Drowning in a Single Malt

Hello there,

Yes, I realise I haven’t posted in a long time and when I did it was not incredibly interesting to say the least. Well, anyway, for those of you that might see this, I wrote two new poems over the past two days. Both are a bit gloomy and if I’m honest, I’m not really happy with either of them. But the internet has taught that it is always better to get some second opinions and criticism.

 

Drowned

I drown again
in the whirlpool of life,
floundering helplessly
and unable to stop.

Caught, and faith abandoned;
charred remains litter the bedside,
lonely and forgotten.

Fuelled by history
and ignited with a phrase;
what have you
and I become.

M.W.D Lewis
28/01/2014

It was only written yesterday and has had minimal editing. So please, all criticism welcome.

The Single Malt

A single malt,
aged about 27 years;
You should be ripe,
but instead you’re bitter.

The cork cracked
and crumbled away;
The label faded
and you forgot who you were.

Reputation and friends
eroded away.
Your flavour to strong,
for them to bare.

Now you’re lonely,
untouched and unloved.
Occupied by
a time long gone.

M.W.D Lewis
29/01/2014

This has had barely been edited. Let me know what you think. I realise neither are in my normal style of writing, but I praise my sudden poetry revival. I won’t lie, I can hardly remember the last time I wrote. So, watch this space… I suppose.

Yours Gratefully,

M.W.D. Lewis

Happy New Year!

It’s been a bit of a crazy start to the new year for me, but I’m confident as ever that this is my YEAR!!

It started with the usual drunken New Years celebrations and a job application to be a Funeral Director. That’s right, A Funeral Director. Unfortunately I wasn’t selected for an interview (Not sure if that is a good or bad outcome), but I did get a job interview for a hospital that is 2 hours journey from me. I’m really hoping to get this job, so please wish me luck.

I’m still writing away. This includes the story I started for NaNoWriMo. I’ve also started work on a little side project. It’s mainly an animation series about a group of British superheroes mixed with comical elements. We’ll see how it pans out.

I also hope to writing more poetry this year. I had a major lull in my poetry due to my confinement of one area. I normally write best when on long journeys or on long walks. Getting this job will help that.

Anyway, I hope you all have a good year and we’ll see how it goes!

NaNoWriMo, My Birthday, The End of the World and Christmas!

I know I did my all to infamous disappearing act again and I’m afraid it was because too much stuff happened all at once.

I never finished NaNoWriMo I’m afraid to say. I did what I always do. I got bogged down in all my research. However, I’m still plowing through the insane research I have declared that needs to be done and I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Picture 9 Picture 8

Those pictures are just some of the research I’ve been doing. There is more, but I can’t be bothered to take more pictures or give anything else away.

Then in the midst of all this, it was my birthday on the 9th December. I celebrated two weekends in a row. The second weekend was mainly because the my local pub had just reopened under new management. It’s all done up and looks brilliant. I’m not too embarrassed to bring people down anymore. My parents were meant to come down for a drink, but both were a bit ill and didn’t quite make it. No drunk, embarrassing parents for me.

After the parties, I focused all my efforts on preparing for Christmas. Decorating, sending Christmas cards and buying presents. I only wrapped half of the presents… the other half I gave to my partner to wrap. He enjoys doing it and I was incredibly frustrated at the time. I’m almost ready for Christmas. Just have to buy one more present for my brother and then I am all set.

I would like to have said that I have been preparing for the end of the world, but I haven’t. I have plans meeting some friends on Saturday and then a Christmas dinner Saturday night. Sunday I have a friend coming over to see me and Monday is my last chance to wrap any presents before heading out for my Christmas Eve drinks with friends at my local. It’s tradition I’ve kept going for 4 years now. It’s also a last chance to swap presents.

I can’t lie, I’m excited about Christmas. I love giving out presents and getting all my friends together. It’s an awesome time of year. Christmas Day I spend with my parents and in the evening I head to my partners and his family. Boxing Day, my partner and I are at one of my cousins with all my family. It makes me glad I have so many people in the world to spend time with…

Abandoned, But Not Forgotten

Yes, I abandoned that stupid 30 Day Blog Challenge. It was mainly due to the fact that I left my laptop at home when I stayed at my boyfriends for the week. Then I got tied up into planning NaNoWriMo and now… It’s begun!

