Sunday, 27 April 2014

Eastsiders Season 2!!!

Remember last year when I posted about the Eastsiders Kickstarter campaign so that brilliant writer Kit Williamson could make his script a web series? Well Season 1 was such a success that I'm happy to announce that a second season has been written and the clan are back on Kickstarter!

EastSiders is a dark comedy about a gay couple facing consequences in their relationship as they try to overcome infidelity and deception in Silverlake, California. Drunken outbursts galore, and with the hilarity that is Krazy Kathy over-complicating her relationship with her nice guy boyfriend Ian, the first season was a huge hit. The show was picked up by Logo to air on LogoTV.com, and later it was broadcast on WolfeOnDemand.com as a movie for international viewers to watch.


The series also won the LA Weekly Web Award for Best Web Drama, Best Ensemble at the Indie Series Awards and was nominated for a Satellite Award from the International Press Academy, among numerous other accolades.


Now every penny made from Season 1 is being thrown back in for Season 2, and you can be sure that it's going to be even bigger and better than before if they can raise the money.


Kit Williamson is nothing less than incredible, and has become something of an inspiration to me since I came across EastSiders. Watching as Kit's own creation became a success, I've realised that you can't just wait around for a great opportunity; instead of waiting for success to come to you, go get it yourself.



Click here to pledge to the EastSiders Season 2 Kickstarter!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Something kind of personal...

I haven't really spoken about my family much on here, and I've never intended to. But something happened today that I want to talk about. Maybe someone is going through something similar, and maybe someone can help me see some sort of light. Because I have these odd unfamiliar feelings about the topic and I don't know how to address them.

Before today I hadn't spoken to my father in over six years, by a matter of choice. I changed my surname and I've torn up every single Christmas and birthday card he has ever sent me. I used to really hate him, because he made mine, my mum's, and my brother's lives a misery. When I still called him my dad, he was a selfish, bullying drunk who was able to afford cigarettes and booze and football season tickets, but was too skint to pay for days out or meals out. He had enough energy to bully my brother and strangle him with a washing line, but he was too tired to spend actual quality time with us. He was cruel, and the final straw was when he attacked my mum because she had someone other than him fixing her car.

Today was my birthday and I answered the door to see him standing there. He looked awfully old. His teeth are even yellower than I remember and he's lost one of his front incisors. I expected to feel the hate I'd let go of a couple of years back, but all I felt was pity for the mess I saw before me. Not the sympathy he tried to gain from me, just pity. The big bad dad that I'd feared for a large portion of my life was now nothing more than a short pitiful old man, and although the fear is well and truly gone, it's been replaced by another emotion that right now I can't place my finger on.

I know that I'm never going to be able to forgive him for all the hurt that he caused, nor am I interested in keeping in contact with him, as I have told him. But it's kind of hit me hard in a way that I can't describe, and it just makes me cry to think of those five or ten awkward minutes facing the man who I had feared more than anything else in my life.