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- my new improved website!
Which consist of:
Third Edition just released!
See All My Member Advice Essays
PERSONAL FINANCE REVIEWS
- My Books
About My So-Called Writing Career
I used to write quite a lot for the UK Small Press (I always prefer the name Independent Press - it just sounds better!!), though I dont write much for it nowadays. Mostly fiction (sci-fi and literary) and poetry with the occasional article and even illustration thrown in. Ive lost my definitive record of what magazines etc Ive been published in (clever, that), but here are the ones I remember
These are the magazines Ive been published in:
Visions (Sci-fi / Fantasy / Horror Fiction)
Espylacopa (Esoteric Humour)
Writers Express (Literary Fiction)
Voice & Verse (Poetry)
Zest (Sci-Fi Fiction & Poetry)
Lochs (Esoteric Humour)
Lateral Moves (Humour, Fiction, Poetry)
Quantum Leap (Poetry)
Garbaj (Fiction, Humour, Poetry)
Monomyth (Sci-Fi Fiction)
Various quarterly journals published by TPP Press (Poetry)
And here are the books:
The Association of Small Press Poets Anthology
The Peoples Poet Anthology 2003 (was also one of the five selecting panellists for this one)
The Peoples Poet Anthology 2004
The Peoples Poem (Not actually sure what this one is called its a collection of 100 poems from 100 authors who also write for The Peoples Poet)
My work will be appearing sometime soon in:
TPP Book of Love Poetry
TPP Book of Funny Verse
TPP Book of Wicked Verse
I did self-publish a couple of books a while back, but such copies I had printed have been sold (and thats not many!) and theres not much point in getting any more done now. I dont have the time or inclination to produce and market them myself, and there doesnt seem to be much danger of them every getting published apart from on epinions!
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Top Ten Lists:
Top Ten Movies of the Eighties
Top Ten Movies of the Nineties
Top Ten Movies of 2001
Top Ten Movies of 2002
Top Ten Movies of 2003
Top Ten Movies of 2004 - last updated 11.05.08
Top Ten Movies of 2005 - last updated 10.05.08
Top Ten Movies of 2006 - last updated 11.05.08
Top Ten Movies of 2007
Top Ten Movies of All Time
Top Ten British Films
Top Ten Romantic Comedies
Top Ten Science Fiction Films
Top Ten Star Trek Movies
Top Ten Science Fiction Series
Top Ten Animated Movies
Top Ten Children's Movies
Top Ten Spoof Movies
Top Ten Musicals - updated 22.07.08
Top Ten Comedies
Top Ten Action / Adventure Movies
Top Ten Superhero Movies - updated 31st July 2008
Best Lines in Film History - updated 31st July 2008
Top Ten Freeware Adventure Games
Top Ten Freeware Role Playing Games (RPG)
CaptainD's Top Ten Pop&Rock Albums
Top 100 Computer / Video Games of All Time (Part One)
Top 100 Computer / Video Games of All Time (Part Two)
Top 100 Computer / Video Games of All Time (Part Three)
Top 100 Computer / Video Games of All Time (Part Four)
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These are my articles I've written to help members (mainly new ones, but not necessarily) to make the most of their stay at epinions, and to share what I laughingly call my wisdom...
CaptainDs Guide to Epinions Third Edition - a general guide to epinions, what it is, how to be a success here, etc.
CaptainDs Guide to Writing A Really Bad Review - self-explantory really - what not to do when you're writing a review!
CaptainDs Guide to Building a WOT - What is a WOT? How do you build one? And why should you? All is revealed...
The Ten Commandments of Epinions - well okay, there are 11 - things that'll help you be a success and most of all enjoy being part of the epinions community.
CaptainD's Guide to Hosting A Write Off - everything you ever wanted to know about hosting a WO (apart from anything I've forgotten...)
CaptainD's Guide to Joining A Write Off - everything you ever wanted to know about joining a WO...
You need a personality to begin with to develop one on epinions... - all you need to know about "developing" an epinions personality...
