#Writing Update

Sherlock WritingWhat a difference a week makes it seems.

Word count: 3,874 words.

That means I was only 150 words or so off my 5k target yesterday and I hit that today. Currently have 316 words so far. I had done a lot more but lost it all because I am still learning how to use the On The Go feature on the WAY site. It is a nifty little thing that would be handy for write in’s providing you have an internet connection.

Moving on, the main reason for me getting so much written is because I just let my FMC talk about her own childhood and my MMC’s. It isn’t necessarily helpful to the story but it is helpful for me. It gave me a chance to actually figure out what the main story is about anyway (which will get written eventually) but also made me realise that a lot of the ideas I already had about the characters backstories were, well, wrong. These are characters that have been developing and evolving for some years. Naturally things will change but I realised this past week that I allowed myself to go down completely the wrong track so lose my way a little with the characters. Things are still liable to change but their stories now fit so much better and I am learning a lot about the characters themselves. That can only be good in my mind.

I suppose this story is sort of turning into character sketches and it now probably won’t be the Valentines Day story I was thinking last week but I am still happy with the writing and to be writing!

How’s your writing going? Have you got a target for this month or specific deadline? Are you just writing to have fun or get back into the habit? Let’s face it, December is not the easiest month for most people to be writing. Hope your having fun and keeping warm. (It’s so cold!)

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Five Fascinating Facts about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

155 years ago today, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born! Celebrated by finding out more about the man!

Interesting Literature

In honour of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday (he was born on 22 May 1859 – fans of The Smiths may be interested to learn that this was exactly 100 years to the day before Morrissey’s birth), we’re here with five of our favourite fascinating facts about the man who gave us Sherlock Holmes.

1. Conan Doyle took to a bit of sleuthing of his own in an attempt to solve the Jack the Ripper case. In 1894, six years after the notorious Whitechapel murders by the unidentified criminal identified as ‘Jack the Ripper’, Doyle was asked by an American journalist how Sherlock Holmes would have gone about tracking down the Ripper. Doyle replied that Holmes would have started by examining the letter the Ripper had supposedly sent to the police. Whilst acknowledging that the letter could have been a hoax, Doyle nevertheless worked on the basis that it was…

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Mark Gatiss Writing Two Doctor Who Episodes

Information about Capaldi’s first series as the wandering Time Lord is coming in slowly but surely now the series is being filmed.

The Radio Times is reporting that Mark Gatiss has said he is writing two episodes for Capaldi’s Doctor but “that doesn’t mean they’ll both necessarily be in this season.” Well known from writing for and appearing in BBC’s Sherlock, he has also starred in Doctor Who and written for the series six times before, most recently being Cold War and The Crimson Horror for series seven.

The end of the 50th Anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, saw the return of Gallifrey and the Time Lords but Gatiss has urged caution at bringing the home planet and the Doctor’s people back into the series too much.

 

“Every time you go back to Gallifrey, it starts to make the Time Lords a bit too domesticated,” he said, whilst on tour in Brazil, promoting BBC Worldwide. “I know that’s why Russell T Davies [the previous show runner] came up with the whole idea of the Doctor being the last one because eventually if you see them so often they become a bit like a bunch of MPs, whereas if you talk about them as this amazing, powerful force, they’re much more exciting.”

He then said he didn’t know if he would ever do an episode set on Gallifrey. “I think the way the Time Lords were represented in The End of Time and The Day of the Doctor was very exciting because we’re seeing them in a crisis and they’re trying to come up with different ways of saving themselves. But I suppose if the Doctor ever does find Gallifrey again, then we might find out more. Who knows…?”

Series eight of Doctor Who is expected to air later this year.

Doctor Who Filming News

Filming for the new series of Doctor Who seems to be in full swing from the amount of reports that have come out.

Seen something Doctor? Peter Capaldi up a tree at Bute Park in Cardiff.

Wales Online yesterday were reporting that Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman were seen in Bute Park, along with the TARDIS and even a Minotaur type creature. The Minotaur was last scene in the episode The God Complex. Capaldi is reported to have been climbing trees, looking through binoculars and covered in cuts and bruises.

Jenna meanwhile was bundled up and signing autographs for watching fans.

As per usual, details from the new series have been kept very under wraps so what it all means is unclear. From the little we have seen of the new Doctor, I am very intrigued.

So what do you think? What do you want from the new series of Doctor Who? Is there anything you don’t want to see? Leave a message below.

You can find more pictures from the filming  of Doctor Who and even some behind the scenes tit bits from the filming of His Last Vow, the Sherlock finale from the last series, at the Wales Online article.

Join Sherlock’s Network

Available now only on iPad and iPhone, BBC have released an app letting you join Sherlock’s Homeless Network. With 30 minutes of exclusive footage,  the app features a whole new mystery for you and Sherlock to crack. Have a look at the video the BBC have released to announce it:

Here’s hoping the game will be released on other smartphones and devices soon.

Sherlock Update

WARNING: SPOILERS!

According to a Digital Spy article dated January 9th, whilst series 4 of Sherlock has not yet been confirmed by the BBC, it is expected to be announced soon. Airing to 8.77 million viewers around the UK, His Last Vow aired last night to great critical acclaim and saw the return of Sherlock’s nemesis, Moriarty saying, “missed me?”

Moffat says he and Gatiss have already planned out series 4 and 5 and, if given the green light by the BBC, will begin filming as soon as Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s schedules allow.

For more information, take a look at the Digital Spy article here: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s129/sherlock/news/a542627/sherlock-series-4-and-5-already-plotted-out-says-steven-moffat.html

UPDATE: It appears the BBC has indeed green lighted series 4 as the producers of Sherlock are being pressured to get the next series of Sherlock made in time for Christmas 2014. This is information is coming from the Daily Mail website: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2538467/Sherlock-time-Christmas-BBC-bosses-urge-producers-fast-track-new-episodes.html

Sherlock Returns

Spoiler warning!

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Warning: Contains Spoilers.

The world has waited two years to find out what happened to Sherlock Holmes. There have been so many theories, some crazier than others (and some were actually in the show). How did he survive that fall? Who else knew the truth? What the hell was John thinking when he grew that moustache? So many questions, all answered in an hour and a half. Of course, this episode being very important meant there was a lot of pressure on the writer, but without a doubt, Mark Gatiss (who also plays Mycroft Holmes) pulled it off. 

Two years after the fall, Sherlock has finished cutting down Moriarty’s criminal web, John is working a doctor’s surgery, Anderson is being driven insane by his guilt, and Molly has moved on with a man who looks remarkably like Sherlock’s long lost brother. So fairly normal stuff.

There have been theories…

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