Word of the Week #14:

Publicity

Yes… The one word that makes even the best of us cringe…

And, of course, when I say us, I refer to writers, artists, and other such creative souls…

And we are, in general, not the most extroverted members of the society. We tend to devote all of our time and energy to our craft. Mundane terms like sales and revenue are beneath us. So this aversion does seem quite natural…

And basically, we just tend to be a special kind of crazy. Continue reading Word of the Week #14:

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Book of the Week #13: [Guest Post]

Yashas:

Yes, this week, we share the first guest post on our blog. And considering this wonderful, young lady gave me the final push I needed to start this blog, it is only fair that for her to be our first collaborator.

And I believe a short introduction is in order…

She is an old classmate of mine, and one of the few people who are so nice that I cannot even make fun of them… Well, at least not in public…

She is currently studying Astronomy from University of Sussex, and intends to pursue a Doctorate in Astrophysics.

Some observational area, though, she tells me, not theoretical… And I just nod along…

So, yeah, she is a smart one…


Shruti:

Pride and Prejudice,

by Jane Austen

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Thus begins one of the most acclaimed classics of English literature. Set in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice is probably Jane Austen’s most recognized work.

The first time I came across Pride and Prejudice was when I was 13. My eyes fixated on the dark blue cover of an abridged copy; a part of the stack of our grade 8 books given to us by school. It was neither a part of our curriculum, nor were we ever taught it in school. Continue reading Book of the Week #13: [Guest Post]

Word of the Week #13:

Collaboration

For years, I have dreaded this word… And now I wonder why…

I wonder whether it comes from my natural disposition, or from any past experiences, but I just prefer working alone. And as a writer, I am usually not required to work alongside others, anyway.

There is just a simple, but deep, pleasure in immersing oneself in a solo project, and watching it come to fruition. Continue reading Word of the Week #13:

Writer Guy’s Tip #6: Some Minor Components

So far, we have completed our discussion on the four primary components of fiction writing  namely SettingPlotNarrative, and Characters, and two of the minor ones, Tone and Mood.

If you have missed any of the above, I’d strongly urge you to take a look at them…

In this post, we take a look at some of the components that do not necessarily need to know, in order to employ them. You may just learn how to use them through natural disposition, or through experience and practice.

After all, catapult weapons were invented more than 1500 years before Newton was born, and the stones would still hit the fortified walls, not fly into outer space…

This is, to be honest, the least important tip, so far, but you never know what may end up helping you…

Continue reading Writer Guy’s Tip #6: Some Minor Components

Book of the Week #12:

Master of the Game,

by Sidney Sheldon

“Business is a game, played for fantastic stakes, and you’re in competition with experts. If you want to win, you have to learn to be a master of the game.”

– David to Kate

We continue with the books of the grown-up kind, with this absolute gem, by an unparalleled genius.

And really, when the name “Sidney Sheldon” does pop up, you know you are in the grown-up part of the list. However, we will still be keeping the post kid-friendly, okay? We do have a lot more to talk about…  Continue reading Book of the Week #12:

Word of the Week #12:

Avarice

This is another of those words that have come to define the world as we know it.

Even a brief analysis of world economy would show you how the insatiable greed of a few individuals trumps over collective good.

Yeah, pun not intended… Although I doubt anybody would believe that… Continue reading Word of the Week #12:

Writer Guy’s Analysis #3:

How To Get Away With Murder

Season 1

I don’t know what terrible things you’ve done in your life up to this point, but clearly your karma’s out of balance to be assigned to my class.

I’m professor Annalise Keating, and this is Criminal Law 101, or as I prefer to call it-
How to get away with Murder.”

That, I’d say, is as good a character introduction I’ve seen as any.

And, by far, the biggest, brightest, most ultimate selling point of this entire series is Viola Davis, who became the first African-American woman to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of the brilliant and powerful, but damaged, Defence Attorney-cum-Professor Annalise Keating.

In general, I do enjoy shows about lawyers and legal procedure. I suppose it is partly because my father is a defence lawyer, and we’d often discuss cases involving murder and corruption even before I was in my teens.

So far, this show stands at the second place of my Favourite Legal Drama list, below Boston Legal, which, in my opinion, does not enjoy the same extent of popularity as it should, and above Suits, which, despite its many, many positives, is often just not as much fun.

Now, in this post, we will analyse the entire first season of this series, and see why it works.

I should also confess that we will not be discussing Season 2, simply because I did not enjoy it.

OBVIOUS WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

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