Hi there! Still not dead!… pretty sheepish maybe, but dead, no. Really.

20 Aug

So a couple of people now have written in wondering where the Yonderland recaps went, and as a result I’m discovering that it’s possible to feel hugely gratified and abjectly guilty at the same time. Because this is precisely two more people than I thought would still care at this point, and just enough to raise the possibility that more are out there.

Thank you. I’m really sorry, but thank you.

Also, you raise a very, very good question. In the heady excitement of completing the HH recap series, I had just sort of enthusiastically assumed that of course there would be Yonderland recaps, and a Bill recap, and what the hey, maybe we could throw in the Wrong Mans while we were at it!

…And just about then, two other things happened. For starters, real life hit me with a tsunami in the form of a temp job assignment that required me to be constantly on-the-ball for six months, ready to handle whatever new (as in, completely unfamiliar) skill or responsibility might pop up, impressively enough that something might result in a permanent post. Which it did, then it didn’t, then it sort of did, then…

Anyway, as I’ve mentioned once or twice before, while I enjoy it above all things writing is not a form of relaxation for me (I’d be a little suspicious of anyone who claimed that it was, really). Under these circs it’d be a matter of coming home from an intense day of concentration only to intensely concentrate some more. Only one of those forms of concentration was lucrative, so.

Then there came the announcement that HH’s sixth series would after all involve Greg, Jim, Simon and Many Major Comedy Legends, hoop-lah! Excitement in the streets! …but not so much here at Review Central. My near-total enthusiasm failure at this point made me realise I wasn’t just lacking time but the motivation. In the aforementioned excitement over finishing the review series I’d neglected to build in a time cushion for inevitable burnout.

However. Eventually the job settled into at least a year’s permanency, and thus granted me leisure to remember exactly how much I missed having a little corner of the Web all my own to scribble in… also, how far “oh, it’s just a little delay” had slid past viability. Just as I was determining to do something about both, Yonderland Series II hit, and was a hit, and I further realised that dang, I kinda missed those six idiots after all.

The upshot of all of which is that I’ve spent the rest of S2’s runtime quietly planning a return to the printed word at the beginning of September. Besides the Yonderland recaps, I’m hoping to set up another more general review blog, as an outlet for the restlessly critical internal monologue that restarts with every odd bit of pop-cult I encounter… also, pretty pictures. Kinda like a Tumblr, except more wordy, and with maybe less focus on the gender preferences of my spirit animal.

Anyway, you’re welcome to check it out. All of it. Assuming you’ve forgiven me, that is. I’ll totally understand if you don’t, but I’m planning on writing it anyway, so, y’know…


Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Meta-stuff


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3 responses to “Hi there! Still not dead!… pretty sheepish maybe, but dead, no. Really.

  1. flickflickboom

    August 25, 2015 at 3:28 am

    I look forward to it!

  2. MacAvity

    August 25, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Hey! Good to see you on the internets again – I’ve missed your reviews! I’m sorry you’ve been so busy and unmotivated, but glad to hear there will be more reviews and stuff before too long!

    That said, don’t get your hopes up too high for season 6 of Horrible Histories – despite the promising cast, the content is… disappointing. They’ve got a new format – each episode centers around one historical figure and tells his or her story while also including bits about everyday life in that time period and what was going on in other parts of the world at the same time – and in theory this should be a really good idea, make history a little more coherent, give a stronger sense of the timelines. Even Death has made a career change – now he laughs at the posthumous legacies of famous figures, which really should be more educational than just laughing at the embarrassing deaths of random people. But somehow, it all falls flat – it’s not funny enough to make me laugh, and it’s not engaging enough to make me learn anything, and without those it doesn’t feel at all like Horrible Histories.

    Seriously, though, I’m glad you’re back. And I look forward to the Yonderland reviews!

  3. Traxy

    August 29, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Life happens and that’s fine. Welcome back! 🙂


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