Sunday, June 22, 2014

Writing and Family

Writing is something that I've loved doing since I was basically able to, but it's something that I feel quite private about. This sounds ludicrous because, after all, writing a novel is meant to be shared with others, but I much prefer to share my writing with people I don't know, rather than those I know the best.

I suppose writing is something that comes from the very depth of myself. So have I have a problem with sharing this with others around me and risk showing what's really going on inside. Does this sound weird? I know that I'm going to have to get over this fear, because if I want to make anything with my writing, I will have to expose this part of who I am.

Do any writers out there feel the same? Do you share your work with family members? Are they supportive or disregard what you do?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

'Cloud Atlas'- David Mitchell

This is a novel which I've put off reviewing. Due to the magnitude of the novel, I wasn't sure if I could do this justice. I'm going to try. THIS MAY CONTAIN SLIGHT SPOILERS!!

'Cloud Atlas' is actually 6 stories in one. They span countries and varying points in time, some in the present, in the past and way into the future. At first they seem unrelated but as you read on, all becomes clear.

Firstly, what is amazing is David Mitchell's ability to deal with genre. I must admit that I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, but I felt like each separate story was authentically written and equally dealt with. I do prefer when he writes in first person though because for me, the stories written in this way were the most vivid. I also thought it was extremely clever, how each story ties in with everything else.

The thing that overall impressed me with this novel, is the fact that as a reader, I felt challenged. The first story stops mid-sentence. At first, this threw me, but the fun of this novel is to try and work out what is happening. It does become apparent, so it's not a totally confusing novel, but by not simply being given a linear plot and all of the information on a plate, I thought that this was an interesting novel to read.

I also thought that the different issues being raised during this book were extremely interesting. There are many ways you can interpret this novel and for me, that could mean that every time you read this, you could take something different from it. If you read a book and you could easily re-read it, this shows the sign
of a great novel.

Lately, I have read many books which entertained me, but left nothing to 'chew on' mentally. 'Cloud Atlas' for me, made a refreshing change. I seriously recommend this book.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday

This week's 'First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday' hosted by 'Bibliophile by the Sea', is from my new favourite writer, David Mitchell:

'Miss Kawasemi?' Orito kneels on a stale and sticky futon. 'Can you hear me?'
In the rice paddy beyond the garden, a cacophony of frogs detonates.
Orito dabs the concubine's sweat-drenched face with a damp cloth. 'She's barely spoken,' the maid holds the lamp, 'for hours and hours...'
'Miss Kawasemi, my name's Aibagawa. I'm a midwife. I want to help.'
Kawasemi's eyes flicker open. She manages a frail sigh. Her eyes shut. She is too exhausted, Orito thinks, even to fear dying tonight.'

'The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet' by David Mitchell.

Would you read on?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday

Last week saw the end of year art exhibition for my art classes. When I first began the classes many years ago, I was nervous about exhibiting my work. However, I've come to really look forward to this event, as it gives me the opportunity to see the varying art works not just from my class, but the other classes that take place each year.

As you can see, there were an array of fantastic art works on display:

This was my contribution, a drawing of an owl which now belongs to my mum:

I actually completed this last year, but it missed the deadline for the exhibition. So, as I have still not completed my drawing of New York this year, I decided to show this drawing.

Many people arrived for the opening night, including the town's mayor and everyone seemed to have a good time.

Sadly my classes finished today for the summer, but I'm already thinking about what I'm going to create in October!