FRIENDS OF MINE
Thursday, 30 December 2010
We both had our set-backs in the early months of the year and it just goes to show how iunpredictable and surprising a year can be! I didn't expect any of what happened next. I honestly think it has been the most surprising year of my life and certainly full of memories I will treasure for the rest of it.
March April May
it all began to change - seeming endings led to new beginnings. In May we made a long overdue visit to family we knew in Suffolk and quite by coincidence, (some would say fate) met family we didn't know we had, who as it turned out live very close to us here and whom we now regard as dear friends. We also caught up with some old friends this year, Avis Hickman Gibb for a start and we met her husband Mike.
June July August
Then our freinds from S Wales, Alun and Mary came to visit with us... we'd not seen them for 17 years and it was great to catch up. Next, change came again in the form of sudden early retirement for my husband. At the start of July - employed - 21st July - desk cleared and feet up :) The we had our 30th Wedding Anniversary in August and decided, instead of Barcelona, our destination should be BALTIMORE :) So we planned that. I always said I'd never fly that far but I knew that this man below was at the other end of that flight and it would be worth every minute to shake his hand.
Sept, Oct Nov
My Novella, A Genie in a Jam was serialised at Bewildering Stories in the Autumn and Jerry Wright surprised me with that wonderful illustration of DJ, and late Seotember we set off to Baltimore where we had a great time getting to know Nathan Rosen of Microhorror (and I didn't shake his hand I just grabbed the poor guy and hugged the breath out of him and serve him right for being so lovely!) So I got to know Nathan and his beatiful wife, Jenesta, EDP poet Jody Costa and Writewords friend Jennifer Stakes and her husband Fred. I introduced Jennifer and Nathan and she is now Assistant Editor at microhorror :) Good work!
Then I had the privilege of setting and judging the Hallowe'en Competition I'd won for the past three years - thanks for that Nathan! Go along and read the winning entires :)
Another unexpected turn was that I was totally enthralled with Baltimore itself. I didn't want to come home! But let's face it - I'd never survive their summers! I also got to visit D.C. and Philadelphia and the Maryland Rennaissance Festival, Fort McHenry, meet Nathan's mother, Jenesta's brother... two bands of PIRATES :) Oh I enjoyed every single minute!
Yes, It's been an extraordianry year. It's been fun. It's been a year to remember.
Monday, 27 December 2010
Monday, 20 December 2010
Monday, 13 December 2010
How does this compare to Harry Potter? We in this 'critic's' opinion that is like comparing the depth of MacBeth to East Enders. I did try to read a Harry Potter book - once. I haven't bothered since.
I think that the 3D format gave this film a real boost because there's such a lot of story to cover within such a small time frame, and it brought the whole thing to life. It also greatly enhanced the presence of the ship, itself a main character. That is always a difficult thing to pull off but I think it succeeds here.
Any plot adaptations that were made were in keeping with the spirit of the book and further served to unify and bring extra meaning to the themes. Also the almost noises-off presence of Susan and Peter, Anna Popplewell and Will Moseley helped continuity as it was seeing old friends.
Most main characters' faces were familiar to those who have seen the previous films. Tilda Swinton's continued presence as the embodiment of evil (a green mist this time) works well because let's face it, Tilda Swinton can be green mist if she wants to be - or anything else... Her role is one reason I hope the production team will try to make The Silver Chair - a gift vehicle for such a talent!
Reepicheep was as adorable as ever and the change of voiceover in this film I think, improves his gravitas and boy does that mouse have gravitas ;) I have to say the furry characters are much furrier in 3D and when Lucy hugged Reepicheep you could almost feel that fur. The poor, funny Puddleduffs are quite adorable too.Fellow Ballymena-man Liam Neeson is the voice of Aslan once more. (God just has to be a Ballymena man!)
In this film Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes and the very dashing Ben Barnes reprise their roles as kings and queens of Narnia. It has been said they cannot carry the story but these stories do no rely on a single set of actors to carry them. The whole point of Narnia is that the characters change but the story goes on. That depth of meaning allows Will Poulter as the obnoxious Eustace Scrubb (he really does deserve the name) to be ultimately redeemable and he can take credit for a fine artful-dodger-style performance although not for the cgi dragon...
I was interested to see how another director would handle Narnia. Michael Apted's direction was a seamless takeover from Adamson, I imagine that was a conscious decision and the right way to go. Apted did a fine job in bringing this film to the screen and as one who has waited 40 years to see it, I loved what he did with the magician's Mansion, Death Water, Dark Island, Ramandu's Island... I can't think of a single thing that didn't exceed this Narnia fan's expectations and I look forward to the next.
By the way, if you already own 3D glasses of that type with red/green lenses, they won't work here. 3D is not done like that any more. It's done by polarising lenses. Light rotates clockwise for one eye, anticlockwise for the other and then the frames are alternated on screen at terrific speed to fool your brain into thinking the images are not alternating but simultaneous. Anyway, I'm looking forward to the extended dvd so that I can study the making of... One of my favourite things about film is getting behind the scenes. Ooooo how do they do that? How did they make that water so - wet?
I was glad to hear the name Jill Pole mentioned right at the end of the film - it held out hope that I will indeed be going back to Narnia even is Edmund and Lucy will not. Can't wait.
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Think I rather suited the theatrical mustache.
