faustus: (Culture)
( Dec. 15th, 2010 03:56 pm)
So let's update this...
  • Greg Davies (29 November)
  • Jeremy Hardy (30 November)
  • Attend Sekrit Comedy Gig. Maybe (1 December - decided against)
  • Read Seminar 4 of The Sovereign and the Beast (delayed through snow but done)
  • Awkward Silence (2 December - snowed off)
  • Mitch Benn (3 December)
  • Visit Chichester (4 December - snowed off)
  • Jim Jefferies (9 December)
  • Write conference paper (10 December)
  • Jonathan Miller (10 December)
  • Giles Brandreth (18 December)
  • Who knows (25 December)
  • Write single-author monograph book proposal (31 December)
  • Write 20,000 words of a book (31 December)
  • Punt and Dennis (15 January)
  • Steven K. Amos (18 January)
  • Tony Benn (21 January)
  • Russell Howard (25 January)
  • Mark Steel (28 January)
  • Write Survivors article (31 January)
  • Felix Dexter (2 February)
  • Miles Jupp (5 February)
  • John Shuttleworth (7 February)
  • Daniel Kitson (14 February)
  • Dept Conference (16 Feburary)
  • Richard Herring (17 February)
  • Tim Key (19 February)
  • Shazia Mirza (25 February)
  • Mark Thomas (1 March)
  • Write "It's Alive with the Sound of Music" conference paper (21 March)
  • Write Moon paper (Easter)
faustus: (Culture)
( Nov. 28th, 2010 10:50 pm)
Let's see:

  • Write a 2000 word piece on PKD (by a couple of weeks ago - a draft done, needs fact checking and an edit - I edited the complete rewrite today)
  • See Sarah Millican (17 November)
  • Write 4000 words on PKD and philosophy (18 November - by 1pm!)
  • Ten minute spiel on Sauvage Planete (18 November)
  • Muybridge and Turner Prize exhibitions (19 November - and Whiteread)
  • See Chris Addison (20 November)
  • Edit a 143,000 word PhD thesis (21 November)
  • Mark 35+ 2,000 word essays (22 November - over shot to 25 November)
  • Brendan Burns (27 November)
  • Greg Davies (29 November)
  • Jeremy Hardy (30 November)
  • Write 20,000 words of a book (30 November)


So that's that, then. Time for a new to do list:

  • Greg Davies (29 November)
  • Jeremy Hardy (30 November)
  • Attend Sekrit Comedy Gig. Maybe (1 December)
  • Read Seminar 4 of The Sovereign and the Beast
  • Awkward Silence (2 December)
  • Mitch Benn (3 December)
  • Visit Chichester (4 December)
  • Jim Jefferies (9 December)
  • Write conference paper (10 December)
  • Jonathan Miller (10 December)
  • Giles Brandreth (18 December)
  • Who knows (25 December)
  • Write 20,000 words of a book (31 December)



Simples.
faustus: (Culture)
( Nov. 26th, 2010 12:57 am)
  • Write a 2000 word piece on PKD (by a couple of weeks ago - a draft done, needs fact checking and an edit - this turned into a complete rewrite today)
  • See Sarah Millican (17 November)
  • Write 4000 words on PKD and philosophy (18 November - by 1pm!)
  • Ten minute spiel on Sauvage Planete (18 November)
  • Muybridge and Turner Prize exhibitions (19 November - and Whiteread)
  • See Chris Addison (20 November)
  • Edit a 143,000 word PhD thesis (21 November)
  • Mark 35+ 2,000 word essays (22 November - over shot to 25 November)
  • Brendan Burns (27 November)
  • Greg Davies (29 November)
  • Jeremy Hardy (30 November)
  • Write 20,000 words of a book (30 November)

    Meanwhile I'm thinking about what is Sekrit Porject 1 (the single-author monograph) and Sekrit Porject 2 (themed film monograph), and what is the long-backburnered Comedy Porject (aka Sekrit Porject 3), when I had thoughts about werewolves.


    The back story to this is reading Rob Latham's excellent Consuming Youth, on vampires and cyborgs, which I remember reading and thing, "Someone should do the same on werewolves." Indeed, I can only assume that just as Marx had written on vampires, someone had written on werewolves - although the only thing that sprang to mind was Freud's Wolfman. And I suspect there it lay, disregarded as an idea.

    Now, thanks to the unintended consequences of an invitation to gatecrash from Brisingamen, I have an in to the book.

    The book?

    There is no way I am ready for Sekrit Porject 4.

    On the other hand, it may well be a chapter of Sekrit Porject 2, if I can find a way to convinced myself it's sf.

