On sound and emotion

The video above crossed my Facebook dashboard last week and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it before. Glen Keane’s first animation since leaving Disney, called Duet.

For those who don’t have sisters who are animators, Glen Keane animated Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Aladdin, Pocahontas, the Beast (Beauty and the Beast), and Tarzan. Basically, he brought to life an amazing array of beloved characters. He’s a truly talented storyteller.

His ability to tell stories with, what is essentially well-placed lines (obviously, I say this with the utmost respect for animators), is amazing. He is a master of timing and of ‘camera placement’.

But what really pushes this animation above the rest is the music.

Music connects us to our emotions, it makes us feel things that would otherwise be just words (or lines) on a screen. Sometimes, people will say that their life should be punctuated … Read more.

Picture Post: #charliecub setting

A couple of things are happening right now. Firstly, I am terrible at making videos. (Note, if you see this on my website, the link won’t take you away–it opens in an overlay.)

Yes, I took the leap, and am trying to vlog about my writing process. I had hoped that it would keep me on track. Thus far, I haven’t really progressed much further between two videos and seven days. But I do want to write, which is better than two weeks ago.

I’ve embedded below some of the images I took in 2013, and these are by not comprehensive of the novels. I still need to gather images of Nazareth House, of Bay Tce, and of the Manly markets… But the captions explain a little bit more about where these images come into play in the novels. I try not to give too much of the story … Read more.

Being a creative

(photo credit: Dani Alvarez Cañellas via photopin cc)

Two weeks ago, I read an interview with Evi O on The Conversation. Since then, I’ve been pondering on one particular quote by Evi:

As a creative, I function better when juggling many different projects at once – different design tasks and processes stimulate me.

I couldn’t agree more about this. Currently, I am working on four different projects. I feel like this allows me to continue to be creative. If I think about something too much, I get frustrated and can’t figure out what is wrong with it. I feel like my brain slots everything into place if I ignore it for a bit. Subconscious thinking.

I’ve been working on a couple of new projects and I feel like it’s about time I share them.

The Charlie & Cub Chronicles. I’m still working on this novel. I’ve got one … Read more.

Disease in all shapes and sizes

I don’t understand people who have one drink. I don’t understand people who leave half a glass of wine on the table. I don’t understand people who say they’ve had enough. How can you have enough of feeling like this? How can you not want to feel like this longer? My brain works differently.

Leo McGarry, The West Wing

With all the sad news that this week has brought (o captain, my captain), it is important to remember that he was not the only one who committed suicide that day and that he is not the only one with an “invisible” disease.

(And yes, I know it’s a little pathetic to quote a fictional character on such an important issue, but it doesn’t mean that the quote is wrong.)… Read more.

On reverse world-building

(photo copyright: me; illustration copyright: sister)

I’ve been working on Charlie & Cub lately. Partly because this damn novel needs to be done. Partly because I can’t leave it alone–I can’t leave Charlie’s world alone. But mostly because I gave it to my first readers, and my husband is probably the best reader I’ve ever had. But he also pointed out some major flaws.

I have a character (Sam) who is introduced in Book 3, and is actually pretty important in Book 5, but he isn’t super consistent. He rebels against Charlie in Book 3, and yet falls over himself trying to help her in Book 5. He’s supposed to work as Charlie’s same-age frenemy. But I don’t really know who Sam is. I know what I want him to be, but who he’s turned out to be — a bit of mystery.

I have the Parents. And they … Read more.

On children’s books via devices

I admit it, I got pretty excited when I saw the July Authors’ Earnings report. It mainly focussed on ebooks and those ebooks bought through Amazon; however, it wasn’t the earnings that got me excited. I was excited because as I read, I came to a graph. This graph:

Children’s. (They forgot the apostrophe.) But “Children’s” was on a graph suggesting it was possible to earn some money (not much money) from publishing children’s ebooks.

I went away, emailed the husband, all excited and then it hit me.

What exactly did Children’s mean? The definition of children’s books, at least in the publishing world, tends to include Young Adult novels. So is this graph showing actual children’s books (books for under twelve-year-olds — my own definition) or children and young adult books (books for anyone under 16 years)?

In my experience, I have not seen a strong uptake of … Read more.

HP Love, described in images and a love letter

lunalovegoodI have over 850 favourited tweets on Twitter. I use the favourite button as a bookmark button. Things that look interesting but I don’t really have time to investigate right now. Things that are interesting and I want to repost on Tumblr or talk about on this blog. Things that I never get around to actually looking at again.

However, that is no longer true! I’ve gone through the last eighteen months of tweets, unfavourited a bunch of them (mostly job openings or grant funding applications), but also found a familiar theme running through a few of them.

That theme was Harry Potter and how much its fans love it. Those books have had a lasting impact on an entire generation (and the older generation as well–the parents). I read the books, I watch the movies, and I am in awe of Ms Rowling. I don’t think there will … Read more.

On the definition of nerdfighter

(photo credit: Crash Course on YouTube)

Note: I’ve been sitting on this post for a while, and I’m still not sure where I stand. But I really can’t sit on it forever. So excuse the very open-ended-ness of this post, but I feel like I should post it now or I never will.

…the word soon took on a more celebratory, inclusive cast. Nerdfighters weren’t against anything; they were simply proud to immerse themselves in interests that others might find geeky or arcane. Indeed, the nerdfighter community is strikingly civil and constructive for an Internet subculture.

from The Teen Whisperer, written by Margaret Talbot for The New Yorker

I’m not a rabid John and/or Hank Green fan. I’m in awe of them. They have been able to build a life doing things they love. Not a lot of people are able to do this, no matter how hard … Read more.

Band of Brothers – a quote

From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered —
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

Henry V, Shakespeare

Between watching Henry V (theatre play by Bell Shakespeare) and Band of Brothers (mini-series by HBO), this quote has been said in my life a lot lately. Even without knowing the play or having watched the mini-series, I assume–I hope–that these words make others feel something. Sad, nostalgic. It makes me appreciate the power of words.… Read more.

On Everyday by David Levithan

everydayA review in one hundred words.

This book was addictive. Not only is the writing typical Levithan–accessible, fast-paced, emotive–but gets inside your head. Each morning as A is ripped from one body and wakes up in a new one, you feel like you’ve been doing this for a very long time. Just as A has. Then A wakes up as Justin and falls in love with his girlfriend. Everyday explores the idea of gender and sexuality. A does not have a gender. Hen* experiences sexuality as both male and female. A is able to clearly explain that gender and sexuality is fluid, and you believe hen.

* Hen is the Swedish pronoun for a gender neutral person. It felt wrong to call A a s/he because hen isn’t either. A is fluid.… Read more.