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Wednesday actually started on Tuesday, with a phone-call. Our DIY supplies had arrived, and Yours Truly took a day off to head out of town to get them. At the same time, I got to do some of the shopping I missed out on the last time I went "over the bridge", and picked up some craft supplies, in particular materials for Task 88
88 - Create usable stage/screen/cosplay props of three pieces of costume or equipment from my own projects
Some serious knot-work ahead.

After that, the main event - quite literally. By that I mean taking myself and Parental to the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, in town on the final leg of a substantial and almost Gillan-esque magnitude. Those unfamiliar with the troupe (including me) might have expected a Japanese line-up, but this is an all-European outfit, and I'm quite happy to say no-one will view that as a shortcoming. Not for one second!

Six-strong, this is a group able to make one serious wall of sound, one that requires only a modest amount of stage set-up; just the right amount of lighting and martial-arts style coreography to tie the whole show together. The music does the talking, and when it's music that makes your diaphragm vibrate, you can only sit and LISTEN.

It was particularly refreshing to sit and enjoy something different, in a smaller venue that is usual for me, but when you get that kind of reaction from a couple of hundred people, that just doesn't matter. Sometimes you just have to "take the plunge" - trust me, it's worth it.

The Verdict: Devotion to your art + head-spinning exertion = an excellent evening's entertainment! 8 / 10 and a provisional sub-*SCORE* for
27 - See one stage show a year
because it was preceded by dinner at the theatre...
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VERY busy day. Too tired to cover it all just now.

G'night, Dear Reader...
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27 - See one stage show a year (1/3) - Doctor Who Live - Glasgow SECC - 15 October 2010

Image Gallery... )

The Review... The last stage show I saw was probably something Shakespearean when I was at school, but this was something on a whole different scale, in the same arena where I've recently seen The Scorpions, Judas Priest, Rush and Kiss. This has been a pretty gutsy move on the part of the BBC, taking their experiences from the two Doctor Who proms, and coming after a change-over from David Tennant, perhaps the most popular Doctor since Tom Baker, but my hopes were high, given that the story for the show takes as its direct inspiration from one of my all-time favourite Jon Pertwee stories, "Carnival Of Monsters"...

The result was the second most spectacular show I've seen following Kiss. To say too much would be to wander into spoiler territory, and the last thing I'd want to do is spoil the show for anyone still to see it. I've not covered everything in my gallery - partly 'cause I only got so many decent photos :D - but the photos give you some idea of the scope of things. This was a BIG production, an episode of the show with the audience as paying extras - paying, and most grateful for the opportunity to step into the world of The Doctor themselves, if only for a couple of hours.

If you're a fan, go see this. If you're not, don't deny your Who-fan children the opportunity to encounter some of the new incarnation of the show's more striking human-portrayed creatures. Imagine the deals you can strike in return... Score: 8/10
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Gods I'm tired. It's been a great trip, with a really enjoyable show right slap bang in the middle of it - but I just DO NOT have the energy to make any kind of coherent report about it. I don't even have the energy to type up the sizable chunk of epilogue I've written on the bus to Glasgow and back (note to self: stow away that note book safely!)...

I'll offload the best of my photos, and call it a night. I hope to be more coherent tomorrow, whenever I wake up. I can however confirm that Mission progress has been made!
27 - See one stage show a year (1/3) - Doctor Who Live - Glasgow SECC - 15 October 2010
Now to crash out, and/or watch the rest of Star Trek IV...
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One Day To Go... and "The Buzz" is starting to build for Friday's "Operation Carnival". I'm going to try and cram as much as I can into this trip - a show, an afternoon and a following morning of shopping, a semi-luxurious evening. This means I'd have to take with me some "relaxation gear", so I hope I can get into the hotel room early, perferably as soon as I can after arriving in Glasgow, and "offload" all but the absolute essentials. I'm hoping this is going to be start-to-finish FUN, not wall-to-wall hassle; so far, things are looking good!

