Monday, 24 November 2014

I Bought a Thing: ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron

About a month ago I ventured into the West Midlands' Aladdin's cave of retro gaming -- a shop with a name so generic I can't truly recall it -- I think it was called "Games and Consoles". Anyway, this place still advertises the buying and selling of Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo games as well as its low, low prices on new PlayStation 1 games.

Inside is an indescribable mess of toys, electronics and videogames piled haphazardly behind a long glass counter filled with everything from N-Gage phones, to CD-i games, to spaghetti messes of composite cables. If you ask the shopkeeper nicely, as I did, you'll be taken a secret room in the back lined with hundreds of boxed Mega Drive.

And when I say "secret room", I mean the shop's toilet.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Soci of Metro: Onto the Big Rewrite

About a week ago I wrote a blog post about my plan to implement a series of small edits to my novel, Soci of Metro, before moving onto the big rewrite. Even though I started with 147 individual continuity fixes -- a figure that eventually rose to 170 -- I managed to get them done within a single week. In the process I also increased my word count by roughly 5,000 words, which is a lovely bonus.

As of Monday Nov 18th, I am now rewriting Soci of Metro, top to bottom and inside out. I initially thought that if any part of writing a novel would break me down, it'd be the rewriting. Having to essentially recreate something I've spent so long working on sounded like a terrible task, but it's really not that bad!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Time I Met a North African Hedgehog

I had a cuddle with the cute little critter in the photo above back during the National Pet Show 2014 at the Birmingham NEC. Although I can't remember exactly what species of hedgehog it was, I have a feeling it was a North African hedgehog. It certainly wasn't a European hedgehog as I had a run in with one of the hefty brown blighters back when I lived in Leeds.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Soci of Metro: How Not To Rewrite A Novel

I've been thinking a lot about how to tackle the rewriting process of my novel, Soci of Metro, now that the second version of the first draft is complete. Drafting this second version involved me writing over 20,000 words of new content, while leaving the vast majority of the novel untouched. However, this wasn't the first thing I did after finishing the first draft and reading it over, because the first thing I did was the stupidest thing I could do.

I started line editing.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Soul Reaver Widescreen Fix: Goddammit Square-Enix

If you head over to Steam or GOG right now and purchase a digital copy of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, you will be provided with the v1.2 patched version released by Crystal Dynamics in 1999, tweaked to run on Windows 7 at higher than standard resolutions. This version, however, is locked at a 4:3 aspect ratio and 30 frames per second.

Head over to, and you can download an easy to install patch, 376Kb in size, that enables proper widescreen and unlocks the frame rate cap. This patch, originally released on the official Legacy of Kain forum by user Tos, was made available in October 2010.

Four years ago.