Monthly Archives: June 2014

18th of June: A work in progress

Oh I’m so excited to read this!

Melina Marchetta

I feel a bit guilty that I haven’t blogged since the end of March, so I’ll start by saying that I’ve been trying to write a novel this past year.

It’s not YA and it’s not fantasy and it’s not set in Australia and it’s not set in America and it’s not set in a fictitious country. I’m saying all that because it means I’m writing something that doesn’t belong to my regular publishers. Scary and exciting at the same time. It’s almost like starting from scratch (not the writing, but the publishing experience).

And the one thing that I will state from this moment on is that writing an adult novel is not harder than writing a YA novel, and one day if it gets published, reading my adult novel will not be harder than reading my YA novels. I remember when The Piper’s Son came out, a journalist…

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Undead primatologists and mind-blowing mathematics

I missed going to listen to Jane Goodall talk today and I am very sad about that.  However, the reason I missed the talk was because I was suffering crippling,  vomit-inducing pain.  So it became less of a case of “I paid $25 to go to this and I’m damn well going!” and more like, “Why am I paying $25 to torture myself?”

So I came home and snuggled up with a hot water bottle and listened to one of her TED talks instead.

Also – everyone I mentioned to that I was going to this event gave me a funny look and kindly, gently, informed me that Jane Goodall is dead.  I bit back a deadpan reply about reanimated corpses and the zombie apocalypse every time, and I am very proud of myself for that.  I instead explained that they were probably confusing her with Dian Fossey.

I did visit the public library before I gave up on my plans for the day. I was excited to find a graphic novel biography of Richard Feynman, a physicist and besides which, an interesting person. I’m also reading “Euclid’s Window”. It is a very accessible and fascinating account of the history, science, and mathematics of geometry – so I feel the books complement each other well.

My other goal is to finish reading the latter book this weekend. That has not quite eventuated as planned, but at least I tidied my room.

Well, it was tidy for an hour. If I can lower my standards on what ‘tidiness’ is, then I could call it tidy now.

‘Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury’

I loved this film

Pasadena Art & Science Beat

Move over Pocahontas. Disney might have told your story with cute animals and made it a politically correct romance, but “Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury,” looks at history from a decidedly Native American point of view–one that’s bloody and often sad. “Love and Fury” opens on Friday at the Pasadena Laemmle Playhouse 7.

This Brazilian movie, “A Story of Love and Fury,”  is one of 19 features submitted for the 86th Academy Awards Best Animated Feature and “Love and Fury”  (Uma História de Amor e Fúria) is an animation for adults. It features nudity because the original Native Americans in Brazil didn’t have much use for clothes. As is typical, the male genitals are represented in a subtle manner. The female breasts are given prominent nipples.

Directed and written by Luiz Bolognesi, the movie won Best Feature at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and won the…

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A Beautiful Short Story: The Appointment in Samarra

This is my favourite short story. It’s simple and it’s eerie – and death is personified as female


This story appeared as an epigraph for the novel, “Appointment in Samarra” by John O’Hara. It is W. Somerset Maugham’s retelling of an old story. First, here’s an interesting historical fact about the meaning of Samarra. Medieval Islamic writers believed that the name “Samarra” is derived from the Arabic phrase “Sarra man ra’a”, which translates to “A joy for all who see”. Later when the city declined the name changed to “Sa’a man ra’a”, which translates to “A sadness for all who see”. Eventually the two names merged to its current form Samarra. (credit : Wikipedia)

The Appointment in Samarra

“A merchant in Baghdad sends his servant to the marketplace for provisions. Shortly, the servant comes home white and trembling and tells him that in the marketplace he was jostled by a woman, whom he recognized as Death, and she made a threatening gesture. Borrowing the merchant’s horse, he flees…

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Gender, Orphan Black & The Meta Of Meta

shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

Recently, my husband and I burned through S1 of Orphan Black, which, as promised by virtually the entire internet, was awesome. But in all the praise I’d seen for it, a line from one review in particular stuck in my mind. The reviewer noted that, although the protagonist, Sarah, is an unlikeable character, her grifter skills make her perfectly suited to unravelling the mystery in which she finds herself. And as this was a positive review, I kept that quote in mind when we started watching, sort of by way of prewarning myself: you maybe won’t like Sarah, but that’s OK.

But here’s the thing: I fucking loved Sarah. I mean, I get what the reviewer was trying to say, in that she’s not always a sympathetic character, but that’s not the same as her actually being unlikeable. And the more I watched, the more I found myself thinking: why…

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50 Incredible Quotes Everyone Needs In Their Life

Thought Catalog

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Wake up every morning and tell yourself that you’re a badass bitch from hell and that no one can fuck with you and then don’t let anybody fuck with you. Kate Nash
A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms. Unknown
The harder you slam a ball into the ground, the higher it bounces back up… A divorce, a breakup, losing a job, or just feeling seriously down can ground you, rough you up a bit, leave calluses on your feet and grit under your finger nails. But more than that, it leaves you wiser and stronger next time… Life is about experiencing opposites isn’t it? Laurel House
People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like “be realistic”. Dylan Moran
You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try accepting yourself…

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