Writing Update:

So those of you that follow what I post regularly will have noticed that I fell off the grid for a week or so. That’s because I’m in the process of moving house, managing a university assessment and working. I should build some more time in to create content but honestly haven’t felt able to. So given that I can’t sleep at 4am with a full day of moving furniture tomorrow I thought I’d give you all a quick update.

What am I writing at the moment, well two things.

  1. My dissertation
  2. My assessment
  3. See above ^

Whilst I enjoy my degree I find it difficult to focus on my own projects when all of my writing and reading time is taken up by assessment work. Assessment work can be fun, I often enjoy the challenge but it means that I have less time and will to work on my own private projects such as The Adventures of Georgia the Bearded (A fun, laid back and over the top comedy that I write mainly for stress relief) or continuing my science fiction stories. But complaining aside I have some fun projects I’m focusing on at the moment.

For the assessment I am writing a sit com. This is  my first attempt at writing a script and so far  I have to say that I am enjoying the process and finding it a great way to practice writing character. The dialogue heavy and description sparse style of most scripts means the words have to convey meaning and character clearly or risk misinterpretation or failing to engage your readers/audience. To get around the issue of creating characters from scratch I decided that I would follow in the footsteps of Rick Riordan; take the Greek gods, trap them in an apartment with their powers all but gone and see what followed.

So far its been a lot of fun trying to use a modern day context but incorporate the centuries of godly squabbling into my character dynamic. This has been successful giving my characters more tension off the bat because of the preconceptions or prior knowledge that my audience will approach my script with. Zeus and his promiscuous nature are well known, as is the fact that the Greek gods were a petty bunch: something that I have done my best do display.

The dissertation has been a little more difficult to write, I suspect because of the subject matter. My sit com is comedy, I get to write sly and barbed dialogue with the aim of making people laugh, invariably leading to me amusing myself. The dissertation as I mentioned in an earlier blog post is a fantasy incorporating modern political allegory. This means that the recent events in America involving the separation of children from their parents has warranted study and a place in the story, I’ve been doing some research into child soldiers. All in all heavy stuff that can make me feel a little scummy to write.

So yeah I’ve nearly completed my script barring final edits and I have got a good chunk of my dissertation written, hoping to get a good amount more down on paper over the weekend and coming week. So that’s it really, sorry for the waffly post but I thought I’d update you on comings and goings.

Have a great day

Hugh

Anthem: A Disappointing Key Note For An Underwhelming Conference.

If like me, you are a fan of Bioware and the games they produce then Anthem is probably something you are concerned about. With EA’s graveyard of previously beloved developers and Andromeda’s problematic launch, Bioware need a win. Now at last years E3 Anthem looked promising, a new mysterious franchise starter in a style Bioware are used to working with. A year later, I’m beginning to wonder whether that was false hope and here’s why. Continue reading “Anthem: A Disappointing Key Note For An Underwhelming Conference.”

Age of Sigmar: Detriment or Improvement?

Games Workshop launched Age of Sigamr in 2015, replacing Warhammer: Fantasy Battles amidst great controversy. It has however stood the test of time and with second edition just around the corner bringing a host of new rules and abilities, I thought I’d take take a look at AoS so far. Its successes, failures and areas in which I believe it could stand to improve. Continue reading “Age of Sigmar: Detriment or Improvement?”

Rick Riordan’s: The Burning Maze

(Plot Spoilers included)

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Rick Riordan’s books have been a staple of my reading since secondary school when I was introduced to The Lightning Thief. I have since picked up and read  every book he has published in that universe, The Burning Maze being no exception. Continue reading “Rick Riordan’s: The Burning Maze”

Writing Journal: Dissertation

To be honest although I’ve had two months to get on with my dissertation I must somewhat unhappily admit that I haven’t done nearly as much work on it as I wanted to. Life got in the way. Continue reading “Writing Journal: Dissertation”

Morathi Returns:

Morathi, regurgitated by Slaanesh and more deadly than ever.

I’d imagine I’m not the only collector that saw Morathi’s new model and immediately felt the primal urge to add her to my collection. Continue reading “Morathi Returns:”

Writing Journal: Module Assessment

For a module entitled Contemporary Writing, I wanted to do something a little different. Play with some of the themes the ‘Contemporary’ texts I was reading for my course had highlighted

In the last update I gave you a brief overview of what I was working on and my plans for a module assessment. My plan for the module being to write something focused on experiences of the Trojan war. This is no longer the case. Continue reading “Writing Journal: Module Assessment”