Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Blog developments

I continue to develop this blog. Today I added two permanent pages, 'About me' and 'Buy my work!' to the navigation area on the right. Some of you may also have noticed the quotes that appear in the top right and change daily. This is based on some Javascript that seems to work well. The data is fixed for each date, so I need to go in every so often and replace old feedback with new in order to keep it fresh but it isn't too onerous. The original code I based mine on can be found here.

Monday, 15 August 2011

The Warriors

The Warriors is one of the three great films of 1979. If you want to write something that is fast-paced and nail-biting then this is a worthy object of study. Its high concept of 'falsely-accused Warriors have to fight their way across the city past rival gangs to get home' gives us an unpredictable story with well-depicted and individualistic gangs, superb photography, and perfectly placed music.


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2012 short story competition

Here are quick details of a Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook competition - go here for full details.
  • The prize is £500 plus a place on an Arvon Foundation residential writing course, and publication of your story on the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook website.
  • Stories of up to 2,000 words on the theme of ‘identity’.
  • Closing date of 14th February 2012.
Good luck!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Sex versus gender

Gender and sex - two words that are regularly confused.
Gender either refers to a term of grammatical classification for nouns etc., or to socially constructed personalities. If the answer to a question is masculine, feminine, or neuter, then the question is asking about gender.

Sex when used to classify (as opposed to talking about sexual intercourse) refers to the division of living things into male and female. If the answer to a question is male or female, then the question is asking about sex.
It is not difficult to comprehend this useful distinction. Basically, when you’re talking about what biological wobbly bits people have, you are talking about sex differences.