This is Day 4 and I’m doing terribly. This is my progress so far:

Day 1 – 3,301 words

Day 2 – 0

Day 3 – 221 words

Day 4 – The day is still young. Currently 0 though!

I’m back at mine now and motivation should be easy. Less distractions and a nice desk to work at. I’m now off to make tea, maybe a bite to eat and to sit down and type till my hands become bloody stumps.

Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo? If so how y’all doing?

Day 18

DAY 18

A Problem That You Had

A problem that I’ve had… I’ll be honest, I kinda wished I hadn’t taken up this challenge. Some of the questions are about things I don’t normally find myself concerned with. I find this is also hampering my research/planning of NaNoWriMo which starts on 1st November. For those of you that don’t know, it’s short for National Novel Writing Month where you try to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. If you are participating and would like to be my buddy click here. If you just want to know more about it, click here.

I Wish I Could Draw…

A lot of my friends can draw. They are generally good at art. They can draw, paint and can also write too. I’m incredibly jealous. I would love to be more creative. Unfortunately I am not blessed in any of those ways.

In fact, one of my friends is selling some of their artwork. Shameless plug: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.266760366741800.65481.206462866104884&type=3

I’ve wrote a poem on the subject too.

I Wish I Could Draw

I wish I could draw
or at least write better.
Instead I’m of no use at all.

If I were creative at least,
I could then make my peace
with the world around me.

But I’m not fit for purpose,
parts missing,
return to sender.

By M.W.D. Lewis 10/05/12

Don’t be too harsh to these poems until they’re typed. I always think typescript lends some sort of certainty: at least, if the things are bad then, they appear to be bad with conviction.
– Dylan Thomas

What do y’all think?

Who Is Your Favourite Dr. Who? (9-11)

This is the last installment of:

Mike’s 11 Doctors of Dr. Who

9. Dr. John A. Zoidberg

Clearly the most usual of all the doctors, Dr. Zoidberg is the ninth doctor.  He started out, coincidentally, as the doctor at the company Planet Express. However, after his regeneration he had many adventures, mainly travelling back in time. He helped save London from an invasion by the Autons and in Utah 2012 found that a single Dalek was being kept in a secret museum filled with alien artefacts. There, the first details of the Time War fought by the Time Lords and Daleks were revealed, and how it concluded with the mutual annihilation of both races, leaving the Doctor the last of the Time Lords. We also learn his knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is atrocious. For example, he cannot tell the difference between robots and humans (or human males and females), believes food is digested in the heart, and that humans have multiple mouths and a dorsal fin. When frightened or fleeing from danger, Zoidberg makes a high-pitched whooping sound or squirts ink at his attacker. It is soon learned that The Dalek Emperor had survived the Time War, and had rebuilt the Dalek race. To save his companion the Doctor kisses her, absorbing fatal energy that was trying to consume her. However, the damage to his cells caused him to begin the regeneration process. Finally at peace with himself, his last words are, “Rose, before I go I just wanna tell you – you were fantastic…absolutely fantastic…and d’you know what? So was I!” Immediately thereafter he regenerates into the Tenth Doctor.

10. Dr. Edward George Armstrong

The Tenth Doctor, Dr. Edward George Armstrong, was a world famous Harley Street surgeon until his alcoholism made him kill a lady in surgery. To be able to be the Tenth Doctor without arousing suspicion he fakes his own death with the help of Justice Lawrence John Wargrave on an island. After regenerating he defeats the alien Sycorax and saves Earth; in the process, he loses a hand, which regrows owing to his recent regeneration. Thought-deceased archenemy and fellow Time Lord the Master (John Simm) becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and enslaves the Doctor for one year. This doctor appears to not have a regular companion. However, He meets archaeologist and future companion River Song for the first time and she dies, but he stores her consciousness to a hard drive to live on forever, after accepting that one day she will come to mean a lot to him. The Doctor sacrifices his life to save Wilfred Mott, exposing himself to 500,000 rads of deadly radiation and triggering his regeneration. He holds it back and is shown visiting several companions.[a] He gives Donna a winning lottery ticket on her wedding day, saves Martha and Mickey from a Sontaran sniper, saves Sarah Jane’s son Luke (Tommy Knight) from a car, introduces Jack to a romantic interest, Alonso Frame (Russell Tovey), and before regenerating into the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), informs Rose circa 2005 that she is about to have a “great year.” As he begins regenerating, his last words are “I don’t want to go”.