Not sure why this is in monochrome... Ah, the good old days ;)
Thursday, 2 December 2010
There's been plenty of static movement here - we;; more stuck than static ;) We're snowy here. Over a week of snow and drifts of two feet but we've had some nice visitors too
and though you can't always catch them
Even if they don't seem pally
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
It was 1982 -ish and my first mini was overheating on the way home from school. I didn't have any groceries in the boot but I was calling into TESCO on my way home when a brilliant plan came to me - if I could make it to Tesco's car park...
Well I did :) and see what I came up with.
Friday, 5 November 2010
The Unknowable Unknown
A V O I D
of which if I am allowed a favourite, it is The Unknowable Unknown.
And I'm having a great time reading all the entries! And more stories are still in the pipeline. Nathan you see had an appendectome and has got a little behind - actually quite a big behind - I was being kind :) Progress is being made - fear not!
Monday, 1 November 2010
Life's Love Affair
For all of you GOLDEN people X
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Friday, 15 October 2010
Others are more - in your face...
'Does she have to do that?' 'Maybe if we ignore her she'll go away!'
Unlikely! The motto of the species is Tenax Propositi.
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
MicroHorror Audio, now available at Bandcamp!
on "MicroHorror," and three classic stories by Poe, Bierce and Lovecraft
on "Legends of Horror." Learn more here: http://www.microhorror.com/microhorror/microhorror/announcing-microhorror-audio/
Check it out. My favoutite story was 'Sins of the Flesh' :)
ALSO read Magnanimous Gesture on the site now.
Friday, 10 September 2010
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
O ‘eck! What’s that Genie up to this week? Find out at: http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue399/genie11.html
Walter Giersbach was kind enough to say: Some mighty fine writing!
Saturday, 28 August 2010
There's a new micro fiction up at Doorknobs and Body Paints - Escaping Heat and I'm in the excellent company of Frances Gapper and Angeal Readman so go and have a good read - which Doorknobs always is.
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
But my roses are lovely
Friday, 16 July 2010
30th Wedding Anniversary - I'm told that's Pearl
so please visit and take a look at the quaint fashions oh-er.. of yesteryear.
taster: Me in student days at The White Rocks, Portrush.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Saturday, 10 July 2010
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Only a Small Eden
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Monday, 28 June 2010
Saturday, 26 June 2010
so make sure you don't miss any
they'll be coming out weekly
and with a wonderful piece of artwork specially created by Jerry Wright!
Monday, 21 June 2010
Yes I'm in BwS Quarterly Review once more - this time 3 poems and a few articles in the challenges section. And it's Midsummer's Day - what better way to celebrate?
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Saturday, 12 June 2010
here is my unique perspective on what's in a name at Left Hand Waving - my first time there :) https://sites.google.com/site/lefthandwaving/oonah-v-joslin
With a name like that you should be a writer...
Monday, 7 June 2010
Here's a bonus haiku:
a bee on the snap-dragon
buzzed off before I snapped
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Keep taking the medication!
Monday, 31 May 2010
I blog about why I wrote it here:
Monday, 17 May 2010
Tree Surgeon is up at BwS and also a story from my friend John Ritchie and a poem by the wonderful John Stocks
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Friday, 7 May 2010
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Sunday, 2 May 2010
Locus of Control at The Pygmy Giant http://thepygmygiant.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/locus-of-control/
We worship commerce it seems like we used to worship volcanos. We worship what we fear. What we really fear is losing the locus of control. What we should recognise is that we never had it to begin with.
Friday, 30 April 2010
And there's a very nice photo of her and Lytton Strachey (who wrote Emminent Victorians which introduced modern biography as an art form).
He once asked Virginia to marry him and when she said yes he said "It was ghastly" :) They'd been friends since childhood...
Sunday, 25 April 2010
Cider Sunrise is a satisfying revenge tale over at EDF.
Oonah's comments comparing two industrial poems by herself and John Stocks here: http://bewilderingstories.com/issue381/ch380resp_joslin.html
and So much to learn about haiku at Parallel Oonahverse. http://oovj.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/so-much-to-learn-about-haiku/
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
and I am honoured by what John Stocks and Don Webb said about my poem Stain of Light
Thank you both so much.
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Happy Easter Everyone
I have a poem on BwS this Monday http://bewilderingstories.com/issue378/stain_light.html
One of the editors wrote to me specailly to say:
I just wanted to tell you how much I liked STAIN OF LIGHT. A really
beautiful poem. Good job!
Thank you Bill X
While you're there read August Evening by John Stocks and Fehmida Zakeer's story Canvas of life.
Over at Static Movement is the closest thing I'll ever get to ChickLit ;) and if you like chocolate, you'll like this. http://staticmovement.com/whatyoumakeofit.htm
There's a whole new (okay I can't resist) crop fo great stories to read over at 10FLASH Quarterly and among them is one of my favourites of mine - The Head Gardener. Whatever you're planting or harvesting...Well good luck :) http://10flash.wordpress.com/genres/10flash-fantasy-stories/the-head-gardener/
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Monday, 22 March 2010
Cogratulations to John Stocks and Nick Allen too.
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
For suggestions for reading today - from the Vaults of Parallel Oonahverse click this link http://oovj.wordpress.com/
I'malso at 10FLASH QUARTERLY today with a guest editorial called When Worlds Collide which you can find here http://10flash.wordpress.com/publishing-news/when-worlds-collide/
Monday, 15 March 2010
Also in this wee'k issue, my good friends, Nick Allen's - The Other Way Round and John Stocks' - R is for Rocket...
I'm also here with a story - First Contact http://www.iceflow.com/doorknobs/DOORBODY2.html
Monday, 8 March 2010
Bewildering Stories index to issue 375