Into the words I go : Without looking back once

No the title of this post isn’t a typo, but yet another attempt of witty word play. The Hall of information is back from quite a lengthy absence. But why have I been away?

My body had decided to recall an old friend called asthma in between two weekends that I played Robin Hood in a local amateur pantomine. After every arrow fired, men in tights danced and damsels in distress had been saved it was quite safe to say my anatomy was both physically and mentally drained.

So he’s pulling the sick card, I hear some of you say?

No but I mean drained, my right ear is still currently blocked (a sinus issue the NHS has led me to believe)

Quite honestly my energy to blog at the best of times is lousy so throw all of the above in and the Hall of information is a desolate place.

Seems quite bleak, but in adversity comes the best of stories. I have thrown myself back into the words of my novels and never before have I been so driven to write!

A week ago I printed my first novel in its entirety. Holding what I have created for the first time filled me with a drive to continue on. A real book written by me in my hands!

Unpublished, I continue with 2 full novels and a third in progress. Many times I ask myself why carry on with writing Clark Thorn 3? Nobody has offered me any representation for the first book.

Much like when I looked into the audience of Iver Heath new village hall and said to myself,

“I love this place”

I do the same every time I open Microsoft word and look at the pages I have written,

“I love this story and that’s all that matters to me”

People will always doubt and refuse to like my facebook page. They simply don’t believe I will ever get published. That’s fine, it feels better to prove someone wrong anyway.

I am willing to take my story through hell and out the other side to get it out there, and the reason I do it, because my dream is for the world to see my work. Giving up isn’t an option now nor will it be an option later.

There are only a few things you need to be a success in this world at any level:

Talent, which I don’t believe I have an ounce of (so not vital).

A good attitude, check sort of.

Hard work, (pivotal to anybody who is successful)

I love performing on stage but since I was twelve I have loved writing and telling stories. My future will always side to written word.

Right now I am writing book 3 with publication of book 1 firmly in sight!

It will happen one day, that’s a fact.

The Hall of information is back people, whether you like robot criminals or not!

 

 

 

 

COMPETITION TIME : Read my book for free!

Originally posted on Lee's Hall of information :

‘In the future there will be robots. They will look like us, work with us and even try to be us. But they are not us.’

Since august the Hall of information has been building a following! People from all corners of the world, mostly US and UK have been reading the various reviews and ramblings I have had to offer.

In my efforts to gain blog supremacy I am going to run a competition! In conjunction with this competition I am happy to announce that the first chapter of my book, CLARK THORN AND THE WARRIOR PROJECT, has made its way onto this site and you can read it for free!

The competition is simple, read my work and leave a few comments reviewing what you thought.

A winner will be selected, I will be taking into account what you thought (obviously) and if you are a follower…

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100 Days until the UK General Election : A somewhat humorous Guide

Yes folks it’s that time again for some of us to express our democratic right and have some part in choosing the next person we can all blame for not having any money and other stuff.

It seems this year the election is wide open, as opposed to normally being a two horse race between team red and team blue. Last time saw the emergence of team yellow and Nick Clegg shortly followed by his demise, quicker than a student can drop a fire extinguisher from a building.

Come with me as I take a brief look at the top political parties looking to gain some ground in the 2015 UK general election.

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Conservative (current champions, only because Nick Clegg’s Liberal party shared his votes with them so they could form a coalition government)

Headed by our prime minister David Cameron, he will be looking for an outright victory this time round, but honestly I really cant say what’s gonna happen (like I know). It will be interesting what he has to say when the live television debates happen. Hopefully he will be more prepared than the prank caller was.

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Liberal Democrats

Clegg’s team will be looking to scrape back some level of respect after his u turn on student fees. Doubt that will happen.

(I am trying to do the right thing here and insult every party, that way everyone is cared about)

Labour

Ed Miliband is the man for Labour, I just don’t know If labour is for him. Like the two above parties they are all considered as the top 3 (well they are statistically) but the parties below will be challenging them. This time it could even be serious. So Labour may loose more than they have gained in recent times.

