Monthly Archives: November 2012

Show vs Tell

At the risk of treading already well worn ground here, I thought I’d write about the difference between showing and telling, and why that difference is important. New writers are repeatedly told they need to show instead of tell, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that means you should be drawing a comic or making a TV show instead of writing prose. But showing and telling are about the language we use to build up a picture in the reader’s mind of what is happening, where, and how characters feel about it.

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Commentary: Jeanette Winterson calls for library expansion (BBC)

I’ve just come across this BBC article, Jeanette Winterson calls for library expansion, wherein the author, speaking at the Reading Agency Lecture at the British Library, called for an expansion to libraries, as well as introducing different facilities such as post offices and creches to libraries, funded by large companies accused of avoiding paying tax in the UK, such as Amazon, Google and Starbucks.

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Films every fantasy fan should see

Fantasy as a genre is varied; it can encompass tales of love, tales of a small group of heroes saving the whole world, or tales of young characters leaning an important lesson. It can encompass both comedy and tragedy and every point on the spectrum in between, and everything from the epic to the bizarre.

But because of this breadth of the genre, selecting films from within it that should not be missed is difficult. I have presented here some of my favourites, films which are the epitome of fantasy and which showcase the very best of the genre. This list is not definitive, and I will almost certainly write another with some more examples of great fantasy films in the future. But for now, here are five great fantasy films that really shouldn’t be missed: Continue reading Films every fantasy fan should see

Review: The Legend of Korra

Warning: this review contains major spoilers.

The Legend of Korra is the sequel to Avatar: the Last Airbender, set some 70 years later, in which the new avatar, Korra, finds herself caught up in a civil war in Republic City and fighting a mysterious masked opponent who seeks to take bending powers from those with bending abilities.

I’ll start by stating that I do not rate the series highly. I generally enjoyed watching it, but was constantly aware of major flaws in the story and probably wouldn’t have gotten far in if it stood alone, without Avatar: the Last Airbender backing it up. By the second half of the series it started to pick up a little in terms of excitement, but left behind many unanswered questions. Continue reading Review: The Legend of Korra

Poem: The Library is Mine

Socks on soft scarlet carpet between towering shelves.

The dark outside lends serenity to the silence within.

The library is mine,

All knowledge within my reach.

On silent feet I pass a solitary student

And mirror him at my own desk, hunched mutely.

Blank screens surround me, empty desks,

My own an island of study,

Scattered with books, notes, scribbles and stationery.

I pause in my scholarship,

Look up at my own reflection in the window,

Only cold blackness and the sleeping beyond.

Warm indoors, I wiggle my toes and turn the page,

And keep reading of ancient heroes,

Philosophers and scholars,

And what they believed and what they knew.

That which they left in legacy

For me to read.

The library is mine.