11. Dr. Frank N Furter

The last and most famous of all the Doctors is Dr. Frank N Furter. Known as the ‘Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania.’ Oringinally a crazed scientist, he embarks on the adventures as the eleventh doctor. He is tricked into spawning a new generation of Daleks and encounters an unknown force that makes the TARDIS explode, causing the universe to collapse in on itself. Though he closes the cracks—reversing their effects and preventing the explosion—the Doctor himself is erased from history. However, he remembered back into exsist with the help of his companions, Riff-Raff and Magenta. In his last appearance, Dr. Frank N Furter fully embraces his mad scientist side by moving into an old castle with a fully functioning laboratory. Becoming more insanely wild, he creates a perfect specimen of man and then murders his former love. It is at this point he meets his final enemy, Dr. Everett Scott. Paranoid, he accuses the guests he hosting of spying for Dr. Scott. Later losing control, he captures them with the Medusa Transducer, transforming them into statues. They are then forced to perform a live cabaret floor show and have an orgy in the pool, with Frank as the leader. The performance is interrupted by his companions, Riff Raff and Magenta, who stage a coup and announce their plan to return to the planet of Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania. In the process, they kill Dr. Frank N Furter and his creation.

Who Is Your Favourite Dr. Who? (5-8)

Here is the next installment of:

Mike’s 11 Doctors of Dr. Who

5. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew was one of the more creative doctors. Armed with his sidekick, known only as Beaker, he created and tested: edible paper clips, a gorilla detector, hair-growing tonic, banana sharpener, a robot politician and an electric nose warmer. In response to the ancient quest of alchemy to turn lead into gold, Honeydew created a device that turned gold into cottage cheese. Unfortunately Beaker died trying to stop a space freighter from crashing into prehistoric Earth, but The Doctor met a new companion, an alien boy stranded on Earth by the name of Vislor Turlough. However, he did not know that this companion had been commissioned by the Black Guardian to kill him. Eventually Turlough broke free from the Black Guardian’s influence and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew continued to experiment on him. After Turlough went back to his home planet, The Doctor discovered Beaker was actually still alive, through some sort of miracle. Reunited, they accidentally exposed another companion, Peri Brown, the drug spectrox in its deadly toxic raw form on Androzani Minor. After narrowly saving Peri by creating the antidote, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew decided to retire.

 

6. Dr. Hubert J. Farnsworth (Professor Farnsworth)

The Sixth Doctor was by far the oldest of all the doctors. Also known as ‘The Professor’ he was reportedly 165 years old and taught at Mars University. He also has worked for Momcorp on several occasions, but spent most of his time inventing ridiculous devices and sending the delivery crew of Planet Express, which he owns, on suicide missions. This Doctor’s regeneration was initially unstable, and he nearly strangled Peri before he came to his senses. Incredibly unpredictable, the Sixth Doctor was put on trial by the Time Lords. Completely confused by the situation, it turned out the trial was a cover-up organised by the High Council. A race from Andromeda had stolen Time Lord secrets and hidden on Earth, so in order to protect themselves the Time Lords had moved Earth through space, burning the surface in a massive fireball. On an even more confusing note, when the TARDIS was attacked by his old enemy the Rani, the Sixth Doctor was somehow injured and regenerated into the Seventh Doctor; the exact cause of the regeneration, however, has never been revealed.

7. Dr. Girlfriend

Dr. Girlfriend is the only female Doctor. Originally she was wife and assistant to the Monarch. Her real name is Sheila, although her last name is still unrevealed. Her title of doctor is honorary in nature. Her doctorate was received after donating a large sum of money to an unnamed evil college. This Doctor began taking a more scheming and proactive approach to defeating evil, using the Gallifreyan stellar manipulator named the Hand of Omega as part of an elaborate trap for the Daleks which resulted in the destruction of their home planet, Skaro. Soon afterwards, the Doctor used a similar tactic and another Time Lord relic to destroy a Cyberman fleet. Near the end of her incarnation, the Seventh Doctor was given the responsibility of transporting the remains of his former enemy the Master from Skaro to Gallifrey. This proved to be a huge mistake; despite having a limited physical form, the Master was able to take control of the Doctor’s TARDIS and cause it to land in 1999 San Francisco, where the Doctor was shot in the middle of a gang shoot-out. He was taken to a hospital, where surgeons removed the bullets but mistook the Doctor’s double heartbeat for fibrillation; their attempt to save his life instead caused the Doctor to “die” with one last shocking scream. Rumors that she is transsexual have been dispelled as a red herring.