    No genelycology or anthropolycology without lyconomy.
faustus: (Default)
( Nov. 21st, 2010 12:17 pm)
So, this month I need to:

  • Write a 2000 word piece on PKD (by a couple of weeks ago - a draft done, needs fact checking and an edit)
  • See Sarah Millican (17 November)
  • Write 4000 words on PKD and philosophy (18 November - by 1pm!)
  • Ten minute spiel on Sauvage Planete (18 November)
  • Muybridge and Turner Prize exhibitions (19 November - and Whiteread)
  • See Chris Addison (20 November)
  • Edit a 143,000 word PhD thesis (21 November - 100,000 words down)
  • Mark 35 2,000 word essays (22 November - going to over shoot)
  • Brendan Burns (27 November)
  • Greg Davies (29 November)
  • Jeremy Hardy (30 November)
  • Write 20,000 words of a book (30 November)


I clearly need a weekly Unirider.

I was also plotting a trip to Chichester and Southampton the first weekend of December, to see an exhibition and a concert, but the trains are a mess on the Sunday, and I'm not sure I trust them to get me back here for 3pm on Monday. I may just do Chichester, and may just do the Saturday, but after being wiped out by Friday's trip to London, essentially an afternoon, I'm not sure.

I also wonder whether I hate Bux coffees enough to start paying for wifi in Cafe Nerd. Expensive way of doing it.
I appear to have forgotten to do this for July. Ooops.


Ah well.

That To Read List )


I'm cheating on Gravity's Rainbow - I have 80 pages to go, and coffee to drink this am. Is it just me, or does this look doable? The madness sets in.

Drum roll:



91200 / 120000 words. 76% done!

I've done a little bit of trimming, as the chapters are still coming in long even after losing a whole chapter, so I have written more than that would suggest. There's a fluidity created by the bibliography, so I'm not doing deep trimming yet. But there are some stark choices when I realise that I only have 900 words for Doctor Who, 700 for Blake's Seven and I still have to deal with Anderson (I've squeezed in an obscure series, if only because it has a character named Blake... I am still convinced there is a link from William to Roj, but I haven't spotted it yet.) Darling of the Month: "The UNIT narratives provided Britain with a role in world affairs without anyone having to go overseas (although occasionally they did get to leave the planet)."

Meanwhile I will have to write up the Leuven paper for the collection, discover whether I'm still doing another chapter for a new companion and need to sort out some comedy research.

Into deeper time: there is a potential book contract for next year if I sit down and do a proposal (next week?) and I appear to have had the idea for the next book, something which has been hovering around my head since about 2003, and which is not on comedy. If I'm smart I'll work out how to do articles which would be the building blocks of it, although I can see how the so-what may well come into play for sections. I definitely need to sit down and down a comedy article. Meanwhile I spy three areas that would repay articles from the seventies materials unused. No rest for the idle.
I have been reading, just not the books on this list... Three down. I'm hoping two days in Chichester will help the count, but actually four of those are Octavia Butler's work, not on the list...

Reading list
cut for sanity )





76200 / 120000 words. 64% done!

Let's put the to write to one side for now - headed for the halfway point on the book; have read a goodly deal, a goodly deal to read.

Reading list
cut for sanity )



July offers a potential double bill of Sex and the City 2 and Bad Lieutenant. Boggle, boggle

  1. Write 5,000 word chapter on The Man Who Fell to Earth
  2. Revise 5,000 word chapter on The Man Who Fell to Earth
  3. Rewrite review DONE!!!
  4. Write a section for another guide to sf [I've done a plan for this]
  5. Write an article on slipstream
  6. Write a chapter based on the proposal on narratives
  7. A 120,000 word book on seventies sf


49200 / 120000 words. 41% done!

Reading list cut for sanity )

Comedy, etc:

1 June: Idiots of Ants
8 June: Rob Rowse
11 June: Jason Manford
18 June: Reginald D. Hunter
Plus! Trips to London! Trips to York!
July offers a potential double bill of Sex and the City 2 and Bad Lieutenant

Okay, I don't seem to be getting with resolutions, but I think a draft of one or two of the articles needs to emerge this month. You'll also not that the word count for the seventies book has gone up - I've temporarily lied about ten thousand words as likely bibliography length.


  1. Write 5,000 word chapter on The Man Who Fell to Earth

  2. Rewrite review

  3. Write a section for another guide to sf [I've done a plan for this]

  4. Write an article on slipstream

  5. Write a chapter based on the proposal on narratives

  6. A 120,000 word book on seventies sf



38500 / 120000 words. 32% done!

Reading list
cut for sanity )

Comedy coming up:

5 May: Morecambe - The Man What Brought Us Sunshine
17 May: The human computer
22 May: Lucy Porter
23 May: Al Murray
29 May: Andrew Maxwell
Still been marking and teaching, so read very little, seen very little, but some useful films watched. Finally seen John Hegley after twenty years of trying (not trying very hard, to be honest) and saw Zoe Lyons. John Bishop postponed - due to doing telly stuff. So:
  1. Probably write another chapter on The Man Who Fell to Earth
  2. Rewrite review
  3. Write a section for another guide to sf [I've done a plan for this]
  4. Write an article on slipstream
  5. Write a chapter based on the proposal on narratives
  6. A 100,000 word book on seventies sf




24600 / 100000 words. 25% done!

