Author Archives: R.J. Southworth

About R.J. Southworth

Hi there. I've been blogging since January 2014, and I like to talk about all sorts of things: book reviews, film reviews, writing, science, history, or sometimes just sharing miscellaneous thoughts. Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope you find something that interests you!

November: Two Different Endurance Challenges

The end of November saw a couple of achievements to reflect upon. First, I completed my thirteenth National Novel Writing Month – here are some thoughts on how this one went: I’d done a lot of prep work beforehand, yet … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 13, Episode 1: “The Halloween Apocalypse”

Excellent cold open to kick things off, complete with references to Nitro-9 and the Doctor previously being Scottish. I’m liking Dan Lewis so far, though given how positively he’s framed with sharing his passion for Liverpool and helping out at … Continue reading

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Back to the Cinema

There have been plenty of advantages to lockdown measures being relaxed this year, and one of them is that cinemas are open again for the release of new films. Sadly, Top Gun: Maverick has been pushed back again to next … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2021: Year Thirteen!

Most of my writing efforts this year have been focussed on editing, and while I haven’t managed to keep it up every single day, I’ve definitely done a lot more across the year than I have previously. But now it’s … Continue reading

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My 600th Post: My Running This Year

As well as being a good year for reading and writing, 2021 has turned to be a positive year for running too. After completing a virtual half-marathon last year, I felt as if I lost my running mojo to a … Continue reading

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The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag – 2021 Edition

This has been a very good reading year for me so far: I set myself a target of 70 books for the year and I’ve finished 46. So I thought I would do a mid-year review with this tag from … Continue reading

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Book review: Project Hail Mary

I’ve been doing really well for reading so far this year. After setting a Goodreads target of 70 books, I’m at 37 already (text and audiobooks), and there’s been some really great ones there too. I’ve written short reviews of … Continue reading

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How Not To Do Camp NaNoWriMo

Unfortunately, April’s Camp NaNoWriMo has not gone according to plan. The intention was to treat it like November and write a whole 50,000-word story: a sequel to my 2015 fantasy project, which was my second choice for last November’s effort. … Continue reading

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I Finished A Second Draft!

Twelve years of participating in National Novel Writing Month have left me with a sizeable collection of first drafts for novels. I’ve attempted to edit some of them before; a few of my Camp NaNoWriMo projects have involved full rewrites. … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – New Year’s Special 2021: “Revolution of the Daleks”

I know we’ve had to wait longer than this for more Doctor Who, but it still feels like it’s been forever. Seeing that title again felt good. Just that scene at the tea booth made me feel nostalgic for the … Continue reading

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