Category: Writing

Article: Discourse Magazine [Issue 8, 24 October 2012]

Posted 25 October, 2012 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

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The latest issue of Discourse Magazine is out and ready to be read! My article for this week is “Greece is Still Between a Rock and a Hard Place”, pp. 18 – 19 (or pp. 20 – 21 if you’re following the Adobe Reader count). I’ve been writing for Discourse for a few months now but it’s interesting that I haven’t quite gotten around to Greece yet. It’s sad to read that a few years into their current crisis things have been just as bad (if not worse) than it was when it first began. Anyways, my article looks at Angela Merkel’s recent visit to the country and the current state of the country amidst the crisis.

(On a side note, Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty stepping down was definitely a surprise, hence its feature on the cover ^_~)

You can download it on the website, where you can also subscribe to get it immediately in your inbox whenever the latest issue is released. You can also follow the magazine on Twitter and on Facebook. Enjoy!

Article: Youth Speak News [18 October 2012]

Posted 20 October, 2012 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

My latest article for the Catholic Register is up, whoo!

The Catholic Register: Youth Speak News

“Single Catholics connect through speed dating” is my first news piece which was an interesting experience to write because up to this point I’ve only written column articles. So the process of gathering information and interviewing people was a new experience for me. Also, this was an interesting topic for me because I didn’t know there was an event like this for Catholic singles.

Anyways, you can check out my article over here. Let me know what you think, enjoy!

Article: Discourse Magazine [Issue 7, 10 October 2012]

Posted 12 October, 2012 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

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A new week means a new issue of Discourse Magazine! My article for this week is “Have the Portuguese People Rejected Austerity?”, pp. 19 – 20 (or pp. 21 – 22 if you’re following the Adobe Reader count). Developments in Portugal have been interesting from an academic perspective because a) Portugal up until now has been considered by the EU to be a model student in implementing all of the conditions attached to their bailout and b) Portugal doesn’t have a big protest culture. So to see a good percentage of the population out on the streets demanding an end to these measures is an interesting turn of events. But then you read the details of these measures and yeah, I totally feel for them, you can only demand so much from people to satisfy these requirements. It also raises the question of whether austerity measures do make a big difference when re-structuring one’s economy.

On a side note, this was a pretty big event, I’m surprised that not very many newspapers featured it in their international news sections (I’m looking at you, US newspapers).

Anyways, be sure to check out this latest issue of Discourse! You can download it on the website, where you can also subscribe to get it immediately in your inbox whenever the latest issue is released. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Enjoy!

Writing: NaNoWriMo 2012

Posted 9 October, 2012 by Lianne in Writing / 4 Comments

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Right, so NaNoWriMo is coming up! Seems (almost) like yesterday I was in the middle of writing “Displacement” (which, by the way, it still sitting on my laptop waiting to be edited *blushes* Been meaning to get around to it but other projects got in the way). For a while I wasn’t sure whether I would be participating in this year’s event but given circumstances, I figured why not?

The question became however what I would be writing about. Ideas come and go, I’ve managed to jot a few of them down but I was wondering for a while. I thought about writing the second (and final) half of the novel I wrote for last June’s CampNaNoWriMo (I think my working title for that novel was “Regina”). I thought about another fantasy-genre novel I had in mind whose plot had convoluted scenes here and there in my brain. It’s a tricky decision especially as you’re going to be embarking on a journey with that book for the next 30 days.

In the end I chose to go with a story idea set in contemporary New York, hence my working title “Streets of New York”. I had labeled it as literary fiction on NaNoWriMo (this is me, by the way!) because I primarily wanted to focus on the character interactions rather than the thriller/conspiracy/mystery aspect of the story (my main character’s a cop, go figure). I can’t really say much more about that at the moment because I haven’t entirely hammered out the plot yet.

So that’s what the next few weeks will be about: hammering out the plot and outlining the course of events (because I have in my mind fragmented moments I want to include but I don’t know how it relates to the overall plot). I have a few books to research and sites to look up to get me started in filling in some of the background and to keep in mind as I write and develop these characters and situations. I also ordered the following books:

I’m looking forward to reading both: the former because I think it will help me write seamless notes about my novel and the latter to help me with the editing process later on (because as of right now I have three novels sitting in my closet and on my laptop all on their first draft. Still). There’s also of course Chris Baty’s No Plot? No Problem! which I read for both NaNoWriMo and CampNaNoWriMo but I don’t know if I’ll re-read it before the event.

So that’s where I’m at with preparing for NaNoWriMo. Are you participating this year? If so, how far into the planning process are you? If you are participating, feel free to add me! (just message me and let me know as well otherwise I won’t know =P)

Article: Femnista [Sept/Oct 2012]

Posted 1 October, 2012 by Lianne in Writing / 2 Comments

I can’t believe it’s October! Where did September go? Well, with a new month comes the latest issue of Femnista! The theme of this issue is Inspired by True Stories.

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The article I wrote for this issue was George VI from Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech (2010). I adored the movie last year (review) and I learned a lot about the monarch and his personal obstacles. It led me to reading Sarah Bradford’s biography which really gave a detailed account of George’s life and career as the empire’s king; it’s a must-read for anyone interested in his life and persona (as an aside, I’d also recommend Mark Logue’s The King’s Speech that focuses on Lionel Logue and George VI’s friendship as portrayed through correspondence, journals, etc.). Anyways, George VI is a very inspirational figure, the man who did not expect nor wanted to be king but nonetheless overcame his physical ailments and doubts to lead the empire through a war, internal crises and other major events.

Plus, you know, the movie was lovely =)

Anyways it’s an awesome issue, be sure to check it out! =)