In which I fail

After Killer Looks I had to take a good look at what I’d done. I’d cut a lot out, a lot of it was just poor, and I’d ended up with a healthy sixty page salute to American Psycho. I’m happy with what I did with Killer Looks, but realize it could be beefier. This is when I realized my ‘write four books in four months’ Summer mantra wasn’t going to pay off.

With creative difficulties and timing issues, I’ve decided to cancel work on my novel Train until next year or so. Or maybe never, I don’t know. Tears In Rain 2 will still happen for September-ish, and Up, Down, Left, Right will reach its finale come August 3rd.

I’m sorry. My life’s about to get a lot busier so these inconsistent updates might become a ‘feature’ of Blogossus. After Tears 2 it’ll be full frontal fiction for Blogossus. Pretty much.

Up, Down, Left, Right – Volume Four – Part One

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Well here you go.

As I’ve said earlier, I deleted over half of this thing earlier today after much editing. I will never publish something I’m not proud of and, well, that leaves Volume Four with its first section and a few bits of the latter sections… but only one complete Section.

Rather than leave this year without a lick of my long running video-game diatribe series, here you go. This book is about Spec Ops: The Line and uses it as a means to uncover issues to do with the gaming community’s sense of identity and the issues that come with respecting a medium. It gets very abstract and often preachy, but to be honest it’s a piece of the industry I need to encounter.

Part Two, and the full release, will come earlier in February. I have my exams coming up meaning NO TIME LEFTTT.

Once again, a happy new year to you all!



Up, Down, Left, Right – Volumes Four and Five, Remasters Available

All Kindle and ePub edition of Volumes One to Three are now available. They’re shoddy transfers, I know, but they’re legible at least. You’ll notice one or two additions to the books section, including my American Psycho book now named Killer Looks (the title that I think garnered the most votes) as my next book. You’ll also notice Volume Four and Five are up there for you to have a look at. Go on. Look at them.

Volume Four is releasing late 2012, possibly right at the end of the year, and Volume Five is launching the month before I go off to university. I should tell you right now that in the next month you’ll be seeing a lot of changes to Blogossus, including the return of ‘This Month In Hardisty’ which can only mean one thing.

Volume Four will be a case study focus of the community reaction to Spec Ops: The Line and will hopefully unravel the myths, legends and impacts within the community sphere of ‘gamerkind’. It’s going to be the longest volume, I think, and will be filled with a variety of chapters detailing links in responses to design choices of the game to the developers themselves.

Volume Five will be my final piece of games journalism for a few years and it focuses on me. Narcissism! It’s about the nature of nostalgia and the ‘retro’, tying the series back to Volume One as we focus on our history and our future. An emotional affair perhaps.

That’s all for now. Read the new remasters if you want! Ta ta!


Bloggins update: Yeah… Tears In Rain + Critique Corners?

So… an elephant is in the room.

November is NaNoWriMo in which I destroy my life in a bid to write a 50,000 word novella.

December 25th I release Up, Down, Left, Right – Volume Three.

There is clearly no time to finish Tears In Rain. It’s a project I’ve had for over a year now an it’s just sitting there, wasting away, there is honestly only one thing for it. Delay. I said “2011” but that seriously isn’t going to happen with everything going on. I’ve had a look at my schooling stuff such as exams and preparations and other commitments and it looks like I won’t be able to kick this puppy until some time into 2012. By ‘some time’ I mean a considerable amount of time. Except, thematically, I think the release date will feel right – June 25th – the 30th anniversary of Blade Runner. This means I’ll have to go back and edit it to death but I think I can do it, I’m going to start it tomorrow in fact (all the retconning) and it’ll all be alright.

2012 itself is crammed full of projects, prospects and opportunities for me to get into. Who knows if I’ll survive 2012, then again, I doubt any of us will with it being the “end of the world” and all. On the list of stuff I’m doing next year: Up, Down, Left, Right – Volume Four, another ‘film book’, NaNoWriMo 2012. I shan’t be releasing two volumes of Up, Down, Left, Right in 2012 like I’ve done in 2011, mostly because I won’t have the time, but also because I want Volume Five to be the final volume. It’ll be my teenage legacy and I want it done justice.

I don’t want to plan out 2013 but I doubt I’ll be doing anything massive given I’ll have a Summer of nothing before university. Shit. University.

So, I’m sorry and it hurts to delay anything (honestly) because it makes me sick inside for some odd reason.


NaNoWriMo 2011 Project – ??? November

Up, Down, Left, Right: Volume Three – 25th December


Tears In Rain: An Exploration of the Historical, Political and Cultural Significance of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) – June 25th

‘Film Book #2’ – August 31st

Critique Corners?

I’ve been too busy with all of the above to get to any critiquing but I will be diving into some Arkham City cornering this weekend coming up. I have no idea what to do for film critique corner, I haven’t seen anything worth commenting on, which is a shame. I’ll try and get something by the end of next week, sorry for all of this, I have been extraordinarily busy.

I think that’s everything I need to say.

Love you all.