Goodbye Rocket Man, Hello The Face In The Sky
Let me start by saying that no, this is not a new story. It is however a new name for an old story and I think a more original one, with a cooler cover.
I frequently play about with front covers and images relating to the stories I write. I wrote a short story called Rocket Man last year, and released it on the website. I knew it shared a namesake with a certain famous song, but, armed with artistic notions of grandeur (as we writers are tend to do at times) I thought people wouldn’t think of the song before they thought of my story. Which was daft. And after the release of the biopic of Sir Elton John, I figured it might be best to change the title and put it back out there under it’s new guise, with a fresh set of images to go with it. So, goodbye Rocket Man (Yellow Brick Road, similarity unintended here also) and hello The Face In The Sky. It’s a better title, and a cooler image too - I don’t know how I thought people would discover my short story under it’s old name (google Rocket Man, it’s possibly on Google’s last page). So please do discover (or rediscover) this short story, The Face In The Sky. Available to read over here with a fresh set of images that accompany the story.
I’m Joining Wattpad!
Now, that headline sounds like the people at Wattpad have reached out and begged me to join their storytelling community and publish stories there. That’s not the case (I wish!), it is however, a great website and app for authors and readers. Anyone can join and, as I wrote about on the blog the other day, is the perfect place to tell stories episodically and release novels and stories as serials. Both The Face In The Sky and The Quest For Perfection (Is A Damn Fine Thing) will both be available to read here on my website, and also on Wattpad.
You can join me on Instagram and Twitter too, (both @dancingtoaster) where I publish different pieces of writing and other content.
The Water Cooler
As another addition to the blog writing, I’m going to share some mini reviews or recommendations of films and TV shows I’m watching, podcasts I’m listening to and books I’m reading!
At the moment, I’ve been watching ITV’s A Confession, which concludes this coming Monday, and is a harrowing true crime tale, with restrained performances from Martin Freeman & Imelda Staunton, to name but two of a great cast. BBC’s The Capture is also an absolutely brilliant, twisty, turny, modern conspiracy drama which is utterly compelling viewing! Late to the party, I’m also binging The OA and, of course, Supermarket Sweep. Yes, you read that right.
The most important series that I’ve watched recently, however, is Unbelievable. An absolutely heart-wrenching, frustrating and vital piece of storytelling based on a true crime. It’s not only beautifully written, sensitively portrayed, but absolute crucial that this be watched, by as many people as possible. It’s quite possibly the drama of the year and is absolutely gut-punching.
My recommendation for your film of the weekend is the wildly titled The Man Who Killed Hitler & Then The Bigfoot. It’s not the movie you think it is when you sit down to watch it and is all the better for it. It’s a beautiful meditation on time, growing old, the stories we don’t tell and loss. And also hunting Bigfoot and killing Hitler. It’s quite honestly everything you could look for in a film, and the performances of Sam Elliot and Aidan Turner, playing the same character separated by decades of life, are captivating.
It’s a must watch.
This is an easy one. My Dad Wrote A Porno, Pilot TV and The Weekly Planet. The only podcasts you need just now.
I’m working on a bunch more stories, including more short stories, novel, comedy, sketches and various other things!
For now, thanks for reading and supporting. Remember, you can buy me a coffee on Ko-Fi!