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December 10 2013 3 10 /12 /December /2013 12:01

What is a synopsis? Notes by Val Williamson
It is not an outline, a blow by blow, chapter by chapter account, a summary of the plot; it sells the idea of a book. It can give an indication that you are not just about fine writing in your first three chapters, but that you understand how to structure...
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June 2 2013 1 02 /06 /June /2013 01:34

Edinburgh City of Printing and Publishing
Five hundred years of printing history in Scotland is encapsulated in Edinburgh's survival of the trials, successes and pitfalls of producing bestsellers. Only fifty years after Gutenberg printed his bible using moveable type, King James IV of Scotland...
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March 3 2013 1 03 /03 /March /2013 12:43

Bryan Talbot's Graphic Novel: The Tale of One Bad Rat
This review first appeared at Suit101.com in October2009. The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot This graphic novel for young adults is used for therapy in child abuse centres across the world but its visual artistry makes it a storytelling classic....
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December 12 2012 4 12 /12 /December /2012 11:59

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
My own personal writing journey during the making of this movie on release London 13 December 2012. Hobbit Movie New Wellington Casting Call – Only Elves Need Apply With The Hobbit movies about to begin filming in Wellington, New Zealand, a casting call...
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July 1 2012 1 01 /07 /July /2012 14:45

Meet Animator and Author Curtis Jobling
Curtis Jobling demonstrates how to draw characters from a circle and an oval. Screengrab from Bob the Builder video. Animation students leaving college often struggle with how to integrate their need for personal expression with the necessity of earning...
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June 17 2012 1 17 /06 /June /2012 18:04

Decoding Science from Ancient Jewellery to Neanderthals
I started writing for the Decoded Science website in the last week of May 2012. This is not a general interest website like the others I write for, so I have to think things through quite carefully before I hit the 'publish' button! My role is as Anthropology...
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June 1 2012 6 01 /06 /June /2012 14:43

The Olympic Torch Cometh
To my amazement today, I found myself actually wanting to get up an hour early and work out a strategy to get into the town centre to film the Olympic Torch passing through. Large crowds were expected, I knew, including a reported 7,000 school children,...
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May 28 2012 2 28 /05 /May /2012 01:13

Check out the advice he gives to University of the Arts graduates as they set out on their careers. "Make mistakes!" "Make good art!"
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April 13 2012 6 13 /04 /April /2012 00:38

The Black Widow kick ass video launches The Avengers movie
I was assigned to cover the viral video reaction when the Black Widow superhero clip was launched on YouTube. What a fun article that was to write! Thousands of people commented on the YouTube site, and thousands have read my article. Take a look at my...
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March 29 2012 5 29 /03 /March /2012 14:28

Captain Scott memorial day
Scott of the Antarctic remembered in London 29 March 2012 with Sir David Attenborough and relatives of the family that also included the explorer's son, the great conservationist Sir Peter Scott. He (Peter) used to visit our neghbours when I was young,...
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