Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Review: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

It isn't often a book grabs me so fully that I have to read it right to the end without pause. Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris is one of those though. It is curious More »

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – A few months on.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – A few months on.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about joining the beta test for Square Enix‘s new MMO: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In the subsequent months it has been launched and I find More »

The world of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Ozian cannon

The world of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Ozian cannon

There are few households that haven’t heard of the Wizard of OZ, and the franchise has gone in a multitude of directions, most recently the major Hollywood film: Oz the great and More »

Literature Discussion: Will Self’s Dorian, an imitation

Literature Discussion: Will Self’s Dorian, an imitation

Dorian by Will Self is a charming walk in a cesspit of debauchery. It is a strange, re-invention of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and offers the same lack of redemption. Will Self More »

Literature discussion: Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Literature discussion: Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Gray

For many years, I have wanted to read Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.  It has intrigued me mostly because I cannot remember when I learnt of its story. I knew I More »

Book Review: Going Out by Scarlett Thomas.

Book Review: Going Out by Scarlett Thomas.

Going Out by Scarlet Thomas, is a strange novel, one that will enthral, confuse entertain and frustrate. Based around the exploits of Luke and Julie(t) and a mishmash circle of friends. The More »

After A Memory of Light: The end of The Wheel of Time

After A Memory of Light: The end of The Wheel of Time

Twelve years ago, on a dusty shelf in the back of a library I found a novel called The Eye of the world. It was a lofty volume but I thought i More »

After Six years of playing World of Warcraft has the end finally come?

After Six years of playing World of Warcraft has the end finally come?

Back in January 2007 an old friend of mine introduced me to World of Warcraft. I recall with relish, his excitement over the release of the first Expansion: the Burning Crusade. More »

Book Review: The Age of Five Trilogy

Book Review: The Age of Five Trilogy

The Age of the Five Trilogy by Trudi Canavan is the second series written by the Australian fantasy author.  While set as a trilogy of three volumes; Priestess Of The White, Last More »

 

Monthly Archives: July 2013

Who am I and Why do I write?

I have been looking at my old writing and feel a bit impressed with myself. Its been years since I have looked at some of these things and the strange thing is, I don’t recognise my style at all. Many are written clearly by a younger, less mature but ultimately more experimental version of me. It’s strange to notice the lessons half learned in a piece that i thought would be the final version of my book. To think that ten years on the story has changed exponentially and for the better is a sobering one. I can see how the characters and the world has developed into a complex and varied entity, there have been hundreds of changes some minor some major and yet the spirit of what I was trying to create, the message remains in tact. I wonder how that has come about. The various exerts of writing seem to catalogue the places I have been in my life when writing them. Theres sorrowful ones written when I was in a dark place, and joyous ones that were written when I was happy. It seems that I have made  a map of my emotional history, which takes just a little bit of reading between the lines to reveal. It made me think about the nature of writing, and why do I write?

A discussion on Creative Writing…

For almost as long as I can remember, whenever I have mentioned to people that I write – they always seem to say some derivative of “I don’t know how you do it.”

Woods in Darkness

 

Here’s a poem I wrote about a year ago…

After Six years of playing World of Warcraft has the end finally come?

Back in January 2007 an old friend of mine introduced me to World of Warcraft. I recall with relish, his excitement over the release of the first Expansion: the Burning Crusade.

Book Review: The Age of Five Trilogy

The Age of the Five Trilogy by Trudi Canavan is the second series written by the Australian fantasy author.  While set as a trilogy of three volumes; Priestess Of The White, Last Of The Wilds and Voice Of The Gods, The Age of the Five Trilogy works more as a single volume, as the individual plots of each book are almost entirely interwoven with one another, than as the three separate books it is available as.