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A Superb Complicated Character…

November 24, 2013
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Maunder – definition: 1. to talk in a rambling, foolish, or meaningless way; 2. to move, go, or act in an aimless, confused manner

As a long time viewer of Dr. Who, I could not miss the 50 year celebrations of this fantastic time traveler show this weekend. I don’t mind admitting that I have watched every single Doctor from Hartnell to Smith. For any show to last such a long time, is in a large par,t because of the excellent writing. To have a character time traveling is one thing but this one can morph into new forms, ensuring the viewer is continually engaged with their personalities. Each reincarnation has his own character traits and some were more rambling in their diction than others. The story lines and monsters are obviously a major part of the show as well and the writers have managed to keep us guessing what they will create next.

Dr Who

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_(Doctor_Who)

Everyone has their favorite Doctor or Doctors. Some are memories of episodes when they were children and others when as adults they can appreciate the complexity of the time traveling hero and his Tardis.

As a writer, I only think it fair to highlight the writers who have made us scream, hide behind the sofa and puzzle over the complexities of each episode. The attention to detail and back story makes each episode so ‘real’ that we are aware of the monster’s motivation and await the Doctor’s solution with avid anticipation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Doctor_Who_writers

I salute these writers for their ingenuity and excellent writing. This quote says it all:

Douglas Adams, who was a Doctor Who writer of huge renown, said the show had to be complicated enough for children and simple enough for adults, and that still holds true, I think. The target audience is everybody from 6 to 106,” he continued. “You want it to be exciting and thrilling and have a lot of different takes to it. You want it to be emotional, and have great characters, and you also want it to be self-contained: within 45 minutes, you’re having to land on a planet, or a period of history, meet a whole bunch of people, solve a mystery, have an adventure and get back in the TARDIS — and with jokes, and you can’t afford to do any of it. That’s why it’s one of the hardest shows to write for, but when you even come close to getting it right, it’s the most exciting show in the world to write for.”

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/writers-explain-why-doctor-who-659103

Dalek

 

Time Lines in a Novel…

July 3, 2013
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Chronological – definition: arranged in order of the times at which they occurred

timeline_T2CAlthough I am not a pre-planner when it comes to my novels, I do take note of when events happen and the corresponding actions and their repercussions in my subsequent editing process. Continuity is an important factor in any story. We can’t have our character experiencing a rainy day in a city apartment in one paragraph and a sunny beach in the next – our characters have to get from A to B. The transition has to be believable- unless you are writing time travel of course!

In my novel, Life in Slake Patch I used the seasons to show the passage of time. Harsh winters restricted my protagonist visiting his lover for weeks at a time, heightening the tension.

There are as many methods as writers when it comes to planning a story arc. Some use index cards, others write out a time line on one long sheet of paper, while others give each chapter its own synopsis with references to the one before and after.

Graph by from: http://charlesdickenspage.com/cities.html

LifeinSlakePatch 001What is your method of choice?

Take a look at these links:

http://poewar.com/revising-your-novel-creating-a-chronology/

http://athanasioskefalas.wordpress.com/2010/10/23/planning-your-novel-part-one/

http://athanasioskefalas.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/planning-your-novel-part-two-the-chronological-plan

Interview with Joe McKnight…

March 1, 2013
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Please welcome Joe, a time travel expert making his stories beguiling. When you read his latest novel, Time’s Hostage, you will understand why I used today’s word – Bravado – definition: a display of reckless or pretended bravery. *Hint * character’s in the book!

Joe McKnightOf the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite and why? I’d say my favorite character to date is the one I am currently creating. She is an alien from a planet that is completely uneducated about the world around them. She is strong and will go against the society if she feels that they are wrong, even if she knows it could turn her world upside down.

  • Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one? I enjoy writing paranormal/supernatural stories and a lot of my stories have a time travel element but I also play around with other genres.
  • It depends on my mood and what inspires me.
  • Have you got a favorite place to write? I don’t have a particular favorite place to write. Most often it’s just been in my office but now that I have a new laptop, I may discover a favorite place.
  • Do you plan your stories or are you a seat of the pants type of writer? I daydream a lot and that’s where I work out a lot of the details in my stories.
  • What inspires your stories? Different things will inspire my writing. I have been inspired by conversations, a piece of music, or a dream. Inspiration can come at me from just about anywhere.
  • What are you currently reading? I don’t do a lot of reading. Currently, I am reading a Bathroom Reader.
  • Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories? I’m not sure if I have what you would call odd habits and I have many different childhood stories; too many to include here.
  • Do you have any pets? I have one cat named Bandit.
  • Do you belong to a writers group? If so, which one? I belong to the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County.

Writeres Foundation of Strathcona County

  • What age did you start writing stories/poems? I have enjoyed writing since an early age. Creative Writing was always my favorite subject in school. I began writing my first novel, Time’s Hostage, when I was in Junior High School.

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  • Do you have a book published? If so, what is it called and where can people buy it? I do have one book published; it’s called Time’s Hostage and can be found and purchased on Smashwords.com and Amazon.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/264043

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AUG724Q#_

  • If you could meet one favorite author, who would it be and why? I think I’d like to meet H.G. Wells. I have only read one of his books, The Time Machine, and though it’s not one of my favorites, he’s a writer from the distant past and deals with similar themes that I like to explore and I think it would be fun to meet and talk with him.
  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be? I can’t say that I’d want to live anywhere other than the province that I live in now. I was born here and despite the cold winters, I like it here.
  • What is your favorite movie of all time? Back to the Future
English: The DeLorean Time Machine in "Ba...

English: The DeLorean Time Machine in “Back to the Future” Deutsch: Die Zeitmaschine, ein Delorean. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Where can readers find you and your blog? I do not currently have a blog.
  • Do you have plans/ideas for your next book? I always have ideas for upcoming projects. The ideas seem to come at me faster than I can write them out.
  • Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager? My mom and dad have always been great supporters of mine. They try to make it to my readings as much as they can.
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