Development News... The epilogue for TDD-608 The Pandemonicum Symphony - First Movement continues towards an imminent conclusion, and I'll be posting Chapter 3 some time after midnight to keep things on schedule - and when I get home, I hope to have the rest of the story on paper, and maybe even some of what comes next. If I'm sticking to the "one chapter a week, season done by year's end" schedule, I've got time for ten, maybe eleven chapters - I really need to do better than that!

However, there might be a significant complication, in the form of The Move. There's a good deal to do, and a whole heap of stuff to shift. Lunchtimes might soon become too precious to eat through...

Oh. GREAT.

Oct. 11th, 2010 06:15 pm
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In Today's Episode... The Pandemonicum Symphony: First Movement begins! Can The Unified Response get to Yituron in time? Can The Adventurers' Guild of Kraan "hold the line" long enough for Darkhawk and her allies to reach them? And just what awaits Black Stallion on the world that hates him?

Development News... I'm still working on the final chapter (penultimate should I find need for a "proper" epilogue), but I'll have that finished before the start of "Operation Carnival", guaranteed. Meanwhile...

The final straw... Last week,the anti-virus product that's supposed to be protecting the netbook was given one final chance to stop screwing with me. This afternoon, it failed. Now I have to do the rounds and find something to replace it - but first, I'll be giving the manufacturers of the current "protection" *cough* AVG *cough* a piece or two of my mind. I'm sick of wasting my time on crap like this.

Elsewhat... Watched the Jon Pertwee-starring Doctor Who story "Carnival Of Monsters" yesterday, in my attempts to avoid any more Grand Prix spoilers - it's the story that's inspiration for the Doctor Who Live show, and one of my favourites featuring "my" Doctor. Ah, the joy of television WITHOUT an unending soundtrack...
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Development News... Okay, so TDD-608 The Pandemonicum Symphony - First Movement isn't as completed as I'd hoped it would be by now - but there's football later (dunno how much of it I'll stay awake for, mind), and time to fill before then. Next weekend is going to be a "creative retreat" of sorts, in that I should have a fairly "clean plate", writing-wise.

Meanwhile... I hate those fricking Grand Prix that get shown in the wee small hours, followed by a repeat in the usual lunch-time slot - but this time was even worse, 'cause qualifying at Suzuka got postponed 'til early this morning due to rain. I tried Teletext to catch the results of qualifying this morning, and ran slap-bang into the result of the race-proper. Brilliant.

And it wasn't exactly a thrilling race, anyway.

And finally... Yup, it's going to be a busy week - and the weekend after "Operation Carnival" is going to feature another "booked Saturday". I better be properly refreshed for it.
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Development News... If I can stay awake tonight, I could have TDD-608 The Pandemonicum Symphony - First Movement "in the can" on the eve of starting to post. Another decent chunk was completed at lunch (you can hardly call 1 hour 15 minutes a "lunch hour"), covering several important issues - it could have been more, had I not needed to spend a while looking some stuff up in my archives - and there are probably only a few "screens" of wrap-up left to do. Yay!

The recent production rate has been very positive, a definite step forward on the motivational scale. There have also been several important developments, and one that came completely out of the blue has helped the upcoming story arc come together in a more cohesive form, setting the stage for The Final Push, which will start very soon...

But first, I may have some work to do on *gasp* the next Secret Adventure of Mane-of-Night - but first, a prelude, featuring Nightwind and Twilight ("Nightlight"?), leading into The Yafornian Main Event that I've been hinting at for some time. In the back of my mind, I'm hearing "747 (Strangers In The Night)" by Saxon.

Elsewhat... Next week's work should be a bit easier to handle, as I'll be able to continue without the laptop, thus reducing my "work-load". I already have a fully-functional MP3 player, and it's one-fiftieth of the weight - that, plus trusty friend The Netbook, don't even come to half that weight.

