Monday, 31 August 2009
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Saturday, 29 August 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
The psychology behind that reluctance is quite clear. I am a woman. I like strong, female leads. I like strong male leads too, but I suppose with a female lead, it's somehow feeding the inner dream that hey, that could be me in some alternate univerise, kicking ass (alas, in this life, I can only throw verbal punches.) Though I must say that my male taking over the lead in no way diminishes the strength of the female characters. In fact, most of the time, it's because those poor men must suffer so they have more to tell. How do you feel about switching sexes of your main characters? Does it matter to you whether they are male or female? Whoever has the best story to tell, that's my main character. Regardless of their gender.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Monday, 24 August 2009
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Following up on yesterday's post about movies, let's do books now.
- The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho This book has evolved with time for me. The first time I read, it was just a pleasant story. The second time I read it, many years later, it became my bible. The Alchemist is the book that will give as much or as little of the message as you are ready to receive at the time.
- God of the Small Things – Arundhati Roy Such poetry of words, without loosing the urgency of story. Just sheer beauty of the world was enough to make this book a forever favourite for me.
- The Black Jewels Trilogy – Anne Bishop This is my TOP COMFORT BOOK. Too tired to do anything, or just not up to starting anything new, then comes out this trilogy. I no longer read it cover to cover most of the time, but just open it up to my favourite passages, get a little dose of comfort. Daemon Sadi…what’s not to love?
- Banewreaker – Jacqueline Carey I like this Jacqueline Carey’s debut Kushiel series, but this is my favourite of hers. This is a part of a duology. Sunderer was good too, but this is something special. Again, beautiful prose. But in this one, Carey makes us feel the pain of a god. Satoris is so wonderful crafted character that his pain was very touching.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix – J. K. Rowling Though I am a Harry Potter fan, I wouldn’t class the writing as brilliant. It’s the story and the characters that make it so appealing. But of all the books, I think the 5th had the best writing, as well as dramatic story.
- Twentieth Wife – Indu Sundersen This is a historical fiction for one of the most famous women in Indian history.
- The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory I have always been fascinated by Anne Boleyn. This book witnesses her story from her sister Mary’s side, and Mary’s story herself. It’s one of Gregory’s best works.
- Persuasion – Jane Austen Just read the letter Captain Wentworth wrote to Anne Elliot. No more to say.
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne I read this for the first time in a foreign language, never realising that English book existed. I came across it years later in a library, and it was such a joyful surprise that I still remember beaming smile on my face.
- The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien No explanation required.
- Little Women – Louisa May Alcott A pure pleasure.
- The Upanishads – Eknath Easwaran Spiritual book based on the Upanishads. This is a good book for when one’s mind is troubled. Actually it’s good book for any time, but I find that when I am happy, I would much rather read fiction. :P
- Daughter of the Forest – Juliet Marillier Great showcase for how a strong first person POV can make a fantasy successful
- Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard I had to read this for a class at Uni. Not the kind of thing I would usually pick, but once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Annie Dillard’s writing and especially her observation skill is amazing. Who would have thought praying mantis could be described in poetic prose?
- Kasturba: A Life – Arun Gandhi Everyone knows about Gandhi. But this is a story of the woman who perhaps had to sacrifice the most to support his causes – his wife, Kasturba, written by her grandson. The woman who stood behind him since she married him at the age of 14.
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
- The Reader - It is amazing. Usually, movies don't measure up to the book, but this is an exception. Both Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes acting is fabulous, and especially Kate. Her strength in the subtlety in this one, a well deserved Oscar too. I love it!
- The English Patient - Oh what to say about this one...it's like a treasure that renews every time I watch it. Never got around to buying it on DVD, but I watch it every time it's on TV. This is where I became a fan of Ralph Fiennes acting.
- Titanic - I remember sitting right at the front of the cinema, craning my neck when Titanic first came out. It was wonderful then, and all these years later, it's wonderful now.
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - another exception to movies-made-from-books-are-crap rule. I watch the whole extended edition in one go, over and over again.
- Shakespeare in Love - Another Fiennes brother. They are a handsome, talented family. This is pure pleasure.
- The Matrix - With those cool action scenes there is nothing to complain about.
- Bourne Trilogy - again cool action, but Matt Damon is not bad either.
- Little Women - delightful movie. March women rock! And this is where I met Christian Bale.
- Last Samurai - just love it.
- Atonement - usually I hate unhappy endings, but this is a beautiful, touching film.
- The Abyss - hey, underwater alien...what's not to like?
- Batman Begins - Just cool.
- Air Force One - no comments. just enjoy watching this one
- Runaway Bride - I don't really like the movie, but the speech at the end is so romantic.
- Anastasia - Disney animated musical. It's so sweet.
Monday, 17 August 2009
Friday, 14 August 2009
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Monday, 10 August 2009
- I have officially signed up on NaNo website, and have started to look at forums. I am not posting much yet (hey, I read too many blogs already), but I am keeping an eye on it.
- I read "NaNo for the New and the Insane" by Lazette Gifford yesterday. It's available for free download. I recommend it for a dose of inspiration.
- I want to have a brand new story for NaNo, so I am playing around with several ideas, and see which one develops into a story. The plan is to have an outline done by October. Starting now gives me time to figure out which story I want to write, and more importantly, which story might be possible to write in a month.
How do you plan to prepare for NaNo, or do you just wing it?