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Pleased to say my dramatic monologue about a time-travelling Pirate, called Stranded on the Shores of Time is being performed as part of the Bristales showcase tomorrow.

Bristales is a special event featuring monologues, duologues and poetry written by Bristol writers, with a Bristol theme and performed by actors.

Tickets available here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bristales-tickets-34193237895?aff=erelexpmlt

Richard Cook has been busy over Easter and completed another stomping International Electromatics track! The music this time is dancefloor-friendly EBM. See the link below for Richard’s musical inspirations and synths used.

As for the lyrics this time I was thinking of military science fiction, particularly Joe Haldeman’s Forever War and Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. What struck me about these stories, beyond the tales of war was how isolated the people were, despite their noble aims and how ultimately despite their heroism they were essentially caught in a dystopian existence.

Really looking forward to reading at Talking Tales 13. This event on 22nd April 2017 at the Left Bank in Stokes Croft, Bristol is a leading storytelling event which it will great to be part of.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1910488752521950/

Follow this link to a new story, thrilled that Fiction on the Web have published it. Post-apocalyptic story about a Postman with a precious cargo that just has to get through!

http://www.fictionontheweb.co.uk/2017/04/come-rain-or-come-shine-by-m-m-lewis.html#comment-form_524780790154205923

A new International Electromatics track is now available on SoundCloud. Richard has constructed and performed a fantastic electronic track based on my Sci Fi lyrics. Rather than a Dystopian theme this is more about disappointment at the Utopia that never happened.

In the 1890s, the artist Fred Jane created a series of illustrations for the Pall Mall Gazette. The theme was what would, or could, the world be like in the year 2000. It fell short of his imaginings and seventeen years on we’re not there yet. The future was meant to be a great party with balloons in the sky and non-polluting inexhaustable energy, wasn’t it. Listening to it now about a year after I wrote the lyrics it also sounds like a break up song but it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe breaking up with a flawed world and hoping for a better world to come.

 

Excited to be reading at the next Story Sunday, alongside Writers Unchained members, Lania Knight, Mark Rutterford, Debbie Young and John Holland.

 

Sunday March 19th, 19:00, Southbank Club Bristol.

 

 

 

 

Who doesn’t like a bit of Nonsense? I’ve just taken part in the Nonsense Writing Challenge, the brief was basically to write a Nonsense story in under 200 words.

The details are here, my effort, ‘Troubled Waters’ is number 84!

http://www.christopherfielden.com/writing-challenges/nonsense-writing-challenge.php

List of movies I watched in 2016:

Fight Club
Wild Tales
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Hitchcock
The Big Short
True Grit (Coen Brothers)
A Girl Walks Home
Deadpool
Kingsman
The Man who Fell to Earth
Dallas Buyers Club
A SIngle Man
Anomalisa
High Rise
Batman vs Superman
Mr Holmes
Amy
Electricity
The Mummy (Hammer Horror)
Magnolia
Captain America Civil War
Casablanca
Eye in the Sky
Macbeth (2015)
Nina Forever
The Book Thief
Cherry Tree
Good Mourning, Lucille
Summer Time in New York
The Magdalene Sisters
The Look of Love
Kill Your Friends
Suicide Squad
Star Trek Beyond
Jason Bourne
Cuban Fury
The Hallows
The Double
Tyrannosaur
Mr Nobody
Zero
Bedevilled
Justice League The New Frontier
Out of the Dark
The Maker
Serpent’s Lair
Mulholland Drive
Triangle
Bandidas
Solus
Trumbo
Batman & Mr Freeze Sub-Zero
Suburban Nightmare
The Terrortory
Trolls
Depression: The Movie
Share
Arrival
Cargo
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Hateful Eight
Star Wars – Rogue One
The Lady in the Van
Black Butler
Ink
Interstellar
The Frame
It Follows

Well, one good thing about 2016 is that I read a lot of enjoyable books.

I keep a note of them partly to help me let go of some of the physical books and not hoard them. If I at least have a reminder of the book I read written it makes it easier for me to get rid of the actual book and let it go back into circulation so someone else can read it.

Here’s a big list of the ones I made a note of:

Gleam – Tom Fletcher
Subterranean London – Cracking the Capital – ed. Bradley & Garrett
Tales from the Fragrant Harbour – Garry Kilworth
Fight Club – Chuck Pahlaniuk
A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle
Stillness Speaks – Eckhart Tolle
How the Marquis got his Coat Back – Neil Gaiman
London Falling – Paul Cornell
Holy Terrors – Arthur Machen
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural – Arthur Machen
Be Here Now – Ram Dass
Our Friends from Frolix 8 – Phillip K Dick
A Short History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters – Julian Barnes
The Centauri Device – M John Harrison
Down the Rabbit Hole – Juan Villalobos
1890s Notebook – Arthur Machen
Lowlands – WIll Kemp
Starship Troopers – Robert Heinlein
Drive – Mark West
Best New Horror 23 – Ed. Stephen Jones
Carpet Burns – Tom Hingley
This Side of Paradise – F Scott Fitzgerald
The Beautiful and the Damned – F Scott Fitzgerald
The House of Small Shadows – Adam Nevill
The Ghost Pirates – William Hope Hodgson
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
The Death House – Sarah Pinborough
Diversifications – James Lovegrove
The Unwrapped Sky – Rjurik Davidson
Chrysalis – Gary Gal Budgen
Change of Use – Candia McWilliams

I’ve already got a couple of bookshelves worth lined up for 2017,