My thoughts on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Yes. Pride and Prejudice. With zombies. It's a thing. I first tried reading Seth Grahame-Smith's alternate version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice a number of years ago. I hated it. With. A. Passion. Not because I'm a purist -- I thought the idea sounded cool -- but because I found it clunky. So much … Continue reading My thoughts on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Journal ~ Festivities, finishing and The Force Awakens

Festivities Almost 20 years ago, I made a Christmas Advent calendar. I spent hours on the decoration, which is created from cut-up pieces of coloured paper, and it came out better than I ever imagined. Behind each door is a compartment for little daily surprises in the lead-up to Christmas. For the past decade or … Continue reading Journal ~ Festivities, finishing and The Force Awakens

Journal ~ update on words, song, Mockingjay

I'm in the middle of a nice little creative phase at present. The dayjob work levels went from one extreme to the other, and the latter half of November has presented lots of lovely time for me to catch my breath. And lots of lovely time to work on finishing the second draft of this … Continue reading Journal ~ update on words, song, Mockingjay

Thoughts on The Hobbit – Battle of the Five Armies

And so we come to the third and final installment of The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies, which wraps up this humble little story well. In the context of the first two Hobbit movies I was not disappointed. It's always wonderful to sit back and experience a few hours in Peter Jackson's … Continue reading Thoughts on The Hobbit – Battle of the Five Armies

Sunday journal ~ time out at Phillip Island

Winter sun. Wind. Waves. Words. Phillip Island in winter is quiet, serene, beautiful. With the blessing of a clear weekend, I hightailed down to the island this past weekend for some much-needed R&R and time alone with my WIP. It turned out to be one of the most relaxing and joyous weekends I've ever spent … Continue reading Sunday journal ~ time out at Phillip Island

Thoughts on The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

As a huge fan of the Peter Jackson et al movies set in Middle Earth, I once again rocked up to the latest installment of The Hobbit hoping it would be wonderful. Once again I enjoyed the movie -- ┬áthe lavish and dedicated depiction of Tolkien's fantastical world, the rousing adventure, the eye candy in … Continue reading Thoughts on The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug

My thoughts on Catching Fire

I loved Catching Fire, the movie. A lot more than I did the book. Which is unusual. My major complaint with the book was that it seemed to repeat the same story and themes as the Hunger Games (the first book in the trilogy). It suffered from a lack in progression of the overall story … Continue reading My thoughts on Catching Fire

Movie – The Conjuring

I recently saw The Conjuring, a new thriller/horror movie about a family which moves into a haunted farmhouse, and . . . well you can probably guess what happens next. It's based on the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators around 40 years ago, who were also involved in the well-known Amityville … Continue reading Movie – The Conjuring