8. Dr. Gordon Freeman

Dr. Gordon Freeman was the most physically strong of all the Doctors. A theoretical physicist, he first found himself thrust into a battle for survival against both alien and human forces. Gordon Freeman and his research team perform an experiment that inadvertently creates a dimensional rift in spacetime. Intelligent and confused alien life forms from the Xen dimension come pouring through multiple breaches inside the Black Mesa facility, attacking anything in sight. As scientific, military and civilian personnel fall under the alien onslaught, Freeman finds himself targeted not only by the xenomorphic incursion, but also the Hazardous Environment Combat Unit (HECU), a U.S. Marine Corps military force sent to contain the situation. The Doctors old enemy, The Master returns to steal the Doctor’s remaining lives, by opening the Eye of Harmony within the TARDIS, and nearly destroying the planet Earth, as people celebrated the end of the millennium. However, the Doctor foils this plan and Freeman is eventually transported to Xen. After the successful elimination of the alien leader Nihilanth, Freeman is confronted by the G-Man, who has been remotely observing Freeman throughout the entire Black Mesa incident. He shows Freeman several locations throughout Earth and Xen and offers Freeman a choice either agree to work for him and his mysterious “employers,” or be left to die on Xen. Nobody knows which choice he makes, but it leads to the Ninth reincarnation.

The last three will be coming soon!

Who Is Your Favourite Dr. Who? (1-4)

I’m not a fan of Dr. Who. Those of you who know me well, will know this already. Those of you that don’t, I understand this will be a massive shock. I don’t think there are many bloggers who are not Dr. Who fans. Yet, I’m still asked every now and then: Who Is Your Favourite Dr. Who?

Not being a fan of Dr. Who generally tends to mean I do not watch the show. I think I can only name a couple: Tom or Colin Baker, Christopher Ecclestone, David Tennant and Matt Smith? Not sure how many of those I got right, but I will check later.

Anyway, I’ve decided a better to question to answer than ‘Who Is Your Favourite Dr. Who?’ should be ‘Who is your favourite Doctor?’
And true to my bizarre style of doing things, I am going to imagine if they were the 11 doctors (I think there is 11). I’ll do it in reverse, 1. being the least favourite and 11. being my most favourite. I’ll also add a little caption about there time as ‘The Doctor’.

So here goes:

Mike’s 11 Doctors of Dr. Who

1. Dr. Harold Legg

Dr. Harold Legg’s first appearance was in Albert Square in 1985. He was rushed from his surgery to examine Reg Cox, who at the time was already dead. Being the first Doctor, he had more to do with healthcare and never abandoned his Albert Square surgery even when roaming the galaxy. He kept appointments as much as he could while he battled Daleks and the Cybermen, races that would become his most implacable foes. None of the residents he treated knew of his Time Lord status and he would often receive complaints from them about long waiting times. He went on to witness historical events such as the Reign of Terror in revolutionary France, meeting Marco Polo in China and The Aztecs in Mexico. Eventually being ‘The Doctor’ was taking it’s toll on him and he outgrew his frail body. While the second Doctor took on the life of mystery, Dr. Harold Legg went back to his life of being a GP back at his surgery in Albert Square. Retiring in 1997, he now spends his days as a recluse, although often coming back to Albert Square to relive his glory days.