SNP – Scottish National Party

Only contending for seats in Scotland they have gained much ground in recent times. Especially after the referendum last year. If they win out right in Scotland they will hop over team Clegg and become the 3rd biggest party in the UK. Good luck to them, especially after the no vote for independence so perhaps this shift could help change things. (Ok notice I didn’t add an insult here, so I will just say this, I have never tried Haggis)

BNP – British National Party

Seriously? No.

UKIP- UK independence party

Armed with a leader who spends much time in a pub and a face only fit for punching Nigel Farage will be looking to steal votes from the power 3. Will he steal enough to get into downing street? Doubtful, are we worried? Yes. UKIP could be the deciding factor as to who will win.

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Look’s like somebody did punch him!

 

The Green Party

There are three chapters of the greens, one for Ireland, one for Scotland, then England and Wales. Another popular choice for those looking at the polling card and saying ‘None of these please’. They currently run the coastal district of Brighton. Could we see them take more places?

Plaid Cymru

Welsh party who co ordinate with SNP. Last time around they came 4th on their home soil.

 

So that’s the guide, who are you voting for? Or like me you are waiting for the politicians to make arses of themselves on the televised debates. Of course this is or UK residents only but if you could vote who would it be for? Check out a podcast I am in all this year for exclusive election coverage! And remember I have a competition running, scroll down! A grand total of 0 entries so far! Rock and Roll!!!

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 A final note from the Hall of information 

This weekend and next I am performing in Iver Heath Drama Club’s annual pantomine; Robin Hood and the babes in the woods! Yes ladies I am Robin Hood and will be wearing those tights, come and see me and many more talented people who put together this awesome show. For tickets click here, for more info click here.

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COMPETITION TIME : Read my book for free!

‘In the future there will be robots. They will look like us, work with us and even try to be us. But they are not us.’

Since august the Hall of information has been building a following! People from all corners of the world, mostly US and UK have been reading the various reviews and ramblings I have had to offer.

In my efforts to gain blog supremacy I am going to run a competition! In conjunction with this competition I am happy to announce that the first chapter of my book, CLARK THORN AND THE WARRIOR PROJECT, has made its way onto this site and you can read it for free!

The competition is simple, read my work and leave a few comments reviewing what you thought.

A winner will be selected, I will be taking into account what you thought (obviously) and if you are a follower of my blog, liking my Facebook page and following me in the land of tweets may also give you an advantage (nudge nudge wink wink, say no more say no more!)

The prize, an exclusive copy of my unpublished novel in its entirety!

Get reading and get commenting!

Competition closing date, when I decide, keep you all posted.

 

 

Into the Woods : Wicked : My musical weekend

From the very beginning many of us knew that this year was gonna be all about movies, considering I have pretty much one sentence to report on all things trying to get published I will do that now.

I have sent my manuscript out to agents again and now I’m editing my second book again.

Now that’s done lets get to it but wait, didn’t I say that this week’s offering would resume on a Tuesday? I lied, the world is full of liars including me.

My musical weekend began on Friday…….

Friday : Into the woods

After walking into the foyer of my local empire cinema I could see that we may have trouble finding 7 seats for the group I was with. It was opening night after all and the last time I saw this cinema that packed was when Les Miserables came out. Just like that experience we were forced to sit near the front.

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So to the film, well here we see a rather stellar cast, I am talking Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, James Corden (Peeps from US will soon know who he is) Johnny Depp ( more of a cameo from him) Emily Blunt, Chris Pine who played the rugged yet charming prince charming and many more. It seemed that nearly every character big or small was a face I had seen before. This gave me much faith in what Disney had to offer.

We were introduced by the way of song to the many central characters and the sort of modified fairy tales in which they belonged. Jack and the beanstalk, Little red riding hood and Cinderella were amongst them.

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Meryl Streep and James Corden carried this film which saw him on a scavenger hunt into the woods. I wont give that much away as I feel it is worth watching but to me the final quarter of the film did lack a certain level of story and plot. Which is a shame because the cast all pull together and almost make this an anti Disney film with cliché at every turn. My favourite line of the film came from prince charming “I was raised to be charming not sincere” and he did turn out to be quite the sleaze bag. Seeing him and another prince singing a duet on a waterfall and trying to out prince each other was fun to watch.

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I lol’d at this guy

 

Go see it and tell me your thoughts.

