Yes, that’s right. Five posts to go before the big 1000 here. Watch this space. Cool stuff is being planned. And free stuff, which is probably better.


So, the firsts. Last night I stayed up and I watched The Oscars. I’ll be honest, I was a bit disappointed and underwhelmed. It simply didn’t seem that exciting, or glamorous or, well. Yes. It was a bit of a let down (Melissa Leo, Robert Downey Jnr, and Jeff Bridges aside – I also quite liked Kirk Douglas and was impossibly thankful that I didn’t have to put up with anything remotely Gervais like and impressed that Russell Brand’s appearance was fleeting).

But what I thought was the biggest let down was the length of time given to the winners to say thanks. Now, I know that there have been occasions in the past where certain people have gone on and on and on and on. But, come on, this is quite the thing for these people – it’s quite the accolade – and I’d have liked to have seen a little more time given to the people who’d won stuff. It’s their night, after all.


My other first is much more exciting. A few people have likened some of my stories to Murakami. I knew this was quite the compliment but I didn’t quite get what they meant because I’d never actually read any of his work. My bad. I put that right this week and have started ‘After Dark‘ which I am enjoying immensely. I very much like his style (and am even more flattered by the comparisons). More to come on that, I’m sure.