With both the US and UK covers of Allegiant by Veronica Roth and the cover of Once We Were by Kat Zhang all released this week I thought I’d make a collage of all the covers from the Divergent series and The Hybrid Chronicles (I’ve found the images online but credit has to go to the cover designers – they are all beautiful). Can’t wait to read the books too.
Z is for… Zen in the Art of Writing (Ray Bradbury) (Book)
The last of my two last A-Z challenge posts – my other post this morning was about zombies and I think I feel like one now (next year I WILL complete most if not all of my blog posts before hand and schedule them – I will also pick a much easier and shorter topic – sorry so many posts including this one have been up a little late – what can I say I’m busy!).
Anyway the Z post for my PhD challenge is a review of another book on writing by a writer.
This is one of my early purchases and it was inspired by seeing someone’s signature line with the quote:
‘You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.’
For Ray writing was seen as a tonic or cure to the stresses of everyday life – to not write was to die.
I’m guessing he may have been a pantser type by this quote: ‘In quickness is truth. The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. In hesitation is thought. In delay comes the effort for a style, instead of leaping upon truth which is the only style worth deadfalling or tiger-trapping.’
‘The problem for any writer in any field is being circumcised by what has gone before…’
Is this an unhealthy relationship maybe within writing?
I’m going to enjoy this series of essays – he also recommends Dorothea Brande’s Becoming a Writer which I recently bought.
The zen part is about relaxing into your writing work – I love this quote which is very very OT – ‘So, stand aside, forget targets, let the characters, your fingers, body, blood and heart do.’
I’m hoping to do some more fiction writing soon – how about you?
A-Z over and out.
Z is for… Zombies - In the Flesh
I watched the BBC3 3 episode series In the Flesh this weekend. This is an interesting take on zombies.
The main character is Kieron – a Partially Deceased Syndrome Sufferer (the politically correct term for zombies).
A treatment has been found that helps the PDS victims feel again and they begin to be reintegrated back into society. Needing to use contacts to cover their staring eyes and mousse to pink up their pale complexions they can’t eat or drink without nasty eliminations of their waste.
Kieron is haunted by images of the last person he killed when in his untreated state and is at first reluctant to go home (other reasons for this reluctance are also explored).
Also despite a law to protect them from discrimination there are enough people who want him and everyone like him dead again.
Kieron is sensitively played by Luke Newberry who played the uncredited Teddy Lupin in the last Harry Potter film epilogue scene (I’ll have to look out for him when I next watch it).
The reason this works so well – it’s about human relationships and love and loss and second chances.
Are you a zombie fan? Any other recommendations?
And that’s it – the final post of my A-Z of Supernatural, Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV series. Thanks for all of your comments – I hope you’ve discovered at least one new show to enjoy. Do come back if you have, and let me know what you think.