Reading list
  • John Brunner, The Jagged Orbit
  • Robert Silverberg, A Time of Changes
  • Robert Merle, Malevil
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
  • Frederik Pohl, Man Plus
  • Wilson Tucker (special retroactive award for a novel from 1970), The Year of the Quiet Sun (1976)
  • Michael G. Coney, Brontomek!
  • Kingsley Amis,The Alteration
  • Frederik Pohl, Gateway
  • Vonda McIntyre, Dreamsnake
  • Ian Watson, The Jonah Kit
  • Michael Moorcock, Gloriana
  • Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly
  • Gregory Benford, Timescape
  • Joan D. Vinge, The Snow Queen

Comedy for April
  • Mon 12 April 7.45pm John Bishop
  • Sat 17 April 7.45pm Andrew Clover
  • Tue 20 April 7.45pm Katy Brand
  • Sat 24 April 7.45pm Stewart Francis
Not a good month for watching films or reading books on the list, or indeed working on the To Do List. But it was dominated by marking and second marking and external marking. Some great comedy - Dave Gorman, Chris Addison, some fine comedy - Pappy’s, Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Return Letter to Richard Branson - and one okay - Jason Byrne. More booked and more on the way - Russell Howard and Punt and Dennis next January, John Bishop again. To do list:
  1. Probably write another chapter on The Man Who Fell to Earth
  2. Write a section for another guide to sf
  3. Write an article on slipstream
  4. Write a chapter based on the proposal on narratives
  5. A 100,000 word book on seventies sf


    18800 / 100000 words. 19% done!
Reading list
  • John Brunner, The Jagged Orbit
  • Robert Silverberg, A Time of Changes
  • Robert Merle, Malevil
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
  • Frederik Pohl, Man Plus
  • Wilson Tucker (special retroactive award for a novel from 1970), The Year of the Quiet Sun (1976)
  • Michael G. Coney, Brontomek!
  • Kingsley Amis,The Alteration
  • Frederik Pohl, Gateway
  • Vonda McIntyre, Dreamsnake
  • Ian Watson, The Jonah Kit
  • Michael Moorcock, Gloriana
  • Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly
  • Gregory Benford, Timescape
  • J. G. Ballard, The Unlimited Dream Company
  • Joan D. Vinge, The Snow Queen
Comedy for March
  • Wed 10 Mar 7.45pm Jo Caulfield
  • Thur 25 March 7.45pm John Bishop
  • Sat 27 Mar 7.45pm John Hegley
  • Mon 29 Mar 7.45pm Zoe Lyons
I know this is about four or five days early, but yesterday I finished writing on Welt am Draht and finally had the long-awaited appraisal, so it feels as if 2009 is over. My December to-do list:


  1. read and comment on article for journal
  2. write and deliver six four three lectures
  3. mark thirty-five two horror essays
  4. second mark ten audiences essays
  5. write and deliver seminar paper
  6. write chapter on The Man Who Fell to Earth
  7. write chapter proposal for book project
  8. read book and watch two one films for adaptations project
  9. write a chapter of seventies book
     
    3000 / 6000 words. 50% done!
I never did finish that chapter, but I've been progressing well. Until last week I was doing 500 words a day; this week has slowed.


So for 2010?


  1. Probably write another chapter on The Man Who Fell to Earth
  2. Write a section for another guide to sf
  3. Write an article on steampunk slipstream
  4. Write a chapter based on the proposal
  5. A 100,000 word book on seventies sf.

 
16100 / 100000 words. 16% done!


Set reading:
I'm going to add the Campbell Award for Best Novel and BSFA Awards for February:
  • John Brunner, The Jagged Orbit (1971)
  • Barry N. Malzberg, Beyond Apollo (1973)
  • Robert Merle, Malevil (1974)
  • Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous with Rama (1974)
  • Philip K. Dick, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said (1975)
  • Christopher Priest, Inverted World (1975)
  • Bob Shaw, Orbitsville (1976)
  • Wilson Tucker (special retroactive award for a novel from 1970), The Year of the Quiet Sun (1976)
  • Michael G. Coney, Brontomek! (1977)
  • Kingsley Amis, The Alteration (1977)
  • Frederik Pohl, Gateway (1978)
  • Ian Watson, The Jonah Kit (1978)
  • Michael Moorcock, Gloriana (1979)
  • Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly (1979)
  • J. G. Ballard, The Unlimited Dream Company (1980)
  • Thomas M. Disch, On Wings of Song (1980)
  • Gregory Benford, Timescape (1981) 
(Dates are for awards, not publication. I could swear I saw a copy of Malevil the other day - but did I buy it?)
faustus: (Culture)
( Jan. 1st, 2010 09:00 pm)
I am torn about New Year Resolutions, if only because I'm bad at carrying them out - and it feels like setting yourself up for the fail. My experience at work of life being increasingly determined by Intended Learning Outcomes and so forth mean that there is more focus on the one thing that you did not do rather than the nine hundred and ninety nine that you did. Why is your glass only half full?

