Dave Killed Kurt (It’s not a conspiracy) and Other News

Found a series of images by Brazilian artist Butcher Billy (@BillytheButcher)
I found a series of grunge Street Fighter hybrids by Brazilian artist Butcher Billy. (@BillytheButcher)

I don’t like not writing. It seems that these days are more filled with words than ever before. I have a number of new projects on the horizon, and I have yet to properly complete my television pilot series. Busyness is a good thing but it can be hard to keep on top of everything that you’re up to.

That’s why I have decided to start blogging about it. Yes, this does add to the word count each week but I think that it might help me to clarify my thoughts. A rambling approach perhaps but one that hopefully serves a purpose.

My week in words

I have been working as a professional writer for over a year and now I am working in the freelance sector. It’s still a bit of a novelty to be able to say that I write for a living but it’s also been the plan all along. From as far back as I can remember I’ve always felt compelled to write. That hasn’t changed although perhaps the strength of that conviction has. Now I feel driven and if I don’t write at least something every day then I deem it as wasted time.

In the last week I’ve done a number of things. I’ve written copy for a removals company, I’ve started developing a Film Review channel on YouTube (coming soon!), and I’ve been working on the branding for a new website (davekilledkurt.com).

This is the new project that I’m most excited about. It’s an art gallery, an online space for writers and illustrators to collaborate, and it’s a space for telling stories. It’s the digital campfire I guess. But it’s something that’s close to my heart. I believe in collaboration, I know that art can be made better by using more than one perspective, and I aspire to find art and modes of expression that aren’t constricted by genre or societal norms.

Painting Words

The work hasn’t been particularly easy. I’m working with James Birmingham on this project. James is a talented illustrator and together we’ve spent a considerable amount of time ironing out the concept for davekilledkurt.com. Not only have we been working on the branding and the image for the site, we’ve also been busy on social media channels (follow us @davekilledkurt) and we have begun our first project together.

We’re adapting a short story that I wrote last year on my MA. It’s Rapunzel but set in a pulp fiction noir. This is all taking up a considerable chunk of our working week but it’s going to be worth it. Please, head on over to davekilledkurt.com and let us know what you think. If you’re a writer or an illustrator reading this then you should get in touch and submit some work. We’d be happy to consider promoting you through your artistic output.

In other news I’m still slogging away on People Per Hour. It really is an unforgiving landscape but on the plus side the proposal format always provides me with something to write. Hopefully I’ll have some time to write a new film review for you all soon – I’ve seen some great film and TV in the last week or so.

The Week in Pictures

I’d recommend Peaky Blinders on BBC, Homeland (unrelentingly bleak this season), and Sons of Anarchy (but only sort of). In terms of older TV I’ve revisited the earlier season of Southland. Definitely a show to watch if you haven’t already. Portlandia is also good for Hipster bashing and if you’re going to the cinema (which you should) there’s plenty to choose from: Interstellar, Gone Girl, and Fury.

But the best thing that I’ve seen this week is Jake Gyllenhaal’s new low key indie Nightcrawler. It’s minimal, infused with a B movie tone, and it avoids the spectacle so prevalent in the films mentioned above.

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