Starship AX-101 – A short story

Good morning.

Hope you are all well.

I am currently in America on holiday but when inspiration strikes I like to make the most of it. I’m not much of a sleeper and wrote this short story at 3 in the morning. It is something a little different but hope you all like it just the same. 

Please let me know how you found it, all feedback is worth having, but please be nice. 

Have a great day all.

Starship AX-101

“Engines four and five are now out. One and two are leaking power, three is working but giving off no immediate power and six to eight are still out.”

Control panels were emitting noises that Captain Daniel had never witnessed in his short lived tenure at the helm of church cockpit. He had been Captain for almost five minutes when things descended into chaos. His first question to himself was what would have the deceased Captain Nomak done. 

Captain Daniel flicked his hair from his brow with his hand and gazed towards the former Captain’s corpse in the corner of the room. The man rested undignified against the wall, blood protruding from the bullet wound in his head and eyes wide open but gazed over.

“How is the fuel looking, Jace?” The Captain asked, his skin riddled with goosebumps.

“We have fifty percent fuel left. But to give you a better understanding, Captain,” Jace said spinning inher chair and locking eyes with Captain Daniel, teary and drained. “In the first thirty hours of the journey we used twenty five percent of the fuel capacity, racking up millions of atmos miles. In the last fifteen minutes, travelling only around several thousand miles, we used the same. It is depleting fast.”

Captain Daniel sighed and let his head fall onto his chest. He wasn’t built for this. There was no rightful passage he had taken to be their leader. He didn’t ask for this. And in the seven thousand year history of the Starship AX-101, Captain Trest Daniels would be the young man to bring it all to an end. In five minutes. 

Red and blue flights lit up the room from all parts of the main dashboard, buzzing sounded throughout the shuttle and the pressure was too great. Captain Daniel looked to his right at the Vice-Captain’s chair and felt remorse. Kinder Jose sat motionless, arms flung over the sides with blood dripping from her mouth, gunshot wounds spread over her body, with sanguineous patches staining her pure white uniform. 

“Will we make our destination?” Captain Daniel asked.

“No. All engines are either failing or are out-“

“I found a substitute location which we could risk,” Navigator Fraser Locke shouted with excitement, cutting off Jace and spinning completely in his chair and gaining control of his panel once more. “It is an unknown planet that appears to have life form, an over-massed one at that.”

“Can we guarantee one hundred percent survival rate?”

Jace typed with fury at her control panel. “Never, but it is our best shot.”

Captain Daniels felt a rush of adrenaline, mixed with fear and hope. He may have been only seventeen, but there was a part to play and he needed to portray it to perfection. 

“Okay folks,” Captain Daniels said as he walked over to the navigation panel and peered over the shoulder of Fraser Locke, and for the first time confidence filling his body. We’re heading to a planet called Earth. Settle in tight, it will be an adventure.” 


Podcast Recommendation

I’ve always had a thought that one day, I would have my very own podcast. I wish to make that dream a reality one day. Set up some recording equipment, talk to the mic alone or with some friends, about writing, films, books or just having a laugh and a jolly good time.

In the mean time, I have this blog that racks up some dust now and again, a writing career I want to get off the ground and help raise the awareness of many other writers and creators out there who needs to be read or seen.

Podcasts have been part of my life for the last few years and wanted to share with you the ones that I highly recommend.

1/ Writing excuses – a good podcast with tips and stories from writers for writers.

2/ The Nerdist – with famous guests from around the world and different professions, a must listen to show.

3/ Jay and Silent Bob get old – a fun podcast where Jason Mewes talks about his journey with sobriety with his friend Kevin Smith.

4/ Desert Island Discs – Great tales of people that are shipwrecked and who choose the music they would like to be stranded with.

5/ Hollywood Babble-On – Last but not least, my favourite podcast of all time, with Kevin Smith and the amazing Ralph Garman. Friends who talk about geek news, entertainment headlines, the size of Liam Neeson’s penis and much much more. 

Honourable mentions go to:

Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana

Talk is Jericho with Chris Jericho

Kermode and Mayo’s film review

Kevin Pollak’s chat show

Hope you check this out and bring as much lift relief as it does to my life.

Thanks for reading and take care.

A word (or a few) on Inspiration

Inspiration. Sometimes it is easy come, other times it can awhile before a source hits us. 

I had been lacking in inspiration for awhile and then all of a sudden something hit me. An idea of sorts. Out of nowhere. Why do I think inspiring thoughts come in strange moments? Because you let your mind free from the struggle of the cause and allow it to let it time to breathe. So in this post are my six top things to do to free my mind.

1/ Lose my thought in a film or book.

2/ Going for a walk or for a drive.

3/ Working out

4/ Day to day chores (Washing up/cleaning)

5/ Immersing myself in to in-depth conversations and laughs. 

6/ Podcasts and listening to music

Hope this helps to make you think and give you an insight in to what inspires. 

Lonely Day – System Of A Down

Good morning all, I hope all is well.

Today I have decided to post the lyrics to one of my favourite SOAD songs. This is where my head is currently at with my writing and sums up a potential aspect of my story. 

If you get chance, check out the video as it adds another element to the lyrics.

Hope you enjoy.

Lonely Day

Such a lonely day
And it’s mine
The most loneliest day of my life
Such a lonely day
Should be banned
It’s a day that I can’t stand

The most loneliest day of my life
The most loneliest day of my life
Such a lonely day
Shouldn’t exist
It’s a day that I’ll never miss
Such a lonely day
And it’s mine
The most loneliest day of my life

And if you go, I wanna go with you
And if you die, I wanna die with you
Take your hand and walk away

The most loneliest day of my life
The most loneliest day of my life
The most loneliest day of my life

Such a lonely day
And it’s mine
It’s a day that I’m glad I survived

Masked Heroes – A Haiku Story

Good evening folks,

After what has felt like forever I am back to doing something I enjoy, writing Haikus and posting on this blog. 

The last couple of months in my household has been pretty shitty. Car accidents, colds, flu, sickness bugs, and a crazed cat that attacks me, and only me, on the stairs. No one else. Just me. To add insult to injury, Ruby climbs over me to get to the more comfortable and warmer side of bed, where the other human obviously gives better cuddles.

Anyway, enough of the ranting. If you follow me on Twitter, I tweet way too much about my cat as it is. I am here to give you an inside scoop to my latest writing adventure. It’s a few Haikus into one with a longer ending than you would find in a traditional Haiku. Well, if you build walls, there are people that knock them down. Sometimes, that is okay. 

So here it is, a little teaser. I hope you all enjoy it and fingers crossed there will be more blog posts to come in the very near future. Have a great morning/day/evening.


The black cape will burn,
And with flames it will engulf,
Ashes will remain.

In their victory,
Men and women will rejoice,
The children will cry.

In a town beneath,
Left battered, beaten and scarred,
The bodies shall fall.

Rise, the community of Bedlam. The era of the Masked Heroes are behind us. For the end is nigh.

Property of Hyperactive Pandemonium.