Posts Tagged on writing

Tweet Quotes: Clayton Cubitt Talks About The Future

via warren ellis, @claytoncubitt

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On the Genre-less Life: Alan Moore has a Word for You.

via @briankeene

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Tumblr Watch: NanoGraphicMo, Create a Graphic Novel in a Month. Starts November 1st.

NanoWriMo is the popular new tradition of writing a novel within a month. That month being November.

NanoGraphicMo is the slightly newer tradition(we hope) of creating a graphic novel within the month of November. We learned of this one a bit late in the game. We didn’t feel it was right to rope an artist into non-paying work, no matter how beneficial, at the last minute. It was that and the fact we don’t have a 48 page story worked out just yet.

We have to say there is more than one way to skin a cat.

November 1st – 30th just got a little more creative.

The NanoGraphicMo starts November the 1st and ends at 12 am November the 30th.

The goal: to finish a black and white, 48 page graphic novel with cover in just under a month.

Official site: http://nanographicmo.tumblr.com/

The Rules: http://nanographicmo.tumblr.com/faq

On Twitter: @nanographicmo

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Saturday Afternoon Theater: THE MINDSCAPE OF ALAN MOORE, Spend Time with an Extraordinary Gentleman

Official Synopsis

Alan Moore writer, artist and performer is the world’s most critically acclaimed and widely admired creator of comic books and graphic novels. In The Mindscape of Alan Moore we see a portrait of the artist as contemporary shaman, someone with the power to transform consciousness by means of manipulating language, symbols and images.

The film leads the audience through Moore’s world with the writer himself as guide, beginning with his childhood background, following the evolution of his career as he transformed the comics medium, through to his immersion in a magical worldview where science, spirituality and society are part of the same universe.

What We Learned:
SnagFilms has made our day. In providing us the ability to share THE MINDSCAPE OF ALAN MOORE with you. It is an ad-infused share but that is a small price to pay for peeking into the mind of a genius.

Official site:
Watch the entire film here.
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Warren Ellis Speaks! CAPTURED GHOSTS Documentary in 2011.

Last week our Comics column in TweetDeck exploded with video clip links to a documentary on comics creator Warren Ellis.

We can only guess that either sheer horror of anticipation or realization of dark secrets yet to be uncovered about the man prevented us from immediately posting a link to it.

A video link we shared below the jump.
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“Holden Caulfield is Unactable” –J. D. Salinger (1919 – 2010)

Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author’s son said in a statement from Salinger‘s literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

“The Catcher in the Rye,” with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made “Catcher” a featured selection, advised that for “anyone who has ever brought up a son” the novel will be “a source of wonder and delight – and concern.”

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“I love to write and I assure you I write regularly,” Salinger said in a brief interview with the Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate in 1980. “But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it.”

The passing of Salinger brought to mind a fairly new blog Letters of Note. On this blog there are two letters from Salinger. One, a response to an angst ridden first year college student that was desperate for writing advice. The second on his absolute refusal of allowing Catcher and the Rye being turned into a movie.

A tiny excerpt on Salinger’s reasoning behind why his book is unfilmable:

Holden Caulfield is unactable
And Holden Caulfield himself, in my undoubtedly super-biassed opinion, is essentially unactable. A Sensitive, Intelligent, Talented Young Actor in a Reversible Coat wouldn’t nearly be enough. It would take someone with X to bring it off, and no very young man even if he has X quite knows what to do with it. And, I might add, I don’t think any director can tell him.

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The X Days of Xmas: Have Yourself a Nervous Breakdown / Doctor Who Christmas

You really should read more.

A Nervous Breakdown Christmas
A quick search on The Nervous Breakdown gives you a handful of authors willing to share their Christmases with you.

Below lay an excerpt from Will Entrekin‘s “The Evolution of the Christmas Jollies

Tim’s voice remains clear: “You still get the Christmas Jollies?” No eleven year old should be able to manage such derision, but as Timmy’s height was ahead of his years, so was his condescension. I was only eleven or so myself, and I didn’t exactly know what the Christmas Jollies were, but somehow I sensed from the tone of Timmy’s voice that having them was akin to having cooties. Maybe worse.

Now you’d better finish that story. You know what they say will happen if you don’t finish.

Paul Cornell’s The 12 Blogs of Christmas
Paul Cornell, writer of one of our favorite Doctor Who two-parters “Human Nature/Family of Blood” has been in the holiday spirit over on his blog.

…welcome to the first of my 12 Blogs of Christmas, where, as in the last few years, I’ll be presenting hopefully exciting new stuff over the next twelve days, covering, in a festive manner, the three worlds I move in: science fiction; comics and Doctor Who.

He started this on December 12, so if you’re behind, like us, you got a lot of reading to do. Like this short story Doctor Who, professionally written piece of fan fiction “The Last Doctor.” Free fan fiction from a professional writer who normally gets paid to pen Who stories. These are blessed times we live in.

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Robert Kirkman QFT

“I wouldn’t feel creatively fulfilled if I was 40 and still writing Spider-Man and hadn’t done anything on my own.”–Robert Kirkman, New York Times Interview

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