If your still here this is part two of my musical weekend and that was to take my better half into central London to the very art deco Victoria Apollo theatre.

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Saturday : Wicked

As you take your seat there is already a visual spectacle  to take in. The safety curtain is a map of OZ with emerald city glowing in the centre. Around the stage is various ladders, walkways and cogs of the machine that makes Wicked turn. High above a dragon facing the spectators who were ready and restless on this busy Saturday afternoon.   (This dragon did move from time to time)

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Here we see the story of Elphalba (the wicked witch of the west) and how she came to meet herfate.  Again I won’t give anything away and just tell you this show was somewhat awesome.  Many people think that musicals are not for me (maybe because I am so manly, tough exterior etc.) but this show was great. The act 1 close of defying gravity did exactly that and really expressed the powerful vocal skills of the performers. Flying monkeys, munchkins and brilliant stage visuals gave the whole show had a magical element. I would strongly recommend you see it. We were sat in the dress circle looking down on the stage, but where ever you sit is a good view in the Apollo.

 

Final thought 

Some of you may know that for five years I have pursued a career in amateur drama. Having been a member of the Iver Heath Drama Club for that time I can happily announce that I will be the lead in their next show. This January I will be putting the tights on to be Robin Hood, the worlds most famous outlaw! Come and see me, tickets are available to purchase online for a reasonable rate, just click here.

Show your support for a good thing in the community!

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The Woman in Black : Angel of Death , 2015 is here!!!

2015 has rolled around quicker than a turkey dinner hiccup and the Hall of information is open again for all of your blogging needs!!!!

So come with me again if you want to continue to live as I will be your guide from all things current affairs, movie reviews and of course book related as I continue my journey to find publication of my first novel Clark Thorn and the Warrior Project!

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Happy new year from the Hall of information

A movie review! The Woman in Black : Angel of Death

Who said that cinema horror is dead? Well it’s certainly alive and kicking and extremely jumpy in some circumstances. But before I delve into reviewing I must make a side note.

 

Side note (notice how this note is to one side)

Before the movie commenced we were

exposed to a few trailers, one of them being

Insidious 3, OMG the trailer on its own made

many of the audience scream out loud! Including

Falcon Garman who was sitting next to me.

Back to the review:

So after our palpitation warm up we were ready for the sequel of 2012’s Daniel Radcliffe screamer! Here we are introduced from the very beginning to a rather sketchy looking house. Sort of ‘don’t go in there’ material. This sets the scene straight away that we will be returning to Eel Marsh house. Then we are taken to London 1941 and a group of young children including two teachers are being evacuated from the city. And guess where the local council are sending them!

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Looking Sketchy

Now personally I feel uncomfortable with the whole kids being kind of hypnotized by the woman in black but it does make the story that much creepier. I refuse to give no more away as I feel this film carried on right where the first left off. It is mainly a lower profile cast but everyone involved works tremendously hard to capture the horror and of course the war time era that its depicted in.

Jumpy throughout this one is similar to the first but ultimately lifts the lid a little more on who the woman in black is and she’s still up to her old tricks. It’s a cinema film and works well in the dark. I recommend it. There were some occasions throughout the film when I would whisper ‘oh shit’ knowing that something was about to jump out. Part of the fun I say!

That’s my first film of 2015 but it wont be the last, Star Wars, Jurassic World, Hot tub time machine 2 and the Avengers age of ultron are all yet to come!

 

Next week the Hall of information will resume on it’s normal day of Tuesday

 

My Final Blog of the Year

The year is coming to an end and this will be my last entry into my Hall of information. Season 2 comes to a close just as it opened in September, that is with uncertainty of where it’s actually going. Slowly my following is increasing, my posts well some of them have been engaging enough for people to click that ‘follow’ button and for that I salute you.

It really isn’t easy finding something to write about every week but since august I have managed to do that. Whether it’s about writing or something popular at the time my Hall of information is exactly that now, full of information.

Then it turned into this

Lee Facing was a short lived craze that took off in August this year

 

My whole premise is to build a following that will build a platform that can help me get published. Clark Thorn and The Warrior Project is my first book, set in the future where robots look just like us but they are not us. Their crimes begin to emerge and society needs to take note, that’s the job of Clark Thorn and young man who sets to change things for the good. A ordinary person who strife’s to succeed in extraordinary circumstances for a unique cause. Much like me they echo between.

