Holidays everyone!

Now, I'm introducing a new running feature on this blog: a monthly update on all my reviews, articles and other tidbits that aren't my creative projects. This will help ensure a regularity of content, as well as an easy list to access for finding certain works.

As always, you can also keep up with my Official Facebook, for even more news and updates as they happen relating to projects:
https://www.facebook.com/abeldiazwrites/

So, onto my newest pieces and reviews. First off, I've started reviewing novels on Blasting News UK. Specifically, Sherlock Holmes books. First, the South African tale of diamonds and murder, 'Murder at Sorrow's Crown':
http://uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2016/11/murder-at-sorrow-s-crown-review-a-superb-sherlock-debut-00126846http://savagescribe.deviantart.com/journal/?edit5.html

 
Next, an American tale involving a Holmes imposter in 'The Counterfeit Detective':
http://uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2016/11/the-counterfeit-detective-review-an-american-sherlock-adventure-001285835.html

And finally, Sherlock and Tarzan meet in the very jokey 'The Peerless Peer' from sci-fi legend Philip Jose Farmer:
http://uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2016/12/the-peerless-peer-review-a-sherlock-and-tarzan-team-up-001301955.html

Now, for a new first, I do a trailer reaction and review for 'Spider-Man Homecoming':
http://uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2016/12/spider-man-homecoming-trailer-reaction-and-review-001319191.html


Over on ThirdActFilm, I review the 2001 thriller 'The Pledge', starring Jack Nicholson:
http://thirdactfilm.com/throwback-review-the-pledge-2001/

An article on The Sweatbox, a documentary about Sting and the troubled production of Disney's 'The Emperor's New Groove':
http://thirdactfilm.com/the-sweatbox-the-documentary-disney-tried-bury/

An article on Doctor Who's future under Chris Chibnall, in light of recent news:
http://thirdactfilm.com/doctor-whos-future-under-chris-chibnall/


And lastly, I review the 1998 thriller spoof 'Wrongfully Accused', starring Leslie Nielsen:
http://thirdactfilm.com/throwback-review-wrongfully-accused-1998/

Also, be sure to check out the ongoing journey of my own animated series, Agents In Odd (nay Very Strange Things), here: http://verystrangethingsanimated.blogspot.co.uk/

It's been a long and trying year, but I'm always looking ahead and building myself up. Enjoy and, once again, have a very, very Happy Christmas.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Doctor Strange - My first Film Review published by a News Outlet (13/11/16)

So recently, I joined up with international news website Blasting News as an article/content writer. While I am not their official film critic, they do allow for reviews to be published. Taking the initiative, I decided to review Marvel's latest effort, the mind bending fantasy Doctor Strange (co-written, ironically, by one of my influences, C. Robert Cargill of Spill.com fame).


It tighter and leaner than what many will be used, in contrast to my Youtube and ThirdAct material, but I feel confident in what I produced:
http://uk.blastingnews.com/opinion/2016/11/doctor-strange-review-triptastic-fun-001254073.html

Monday, 7 November 2016

My Novel (Curse Of The Ptolomies): Second Draft underway (7/11/16)

Apologies for the lack of consistent updates. I will be bringing a more regular feature to this channel very soon.

Now, as you'll recall from last time, I mentioned that I had finished first draft work on a children´s adventure novel, then simply titled Joel. Now titled Curse of The Ptolomies, it's a love letter to old school European adventure stories, centering on a young errand boy's quest to find an ancient weapon and save Victorian London. I´ve been steadily working on the second draft since last week, beefing up chapters and increasing the detail level.


Taking my time, to ensure a well rounded draft, my aim is to have it complete within a month. Curse of The Ptolomies should have most preliminary work done before 2016 is out. Hopefully after Xmas, I'll get the third started.Possible target for a completed novel is still for mid to late 2017, but I never like to give absolute guarantees.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Adventure Novel: First Draft complete (26/9/16)

As you may recall from last time, I mentioned that during my summer break, I had begun work on a children´s adventure novel, then simply titled Joel. It is a love letter to old school European adventure storytelling, in the tradition of Herge. I´ve been steadily working on it since then, and am glad to say, the first draft has been cranked out.

For the first time in a good while, my aim to have a workable draft within a month has been met, and I am very chuffed. Naturally, it's rough and rife with all sorts of potential improvements, as well as the slightly longer title of Curse of The Ptolomies. I aim to get more work on it done before 2016 is out, hopefully circa Xmas once a few more things are cleared off my plate.

As said last time, as it progresses and evolves, I'll keep on posting up updates. Sufficed to say, this has been one of the freer and more enjoyable writing experiences I've had in many moons. It was really a chance to let my inner child out and have fun. Possible target for a completed novel should be mid to late 2017, as of this writing and with all digits crossed.