Website Update

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and keeping safe

Just a quick update on things – I’m busy designing the new movie blog where I’ll be podcasting with my partner in crime, Jeremy. I’ll be shifting all of my movie-related content to the new blog and this one will remain my writing hub focused on that.

I’ve decided that I’m not getting the interest I need on this blog for film-related content and my stats support this. But people do enjoy my writing-related content so that’s what I’ll stick to here.

I’ll catch you in the next post and hopefully, I’ll be able to reveal more details about my film blog for anyone who wants to follow me there.

Quote of the Day – Famous Writers

A daily quote from a very famous person – usually famous writers or actors

Usually, the very first part of the first stanza of this poem is quoted.

“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”

But I prefer the last part of the poem;

We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven’s brink.[5]

John Keats
Via Goodreads

John Keats

Born in Moorgate, London, England
October 31, 1795
Died
February 23, 1821
Genre Poetry

 

The Light – A Star Wars Inspired Poem

This poem came to me after watching a particular scene in Star Wars The Last Jedi. Some of you who follow both of my blogs will know I am a dedicated Star Wars fan and therefore, a lot of my creativity is inspired by Star Wars.

I have posted this on my other blog but since this is a blog that celebrates the craft of writing, I’ve decided to post it here for anyone who is interested in poetry.

Here are the GIFs that inspired me. In the second GIF you can see the dark side (represented by a shadow over Ben’s face) leaving him as Leia reaches out to him using the Force:

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The Light – A Star Wars Poem (from Leia to Ben)

You are not the cruelty of the shadows
You are the light that once shone upon my cheek
But fall you did, and for a time, you lost your way
And although you stumbled and you let the darkness in
The light was still a part of you
Gently resting in the recesses of your soul
Waiting for a kindred spirit
To pull open the doorway to your heart
And let the light live there once more

Are You on Letterboxd?

I spent some time on Letterboxd going over some old reviews, and it seemed so strange when I read them back to myself. It felt like someone else had written them. I barely recognised that writing.

So this is just a quick post to reach out to anyone that is on Letterboxd so I can follow any of my followers over there.

It’s funny going through all my followers and looking at the profiles of people I still remember were cool to chat with over there. And it’s sad too, to see some of those lovely people have all stopped writing (like I did temporarily, but I’m rectifying that).

My partner and I are thinking of starting a podcast about movies, so I will be even more active on Letterboxd than I have been previously. Our aim is to review everything we watch, and we’ve got some solid ideas for content. It’ll just be an experiment, but we think our voice on this topic, especially in such a small country like New Zealand, could resonate with some people.

I guess we’ll see. If you’re on Letterboxd, leave a comment, and I’ll follow you. You can follow me right here. 

To the glory of film and beyond!

The Writer’s Toolbox – Fictionary for Fiction Writers

I’ve been looking at an app called Fictionary. Has anyone that follows me used it or heard of it? Or do you have any other recommendations for fiction writing? I am thinking of signing up to their two-week trial to see how it works.

I signed up to the free trial and I am going to use examples of my writing to see how this tool works for fiction writers. I dabble in short story writing and fan fiction so I’d like to see how this app can tighten up my writing and whether or not it’s even something fiction writers should be considering for their manuscripts.

I also jumped onto the ProWritingAid bandwagon not so long ago and I’ve been really enjoying this app. It has a lot of bells and whistles but it is extremely useful for showing you where you need to work on grammar, spelling and style in general for any type of writing. I actually found Fictionary because it can come bundled with ProWritingAid.

If you have any suggestions for tools, please let me know in the comments as I am keen to try new things! Also for all the poetry writers out there, I think you can use Fictionary for poetry as well but I’ll confirm that once I’ve had time to use it.

Until my next post, stay safe, keep writing and I’ll catch you later

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Poetry – “Mother”

I went through some old blog posts on my other blog and figured that this poem should really be here.
I used to write a lot of poetry but I haven’t had to do that for some time. I used to write when things were bad but now I find I can write whenever I feel like writing.
Here’s a little one I wrote last year when visiting my Mum.
I hope you like it.

 

With eyes bluer than the sky, a burning, vibrant determination still lingers there
She sits and whispers to herself
The sun shining in through the window, leaving a trail of light upon her aged yet beautiful skin
I am of you, for you, with you
I am forever yours