Monthly Archives: February 2013

A Cure for Writer’s Block?

People often ask if I ever suffer from writer’s block. Frankly, on the whole I don’t for one simple reason: I’m always reading. Some years ago, I read in Robert McKee’s excellent screenwriting book, Story, the cure for writer’s block: … Continue reading

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Film Review – Cloud Atlas

“A radiant festival of prescience” was how one particularly pretentious critic described David Mitchell’s Booker winning novel Cloud Atlas. Now the Wachowski Brothers and Tom Tykwer have directed a massively expensive, near three hour film version of this magnum opus, … Continue reading

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Novels with lengthy asides

Let’s be honest – regardless of how brilliant they are, some classic novels are pretty tough to get through. I had this thought when recently re-reading Herman Melville’s legendary Moby Dick. Don’t get me wrong. It is a phenomenal book, … Continue reading

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George goes to Mars print copies now available!

For those of you who prefer your books to contain actual tree, print copies of George goes to Mars are finally able to order from Lulu.com (see link below). Apologies for the delay. http://www.lulu.com/shop/simon-dillon/george-goes-to-mars/paperback/product-20683858.html Positive reviews for the book are … Continue reading

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Film Review – Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph is the latest variation on the Disney Be-Yourself sermon the studio has been preaching for decades. The big surprise is that it’s actually really, really good. The eponymous Ralph is the villain of a 1980s arcade game who … Continue reading

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George goes to Mars initial reviews

The first reviews of George goes to Mars are starting to trickle through from readers. Here’s a sample. From the target audience: “There were so many moments were you would just want to hop right out of your seat and … Continue reading

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Film Review – Flight

In the very first scene of Robert Zemeckis’s new film Flight, commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) awakens in a hotel room with a naked stewardess. He then unleashes a torrent of f-words on a phone call from his … Continue reading

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George goes to Mars print copies delay

For those of you that don’t believe a book is a book unless the death of a tree is involved, I’m sorry to say the print copy version of George goes to Mars (which will be available from Lulu.com) has … Continue reading

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