November starts in a few days, and with it comes National November Writing Month. After taking last year off, I’m back in it again so expect half-coherent posts next month as I try and slog out 50,000 words. Or more, ideally. I’ve spent a good chunk of this year reverse-engineering an outline from the novel… Continue reading Rewriting
Tag: The Lord Of The Rings
Not Glittery Gold
Heads up, this post contains some minor spoilers for Rings of Power. Probably not actual spoilers if you were following casting news in the lead-up to the release of Amazon’s shot, but it is about a neat surprise I got while watching, having been ignoring the buzz. Don’t worry, it’s not about who turns out… Continue reading Not Glittery Gold
What The Hell Is Canon, Anyway?
That long-awaited/feared Amazon-made show based on Tolkien’s stories is finally out and I have watched the first two episodes and let me tell you that I am surprised by how much I dig it. Understand, I absolutely love The Lord of The Rings —in both book and movie form—, I tackled The Silmarillion shortly after… Continue reading What The Hell Is Canon, Anyway?
There’s a lot of depressing crap going on in the world right now. A lot of stuff happening that weighs heavy on me and so when it’s time to sit down and write this blogpost it feels hard to ignore it. But I also know that, at a certain point, there comes a time to… Continue reading Lightness
Amazon’s long-gestating Middle-earth set project is looming in the autumn, and this week we got a look at some character posters. They aren’t much, just shots of torsos and hands that give us an idea of the show’s aesthetic. There's cool armor, berries, and it’s anyone’s guess as to which one is Hot Sauron (as… Continue reading More Rings
The movie version of The Lord of The Rings is quite different from the book version of The Lord of The Rings, but they’re both very much The Lord of The Rings. It’s the same story, and the movie does an incredible job at adapting the book by not adapting the book. Let me explain.… Continue reading The Spine
I’m getting set to head back to the US soon, and into the anxious mess that is the American Covid Response. It’s terrifying, and disheartening to have to go back to all of That (I’m currently in Singapore, which, through a combination of vaccination, tracing, masking, and distancing has kept things under control enough to… Continue reading Returns
The Power of Mordor
My love of The Lord of The Rings is well documented, heck, I just reread the books over the summer (with my glorious hardcovers). There’s a lot I like about them, like how they marry a beautiful world to an epic quest, and how that epic quest is a story of vanquishing evil not through… Continue reading The Power of Mordor
A while ago, Merriam Webster (y’know, the dictionary) published an article that I found fascinating. It was about language as it’s used in Star Wars and it’s a short and interesting read. The gist of it is this: In Star Wars, George Lucas used a lot of plain, English words to create his world. There’s… Continue reading Story Language
Ah, the end of the movie. The bad guy is defeated and the credits roll. If only it were that simple. With NaNoWriMo over (I won! Wrote 50,000 words!), the project in question (with the very exciting name Space Knights [it’s in space, but there’s really only one knight]) is sitting at 140,000 words, which… Continue reading Endings