I can’t believe it’s been forty years since the first Star Trek film was released—not that I’m a fan. I never saw it back then, all those years ago. Time flies, but I’ve seen it twice since, and the anniversary is a kind of nice context to review it.Continue reading “Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979)”
If a devotion I’m writing is not working out at a point in time, I send it to a folder dedicated to parking unusable devotions. There’s one in particular I’ve been fond of taking out and recycling whenever I go into the pharmacy that inspired the devotion.Continue reading “Caught it in time”
One of the things a writer must do is research where he is going to submit his work. If not going independent, but still going it alone (without an agent), the writer will ask himself, is there a suitable traditional book publisher for me? Some factors for a bad or good fit include:Continue reading “Researching the market”
I have found market guides helpful and discouraging, but before I dislocated my writing vocation, I decided to let it marinate and wait for an opportune time to revisit the B-All and End-All Market Guide where one’s dreams are just a few steps away.Continue reading “Market guides: helpful or discouraging?”
Writing screenplays one has to pay attention to how one names scenes or titles scenes.Continue reading “Add the hyphen!”
Today there are superheroes, but do we need another superhero, or hero for that matter? Although Flash Gordon (1980) has some great Queen music and occasional moments of “get on board” action that may worm its way under the skin, is the hero of Flash Gordon a phony just like the pantheon of heroes and their fictitious deeds and heroism?Continue reading “Do we need another hero?”
If you haven’t noticed, which I’m sure you have, everything‘s become computerized. But as a lesson in writer’s ABC, as a writer, you can’t say everything. That’s what they will tell you and it’s right.Continue reading “A bit of ABC”
The following is an example of a good collaboration between writer and editor, the piece I did for Challenge Weekly on the DVD Collector’s Edition of Ben Hur. I like how it all sounds. Ben-Hur is a favourite of quite a few Christians as it has a strong Christian theme and contains nothing offensive., so that’s why I thought my readers would need to know. Of course, the 1959 version that is.Continue reading “A nice one”
There’s satisfaction in knowing that the writing piece one has done is the best possible work one could have done, together with a conscientious editor, who fills in the flawed parts with a deft touch.Continue reading “When all comes together well”
When one gets all the grimpy I mean grumpy editors, When one has empathy with their predicament, that being having to read through a creed of emails that contain “stuff”, mostly rubbishy contributions (including mine at one time or another), and understand when one faces a similar creed of emails. I feel for you. I understand, at last, why you never got back to me.
I wrote twenty-two film reviews for Anglican Taonga online during the 2013-2014 year, that covered films released on DVD during that period, apart from one. Some of those are still posted on their website here. Others have been taken down it seems and don’t even appear on a Google search. Online publishing can be like that, here one day, gone another, but “i was here”. Unless there’s an agreement between the publisher and the writer over what happens to archived material, which is something I didn’t have, as I wrote for the ‘fun of it’ although with quite a purposeful outlook. I’ve always taken film reviews quite seriously, even when writing reviews for free. Sometimes in writing, a purposeful attitude is all one needs.
The Final Countdown (1980) is about time travel—in that an American aircraft carrier finds itself in time-past and could change the course of events that led to the bombing of Pearl Harbour. It’s such a significantly grave event that one is impressed how it can be prevented.Continue reading “It’s a world without time travel”
There’s a review I did that explained the story-line at some length, and just when Joe thought it had come to an end, something else made him think: that’s a complicated story-line. He meant the movie plot and not my review.
The article, review, what have you–that the author forgot, even though he wrote it. He expects the piece won’t be that good — and that’s what I thought about a review I did six-and-a-half years ago, a review I forgot existed, but discovered when I did some digging around in my filing cabinet. Alas, it was better than I thought, and if I may, much better than I thought!
The Imitation of Christ was originally written in the Middle Ages by a monk, Thomas A. Kempis. It’s mind blowing devotional literature, to use the modern expression, but firmly in keeping with the essence of the best Christian devotional literature that points to God.Continue reading “The Imitation of Christ”
A reader doesn’t know what’s in the heart of the author, but can only tell by what’s put on paper or delivered to the screen. That’s why it’s essential to make sure written communication is transparent and says what it is supposed to. A slight omission here and there may produce the wrong meaning, although the writer has good intentions. Looking back, I know I have done this sometimes, but since I’m more aware of it, I am aiming to make sure my work always says what it’s supposed to.
It’s not necessarily the work provided that ends a writing relationship, but it could be. Sometimes, the editor moves on, and the next editor wants to do something different without you. Not to be taken as a reflection on the writing, necessarily.
Sometimes, slight sense of irony in a sentence can add color to what would be a pedestrian line of writing and irony can brighten an otherwise flawed expression. It’s simply about the “art of writing” when one observes art in a piece that seems flawed.
Art of writing may be fused throughout the whole, ordinary, unexceptional flawed piece, to give it an air of mystery and aloofness. It is flawed prose in one sense, but how the piece is structured or designed gives an illusion of art through each line. How one does this is tweaking; in sum, making it sound interesting.
