Weekend Wrap-up April 16: Ricky Gervais / NaPoWriMo Highlights

Ricky Gervais. You either like his humor or you don’t. Gervais doesn’t give a s#!t what he says.

I was first introduced to him (not personally) with the show “The Office”. It was funny, rude, it made you uncomfortable, and it made you cringe, and at the end, cry. You learned to love the characters and their flaws and shortcomings.

I only saw a few episodes of “Extras”.

The series “Derek” picked up where “The Office” left off. Not the show, but what Gervais can do with a pen (or type more that likely)—write brilliant characters in real situations*.

Then came “After Life”.

He creates beautiful characters, flawed characters, sad characters, and pathetic characters but he writes that in a way that you understand why they are like that and you grow to care about them. He creates a story with such bizarre situations which begin to seem normal after you understand the context they are presented.

With “Derek” and even more so with “After Life” Gervais can make you laugh, cringe, smile, and cry all within the 30 minute episode. Not to forget making your heart drop.

I cried many times during the 18 episodes. I had tears running down my cheeks and could hardly talk by the time the credits rolled for the last time.

I have to say that I think Mr. Gervais is a brilliant writer and just as equally talented as an actor.


*Credit also has to go to his writing partner in many of his projects, Stephen Merchant, who is just as talented (but not as much of an ass, that I’ve seen)

Here are my poems from the second week of NaPoWriMo:

From my blog this week:

Free Book Friday April 15: In Conversation with N.T. Narbutovskih – Another successful interview
Weird Wednesday: Let it snow, let it sno —Wait. What?/Cartoons
Music Monday: Songs you might want to hear – Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case (and then some)

Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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