Why am I showing you this?
But obviously you can twig I'm a massive Doctor Who fan. But being a Doctor Who fan is actually quite frequent now around the world. You've got Oscar-winning actors in the show. You've got very successful writers and producers propelling the show.
No longer are all Doctor Who fans seen as nerds.
(A bit overdue I have to say.)
So what other situations lead to this being in my blog entry?
I was actually recently wondering if my creative writing has been somehow inspired by my watching Doctor Who over the years.
This actually links to my exhausting present day reorganization of part my house. Effectively I've been moving my office to a different room. Incredibly exhausting.
During that move, I came across big container that includes (amongst other books/comics) the complete set of the Sandman comics. Yeah, I really big fan of those are the time when they were out. They were written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by various talented artists.
It turns out is that the outgoing main executive producer/writer of the present Doctor Who series, Steven Moffat, had read some of Neil Gaiman's writing. He sussed Gaiman was a Doctor Who fan as well.
How did he work that out from Gaiman's writing?
I've been told my novel writing is 'postmodern" or even "post-postmodern". Effectively, I challenge the more conventional ways of writing novels. I know I'm not alone in doing this. I'm certainly not egotistical. Stephen King could be regarded as a post-postmodern author. I'm certainly extremely pleased to be compared to some of his writing. (I will quite openly say he has been quite an influence upon me - subconsciously affecting my writing - I read some of his novels years ago.)
Just then, it made me think about the times when my pro-environmental art pieces were conceived as "post-pre-postmodern". (Effectively I was inspired by postmodern art and writing, which I then deconstructed using pre-modern techniques and then reconstructed those results using postmodern methods. I think that's how it goes.)
God, that all sounds very academic. I apologize.
I do actually remember developing fans of my art works (of all ages) as well as positive comments from professional artists.
But we're actually mainly talking out my writing in my blog. (I suppose I could talk about anything I wanted to but I've got to try and stop my mind wandering...)
And, oh my God, I've just looked at the UK Amazon website for this paperback and looked at the reviews left by people who've read the book. These readers wrote reviews but I didn't know until writing this blog what they'd put and...
The 'Next Dr. Who script writer'???
Where she she get that idea? Yes, I'll admit the novel does feature an experimental time machine but it doesn't travel in space and non of the characters are called Doctor or Professor... except Doctor Jane but she's a surgeon and she doesn't time travel and I wrote the drafts of this novel years ago and...
I think I'm digging myself a hole here.
My next novel 'The Ruler of Hell - The Devil's Sister' doesn't feature any time travel... oh s**t, it does but not in the ways you think...
Yes, it does include messing about with gender in ways you wouldn't normally think but the central story is rethinking mythical and religious writings like:
“And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.” [Revelation 17:10]
It's all due to the Devil knowing he's the sixth ruler and is due to be replaced.
And here I can see a link between Neil Gaiman Sandman comics and my writing. He didn't make the links I'm making but he did include stories based upon factual writings. So yeah, he influenced me as well.
You can click on 'The Devil's Sister' poster image above to go to Amazon or you can click on the image on the right to go to the 'The Devil's Sister' novel part of my website where you can move your mouse pointer over the 'The Devil's Sister novel' on my website menu to get my book via international websites.
So where do I go from here?
Well I'll tell you my next novel - which I'm writing now - doesn't involve time travel.
Plus it's written from the 1st person perspective and involves psychos.
So watch out if I've got your address - you might get a psycho visiting...