 

2. Dr Pepper

Dr Pepper was one of the more boring Doctors. The BBC had sold out and interested in making a bit of money off of the Dr. Who series, they ran with the idea of Dr Pepper. Armed with the slogans, “Just what the Doctor ordered” and “Trust me – I’m a Doctor” this Doctor was the only Doctor not to travel by TARDIS alone. He would often pack himself into an eight pack and ship himself to where he was needed. He barely spoke a word, but you could tell when he was angry as he would violently pull his own ring pull. The Doctor confronted familiar foes such as the Daleks and the Cybermen, as well as new enemies such as the Great Intelligence and the Ice Warriors. The Great Intelligence trying to steal his secret recipe and the Ice Warriors trying to freeze him. He was sentenced to exile on 20th century Earth after being found guilty of breaking the Time Lords laws of non-interference. He tried several comebacks as Diet Dr Pepper, Dr Pepper Cherry and Dr Pepper Zero, but it was too late as the third doctor had already taken over.

3. Dr. Hannibal Lecter

(No, I didn’t spell it wrong. I just prefer the Brian Cox version of the character which was called Hannibal Lecktor due to copyright issues. Check out the film Manhunter, it’s simply amazing.)

The Third Doctor was a suave, dapper, technologically-oriented and authoritative man of action. Also known as Count Hannibal Lecterr VII, he spent most of his time in exile on Earth. He was quick to criticise authority, having little patience with self-inflated bureaucrats, parochially-narrow ministers, knee-jerk militarists or red tape in general. This Doctor was more physically daring than the previous two, and was the first to confront an enemy physically if cornered. This doctor was by far the most evil of all the Doctors. After a traumatic childhood Hannibal became fascinated in cannibalism, something he would later go on to practice. He was adopted by his uncle Robert and his Japanese wife, Lady Murasaki. It was Lady Murasaki who taught him the Japanese martial art of kenjutsu, as she was descended from a house of Hiroshima Samurai. While still quite young, Lecterr, not being of sound mind, killed his first victim.He carried on his cannibalistic serial killer ways, until he was eventually caught. Secured in a high security, mental facility, this paved the way for the forth Doctor.

4. Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove, true name Dr. Merkwürdigliebe, an expert Nazi physicist, is the Fourth Doctor.  He is eager to leave Earth in favour of exploration. Travelling the galaxy and saving countless lives, this Doctor visits the Bi-Al Foundation medical centre, where he acquires the robot dog K-9. He leaves K-9 on a planet called Gallifrey but later consoles himself by building K-9 Mark II using his physicist skills. The Doctor installs a “Randomizer” which ironically sends them to the home planet of the Daleks, Skaro. Perhaps because of this, the Doctor begins frequently overriding the machine- first travelling to Paris for a holiday, only to get caught up in an alien scheme to steal the Mona Lisa. He eventually discards the device altogether, remarking that he’s fed up with not knowing where he’s going. His final and hardest mission would be the end of Dr. Strangelove. He found himself in Cold War America trying to avert nuclear catastrophe. Unfortunately, the Soviets launch a Doomsday Device that renders Earth uninhabitable for 100 years. There is a conflict as to his last words. Some believe “It’s the end– but the moment has been prepared for…” to be his final words, while others believe they were, “Mein Führer! I can walk!” This lead the way for the Fifth Doctor.

Be sure to check back for the next four 😉

Jumping Dog Poop + Poem: Sticky Heat – Can’t Sleep

Quite a few people have been asking the same question recently. They keep asking why I haven’t posted a blog or vlog in awhile. To be honest I can’t really answer this. I’ve been busy? Well, I have, but this is a really poor excuse…

The truth is, I’m pretty boring these days. As I tried to explain this to some people they disagreed mentioning all the crazy little things that happen to me. Most recently is the curious incident of the jumping dog poop. It was late night and I was walking home, down my street. I noticed a lump of dog poo in the middle of the pavement and decided (like any normal human being) to step over it. As I went to step over the poo, it jumped at me and scared me half to death. Turned out to be a bloody frog.

I think I might try and update this every day to see if I can manage to post anything interesting. You’ll soon be asking me to stop again 😀

Also, I wrote a poem. I was half asleep and very agitated which is very evident from the state of the poem. I haven’t edited nor do I intend to, unless anyone can find anything worth savouring..

Sticky Heat – Can’t Sleep

My body contorts
to fit
like pieces of a jigsaw;
still in this bed.

Open window
breathes my only relief
of cold air
on a cold night,
so bright.

Limbs ache
for the rest they deserve;
hoping in vain,
I see no end in sight.

Sticky heat
you are not welcome.
Too hot to sleep
like the sun in Spain.

By M.W.D. Lewis 16/05/11