I failed at completing the top hundred films, the Hitchcocks and the Colin Dexters, but I saw a lot of other films and read a number of books, and wrote a lot - see this:

Cut for sheer bloody exhaustedness )

I've had a To Do List to get me through December, and I think I did pretty well: )

So for 2010, my resolutions? Well, what am I committed to?


  1. Probably another chapter on The Man Who Fell to Earth
  2. A section for another guide to sf
  3. An article on steampunk
  4. A chapter based on the proposal
  5. A 100,000 word book on seventies sf.


On that latter, I want to watch 100 films, read 300 books, and watch about three hundred episodes of television.

See what I mean about the fail? It's the fine for films, but it's three or four times as many books as I've read last year. Think of it as one a day until November.

On the other hand, a rolling to do list would have to include all the Hugo and Nebula novel winners of the 1970s, namely:

  1. Larry Niven, Ringworld
  2. Robert Silverberg, A Time of Changes
  3. Philip José Farmer, To Your Scattered Bodies Go
  4. Isaac Asimov, The Gods Themselves
  5. Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous with Rama
  6. Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
  7. Joe Haldeman, The Forever War
  8. Frederik Pohl, Man Plus
  9. Kate Wilhelm, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
  10. Frederik Pohl, Gateway
  11. Vonda McIntyre, Dreamsnake
  12. Arthur C. Clarke, The Fountains of Paradise
  13. Gregory Benford, Timescape
  14. Joan D. Vinge, The Snow Queen


The number ticked off mean I can probably add shortlists too (but what is it with the Nebulae in 1975?).

In other aspects of life - less pub follows, and I want to do more food preparation and preparation, so I have things to defrost rather than too much reliance on prepared food. No more crisps; tips on low fat savoury snacks for lunches welcome (there must be oaty stuff). More fruit.

I want to get to Nottingham, Chichester and Alfriston, in part for exhibitions, and maybe to Brighton. It's about time I went back to Hastings, and maybe a second visit to Lewis or Eastbourne.

I am going to see this comedy

I need to get a rhythm.

Over the last year I managed to redress the work and leisure balance - by going to the movies, by seeing comedy, by going to the pub. What I also need to do is doing nowt time - to catch my breath.

So, there's the plan, and as far as it is a resolution, bring on the fail...
faustus: (Default)
( Jan. 20th, 2009 09:10 pm)
My plan is to try and watch an sf film a day for as long as I can - with a mix of 1950s films for teaching, and 1970s for research. At half eleven I will need to break off and watch the last half hour of the film which foirms day two of the resolution. Write-ups, where appropriate, at Solar Flares, with spoiler free comment here. I will also be blogging them for work if I get the Blackboard blog working.

Already I am struck by how little criticism there is on sf film in my usual sources, leaving aside 2001, Alien, Blade Runner, Star Wars, The Matrix. There is a job to be done - oh dearie me, yes. Time to take it seriously. We have a couple of general histories (Sobchack, Brosnan, Hardy, Telotte) and a couple of encyclopedias (Clute and Nicholls, Westfahl), a few essay collections of varying quality (Kuhn, Kuhn II, Redmond, Rickman) but it feels like surprisingly little. Neither James and Mendlesohn (essential one chapter) nor Seed (a rather arbitrary section) out of the existing companions really do justice to film - the half dozenish chapters in Bould, Butler, Roberts and Vint are the tip of a smallish iceberg as the theoretical chapters invoke film as well.

Oh, and it turns out I have one of the (apparently) two pieces written on Soylent Green - and remarkably found it immediately when opening the collection in question at random.


faustus: (lights)
( Dec. 3rd, 2008 12:06 pm)
A number of people seem to be posting a New Year's Resolution for 2008 meme - which strikes me as being a little bit late in the day. On the other hand, resolutions made in advance are all about the fail so:

In 2008 I shall:

  • finally read the Inspector Rebus novels
  • buy a megarider gold rover ticket and explore Kent
  • finish editing two books and do another edition of a third (but not prof raed it)
  • give a conference paper that's not on sf
  • go to the Edinburgh Festival
  • see more comedy
  • bring world peace and an end to poverty
  • tidy up.


    One of them will not come off.
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