Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Script Frenzy

Brought to you by the same fine folks who run the NaNoWriMo event each November, Script Frenzy is the "Screenplays, stage plays, TV shows, short films, and graphic novels" version of that challenge. It starts at midnight on April 1st and ends at midnight on April 30th. To put it simply, your task is to produce "100 pages of original scripted material in 30 days." Quite a reasonable goal, in my opinion.

Their website is full of helpful info on formatting, outlining, and a lot of other things relating to scripts so go over and check it out.

As I've mentioned before about NaNoWriMo, deadlines are a great personal motivator so I decided to give it a shot this year. Care to join me?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Bartimaeus Trilogy - Mini Review

In an effort to provide more frequent updates for my loyal readers (my humble thanks to all three of you), I've decided to do the occasional review on books that I've been reading. They'll be short and to the point -- mostly about sf and fantasy because those are the types of books I like to read.

I'm kicking things off with a fun and breezy read, "The Bartimaeus Trilogy" (Book One: "The Amulet of Samarkand", Book Two: "The Golem's Eye", Book Three: "Ptolemy's Gate").

One of the best fantasy series I've read in a long time. The titular character is an "always too smart for the room" djinni in service to (he would say "enslaved"by ) ambitious magical prodigy, John Mandrake. Crisply written and laugh out loud funny in many places, these books explore a bizarre yet familiar world full of intrigue, powerful spirits, and exciting action.
Highly recommended.