I see people around me, my age and now sometimes younger getting publishing deals and it twists my heart a little. Seeing other writers have success is great and all but that’s what I want. I plan to write six books about Clark and then his son Jack. It’s kind of disheartening when you want to write book 3 and book 1 gets rejected for the hundredth time. But I won’t give up!  My new campaign to approach agents and publishers is in process and will come to fruition in January. Maybe 2015 will be my year!

It’s that time of year where we all reflect upon what we have actually achieved and what we haven’t. Many of us consolidate those un-successes into new year’s resolutions. For the last few times my resolutions have been simple. To carry on and move forward one step at a time.

Much of my break will be spent read/editing my second Clark Thorn book as I want to get back into drafting his third adventure.

My final note on this blog would be a nod to all those we have lost this year. Some key influences of mine in and out of the spotlight have left us and it’s up to us to keep their legacy from fading away.

I wish all my followers a happy festive season and a productive 2015.

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OMG Movies Everywhere: And they are good ones! : Terminator, Star Wars, Exodus, Dumb and Dumber to, Annie, the theory of everything….

Ok so Christmas is quickly approaching and it seems that there are literally films being thrown towards it from all directions.

T’is the season for next years movie blockbuster trailers it seems, but come with me if you want to live! By that I mean firstly survive a holiday season jam packed (not marmalade packed oh no) full of films. In fact this blog is so full of movie preview goodness I have no choice but to make it a feature length offering!

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The new star wars looks decent

 

The last few weeks has seen a sneak peak of Jurassic World’s offering followed by a full trailer, that was then followed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer which was then followed by Terminator Genisys.

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He’s back, again. Click on me if you want to live and watch my trailer

 

As I said last week on my Facebook page Oh my f***ing god he’s back!  I imagine next year to be a record breaking box office affair especially after the new James Bond was announced also! Films everywhere!

But that isn’t all, here’s the rundown of what’s coming out this month first (and January)! (Some will only apply to UK but waving to readers from other places)

 Dumb and Dumber To (19th December UK)

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Great to see these legends back together!

“No way, that’s great. WE LANDED ON THE MOON!” The trailer has been around for a while now and so has the rumor of this comedy establishment getting a sequel. One of my all time favourite films as a child, as a teen and as an adult. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back for gags, laughs and physical comedy. Daniels has been quoted to say something like, ‘you may not like all of the gags or laughs but we will get ya’. Sounds awesome!

 

 Night at the Museum : Secret of the Tomb (19th December)

Yes Ben Stiller returns along with Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke , Ricky Gervais and many more in this star studded magical mild action. Many Robin Williams fans will be going to see this by default simply to tribute the legend that was. Trailer here.

 

frigginnight A Merry Friggin Christmas (not sure on release date or if it comes out in the UK)

I came across the trailer for this last week . There’s shades of the typical Christmas disaster film about a family who spend the holiday with their extended family of misfits. One of them includes Robin Williams. The premise seems to be mother forgets to bring presents and has to go on a road trip back to get them. I was sold by the fact there was a hobo santa character, other cast members include: Oliver Platt, Clark Duke and Lauren Graham.

Swords and sandals blockbuster time!

Exodus: Gods and Kings (26th December)

Christian Bale leads the way as Moses in this epic looking offering from Ridley Scott. The Moses story with an all star cast of a godly persuasion include: Aaron Paul, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and John Turturro. Trailer here.

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I’m Moses (In a batman accent)

 

 

 

 

 

Annie (not so much swords and sandals, 26th December)

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The holiday blockbuster season wouldn’t be the same without a musical and a remake so luckily enough this ticks both boxes in one sitting. Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx are the headline . Trailer here.

              The theory of everything (2nd January UK)

This looks like a great story of famous physicist Stephen Hawking and the relationship with his wife. It starts before his health deteriorated and shows the legendary journey he has been on. Eddy Redmane and Felicity Jones star. Perfect timing for the award season and it wouldn’t surprise me if it won a gong or two. Here’s the trailer.