CaptainDs Guide to Writing A Very Helpful Movie Review - written after 79 VH movie reviews (hopefully more by the time you read this...)
CaptainD's Guide to Writing a Very Helpful Book Review - the same as above for books, only much more detailed.
CaptainD's Guide to Writing a Very Helpful Game Review - does exactly what it says on the tin...
CaptainDs Advice to Epinions Members Wanting To Cross-Post Their Reviews
CaptainDs Guide to Rating (and Commenting)
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The Captain Disaster Series
Series Page Views to 01.04.04 - 406
Episode 1 - "The Planet-Eater of Acturus"
Episode 2 - "A Beta Burger"
Episode 3 - "Wormhole"
Episode 4 - "Mecenaries"
Episode 5 - "A Newish Hope"
Episode 6 - "Timedrive"
Episode 7 - "Correctness, Politically Speaking"
Episode 8 - "Virgin on the Ridiculous"
Episode 9 - "Lighter Than Fast"
Episode 10 - "Do Androids Dream Of Electronic Beeps?"
Episode 11 - "How to cook an omlette in only 12 seconds"
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J R R Tolkein
The Professor created one of the most mind-boggingly detailed fantasy worlds of all time, Middle Earth, and set in it one of the most truly epic stories ever told, Lord of the Rings. Of course before this he wrote a story for his children, The Hobbit , which I enjoyed as a child (though not quite as much as an adult). To my mind however, his most amazing accomplishment was a book written after but set before both of those books. It is a truly amazing work of fiction, in fact it transcends mere story-telling Tolkein created a complete mythology with more heroes, villains, and feats of courage than you can shake a stick at - The Silmarillian.
Of course, a whole new generation has been introduced to Lord of the Rings via Peter Jacksons excellent films - The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers (the best of the three, IMHO), and The Return of the King (which was very good but should have been even better!). Overall I think Tolkein would have been pretty happy if hed had the opportunity to watch these films and thats just about the biggest compliment you could possibly pay them.
Of course, the phenomenal success of the book Lord of the Rings has been bought at a price there have been numerous humorous side-swipes at it, Bored of the Rings (created by the same guys who formed National Lampoon) probably being the most well-known. At least, until now for my own series Lord of the Things is gaining power and will soon take over the world
(or maybe, just maybe
Act III Part I
Act III Part II
Act VI Ending I
Act VI Ending II
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And did you ever wonder what happened to the characters after the book finished? If so, Click Here
In the (hopefully) near future this series will be completed, and I will also be adding information about 2 more of my favourite authors - Terry Pratchett and Isaac Asimov - so watch this space!
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Computer Game Reviews
(* ratings after each title for quick reference)
Civilisation 3: Call To Power *****
Shogun: Total War Warlords Edition *****
Worms United ***
Worms Armageddon *****
Catz5 **** (not really strategy as such, but basically undefinable!)
Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown ****
Graphical Adventure / Detective Games
The Monkey Island Archives (MI1-3) *****
Escape from Monkey Island (MI4) ****
Discworld Noir ****
Grim Fandango *****
Law & Order 2: Double or Nothing ***
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars ****
Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror ****
Might & Magic 8: Day of the Destroyer ***
FIFA 2000 *****
Colin McRae Rally 2 ****
NASCAR Racing 3 *
Platformers / Arcade / Action Games
Bugs Bunny: Lost In Time ****
MIA (Missing In Action) *****
Adventure Pinball *****
Bubble Bobble & Rainbow Islands
Sea Dogs **
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Universal Studios Theme Park (Florida)
The Grand Canyon
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Sport and Fitness Equipment Reviews
Since I started trying to lose weight and get into better shape, I thought I might as well start reviewing some sport and fitness equipment! I've been pleasantly surprised at how well these reviews have done so far (at time of writing this - 3rd November 2006 - I am 25th Most Popular Author in Sports for 2006)
See also: Top Ten Reasons to Join a Gym
And: The Abs Diet