Saturday, 30 March 2013

Books vs TV...

There aren't many occasions when a scene in a book is equalled in excellence by a TV adaptation.

This: is one of them

Friday, 29 March 2013

A few of my favourite things...

My muse likes pictures.

I loved Aragorn from the first moment I read him. Viggo does a pretty good job of bringing him to life, I think.

The delightful, C.B (anyone notice a theme developing here?)
Vladimir Kulich (playing Buliwyf from the 13th Warrior)
Richard Armitage.


Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Writing is HARD!!!

I've just posted a chapter on 'Critique Circle' and it feels like I've just run a marathon. I'm weak and trembling (sans the Bacofoil wrap) and...spent. Water! *gasp*

That was officially the most difficult chapter I've ever written. It's taken me two fecking weeks to write under 3,000 words. My A4 pad looks like a censored letter with its black strike throughs.

I have rejigged, crossed out, sobbed, started over and bracketed the life out of this chapter. In short, I've sweated blood. Was it worth it? I'm the wrong person to ask. I still think it stinks.

Why do I do this to myself? I could spend my evenings watching TV or reading.


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Ultimate Bad Guys...

I was talking about villains and heroes yesterday, and I wanted to share two of my favourite TV baddies. Coincidentally, both actors played the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Nickolas Grace:

 In the 1980's the Brit TV show 'Robin of Sherwood' spawned a deliciously funny and very evil Sheriff. He and his trusty sidekick 'Guy', the late Robert Addie, had a wonderful on-screen partnership. So very funny. I much preferred these two baddies to either of the show's Robin's.
My second favourite Sheriff baddie was played by Alan Rickman in the film 'Robin Hood Prince of thieves'
In my opinion, he blew Robin Costner out of the treetops with his delightfully deranged performance. He lit up the screen whenever he was on it.
Who are your favourite baddies? Don't be shy. Let me know. Tomorrow I'm going to post some of my favourite heroes of book and screen.  

Monday, 25 March 2013

Heroes and villains...

I'm taking a quick break from writing 'The Book'. My heroine is currently in a besieged medieval castle with only the 'bad guy' for company. Poor thing! Not to worry. Her hero will be along to rescue her soon. I hope.

Heroes are fun to write, but I enjoy writing villains even more. Not your stereotypical, facial-fuzz twizzling baddie. I like my bad guys to have more depth than that. A character of sunshine and shadows works better for me. After all, no one in life is either completely bad or completely good.

We all have our favourite book heroes, but how about your least favourite?

Here's mine.
Emily Bronte's Heathcliffe. I have never understood why people wax lyrical about this guy. When I read 'Wuthering Heights' for the first time, I remember praying that Kathy would stay with Edgar, that things would work out for them. Then Heathcliffe reappears. :(

Why is this character so popular? I still don't get it. I've forced myself to read the book several times. Each time I do, Heathcliffe gives me shivers of the most unpleasant kind. The red flag warnings are everywhere.

What am I missing here? He's dangerously unbalanced, abusive, and obsessive. Looking sexy as he runs about a windswept moor ain't enough to cancel out the other stuff, in my opinion. I JUST DON'T GET IT!!!

Put it this way, if it was a 'kill or marry' showdown between Heathcliffe and Pride & Prejudice's Mr. Collins, it wouldn't be Heathcliffe on the receiving end of my 'I do'.

Can anyone make me love Heathcliffe? Do you love him? WHY???
Which book or film hero leaves you cold?

Sunday, 24 March 2013

A darn good read...

Psst! Fancy something good to read? Try 'Fighting For Flight' written by my good friend +Jamie Salsbury . Romance, violence, and hot, tattooed, manly MMA goodness. It's a great read. Go on. Check it out!

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Another day, another blog...

Greetings! Welcome to my blog of all things writerly. I'm struggling to complete my current manuscript, so this is my secret place to vent.

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