Piece by piece

We’re building the set for the FXhome Film up at work at the moment. I’ve never really done anything quite like it (not being the DIY type) and it’s rather fun, seeing it taking shape piece by piece, each beam or panel making it seem more and more like a space station and less like a bunch of chopped up trees. I’ve really no idea what it’ll look like once completed, in terms of quality. Will it be Battlestar Galactica or Doctor Who quality?

Talking of which, Battlestar’s mid-season break was fairly astounding. It really is the best show since Babylon 5, for me. I’m still not entirely sure how it manages to be consistently better than any cinema scifi of the last 10-or-so years (Starship Troopers and Serenity excepted, of course).

Mass Effect continues to be rather captivating, perhaps a little too much.

BOOK UPDATE!

Pages: 219
Words: 81,357

I must be approximately two thirds of the way in now. Our heroes are crossing the mountains en route to Aviar, where they will find many surprises. Everything’s going to be gradually slotting into place for the finale from here. While I thought setting up the plot, setting and characters was a crazy juggling act, getting everything positioned naturally for the climax is looking like it’s going to be just as tricky.

What I’m actually looking forward to the most currently – other than finishing the first damn draft – is the editing process. That’s when I can really start to tighten all the strings, make sure all the themes are in and developing properly, iron out any plot creases and, hopefully, end up with a properly readable book.

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