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Jurassic World : a preview

Cue the larger than life orchestra, trumpets and all as you come with me through gates that King Kong would be proud of.

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Yes I am talking about the 21 year old revolutionary film known as Jurassic Park. But what am I doing talking about something that came out when I was nearly four years of age. Because ladies and gentlemen, we have a t-rex, again!

“Now that’s one big pile of shit” (this is no reference to my blog or Jurassic Park/World)

For many years speculation has got the better of a film series as to whether or not we would see a fourth incarnation. A story that I have been following since leaving the cinema after watching Sam Neil and co get chased around Isla Sorna.

Last week many film fans had their speculation/ prayers answered.  Firstly a sneak peak preview of the full trailer appeared, with a slow piano rendition of the JP theme. (Ticked all the boxes for me in doing things right.) Then the full version appeared and answered many many questions that the previous films didn’t.

“Chaotician, chaoticion”

malcom One particular question is : What happened to the islands that were once a dinosaur theme park? Well the park is open, to the masses. Like a modern Disney land, I guess they had that coupon day after all. And as quick as a dinosaur can eat a blood sucking lawyer from a toilet the trailer was over. But before so, this film has promised something huge, something cojunga! To me that is everything the other three films weren’t.

We know that something will go wrong, that’s the same. But how they deal with it will be different, especially as the trailer showed Chris Pratt navigating a motorbike with velociraptors by his side. Looking at the IMDB page the iconic stars from the first film wont feature, so maybe it’s time a film like this made some new icons.

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Chris Pratt on his Harley Raptor

This does look like a re boot standing on the shoulders of the previous films.

What you have to keep in mind is that when Jurassic park came out, dinosaurs hadn’t been seen like this ever before. I thought they were real, we all did come on. Now the shock factor of that has moved on and something else is required to re create the same magic they did in the 90’s. But the question is can they? Can something like that iconic kitchen scene be matched? Computers and science has moved on so much since those days.

“They should all be destroyed” 

The cast is relatively new, Chris Pratt (guardians of the galaxy and lego movie) is on a roll at the moment and brings a new generation to the very forefront of what could be a completely new take on a wonderful film franchise. I am not the only one hoping they do it justice.  I want to endorse the park, but we will have to see. Reboots and long awaited sequels are the fashion these days, with Dumb and Dumber to and of course that space opera film with light swords, hopefully none of them will disappoint, but are ideas of the past compatible with the film makers of today?

“you name it we got it!”

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Resources for Bloggers

I am one of those people who likes to give something back (without sounding self-righteous) to the people who have followed me so far on this journey . There are just over twenty of you and well, thanks for following, commenting and liking.

Having entered the blogging game quite recently some would probably think who is he to give advice. But here I am so shut up and take it*.

*What ‘it’ is I don’t quite know , and I am sorry for telling you to shut up.

This is my version of a clip show, recapping over the last entries and reflecting slightly.

First of all, no matter what you write about, people will always read about a popular subject. For instance Episode 7 of my first series : Winter is coming. At the time was my most popular entry. Why? Because Game of Thrones is so damn popular, people will want to read about it and particularly what I have to say.

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Example 2: A recent entry about another potential Harry Potter book . I read this on a rather weak news entry online and put my own opinion into it. The results were comments and more followers.

Blogging is becoming a more common thing and anyone can do it. My sole reason is to build a following that will one day buy my first book when it gets published. There is no IF in that statement.

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Continuing with advice, I would suggest that blogging to begin with should be kept to a weekly occurrence. That’s just enough time so that people won’t forget you exist and allows time for you to think about putting together meaningful blogs.

The last few weeks material for me has been few and far between, but sometimes a short blog is enough. My previous outing earned me a bigger following and it was pretty light, but people commented and people clicked follow and for that I thank you all. Some even interacted and I am truly thankful for that.

The hardest part when it comes to blogging is staying regular and staying readable, they are my two pillars. They hold up my Hall of Information!

When it comes to titles, most of the time they are pivotal to who will read your stuff. Last week my title contained the word ‘Porn’. Much like rain and wet, porn and the internet will always be best of friends. Something so simple will make or break whether or not an entry gets reads.

I will adapt some of this post and place it in the resources section. If any one from the class would like to add anything then do comment.