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High-Value Update

This is quite an exciting day – the opportunity to earn my “bill money” in the space of 5 articles rather than the usual 8!

As I write this, a virtual installation of Windows XP is taking place (onto which a security application I’m testing will be installed) while simoultaneously a second security-related app is working in the background.

This is week 3 of my freelancing career; it is still early days, although I certainly feel as though I have learnt a lot about how I respond to pressure, not to mention when I’m most productive (mornings)!

There are currently two regular gigs – DeviceMAG and of course Brighthub – but I’m still trying to find that third, key regular gig or establish some sort of semi-regular, high paying gig that might allow me to spend a couple of hours less on the important work and an extra hour on the personal projects.

Meanwhile, the Kasterborous book is nearing completion, although it will require a concerted effort to be ready in time…

What I've Learned This Week

For some reason I expected the first week of freelancing to be pretty uneventful. After all, the idea for the first couple of months is to multiply four-fold the amount of freelancing I was doing already. I had also managed to secure a new position writing for www.devicemag.com (a great technical resource) so reckoned between that and Brighthub things would be OK.

And so far they have been.

However, as with any great change, I’ve learned a bit about myself this week, notably:

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The Big Plan

Bit early to go into detail about this, however, in a rare Doctor Who-free post, I’m going to explain how I intend to develop as a writer over the next 12 months.

With the impending death of Quintessential Comedy (relevant posts will end up here) I intend to concentrate on the following:

  • Brighthub
  • Kasterborous
  • The Gadget Monkey

In addition to these, I’ll be expanding my ability and experience developing more personal projects, such as

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Coming Up…

Balancing study with Brighthub is going remarkably well, although it seems that there is scope to increase my Brighthub output if certain situations change in the near future. We’ll have to see how this goes, of course…

In between having fantasies of reforming bands and entering competitions on Absolute, I’ve been expanding the contirbutor base on Kasterborous – this should give Brian and I all the time we need to complete the additional material and complete the K Book.

I’m also – slowly – looking for a suitable artist for the first part of the Valvestate series of comics. Not sure how this will pan out though at this stage.

Finally, as promised, is my entry for Big Finish’s recent comptition to find a new writer. The idea was to conceive and develop a script for the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa pairing (Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton). Big Finish revealed this week that the winner was someone else – so as a result, here’s the my entry, beginning with a three-step breakdown and ending with a short sample of the script….

Ghost Train


The Doctor and Nyssa arrive outside a small village in the north of England in the mid 18th century. The Doctor has been looking for a clear spot on from which to view Halley’s Comet. Noticing a small cottage on the hill they venture up to see if they can view the event from there. Through a window Nyssa notices unusual machinery with what appears to be an ancient scepter mounted in it, but the man living there refuses to open the door, claiming he has the pox. They follow his suggestion and get a room at the local inn.

As they are making arrangements with the innkeeper, they hear of the death of a local man whose frantic wife is beside herself in the corner of the pub.

His body is at the back of the inn, laid out in his cart – investigating, the Doctor discovers a petrified expression etched into his face. The innkeeper, Hindmarsh, says that locals have been experiencing bizarre apparitions for weeks, beasts and dragons emerging from the ground.



Keen to investigate, the Doctor and Nyssa look outside, but see nothing. Collecting some lamps from Hindmarsh they search for Thompson’s foot prints to get an idea of where he was when the incident occurred.

Confident that it was nothing more than an apparition caused by too much ale, the Doctor has a sudden change of heart when Nyssa’s use of the waveform scanner reveals a high level of silicon in the surrounding geology, coupled with a new, unusual reading. After Nyssa has uncovered the footsteps, they soon find some discarded fresh market goods, indicating the place where Thompson died – and are welded to the spot as out of the side of the valley, a deafening screeching, groaning sound approaches them at breakneck speed.

A train – 50 years too early!


Throwing themselves out of its way, the Doctor and Nyssa take cover beside some rocks.

Examining the side of the steep hill forming that part of the valley, the Doctor finds no tunnel and no tracks, although there is a faint whiff of soot which he attributes to the overall sensory illusion. He cites Stone Tape theory as the explanation.

The nearest place to find an answer turns out to be the cottage they encountered upon their arrival. Deciding to take advantage of the occupant’s apparent distraction with his machinery, the Doctor and Nyssa break in, but are soon overheard and discovered. Abner is an alchemist, and has devised and built a machine to harness energy from the comet to convert lumps of rock into gold.

Mixed with the high silicon content in the surrounding geology the Doctor and Nyssa agree that the Ghost trains are caused by Abner’s gold machine. Realising that the machine is leaking energy from the comet and causing a rare Stone Tape phenomenon, the Doctor and Nyssa defeat Abner by forcing the Stone Tape effect within the alchemist’s house – displaying visions of a seemingly horrific future.

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Brighthub Free Week!

Most months I spend the majority of my spare time flipping between Kasterborous news items and writing and submitting content to Brighthub. Most of the K stuff gets done on a morning or evening, while the Brighthub content takes up a lot of my weekends.

Obviously this can prove frustrating, especially when I’m trying to attend to other tasks, such as the odd household job or other writing jobs or projects. It’s nice to be able to chill out and play Civilization IV or Football Manager 2010, but sometimes these opportunities don’t come along often.

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