And let's not forget it's a short working week coming up. Next week, at this time, I'll be surrounded by Daleks, Silurians and Weeping Angels...
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Thoughts Of A Mission-Related Nature... It's exactly two months to Patent Saturday, and that means I have a related Mission Task to think about...
65 - Celebrate each and every Spiritwalk (May 22) and Patent Saturday (December 1) like they really mean something (which they do!) (1/3, 0/2)
The Landmark Trust, however, offers some interesting and enticing opportunities...

What happens on December 1st depends somewhat on events between then and now. Where will I be living, for a start? What expenditures will The Move require?

It's Uh-Oh Time... Two weeks to go, and eeeep - they just cancelled the first night of the Doctor Who Live show in Glasgow. If they have to lose another show off that end of the stint, I lose my first SCORE for Task 27
27 - See one stage show a year (0/3)
- don't let me down, now.

Please?
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Mission 101 Update... Okay, so that's Task 27
27 - See one stage show a year (0/3)
three weeks from a first SCORE, now that the ticket has arrived. The whole expedition could be very interesting, especially now the "keystone" of future projects is in place - expect significant progress very soon...
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Not a lot to report tonight. Been busy (quite literally) picking up the pieces. I can count Task 27
27 - See one stage show a year (0/3)
as a new addition to the "In Progress" list, though, as of last night.

Meanwhile... I've worked it out at last; G'gaah, The Beast That Will Not Die, is an attention vampire. If she's not in the news for more than a day, she'll probably crumble to dust and blow away. If she's trying to be "extreme", there's probably nothing more "extreme" than riding through a pirahna-infested river on a bicycle made of razor blades...
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Development News... The "TV Special interlude" leading into TDD-607 The Pandemonicum Symphony - First Movement is complete, and there's no two ways about it - this absolutely must go live as soon as possible. I've incorporated a lead-in for a major future story-arc at the end, and it certainly turns a few things on their respective heads.

I'll be adding "post the interlude" to my list of things to do for today, which includes the Italian Grand Prix, Sunday Night Football and booking my seat for Doctor Who Live...

Busy busy busy...!
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Development News... So, about that "TV Special" interlude for TDD-608 The Pandemonicum Symphony: First Movement...

...think I got it sorted. I took the plunge, and attempted to integrate interlude and main story - and I do believe it works - sort of. It's still not the perfect place for it, slap bang in the middle of a two-"episode" story - perhaps there'll be an alternative slot somewhere else.

2011 Blockbusters Update... Marvel "not quite a prequel" X-Men: First Class has a Sixties setting? Colour me interested again. Pity Storm won't be in this - it would've been such a great opportunity to put Dave Cockrum's classic original costume on the big screen *sighs*...

Opening day is apparently 3rd June 2011. Fits nicely into the gap between Thor and Captain America/Green Lantern.

Elsewhat... This week's Radio Times has a 10% off offer for top-price tickets for the live Doctor Who shows. Excellent.

Task 27
27 - See one stage show a year (0/3)
here we come.
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Been p!$$ing down most of the day, and waves a-ragin' outside work, but today was still pretty good. I'm making consistent progress with writing, about 4-5kb a lunch, and today brought me to something of a watershed moment (heh, I see a theme developing) - all of a sudden, *POTENTIAL SPOILER* we're down one protagonist... *END SPOILER*

Given how things are proceeding, it might be an idea to post an introductory "segment" for The Adventurers' Guild of Kraan, and that would probably come in the form of a "TV special". It would be a nice change of pace, that's for sure, and I'll be giving it some thought tonight, unless people are around at The Sword And Shovel, in Ultima Online (Europa shard, Trammel facet, north of Minoc, at the west end of the mountains, just north of the Reaper Cave...)

Mission 101 News... Giving some thought to
27 - See one stage show a year
and maybe even Part 2 of
65 - Celebrate each and every Spiritwalk (May 22) and Patent Saturday (December 1) like they really mean something (which they do!)
- some interesting opportunities present themselves for consideration...

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