Culture

Listening to The Everywoman (BBC Radio 4)

Listening to The Everywoman (BBC Radio 4)We’re currently listening to The Everywoman (BBC Radio 4) and BBC Sounds. This neat two-part documentary poses the question:

If there is an ‘Everyman’ in literature, can the experiences of a female character also be universal?

Novelist Sarah Hall (Burntcoat, Sudden Traveller, Madame Zero, The Wolf Border and others) goes in search of the Everywoman. …

Escape the Plot Forest Virtual Summit

Escape the Plot Forest Virtual SummitI just spent five days attending the Escape the Plot Forest Virtual Summit, a writers’ conference organised by Daniel David Wallace, ex-pat writer, editor and teacher of creative writing based in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Promoted as a complete guide to the plotting process, “first step to first reader” approach to telling stories, by common agreement of the 3000+ attendees, this far exceeded expectations of a virtual event. …

The Art of the Good Cover (re-post)

Two Covers - Art of Foil Fencing You should never judge a book by it’s cover. But that’s exactly what we all do. The book stores are full of fantastic books with terrible covers that are never read. And also full of amazing covers selling terrible books that only disappoint.

Which is why you have to create the best cover you can just to draw readers to open the first page. It is the most important selling tool you have. …

Opinion: The Magic of the Movies

The Magic of the Movies postersI’ve been watching movies as long as I can remember.

Silent clowns Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton; classic Westerns (all of them!), visionary science fiction from Forbidden Planet to The Day the Earth Stood Still.

I thrilled at Errol Flyn as Robin Hood and the Sea Hawk; Jimmy Stewart maturing from honest everyman to gritty cowboy. I was captivated by Connery as Bond, touched by John Mills in Great Expectations. …

Opinion: Ad Blocking and why you’re not a pirate

Ad Blocking and Why You're not a PirateWeb user: I hate ads. They’re annoying, intrusive, distracting, they suck up bandwidth, delay my page loads, scam me with fake content and click-bait, and show me and my kids offensive and inappropriate content that is NSFW or home and bypass my privacy and parental rights.

Advertiser: That’s my revenue stream you’re talking about. That’s how I can afford to serve your content and pay my bills.

Impasse.