The Arena of the Unwell

Well, it was only a matter of time. Illness has descended – I’ve been feeling rough for the past week and having difficulty sleeping, but this morning I woke up with an upset stomach at 2.30am and knew I wasn’t getting back to sleep. As a result, I found myself watching this weeks episode of Heroes (nothing worth getting excited about), this week’s episode of Chuck (only the second episode I’ve watched so far of the second season, and it doesn’t look like I’ve missed anything), and I also finally got back to watching Season 1 of Rome (which was as impressive as ever – and it was also the episode with the Gladiator combat, which was brilliantly done and one of the most genuinely gory things I’ve seen in a while – HBO shows always push the boat out when they do that kind of thing). I’ve taken it easy today, and am starting to feel better – I did also manage to get most of the work I needed to complete done, and am currently bouncing between exhausted and perky. I’m going to stay up as late as I can, simply because I’d like to have something resembling a decent’s nights sleep. Only time will tell, of course…

As a brief addendum, I’ve now added to my collection of Fake Album Covers (and may be doing some more once I get some of my current work out of the way) – only four new ones, but I’m rather proud of them, especially oddball Euro-folk album ‘Nobody Listens’ by Karl-Friedrich Muller (for which I went as far as creating an entire tracklisting, most of which still makes me titter to think about – everything from ‘Loneliness and Antlers’ to ‘Kill Me for a Biscuit’. If you want a look, you’ll find them here.

Meme Attack

Okay- I’ve just had a rather fun evening doing the latest Facebook meme, which requires access to Photoshop, or a similar image-editing software. Basically, through a completely random process (via Wikipedia and other sites) you assemble a fake record cover for a non-existant album (using a random band name, a random quote for a title, and a random image) and considering my history of doing over-enthusiastically designed CD mixdiscs and compilations, this is something I’ve taken to rather enthusiastically. I’m sure I’ll be doing more soon, but I’ve done nine so far – and although it isn’t in the rules of the meme, I’ve also created little biographies for each of the fictional bands. It’s all turned out rather fun, so if you’d like to find out about Asian Lesbian Network’s acclaimed fourth album, or Christian Japanese rock band Hotaru, or french Electro-pop duo Bonk, then click here…

Who On Earth Is Saxon Bullock? (A Re-introduction)

Hi There! Thanks for popping by. I may have missed the new year by a considerable margin, but there are a few new people on my friends list (and who knows who may be randomly dropping by), so I thought it was probably the right time to say a proper hello. Consider this the blog equivalent of those TV episodes where an officious villain/authority figure turns up and demands to know what’s been going on, thus meaning a convenient explanation of the show’s setup for any viewers who may have missed the first ten episodes. I did this kind of thing last year, and I figure it’s a sensible thing to every so often let people know who I am, and exactly what this blog is about.

So… hello.

My name is Saxon Bullock (a gift of nomenclature that means I regularly get people staring blankly at me and saying “Is that really your name?!?” It’s a question that usually makes me wonder exactly who would want to pretend that their name is Saxon Bullock?). I’m a 34 year old freelance writer and proofreader who’s been writing for a variety of magazines and websites for just over eight years. I’m currently based in Manchester in the UK, I’m a regular contributor to SFX magazine, up until recently I’ve been reviewing for Channel4.Com/film, and I’ve made my first steps into the world of writing novels, with my first book – a fast-paced, comic-strip sci-fi romp entitled The Hypernova Gambit – which is finished, and currently being looked at by various publishers.

This blog goes through different phases- sometimes it charts the ups and downs of my life, sometimes it’s an outlet for my writing worries, and (at least fairly regularly) it’s where I gabble on at length about SF and Fantasy TV. I’ve been fascinated by long-form storytelling from a very early age (mainly as a result of growing up with the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who), so I always find watching TV an educational experience, even if it’s only trying to work out why a particular show doesn’t work. Most of my TV related talk comes under the heading of “TV EYE”, while I’ll often blog about films, books, comics, and anything else that comes to mind.

Essentially, I just wanted to say a big hello, and that any comments, greetings, or random comments would be very gratefully accepted. Please feel free to introduce yourself- and hopefully there’ll be something happening around her fairly soon that might actually make you want to stick around…

Pleased to meet you. How’s it going?

P.S.: For anyone who’d like to know more about me, here’s a lengthy selection of facts, truths and outright oddities about me, culled from a meme that’s been spreading like wildfire on Facebook – 25 Random Things that you may (or may not) want to know about me…

I was born in a cross-fire hurricane…

T-Minus 6 Days

An epic trip to London yesterday to flog the remainder of the books, which saw me carrying a rucksack, a luggage trolley and another bag all the way across the Underground, and also saw me experiencing an unexpected nosebleed at Notting Hill Gate. Nevertheless, it all went well, I was able to meet up with my friend Claire, and a good day was had. Now, I’ve only got the Gollancz party on Thursday between myself and D-day, which means it’s time to start packing, sorting and organising like there’s no tomorrow. It’s going to feel a little insurmountable for a while, plus I’m determined to try and get most of it done by Friday, because I do not want my usual experience of leaving things to the last minute and sprinting around like a headless chicken. I do, however, know that I’m doing the right thing, and I think I’ve got to the point where I’m looking forward to this chunk of the process being over. At the least, thanks to my exchange-voucher related shennanigans yesterday, I’m not exactly going to be short of things to watch, having obtained a massive selection of DVDs that I’ve been quite keen to obtain for a while.

Lots to do. And not quite enough time to do it all in…