Still Vaguely Here: Inception

Sorry I haven’t been around, bloody internet is still not back!

Won’t be long now, but that doesn’t help. So, I thought I should write something quickly to remind the interwebs that I’m still alive, still here and all that. Unfortunately, I can’t think of anything to write about, except Inception which I recently watched. I didn’t want to hodge-podge my thoughts on the film, but I don’t have much of a choice right now. I’ll return and add/revise this later, when I can.

Inception, if you live under a rock and don’t already know, is Christopher Nolan’s latest cinematic effort starring Leonardo Dicaprio and it has been receiving all sorts of rave reviews and early buzz. Given this year’s paltry offering of film, needless to say, I was excited about the prospect of a film some say is the best in a decade. And so, to the film: I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I was disappointed, but it wasn’t as great as it was cracked up to be. In terms of films this year, it was, with the exception of Toy Story 3 (and the admission that I’ve yet to see Animal Kingdom) by far the best. Nolan doesn’t really give you any space to breathe or really contemplate what’s occurring in an ever changing action-packed dreamscape and that’s probably for the best; it’s no doubt the strength of film, that it can take you on this breathless ride.

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Re-Reading & Unexpected Delights: The Book of Joby

Recently, I re-read what is probably my all-time favourite standalone novel (alongside Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury), Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I’ve had nothing to do while the internet’s been down at home and, with my creative muse dead or on vacation, I decided to do some reading. Over a month ago now, I bought a whole bunch of very cheap books from a bargain store, but I didn’t really trust them enough to read immediately. I wanted something reliable and familiar. What safer option could there be than Neverwhere?

That was my thinking at the time. How wrong I was.

If you’ve been following my blog for the short time it’s been around, you may have read my second entry, entitled ‘Why I love Neil Gaiman’, which was all about his novel Anansi Boys. That’s a novel that didn’t really leave a mark, but which on my second, most recent read, absolutely stunned me – it skyrocketed into my top three choices. And now, here, with Neverwhere, the absolute opposite has occurred. The fickle gods of re-reading have struck again and tarnished one of my all-time favourite reads. Continue reading

Snapshots

Right, so, the other day I decided to test out Scrivener, which has been lying around untouched for some time.

Following the success of Ommwriter’s fullscreen writing process (which broke my drought but not in the way I’d have liked) I used the same function on Scrivener. This took place at around 9pm. The next three and a half hours were a very surreal blur. Just for a little background information on this — normally, I write short stories, it’s what I love best, probably because they tend to finish quickly and that gives me a sense of accomplishment. When I began, and for a long time afterward, I would write and finish short stories in the one sitting. Always.

I don’t know when that trend was broken – not too long ago, I imagine, a matter of some months, no more – but my writing has suffered ever since. Mostly, it’s a practical decision: stories morph too often and too rapidly in my head, along with the style in which they’re written, to sustain any kind of break in continuity. I’ll end up with a mismatched story full of all kinds of holes. Mind you, that’s sometimes the case anyway. So, for the first few months of this year I worked as an assistant for a disabled student at my university, in a Photography class. Ever since I began, a story has been bubbling away in my head, one involving the intricate process of film development. But I never had the time to really sit down and hash it out. Continue reading

Every Sunday, A New Blog

What up, peeps?

This is just a general update. I’ve decided that on every Sunday, I will post something! Yay for regularity. At least, that’s the plan. This way you’ll know something new is coming. Or something old, repeated due to lack of creativity and or energy. 😛

Also, I have a new blog template!

Took an age to get something right, but this is one of the better ones I found. Thoughts? Likes/Dislikes?

So, as anyone that has been talking to me, or stalking my twitter, or reading this blog will know, thoughts about the future of publishing, eBooks, monkeys, etc have been on my mind. It actually got to worrying me. It’s even more worrying that only after several years writing, a few at university completing a degree, that I’ve genuinely been concerned about the future, heh.

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The Lost Room: A Review

I just finished watching the Sci-Fi Channel’s original miniseries, The Lost Room (2006). It aired in Australia in 2008 and was given to me by a friend about a day or so ago. Now, I had my doubts about this show – I remember seeing the trailer for it on the Sci-Fi Channel at the time (Sci-Fi, Syfy, whatever they have it as currently) and thinking, urgh, this looks like rubbish.

I thought the same about Warehouse 13 and ended up loving that show, so whoever is in charge of advertising at that station needs to be axed immediately. Maybe they should just not advertise, period. Let it be a surprise. Because currently everything I’ve seen of their trailers has put me off and they do have some quality content. But enough about that.

The Lost Room revolves around a mysterious motel, abandoned since the 60’s, and the room number 10 – a motel room that doesn’t exist in our space-time but can be accessed as a kind of in-between dimension at any point, from anywhere, so long as you have the key and a door. Once it was found and items were taken out of the room, it was discovered that they each had special properties. Continue reading