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Monday, 23 September 2013

Third draft blues , or how not to write

Third draft blues 

so you send off the second draft to your proof reader, get great feed back, a long list of notes on things to work on, have a good discussion on what needs to be changed , what could be better , where the writing could tighten up , where it needs expanding. The technical details of female masturbation techniques, ( don't ask , just don't okay, look i know you want to ask but don't , <sigh> okay since you asked my proof reader was sure i had it a little incorrect and so asked all her colleagues at work what they thought and got a consensus of opinion from them, apparently the one male employee walked in in the middle of this discussion and then turned around with a red face and walked out again)

you get all this down and sit back in front of the word processor and ...................................................

the hardest thing is to open the file and start to redraft again for the third time, its ripping apart something you have slaved over. Its only the third draft, but all the same its painful to tear back down the walls you have so lovingly crafted.

Its been siting in fount of me for about three weeks now while i procrastinate. in that time i have:
indexed and hyper-linked the chapters.
designed a book cover
watched seven and a half seasons of Dexter ( + )
Played 500+ of stupid zombies on my kindle fire
come up with a new physical exercise regime
failed to keep to said regime
bought a painting
started a new memory wall
played with the cat
written a couple of blog posts
started two new face book games
searched or old friends on face book
read some books
put together a new bed
been to work
stared at the PC trying to motivate myself to start writing

I know once i get going on the next draft it will flow, I will stop feeling guilty about not getting on with it. And stop stressing over how to write the bits i need to change because i will be doing it .
But every time i open the document i feel a little ill at the thought of pressing the delete key and starting to type ...............

anyway , just to prove i have not completely wasted my time for the last month or so here is the book cover.

yes its an apple ,, I could go on about how its an un-bitten apple, the original forbidden fruit, unblemished , un-partaken of. That it speaks of temptation, sexuality and the end of innocence.

procrastination is bad  , I'll get around to not procrastinating at some point .

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Occasional Movie review , The Call

Occasional movie review

The Call ,
staring Halle Berry

*******************Spoiler's alert ************************

I caught a showing of The Call on a whim. Its not my normal fare been a straight thriller. Generally i am more of a horrar / sfi fan when it comes to the box office.But it had Halle Berry in a lead role which is normally a good sign. She seldom takes on movies that don't have something going for them, and a Friday night with nothing else planned a trip to the local cinema had a sudden appeal.

The Call (2013) Poster

To give this a short review, it was one of the best films i have seen this year. Its not perfect, the set up for the third act is forced to an extent but its flaws are forgivable. Because what this movie has in its favor is a superb script, a lack of the usual tropes, and fine acting.  the two female leads carry the whole movie. And importantly, for me at least the resolution, indeed the whole film is one where the female characters are portrayed as strong, intelligent, resourceful and  not in need of a man to come to their rescue. While one is a victim, kidnapped, and facing almost certain death at the hands of the abductor. It is never portrayed even slightly as her fault. the only factor in her abduction is the color of her hair. Halle's character, a 911 call operator is strong minded, fast thinking, and in the end tough when it counts, despite making a mistake which she feels costs someone there life in the first act. The movie hangs on the interaction and relationship between the two lead female characters, the second played wonderfully by Abigail Breslin. Which leads to the problem with the third act which some have claimed is a flaw with the movie. But it is hard to see how they could have taken the plot forward and keep the interplay between the characters another way.
importantly, I feel, the final resolution, which comes from the actions of both characters ( which is what takes Abigails characters beyond mere victim ) works perfectly. Indeed was the final piece in the jigsaw which made this the fabulous film it is.

It makes a great change to see a movie carried by female leads, who are well rounded solid characters. Who at no point need a man to help them through. the male characters , indeed all the supporting cast are equally well rounded characters who could be male or female , without detracting from there characters.

Hollywood makes great movies some times , and awful ones other times.  What it seldom makes is movies which give female leads the chance to carry the film. And the more that happens the better .

if i gave its stars , it would be five out of five