Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Marriage of Science Fiction and Shakespeare

When I think of my favourite actors I notice there is a strange parallel with the roles they tend to play.  Take Patrick Stewart for example: He played the role of Captain Picard of the Enterprise in Star Trek for years, Charles Xavier with many X-men movies AND he also played a wonderful King Claudius in Hamlet many times. David Tennant is another example:  He was one of the best Doctors in Dr. Who creating an iconic character, but he also played a stirring Hamlet and Bennedic is As You Like It with flying colours.  So why?  And how can I as a viewer enjoy both far flung space odysseys as well as Elizabethan prose and poetry?
William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
The best mash up ever!

Fact: Shakespeare is timeless.  Many of the plots, archetypes, and tropes of Shakespeare have been re-done, re-invented and re-designed because their universal truths of human nature and dilemma can be felt through all time, past, present, future. James Macavoy said: Shakespeare's stories are still very strong. He structured fantastic stories about things that were fundamental to the human being and psyche.

Fact: Even in the vastness of space and time, we will always return to our inner conscience for guidance.  Conflict no matter how great, can only be solved within ourselves.  Shakespeare knew this. Patrick Stewart said:  All of those years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, all those years of playing kings and princes and speaking black verse, and bestriding the landscape of England was nothing but a preparation for sitting in the captain's chair of the Enterprise.

Fact: Deep thinking is attainable only by a man of deep feeling. - Samuel Coleridge. The magical, the eloquent and the mythical components of Shakespeare inspire us to branch out, explore our imaginations and speculate on our future.He said himself: Show me someone who doesn't dream about the future and I'll show you someone who doesn't know where they are going. and There are more things in Heaven and Earth... than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Graduating from the fine to the fantastic: David Tennant said:  If you can sell that you're the King of Scotland, or Henry V on a tiny stage in a studio theater somewhere, then you can probably sell that you're a starship captain or a time traveler.

For further reference check  http://www.geekpittsburgh.com/startrek/shakespeare.htm and http://todayinsci.com/S/Shakespeare_William/ShakespeareOnEarthsGravity.htm

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Word on the Street

Join us September 21, 2014 for The Word On The Street, hosted by Lethbridge Public Library :

 http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/lethbridge/whatson/intro

 or see the guide at:

http://issuu.com/wotslethbridge/docs/wots_program_2013_web/1?e=9341579/4863759

For those in the Lethbridge area I will be doing my first signing as apart of the Word on the Street Festival.  I hope to see you there and pick up a copy of SHIFTERS, SPIRITED or BALLAD OF THE SEA LION WOMAN.  I will also have my funky art journals available.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Leap Books!

LEAPing Into the Future

"Having a small publishing house means you get to be picky about the books and authors you represent," saysShannon Delany (YA author and now publisher and owner of LEAP BOOKS, LLC). "You don't feel the pressure of filling a certain number of slots each year--you can truly make quality come before quantity."

Thanks to longtime Leap author, Judith Graves, an enthusiastic trio of experienced YA authors has joined forces to lead LEAP Books LLC into the future. Graves had recently begun developing the SHINE e-novella line, and seeing Delany comment on Facebook about possibly starting a small publishing house of her own, Graves suggested Delany join her. But things grew from there.

"We're leaping ahead with the growth of the SHINE e-novella line, but we're gladly maintaining the foundation Edwards gave us. We have a great backlist of books written by eager authors--they just need some more attention in the market. I'm proud of LEAP's history. If I wasn't and I didn't see huge potential in this company, I wouldn't be here. The authors in our backlist are talented--we have award-winners, NYT Bestsellers... What more can you ask for?"

Learn more about LEAP, our books, our talented authors, our vision!

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Leap Books, LLC

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Post from Grammarly

How Linking Websites and Social Media Accounts can Boost Your Writing Career
The Boom of Social Media
            Social media has become the number one way to get up-to-date news stories, announcements, and keep up with your friends. But how can you make the recent explosion in social media work for your writing career? A lot of writers see Twitter and Facebook as an annoyance or a waste of time. However, writers should jump at the opportunity to connect their website with a Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or Flickr account because these can lead to exposure, updates, and vital connections.
Use it to Your Advantage
            Social media may make you cringe, but it can help people connect with you and help your writing career. You want to show different facets of yourself as a writer and a website alone isn’t quite the way the writing world is going nowadays. People want updates on your new book, your talk, or maybe your next television appearance. Social media has made careers. You don’t have to become a social media junkie; just make sure that if you do have any of those accounts, they’re linked to your website to allow for better exposure.
            Since social media also doesn’t quite encourage proofreading, as a writer you should make it your job to make sure your accounts are error-free. How embarrassing would it be if the right agent comes along and sees you’ve misspelled a post or the name of a great writer because of auto-correct on your phone? A site like Grammarly is available on any tablet, phone, or computer for online proofreading. It’s quick, so running a post or tweet through it takes no time at all and saves you from the horrors of lack of spell check.
Use social media to your professional advantage. Many top ranked businesses have entire departments completely devoted to social media. Even if you hardly ever visit your social media outlets, it’s never a bad idea to give employers, agents, or publishers more opportunities to contact you. Make it easy for them to find you and want to meet with you. Having a clean website coupled with professional, error-free social media accounts will not only boost the traffic of your website, but allow those you want to connect with to contact you.

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Bio:

Nikolas discovered his love for the written word in Elementary School, where he started spending his afternoons sprawled across the living room floor devouring one Marc Brown children’s novel after the other and writing short stories about daring pirate adventures. After acquiring some experience in various marketing, business development, and hiring roles at internet startups in a few different countries, he decided to re-unite his professional life with his childhood passions by joining Grammarly’s marketing team in San Francisco. He has the pleasure of being tasked with talking to writers, bloggers, teachers, and others about how they use Grammarly’s online proofreading application to improve their writing.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The writing Bug

I had this dream.  Many of my dreams turn into stories that I have to write down.  I read this amazing study about how cursive writing leads to a more creative writing process so I decided to hand write this whole story.  It had been amazing!  I don't get stuck as often, I don't have to wait for a puter to boot up and my hand hurts.  BUT the excitement of creating something new is ever in my mind and I seem to always want to write.  Maybe the cursive experiment really works and my brain's working better.  OR maybe the story is really cool and I've hit on something grand.  OR it's the feeling of smooth crisp paper.  I'm charged up and willing to get finger cramps so I can continue to touch my hands to real paper.  I think I'm old fashioned, but next I want to try quill and ink.  Why not?  The very atmosphere lends itself to steampunk tales of pirates and distopian myths about the end of the human race.
I also have been watching piles and piles of Dr. Who.
It could be that.