Welcome to Reality!

Reality. It can be the bane of the dramatic writer who doesn't know how to work within the laws of the real world to create adventure and mystery. In my latest work, recent finished and now undergoing proofreading and editing, I set myself a real challenge. Writing an adventure story without relying on cheap get-out … Continue reading Welcome to Reality!

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Review – Book – The Picture of Dorian Gray

Note: This review is based on an unabridged 8-CD reading by CoverToCover. Oscar Wilde is most widely remembered for his comic plays, which act as social satires of his time and contain some of the greatest witty dialogue ever put to paper. But Wilde's body of work also covers essays, short stories and novellas, the … Continue reading Review – Book – The Picture of Dorian Gray

Story Construction – The Line Between Influence and Cribbing

Taking inspiration from those that have come before is common practice for any author, whether it's the scholarly writer of non-fiction, or a writer of the most outlandish fiction imaginable. But where does inspiration end and cribbing begin. To be exact, when I use the word "crib", I'm talking about plagiarism, that career-destroying sin authors … Continue reading Story Construction – The Line Between Influence and Cribbing

Using a Genre; Straight, Satire, or Deconstruction – Part 3

In this series of blog posts, the first in some time due to a variety of factors, I've decided to focus on the three major ways people use genres in general; playing them straight, satirising them, and deconstructing them. Each has merits, and none are set in stone. That's what lovely about them!  This time, … Continue reading Using a Genre; Straight, Satire, or Deconstruction – Part 3

Review – Television Movie – The Count of Monte Cristo (1975)

Note: I'd intended this week's post to be the third in my series on approaches to genre, but I couldn't resist the urge to write this review of what ranks among my favorite Dumas dramatisations. Few stories are as ingrained into popular culture as Alexander Dumas's seminal saga of revenge The Count of Monte Cristo. Wronged … Continue reading Review – Television Movie – The Count of Monte Cristo (1975)

Using a Genre; Straight, Satire, or Deconstruction – Part 2

In this series of blog posts, the first in some time due to a variety of factors, I've decided to focus on the three major ways people use genres in general; playing them straight, satirising them, and deconstructing them. Each has merits, and none are set in stone. That's what lovely about them! This time … Continue reading Using a Genre; Straight, Satire, or Deconstruction – Part 2

Using a Genre; Straight, Satire, or Deconstruction – Part 1

In this series of blog posts, the first in some time due to a variety of factors, I've decided to focus on the three major ways people use genres in general; playing them straight, satirising them, and deconstructing them. Each has merits, and none are set in stone. That's what lovely about them! Playing it … Continue reading Using a Genre; Straight, Satire, or Deconstruction – Part 1

Using a Genre; Straight, Satire, or Deconstruction – Introduction

Hi there, I'm back with a very long post that needs several parts to say what I want to say. This time, as I've started work on a satire of the fantasy genre, I think I'd like to examine the three major ways people use genres in general; playing them straight, satirising them, and deconstructing … Continue reading Using a Genre; Straight, Satire, or Deconstruction – Introduction