Below are examples of the ‘cutting edge’ which were taken from the broad categories of Art & Science, Social Networking and Games & Interactive Stories. Continue reading “Exercise 4: Cutting Edge”
The XKCD comic called communicating resonated with me recently. I have been thinking a lot about the role of the reader and had a conundrum after my grandmother asked me to read a book that she had really enjoyed. After a bit of research I discovered we had a copy of The Question by Jane Asher in our library’s county storage. A couple of months ago I sat down with the book and started reading. By the time I reached the end I was rather shocked, annoyed and upset by the ending of a book that my grandmother had specifically asked me to read. Continue reading “Communicating – Beyond the Role of the Reader”
Generally I found this book hard going (due to the excessive references to getting high on opium if nothing else) but there were a few redeeming comments that made it worth reading. Continue reading “Books: Ways of Escape”
The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories makes an interesting read as Booker posits that there are only seven basic plots and that all stories can be simplified to one of these seven structures. He then illustrates each type with a variety of examples from books and films. Continue reading “Books: The Seven Basic Plots”
One of the books I came across mentioned as an example of an unreliable narrator was The Last Weekend by Blake Morrison. I managed to read this book in a day and was very cleverly done.
I have written a flash fiction piece to allow me to play with the idea Continue reading “Playing with Unreliable Narrators”
I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys and having just finished reading Norse Mythology I was intrigued to read this collection of non-fiction essays. They are drawn from a variety of places including introductions that he has written to other books (which I have noted as future reading material!) Continue reading “Books: The View from the Cheap Seats”
I decided to attempt to use the poetic devices in a short poem and surprised myself a little with what came out! Continue reading “Exercise 2: Attempt At Using Poetic Devices In A Short Poem”