Showing posts from 2019

My Return Q&A/Update (Sort Of)

Most of you are probably wondering about me and where I've been, so here's why:

Question 1:  What were you doing for the past two months?
Two main things took up my schedule at the time: college with writing short film scripts for assignments (or some thousand word essays), and cleaning which is sort of my part time job, mainly during weekends. This, and the fact I've had some factors involving changing up familiar areas with certain stuff sort of stressed me out that I was quite tired by the end of a lot of days.

Question 2: How's your writing progress?
Outside of screenwriting, my debut novel is still under revision. Having gotten feedback from two beta readers (if you're both reading this, many thanks again for doing so!), I'm going through the third and maybe final draft of edits unless I think it needs one more fix. I plan to maybe start pitching it to editors/publishers, etc but it's a bit challenging given my current circumstance with finding time to do …

My Favourite Movies For Each Season + Tag

So I'd planned to do a blog post yesterday which would have either been the Q&A or this, but due to the craziness and a recent college project I've had to do, (which was originally a group thing but shifted into just an individual one meaning more catch up on homework), it had to be delayed. I still plan to write my Q&A -don't worry, it's still coming - but will wait until next week starting into November. And given this is half term and a holiday, I've decided to make a tag post again! That way, I'm keeping short and sweet:

Main Rules: 

4 Movies, 4 Seasons,

Give Reasons For Each,

& Tag 4 Bloggers!

(Note: It can be a film series,etc if with a similar tone or story that matches a certain season, and the same goes to ones referencing or set during holidays. TV Shows don't count as I plan to do one on those in the near future!)

Spring - Sense & Sensibility (1995)

Where I live, it rains - a lot - and a fair amount appears in this. xD 

But really, it wor…

Film Review: Joker (2019)

At first glance, I wasn't so sure about seeing Joker. Not so much because of the "controversy" that came after the trailer's release (which was just bored journalists screaming for attention over a movie they probably didn't see beforehand), but whether it would be really boring or too dark for my taste. Over time though, I got more interested once I started hearing good things about it. And on Tuesday, I went...

Movie Title: Joker Release Date: 4th October 2019 (UK Date)
Director: Todd Philips
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazi Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham & Marc Maron
While living in the darker areas of Gotham City, Arthur Fleck tires to make ends meet for himself and his mother by working as a clown, but also with the dream to one day become a stand-up comedian. However, life has not been kind to Arthur, 
and what starts as a simple defence against cruelty and rejection pull him into a downward spiral …

A Look At The Underrated: The Prince Of Egypt (1998)

After having a stumbling block with ideas for blogging, hence the gap of silence these last few weeks, I now finally have one. But before I start, here's a couple of updates that might interest you (if I get into a writer's block again, though hopefully not!) 

1. I now have a Letterboxd account, where you can see my lists of movies and reviews with extended thoughts on here.

2. I'm also doing a drawing month challenge on Instagram (mainly to keep my creative juices flowing), if you want to check out my sketches, etc

With that out of the way, you may continue!

The Prince of Egypt is a DreamWorks animated film released in December of 1998, which the first musical and 2D animated one that they made. While it barely grossed over $200 million over a $70 million budget, it was critically acclaimed and won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, among other nominations such as Best Musical or Comedy.

And for a simple synopsis, it's the story of Moses from the Bible.


Indie-Book Review: Sounds Of Deceit By Hannah Heath (The Terebinth Tree Chronicles #3)

So this has come a lot later than I'd planned. And that's due to the fact I've also now got a summer job (and by that I mean one I've been on and off for the past year), which I really should have mentioned in my last update, dang it. But aside from that, I've also had homework too... But I have also managed to read a new indie book, and what did I think?

Sounds of Deceit is the third instalment to Hannah Heath's Terebinth Tree Chronicle short stories, and was released on June 30th last month (check out my reviews on the other two here and here!) 

Synopsis: Death and destruction.Those are the consequences of being a magician under Elgar's rule. Ailith once thought that she could be the exception, but now she sees that her skillset only brings about pain, even upon those she tends to protect. Convinced that there is only one solution, Ailith buries herself in obscurity and turns her back on the warrior life.

It's a simple decision at first, but one that gro…

Book Review: Nevernight By Jay Kristoff

So after being in the dark which ended up getting a replacement on my laptop's hard drive, I am back. (Maybe a day late, but still...) 
And since I've also been busy, this return post will be on a recent book I read just a week ago...

Nevernight is the first instalment of The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff (co-author of the Illuminae Files) from August 2016a new adultfantasy centred around assassins, magic, and a world inspired from elements like the Roman Empire, 
Harry Potter, and the Three Musketeers

Synopsis: In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledging killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift speaking with the shadows leads her to th…

2nd Blogiversary + General Update (Writing Progress Edition)

Today is my blog's 2nd anniversary! And my, oh my, how much time has flown! While I've been away for a few days and still weary from the journey there and back, I've been thinking about my blog and where things will be going from here. Want to know more? Then continue below, as we celebrate another year of blogging made from the formula of biscuits and caffeine. And lots of typing as well...

So to get started on a catch up of what I'm doing, first, my debut novel: It's doing okay, but still in the hellish and perilous stage known to all as revision. While I now have my feedback from the two beta-readers who managed to stick through reading my entire WIP, 
a lot of time will be juggled between this and my summer schedule (if you're both reading this, btw-and I know one of you definitely is-here's hugs, more thank yous, and free internet birthday food from me!).

I remain optimistic of my completion that will hopefully happen soon, but when that actually will be …

3 Ways To Visualize Your Story's Setting & Characters

With a story comes a world that starts to form in ways most writers wouldn't always expect. For ones in grounded in reality and Earth, it could be just a quirky house your main character lives in with their aunt and uncle, who owns a lot of animals. And for others like myself, it would be a grand universe filled with magic of all kinds, involving a half-human and alien hybrid teleporting from place to place on a whim. 
But sometimes, once a writer gets to a keyboard and starts to type out words, it can become a major obstacle to reveal our setting the right way without messing up in communication to our audience. 
But how can we apply these ideas correctly? Well, here are 3 ways of doing that:

(Also, expect a more happy tone to this one, cause I'm hyper on drinks today.)

1. Learn from what you see and find around you.
Exploring our surroundings matters on many levels, and for some that can be very hard or easy, unless something like agoraphobia is involved, then the Internet is a b…