Recent viewing includes the films Relic and, like everyone else, The Old Guard. These are two productions without anything in common except: family, loyalty, love, fear, death and violence. Relic is an atmospheric Australian horror film, full of luscious winter visuals and meaningful weather. The setting does a lot of the heavy lifting in this … Continue reading Watcha watch?
Things seem to have changed. Or I have changed. As a poet told me recently, there is the business of writing and the work of writing. The business is the endless search for journals and opportunities, and formatting, and sending submissions. The business has somehow come into alignment. I am finding places that want my … Continue reading They come not as single spies
I was going to review the Tolkien biopic I saw the other day. And I will: it was solid story telling, took some minor appropriate liberties with the source material to heighten the drama, yet didn't compromise much. I enjoyed it. Basically, it was another thoughtful narrative mostly around the effects of a difficult childhood … Continue reading Some enchanted telling
I'm hoping this type of announcement post will get extremely monotonous as I reveal a second poem has been accepted for publication (in a different journal to the first one). It turns out sending poetry and stories to publications occasionally works. It's simple but it's still true, and I have been guilty of forgetting this. … Continue reading Oh the monotony
A year ago the most ludicrous thing I didn't have to imagine was a petition launched in the UK for a ban on the teaching of Arabic numerals. I thought it was some kind of stunt, but the woman responsible believed numbers were some kind of new fangled way to, I don't know, get whatever … Continue reading 2020: too novel?
If you're feeling a bit down, as I am in these uncertain, COVID-plagued days, there are things and people to turn to for a boost. I peered into this site's spam folder and discovered insights from anonymous spam-posting bots were the thing I didn't know I needed...and still don't: Very great post. I simply stumbled … Continue reading Unsubstantiated support
Warrior Nun: I watched the entire first series when I couldn't sleep, which probably heightened the sense of the ridiculousness in this. The casting gets my approval. The actors, especially those playing the nuns have great chemistry and are committed to the premise. Some of the historical positioning was problematic while a few of the … Continue reading On watch
Art galleries are closed, in this year of 2020-Covid-19. It has presented opportunities to visit virtual exhibitions at galleries and museums around the world. Bendigo Art Gallery and Beinart Gallery are two I've had a peek at online. In less plague-ridden times, I visit art as often as I can, usually in spaces designed for … Continue reading Labyrinth of shadows
I keep having to redraft this first paragraph as what I originally wrote is now years old, and time marches on from the day I visited the place I'm about to describe. This minute and for the ones preceding, it has been a golden afternoon in May. The autumnal sunshine is magicking up the world … Continue reading May 2020 and all the months before
A well told story needs no further explanation from the tellers. This is not an adage the makers of Avengers: Endgame subscribe to as they continue niggling at their massive and popular hit film, like they are not done. As a writer, I get the notion that no work is ever complete but that inner … Continue reading Review: Endgame?