Twitter

I have de-activated my Twitter account as I need to concentrate on job hunting and limit the temptations to go off-task. Staying here at WordPress for the moment as there are quite a few people with whom I’d like to keep a line of communication open (so many fascinating bloggers and posts).

Photograph of myself and Nigel Hodge at the Castle jam night. Copyright info to follow.
Photograph of myself and Nigel Hodge at the Castle jam night. Kelvin L Smith playing keyboard to the left of me.

 

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Hiatus and Witch Week

I really do need to take a break from my small kernel of internet activities. I need to find a paying job for financial and health reasons. I shall return in the near future, hopefully when I’ve been successful in finding employment.

Whatever my web presence (or absence), I will be taking part in the Diana Wynne Jones inspired  ‘Witch Week‘ reading of Ursula K Le Guin‘s Earthsea novel “The Other Wind‘.

Take care everybody!

 

Puffin "Earthsea Quartet" cover. Copyright David Borgen / Puffin books.
Puffin “Earthsea Quartet” cover. Copyright David Borgen / Puffin books.

 

Irrepressible transformations — Calmgrove

Long Ago and Far Away: eight traditional fairy tales Foreword by Marina Warner; translated by Nigel Bryant, David Carter and Ann Lawson Lucas Hesperus Press 2012 We’re so used to canonic versions of fairy tales that it’s easy to forget (if we ever knew) that fairy tales come in all shapes and sizes, and have […]

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iBook Project Costumes

I’m currently working on the costumes for the figures in the iBook project. I don’t have the intellectual wherewithal to model in 3D though I do have suitable apps. Acquiring knowledge of anything with a steep learning at the moment will just delay progress so I’m using what I already know to modify models I’m already licensed to use. My first 30 page A3 sketch book seems to be filling up rapidly.

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Initial costumes and possible procedural texturing for iBook project.

iBook and job search

I’m currently juggling work on the e-book with job searching and personal computer swapping (and more general family life). Using an A3 sketch pad (my favourite work medium as I’ve mentioned before now), I’ve mapped out the general plot, making some significant decisions (alterations) as I did so. I’m currently using the excellent Worldbuilding website to make solid some of my more gaseous thoughts. I’m not sure how many contributors on the site are bona fide scientists  but the consensus of opinion on matters seem to give creedence to many answers.

My mate John has gifted me a copy of “The Seedling Stars” by James Blish and I’m currently reading “Surface Tension”. Although I won’t be using any of the ideas directly, I’ve had some ‘offshoot thoughts’ about aspects of my project. I love the way that James Blish explores the idea of existence in the narrative just as UKLG explores ideas about society in “The Dispossessed”. I read (present tense) both narratives as ‘thinking out loud’.

I’m considering producing the e-book as a Bandcamp CD and booklet before a multimedia iBook but will probably change my mind many times over the next few months.

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My friend John asked me a question about something I hadn’t considered – who is the audience for the iBook? I had to confess that I hadn’t really thought about it but that it would be suitable for all audiences. “Young adult then?” he suggested. Now I think about it, it couldn’t be anything else.

Magic, menace and the mundane — Calmgrove

 

Ursula Le Guin: Tehanu: the Last Book of Earthsea in The Earthsea Quartet Puffin/Penguin Books 1993 (1990) As a fantasy novel Tehanu is a tough read: it touches on child abuse, rape, misogyny, prejudice, paranoia, xenophobia, torture and psychopathy. But against all these evils we also witness loyalty, support, care, consolation, compassion and love. Does […]

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Interrogatives — Calmgrove

To reiterate, I don’t do blog awards. But occasionally I like to see what questions are asked and answer them for my own amusement. And maybe yours too! Blogger Jean Lee (of Jean Lee’s World) posed a handful of interesting queries for recipients of the Leibster award. Yours truly came up with these rather shifty […]

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