I have been gently studying the devotional markets I’ve been writing for already and have made some adjustments. In that vein, several devotions have been “put aside” in favor of the more appropriate ones. These should be a fit, more or less, for the publisher.Continue reading “Regulating”
Does one’s ideas have commercial or independent potential? One’s archive of ideas may suggest one is heading in a commercial or independent direction, and an idea that has fully bloomed may suggest one way or other.
Though it is not always the writer’s will that is paramount on deciding if he will be a commercial or independent screenwriter as screenwriters are at the mercy of the demands of their own country’s parochial industry, be that independent.
However, wannabe novelists can send their prospective work to either a commercial or independent publisher from the outset so they have more choice than screenwriters who don’t live in Hollywood.Continue reading “Commercial or independent”
Ideas are written down, somewhere, somehow. The first idea I wrote down was pretty imaginative and ideasy, but I wouldn’t say the idea was ‘mature’. It had to grow somehow or be used in the appropriate way, be that I could make it in something good with the appropriate traditional publisher or if a script the right producer, or go the self-publishing route and all that entails for the author, or hit the delete button, if all else fails. But sometimes ideas just sit there and flounder and do nothing. This is good because they are left to grow as the writer grows as a writer and an author.Continue reading “The maturing of ideas”
How does one face the crowd, the public, as an author and writer? I think one must be comfortable in one’s skin and project who one is. Simple as that. Being comfortable in public is the key, I think.
The severity of John Merrick’s disfigurement is confrontational to our worst sense and the cold street life of poverty in Victorian England, where the film is set, distancing and aloof from his plight.
One feels quite separated from the film, much like the distance one may feel from Merrick, but that the better response is not repulsion, but compassion, so one can be inside the story of “The Elephant Man”.
The Elephant Man (1980) is about dignity. Dignity for those who are, through no fault of their own, impaired, but get ridiculed and oppressed.Continue reading “The Elephant Man (1980)”
There’s always in the back of the mind of a writer of shorter material the time when he’ll be an author and gets the book contract. But does one really want to do that? The book signings, the author meet and greets, the interviews…the general busyness over your book? And does one really like reading books anyhow, the longer stuff that is? Can a writer be satisfied with the niche he already has and make the most of it, as much as possible? And not put all his eggs in the writing basket?
Spontaneity in some areas of writing may be misleading, to the editor and the reader. That’s because spontaneity is a one-off, yet the rest of the time, one’s been doing the run of the mill.Continue reading “Spontaneity”
After being in the “attic”, “basement” for so long, in other words put away for a rainy day, one reopens the old magazine and finds a fresh revelation. It was actually pretty good.
Then one sees their editor is actually intelligent … after seeing how they cleverly edited your brilliant work! To make it sound so much better.
There’s the ability of the tongue to say too much in everyday conversation, that one is embarrassed by the end of it. But with an editor, the writer who says too much, is going to have his words cut down markedly, where necessary. There isn’t usually an editor for conversations, though, where one can’t take things back or cut them out. Words can sort of linger in the air…and depending on who’s there and if they don’t like it, the atmosphere can come down like a lead balloon. With an editor, there is a way to cut down on extraneous material and save unnecessary embarrassments. Because readers, like listeners, have ears, too.
The humble writer or artist and filmmaker for that matter, may shy away from publicity or at least attempt to. But, underneath, there may be a liking to the question, what will he do next? Will it be as good or better than the last thing they made? That’s when a writer and artist gets a little inkling they have made it. But what will be next? A widely received disappointment? After the artist has gained acceptance?
The writer and the artist are names that can be used interchangeably, in terms of function– the purpose is to create using kinds of media and materials–and in style–to ‘stylize’ and place, for an effect, which can include journalism, in terms of how elements of art are embedded in journalism, such as flow. Both can change style in a period of their vocation/career, but this can be normal to writers and artists who can naturally be spontaneous, experimental and adventurous.Continue reading “The art reflected on is worth studying”
Styles can cross over into a hybrid style. It’s not only science that has hybrids. It’s languages as well. In my case, the English language, as a writer of English. I have lamented about some elements of my “Later style” and celebrated the style of the “Early” days, but when coming to the present day style, I’ve noticed it’s really a hybrid style. I’m recapturing again the early style, but the “Later style” has left traces as well. It’s about consciously applying the early style, but I still instinctively paint in the “Later style” as that is what I have been doing for about twenty years.
It’s with reluctance that I put away some stories. Something about them just won’t go. It’s not the writing quality, but the sense that there was unfinished business. Something was left undone or unhinged. One can’t go back, of course, but the slight pain one feels is regret. It happens once or twice, on the big stories. But this post is saying: I’m putting it to death and down to experience.
Stories have a habit of mushrooming and expanding out, which one article can’t handle. The follow-up article continues the story.Continue reading “Follow-up articles”
Just say one wanted to write something for a monthly, with sixteen pages in between it’s covers. Well, sixteen is not much, I must say. Where would someone come in there, if one wanted something published every month, as a freelancer and not a staff writer?Continue reading “Reality and fantasy”
I don’t really enjoy the the kind of journalism one must do in reporting on a real life story of currency. But I like researching things that require time, effort, and don’t depend on timeliness. Like researching the films from 1965, but with a kind of ‘scientific’ aim in mind. I do see, however, that investigative reporting is crucial to an informed society when it’s done well and accurately.