In this summary, of an article I wrote for Challenge Weekly in 2005, New Zealand Marist Brother Richard Dunleavy who had been in Rome for 13 years, explained how Pope Benedict XVI would fulfil his role as Pope. “I believe he is really ‘conservationist’ in regard to the truths of the Church as updated and described at Vatican II. His bases are natural law, scripture and authentic tradition,” said Brother Richard. Pope’s Benedict’s “depth of understanding of post-modern culture means that he will always be seeking to communicate with the secular world, especially in Europe, but never at the expense of the truths as he sees them.” Pope Benedict has since moved on as Pope, making way for the current Pope, Pope Francis.
Had the opportunity to watch Darkest Hour (2017) again–a five star gem, so why not? It’s a larger than life portrayal of English responses–mostly political, but also militaristic, personal and public–to the German invasion of Europe during World War II in the month of May preceding the Dunkirk evacuation. Winston Churchill’s reply, as the Prime Minister of England, is riveting. This well-mounted film, with its finely tuned and brightly tempered aesthetics, combined with, as Churchill, Gary Oldman’s flashy, headstrong and transformative performance makes for something quite a bit more than life, which makes it palatable to watch, of what was a real depressing time in Britain. But which touches on the gravity of the moment–their ‘darkest hour’–in some sobering scenes. This one riveted me to the seat.
I’ve always believed, quite rightly, that the key characters of the original Star Wars trilogy were one of the films’ trump cards, as they are believable and life-like. But I’ve noticed something else about Han and Leia that is quite true, as well.Continue reading “In-crowd”
An observation I picked up being around strangers and acquaintances is that if you’re together in a group there can be an expectation to play for the team. But maybe I don’t want to.Continue reading “One for the team?”
As I reflect, for a moment, there’s a different style, tone, and sound for pieces of different lengths that I write.Continue reading “Strokes here and there”
Yes, you were right that time, correcting that quietly, so I wouldn’t notice the error, was quite noble on your behalf. You didn’t want to tell me. Because you didn’t want to pay attention to the flaw, which would reflect badly on me, if you had ever told me. Yes, an editor’s work is thoughtful. But I found out, and here is the finished product! You told me, “good job”. Thank you.
I’ve asked myself this question and answered a resounding no. A writer should have a consistent style. But, if I compare my review of 28 Days Later, written in 2003, to my review of 28 Weeks Later, written four years later, I am resigned to the fact that they have different styles. This is really disconcerting to me, as it shows a flaw. All I can think of, is that a writer may use different styles of writing for a while, then settle on one style. This style becomes natural. In the end, a writer or some, if not many, writers must go through this phase. It’s a natural part of the writing life. One must write to know how one wants to write–and sometimes if not many times this plays out in the publishing world.
I would have posted another in my church series today (Church series here), but I came across the taped interview of one of the articles I have already published on that blog. I thought I need to publish the whole interview. This would take time to transcribe. So, when that’s done, I’ll be posting that as my next post, which shouldn’t be too far away.
This week has been seeing several devotions sent off to the same publisher, which is a record of a sort, but seeing one I did a month ago rejected by the same publisher. However, two weeks ago, one was accepted for publication–by the same publisher. That is the way of things. The way of the Write. At least this time. And two of the ones I sent were recovered from the rubbish bin, which was pleasing to see they didn’t come to waste.
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”
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”