Ramblings (Blog)

Well, this has been a long time coming.  I’ve been wanting to get some more Coldharbour shorts out into the world (well, not so short – I believe ‘novelette’ is the correct term, but I digress). In a rare burst of efficiency, that moment is now – starting with Roots a tale of love, family, identity… and terrible things lurking beneath London. (Come on, it is a Coldharbour story).
This past week has seen Vermintide 2 rush out of the gloom of Beta and into the eerie Morrslieb-light of full PC release. Five heroes stand between the Reikland and utter destruction at the hands of rapacious skaven and unstoppable Chaos-worshippers. Thirteen levels of brutal, fast-paced first-person melee combat. Fifteen careers to follow. Over fifty types of weapon. An endless tide of rats and heretics to slaughter. Good times.
The fires have settled a little concerning this week’s Doctor Who announcement, and my thoughts have coalesced. Do I agree with the decision? No, no I don’t. Does it make me angry? Well, sort of, but the reasons are complicated. To explain why, I’ll need to talk about the evolving nature of the show, and a little bit about courage, creativity and half-measures. Buckle up. This is going to get long.
I’m seeing a bunch of memes and comments repudiating the idea that Wonder Woman represents a breakthrough for women in movies, and they do so by comparing Gal Gadot’s Diana to Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley (Aliens). Essentially, ‘Ripley got there first, your argument is invalid, redo from start.’ This idea misses the point. Misses it like a Stormtrooper shooting at a main character. And it’s important to note why.