Is ‘The only reliable, durable, and perpetual guarantor of independence, profit.’?

murdoch-sombreroThere’s been much made about James Murdoch’s speech for the MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh TV festival which has led to a #welovethenhs style campaign on Twitter – #welovethebbc – and Robert Peston losing his rag so I can’t add much about James Murdoch blatantly trying to give Sky an easier ride into mindnumbing, advertising driven TV hell.

He consistently calls the BBC ‘state-sponsored’ which may partly be true in that they do receive government funds but only a small percentage of total revenue, the licence fee funds the majority of the BBC (about 75%).  That means; you, me and all the other licence fee payers fund it, not the government.  Saying it’s state-sponsored makes you think it’s a distance relative of North Korean TV.  It’s not directly linked to the government, The BBC Trust is the middle man between The BBC and the UK government and UK licence fee payers.

He also said a much greater deregulated media industry without The BBC is giving consumers what they want.  A few years back James Murdoch said;

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The 4 Drafts of Railroaded

drafts-woman‘Railroaded’, my soon to be published and global bestseller, has so far taken 4 drafts to get to an acceptable level to send out to agents.

I’m not saying they ain’t going to LOL all the way to another 4 course lunch at The Ivy, I’m just saying they’d be laughing even harder had it been the 3rd or the 2nd draft.  The 1st was beyond ROFLMAO.

So what happened in the 4 drafts of Railroaded?

The 1st draft officially started around October 2007.  I did a Max Barry writing course at Chuck Palahniuk’s website and one of the first exercises was to write the first 200 words or so to 4 different stories.  I picked Railroaded as one of these starters.

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4th Draft Finished!

bullshit-writingThis morning I made the final finishing touches to the 4th draft of Railroaded, saved it, backed it up in a million different places and breathed a sigh of relief.

Thank fuck that’s over with.

I think there comes a point where the law of diminishing returns comes into play. Yeah, sure I could go through it and do another draft, I could list things I’m not 100% sure about but what’s the point?  I’m not going to change it significantly to make it worthwhile.  I’m happy to let someone else rip it apart and say where it’s gone wrong and where it totally makes no sense.

I’m happy with it.  I’m happy for an agent to read it.  I’ve gone as far as I can go with it solo.

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Fecal Evacuations

I’ve nearly finished the 4th draft of my novel ‘Railroaded’, in it a character has a touch of the runs or ‘diarrhea’.  Now my middle school spelling tests have deserted me and I spelt it so badly that the Word spell check had no idea what word I was trying to spell so couldn’t offer me the correct version.

I went online to search out the correct spelling and found it here at


–noun Pathology. an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations.

I just love the explanation, especially the last bit; fecal evacuations.

Usually dictionary definitions offer such plain, logical descriptions without evoking any emotion or human connection to the word in hand.

This definition not only gives you the meaning but brings you back to a time when you gripped the porcelain throne, straining for one last evacuation hoping it was the last as your ringer couldn’t take anymore.

I’m sure Samuel Johnson would be satisfied with this great definition for an English word.  I know I am.


In a word; domain squatting twats.

That’s 3 words but you get my meaning.  When looking for a domain name I obviously checked out first which is already very capably occupied by Ben Ellis, film director.  Top marks to that esteemed member of the Ben Ellis community.

My next visit was which has been registered and is an empty wasteland on the internet, not only that but an embarassing gap in the Ben Ellis canon. I sent a letter to the registrants address but received nothing back.  Philistines.

With the two main options unavailable I had to revise some of my domain purchasing pet hates, most notably; I hate hyphens and I refuse to buy anything other than .com’s or’s.

This could be hosted on or but I have more class than to stoop down to that level of desperation.

I would have relented on the hyphens for or but they’re being violated by domain squatting twats. May those poor souls be rehabiliated and let back into the Ben Ellis community soon.

I don’t speak leet but using numbers as letters is an idea to get some more  domain name options, especially if you’re not an established entity and have the freedom to wiggle about and use some artistic licence.  I also liked the idea of using numbers to help make an interesting logo for the site.

I thought about using ‘1’ for the ‘i’ but the two ‘e’s as ‘3’s is enough.

I actually really like now.  Even if became available, I’d refuse it and let some other pillar of the Ben Ellis world grab it and establish it as the tower of BenEllisdom it is so surely destined to become.

So, that’s about the the long and the short of it.  Not terribly interesting or groundbreaking, merely relevant.

The Ubiquitous Awkward First Post

Let’s get this thing over with shall we?

The creation of this blog is to serve as a dumping ground for any writing that I do and anything that stems from it.  At the moment that just consists of this blog, which if you think about it too hard sends you into an infinite downward spiral.

I’m writing this even before I’ve done the blog design, layout or worked out what kind of stuff I’ll put up here.  I guess that’ll evolve over time.  I have done some writing though.  There’s a handful of short stories and a novel.

The novel is the main reason for this blog.

The reason came from listening to this writing podcast I stumbled across a few months earlier – The Writing Show – in particular this episode – What Do Publishers Want from Query Letters and Proposals? Jennifer Silva Redmond is an editor and in the interview (about 20 minutes in) she says that a writer needs to not only sell their story but also themselves.  Any positive points you can toss into the mix is a bonus and a way to stand apart from all the other wannabes.  One such tip is to not be a know-it-all arsehole.  Another one is to write a blog.

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