Friday, 30 January 2015

Which is best?

Advice needed! I had a scene written, where fragments were separated by blank lines to indicate passage of time. I also worked it so that each section could be read as connected to the previous, even though in reality the two parts of a sentence referred to different things. Some people said this was confusing, so I need some more feedback. I don't want to use a style that pulls people out of the story.

I just wondered which of the options below people preferred, or found easiest to read? Let me know by email or in the comments (or via Facebook).

Note that it is only the transitions between sections that I am talking about (and those transitions are the only thing I changed between the three options). No need to read the whole thing three times!


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Jane Eyre

I have read this novel at least five times. Maybe it is starting to wear thin on me. That's not to denigrate it: it is still an accomplishment to write any book which I would read more than once.

I won't reiterate the plot, we all know the lives and loves of a governess and the manly Rochester. It's got some great lines. One of my favourites was: "And with that answer he left me. I would much rather he had knocked me down."

** spoiler alert **
The co-incidences used as plot devices sometimes stretch credibility too far. The worst offenders:


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Extra Money

I registered for PLR last year. I didn't expect much to come of it for a few years yet but I have just received my annual statement, and based on loans of my books from public libraries I will be receiving some money. I won't be celebrating too lavishly since it is just enough for a pint of beer and a bar of chocolate, but it is a start. As before, if you requested my books from public libraries, I am very grateful!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Fin / The End

Have any of you seen the Spanish film "Fin / The End"? Or read the book by David Monteagudo?

I saw it last night: naturalistic acting, lovely cinematography, nicely understated style, good music, and well directed. I didn't know what to expect when I chose this on a whim, and was pleased to find myself engrossed. I was therefore a bit dispirited to see some negative reviews for it.

Some of them seemed put off by the film being in Spanish. I don't understand the prejudice some people display about subtitles. You soon get used to them. And they open up a new world of film: great films you'd never see otherwise, and better in the original than any second-hand Hollywood remake. Also, you never wonder what is being said during action or mumbling - it's all there!

Maybe other people were confused about the type of film it would be, and expected an effects-laden apocalyptic film. Don't go in expecting that - it's a thoughtful and tense drama.


Friday, 16 January 2015

23 Librarians

A nice way to start the weekend: I've just been included on the 23 Librarians site. Each post explores the role (and sometimes "a day in the life") of a librarian in Wales. Appropriately enough, I am number 13.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Hello? Hello?

The dangers of being self-employed and working from home... The other day I had various spam callers pretending I was entitled to money "from my car insurance claim". I used some of the classic methods:

  • Asking to be put through to [fake name] on extension [fake number] - "He told me you would ring, and said I should speak only to him". (Play with this for a while, causes them lots of confusion as they make up excuses about the fictional contact not being in work that day etc).
  • Whenever they give a long spiel wait until the end, then say, "Sorry, the line is bad, can you repeat that please?" Do this 2-5 times. Check email while they talk.
  • Say you need to go to another room for a better signal. Put the phone down and do something else for a minute.
  • Say you need to get the paperwork from downstairs, put the receiver down on the desk, play a level of Kingdom Rush so they can hear all the little barbarians and wizards blowing each other up. I managed to leave the caller for about four minutes and they were still on the line when I finished the level (I got a perfect, three stars to spend on upgrades) and picked up the receiver again.
  • After all that I said: "Sorry, I've just remembered: I don't own a car, and have never had one. I use public transport or cycle." Then hang up.