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!

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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2020 and 2021: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Ever since March, 2020 has been a year of unique challenges: a year of health fears, cancelled plans, and severe restrictions on what people can do, where they can go and who they can see. And while there is hope … Continue reading

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My Favourite Books (and Films) in 2020

Unsurprisingly, this hasn’t been a great film-watching year for me, at least in terms of new releases. Since January, I’ve seen a grand total of six films in theatres, as well as three new releases via streaming services and one … Continue reading

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The Right Stuff on Disney Plus

Recently, I finally took the plunge and subscribed to Disney Plus. The big push I needed was that it was the only way to legally watch the final season of Agents of SHIELD, which had been infuriatingly dismissed by British … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2020: Tough One This Year

Every National Novel Writing Month is hard work, but this one has turned out to be more difficult than most. Basically, I was being kept busy with various other things, and while I could technically find time to write, finding … Continue reading

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The Sandman: Don’t Listen Before You Go To Bed

When it was announced that an audiobook adaptation of The Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman was being produced for Audible, it sounded like the sort of thing I’d like to check out; I’d heard how good the comics were but … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2020: Year Twelve!

Since Camp NaNoWriMo, writing has actually been going really well. I’ve been applying the common personal development tips of a) taking small steps and b) persisting with something until it becomes a habit. Maybe I’m putting myself under less pressure, … Continue reading

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