My writing resolutions kinda worked for 2015, so what the hey, the below will do for this next 12 months. Given that writing just involves me, but publication involves a myriad of other factors and people, I can only work on what I can personally control. And I can only control me. Well I say control. … Continue reading Writing Resolutions 2016
Went to see the Catherine the Great Hermitage Winter Masterpiece exhibition at The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) ages ago. At first I was under-whelmed because it was two rooms of diagrams and dishes, plus an imposing portrait of Catherine. This was followed by a video tour of the Hermitage, which was glorious, except for … Continue reading Seeing art and negotiating space
Doctor Who 2015 Christmas Special - beware: spoilers, sweetie. He's right, The Doctor hasn't laughed for a long time. Hopes have been dashed, with companions lost. Plus, he's continually confronted by the every day mortality of those he loves or just encounters, until all he's left with is a time machine trying to cheer him up. … Continue reading Doctor Who: big night out
The extended edition of Battle of the Five Armies came out during NaNoWriMo, so I delayed watching it, so I could give it the consideration it deserved. Probably by now you will have made up your own minds and for mine, I do find myself agreeing with YouTube comments. And I'm writing this in lieu … Continue reading Late to the Party: a review of BOTFA-EE
Characters You Hate
I’ve attempted to create one character that is terrifying and somehow evil incarnate. It’s a horror SF being I won’t describe here, but as unredeemable as its actions are, it is an ‘it’. There’s even something I made beautiful about it. So, I can’t hate it, even as I wrote how its actions are what humans would consider despicable. What’s worse to me, are characters who, for whatever reason, bore me. I don’t mean deliberate Eric Olthwaite humour boring, but unintended flat boring. I can hate them and their creators for that and so, try not to make my characters boring.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just opened to sold out audiences, and everyone loves the original trilogy’s villain, Darth Vader. But he is a favourite of many fans’. What about characters that are absolutely hated by readers? But what if those characters are hated by their creators?
Yessir! But don’t worry, she’s evolved. She’s the main character from the four-part YA-fantasy series I’m writing right now, but she (and the story itself) have changed a massive amount since I first started writing it. Originally I started writing this particular story back in college, and I was using it as a form of cathartic therapy after my boyfriend of five years broke up with me. Because of a combination of little experience in professional story-writing and the wave of…
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Thought it was timely to revisit my resolutions from the end of last year, as I swelter in the squelchy humidity of a mid December Melbourne. This is before I even attempt to make new resolutions. It's too hot for that. So, the first one: I will have moved heaven and earth to get my … Continue reading 2015 Writing Resolution Review
Fans will see Star Wars: The Force Awakens without my say so, and so will anyone else vaguely familiar with the franchise. But these are my thoughts anyway. It was respectful of the source material, it was an homage to what went before, with plenty of deliberate shout outs. The plot, the pacing, the dialogue … Continue reading A review awakens
I should stop reading comments on Doctor Who pages. Mainly because of the hate. And also people don't get story telling and context. Fans are rabid about change, and angry when they don't change fast enough or in the way they want or understand. I don't understand it. Even if I haven't loved every episode … Continue reading Doctor Who: lonesome too and blue
If Heaven Sent was about death, then Hell Bent returns to a corrupted culture obsessed with it in this season finale and end of an era. The Doctor's quest, set up as a hope of a dream in The Day of the Doctor, is now an ode to his devotion to his companion and a revelation of … Continue reading Doctor Who: Who Dares Wins?
It's done. It's over. I proved I could do it. This ridiculous deadline artificially cultivated online is complete, and for my part I can say I am an official National November Novel Writing Month winner. O frabjous day! Callooh etc. I would have celebrated earlier, except it's too all much. Difficult, un-fun at times, a bit … Continue reading Final down low on NaNoWriMo