I think what appeals to me about writing fantasy, is the opportunity to create anew world and walk through new surroundings.
It's the same reason I love travel. In all it's forms, travel lets us explore new places, learn new languages and expose ourselves to new culture, completely out of our comfort zone and familiarity.
For me, travel is more than just flying somewhere exotic. I love train, coach and bus journeys just as much, if not more. Who doesn't enjoy people watching and discovering people?
My love of travel extends to travel shows, (Damon and Jo anyone?), to travel literature both factual and literature. There was something magical abut the first time I discovered the underwater hotel in Fiji and the Icebar in Finland. Then joining Rita Golden Gelman and Cheryl Strayed in the memoirs of their journeys had me gripped; holding onto every word.
Next up is my film choices. It's no surprise my list of favourite films all take me across the globe- Midnight in Paris, Roman Holiday, An Affair to Remember, Brooklyn, Eat Pray Love and Copenhagen to name a few.
At this point it's pretty safe to say the loves of my life are travel and writing. My perfect life would be combining the two of them documenting my journeys while writing my books.
So if anyone has any suggestions, i'm all ears!!!!
It's been a while since I wrote a blog post but it's been a busy 6 months for me. Alas, I'm back with some news and writing to show you, so I guess that makes up for it!
If you're on this blog, you're probably already aware that i'm an aspiring novelist, screenwriter and playwright. My first step in that direction was becoming a theatre reviewer. Step 2 was publishing a serialized fantasy book on Channillo. Step 3 was writing my dark fantasy screenplay and actually allowing someone else to feast their eyes on the script, and thankfully they loved it! Step 4 was sharing my writing with the world, on a budget.
Living in London, and immersing myself in the creative scene, I'm not exactly short of aspiring actors, wanting material for their reel. I'm not short of material for a reel, so I thought lets kill two birds with one stone? The result? A vlog, called Monday Monologues. Each week a featured actor performs my monologue and the video is uploaded onto my YouTube channel . So far I've found a lot of talented actors to collaborate with; it's made me wonder why haven't i been vloging this whole time!
Anyway , the more I looked at YouTube besides to listen to the Wicked the Musical soundtrack and watch authors interviews, I more I realized, YouTube could play a big part in my future as a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. I have some big plans for my YouTube channel, but for now Monday Monologues are my focus. Check out this week's video featuring Katherine Press!
Stay tuned for Step 5. Aka my upcoming self published books, writing competitions, my hunt for a literary agent and my journey diving back into education. 2018's is going to be busy!!!!
Spike Lee revisited his first feature film She's Gotta Have It, in the form of a television series, exclusively for Netflix. She's Gotta Have It, tells the story of Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise), a young, artistic pansexual Brooklynite, dating three very different men. Firstly there's Mr Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent), the charming and financially secure investment banker, who has worked his way up the career ladder and lost the spark with his wife. Secondly there's the self obsessed model and photographer, Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony) and thirdly the immature but hilarious Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos). Nola is attracted to the best of all of them but won't commit to them.
At first glance Nola appears to be the dream woman. She's all the excitement but none of the responsibility. She asks them for nothing and feels empowered by this, until she is victim to an attack. It's an interested representation of how as a society we associate race with sexuality.
It's no secret that fantasy fiction is my go to area when I'm writing. It's a chance to create your own reality and live without boundaries. That being said (or should I say typed?), there are times when you can't just jump ship into a land full of mythical creatures, you have to stay and face the music. I've always loved writing poetry and most recently what is nicknamed the InstaPoetry. Since my mother passed away It's been my saving grace to cope with the array of emotions coming towards me. To date, I've been sharing my poetry on my Instagram account , but I soon will be publishing it in a book, Heart of a Lion in collaboration with two amazing illustrators I know.
Watch this space for the debut of Heart of a Lion.
By now you probably know that WISH UPON A STAR, is my baby and my first round at sharing my writing with the world. It stands to reason that I protect it fiercely and share its happy moments like a stage mom celebrates their little one's first Tony nomination with absolute joy!
Better late than never, Chapter 4 is now live on Channillo. If you get a chance please leave read it and give me some feedback to make chapter 5 as strong as possible.
Good Night for now my fellow booknerds :)
It's seems a bit of an understatement to call myself MISSING IN ACTION, but you do what you can on a scorching hot Friday afternoon.
So yes, I promised Chapter 4 back in April and I had fully intended to keep this promise but it appears life had other plans for me. Long story short, following a short illness my mother took her place in the sky amongst the stars this summer.
Wish Upon A Star is coming back and Chapter 4 is well on it's way!
Yes, it's that time of the month! I mean the other time of the month. The time when the latest chapter of my digital book series Wish Upon A Star, on Channillo is uploaded. It's Chapter 3 now , entitled Enter Ava.
Subscribe to my story and read about what happens at http://channillo.com/series/wish-upon-a-star/ .
Last month I reviewed Frankenstein at Wilton's Music Hall, and found my new favourite place. It screams Mighnight In Paris....Perfect for a novelist in the making,
I had the opportunity to attend The White Review's launch party for their nineteenth issue at Matt's Gallery. It was fabulous to meet so many other literature lovers, fellow aspiring novelists and short story writers.
With reading from Alice Hattrick and Sophie Robinson, it was very inspiring. Hattrick's extract reminded what I love about writing and Robinson's poetry was hilarious and raw at the same time.
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
I first heard this quote by St.Augustine when I was eighteen. I was convinced I wanted to see the world-which i still am. Only difference is when I was a mere teen I was convinced I was going to see everything in a year. In 1 year I was going to visit every country in every contient-ignorance is bliss.
10 years on, I realsied I wanted instead of barely touching ground in each city. I wanted to immerse myself in the cultures and truly experience everything they had to offer. That being said I've only seen two continents, but i'm working on the other five.
It's a cliche to say the least- the writer that aspires to travel and be inspired by their surroundings but a cliche has to come from somewhere.
Check out my travel blog at https://thetravellingwritersite.wordpress.com/