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This is the End of Doctor Who as we know it...

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Douglas Clark
-Head writer, The Inspiration Engine

We have come to an end of an era!




The Doctor was always a male character; it was an essential and foundational part of who the character was and the story of Doctor Who followed certain patterns because of this. Now, because they have fundamentally altered the character it is no longer Doctor Who as we knew it. It will become something... different. It can never be what it was even if after this iteration they go back to a male character.
I look at it this way: For a character to have genuine value, that character has to have a few consistent core characteristics. When those core characteristics are fundamentally changed, the character is irrevocably changed. So all of this talk about the Doctor being a man or a woman changes the essence of the character. What was once reliable and understood now becomes unrecognizable and distracting. Granted there are revelations and secrets revealed over the course of a character’s story arc that al…

Crackling Sea

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Once More Unto the Breach...

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Douglas Clark
-Head writer, The Inspiration Engine


Persistence and Perseverance pay off. I've been published again, this time in The Corvus Review

My story, Don't Dance, starts on page 38.




Thanks for reading.


I Got Published Again!!!

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Douglas Clark
-Head writer, The Inspiration Engine


Hello everyone. Just thought I'd let you know. I got published again!!!! This time by Five 2 One Magazine

Check out my short story here




Thanks for reading.

Hell’s Itch is a Nightmare!

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Douglas Clark
-Head writer, The Inspiration Engine


I thought I’d share a little story with you considering I just got another sunburn despite my best efforts with sunscreen.
Okay, so for most of you, the term Hell’s Itch doesn’t mean a damned thing. For others, they nod their head silently and recall all too well the most agonizing pain they ever experienced.
I’ll explain.
When people get sunburned it hurts, then it itches a little, the skin starts to peel, it looks freaky and then heals and life goes on its merry way. But for a very select few of us, it’s not that simple. See after we get a sunburn, and it hurts, it starts to itch a little, then a little more, then a lot more, and then… we are dragged down a path of nightmarishly agonizing skin torture that is absolutely hellish in every way.
Have you ever had an itch and deliberately didn’t scratch it to see if it would go away? It didn’t right. You had to scratch it after it got to be unbearable. Then the ordeal was over. Well, wit…

A Very Fine Old Battleship

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Douglas Clark
-Head writer, The Inspiration Engine



Here's a great article by Geoffrey Morrison about an old Battleship. I love ships, but there's something slightly sad about this one. It's permanently landlocked. You'll see in the picture gallery that it will never sail again. There's something so confining about that. But the pictures are great.


(picture taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_battleship_Mikasa)
Enjoy.


My Published Short Story

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By Douglas Clark
Head writer: The Inspiration Engine


Hi everyone. Good news!!! I got published again. This time in the Paragon Journal

My short story, Twenty Minutes to El Cajon Boulevard, appears on page 83.


Please read my story and enjoy.

Doug