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As you might be able to tell, regular vlog-posting has become a fading habit of mine. Thank you Twitter and other social networking entities.

It hasn’t been a fruitful time, writing-wise for me between these posts. I’ve been devoting my time to jobhunting, guitar-playing, among other things. But I’ve also finished reading The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, so I can finally review it! Though it’s been a while since I finished it, so you may have to bear with me and what I don’t remember.

The structure can be deceiving for those who don’t question uses (or lack thereof) of certain words. You know the ending is sad, but you probably won’t be able to really guess just how sad it is. The writing is addictive, but it’s a good addiction, if there is such a thing.

I guess the one thing that may be going against the book for me is that I think I identify more with Laura than with Iris. Laura’s more of a free spirit while Iris is the big sister with all the responsibility. But this story is from Iris’s point of view, so I may or may not mind seeing a really good fanfiction telling all the events from Laura’s perspective.

I know this isn’t a proper ending, but I think more people should write about arranged or “business-dealing” marriages in which the couple find that they really are in love with each other. But these stories should stress that it’s a really unlikely thing. It’d be something different, you know?

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October 15, 2009 at 11:33 pm

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“The desire to get laid is kind of the motivation for the universe.”

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I recently found a very interesting podcast that’s all about screenwriting. Yesterday I downloaded the eighty-second episode, and each episode is almost between half an hour and fifty minutes long, so if I downloaded all the eps and then kept downloading new ones regularly, I’ll eventually end up spending more time listening to this podcast than to scripwriting lectures at uni. To download the podcast, go to: http://www.onthepage.tv. The main person behind it, Pilar Alessandra, also does classes and script consultations, but I think most of my readers would only be able to get the DVDs!

On a screenwriting note, I’m not sure if my current project would be better as a script. I find that with a lot of projects I embark on, I’ll start writing a novel before deciding to re-write the whole thing as a screenplay a few chapters in. Then after a bit more work, “Hmm, this is turning out a bit like a novel … ” and so on. I also think I’m more of a screenplay person, because dialogue seems to come more easily to me than anything else, and I’m probably a lot more savvy with TV and movies than with books. Hopefully that will be evened out in the next few months. Lately I’ve actually been finishing books rather than leaving them off halfway through and having to return them to the library because they’ve already been renewed once.

One of the books I’ve borrowed is Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, which really isn’t my kind of book. I picked it up anyway, because even though I did three years in Creative Writing, I’ve never of my own free will chosen to read something I’ve considered purely literary. Alongside this is The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’ll report on these books as soon as I’ve finished reading them. As for now, I’ve got to get today’s bit of jobhunting done.

Love you lots,

j

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April 7, 2009 at 2:54 pm

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