Category: Writing


Article: Femnista [Nov/Dec 2014]

Posted 1 December, 2014 by Lianne in Writing / 2 Comments

Happy December everyone! Can’t believe we’re at the last month of the year…Published today is the latest issue of the online ezine Femnista 🙂 The theme of this issue is A Family Affair.

For this issue, I chose to write on the Baratheon Brothers from G.R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. I had written about their dynamic years ago here on the blog but wanted to contribute the topic to this issue because I find it’s not discussed as much compared to the Starks or the Lannisters. I find the relationship between the three Baratheon brothers so be very interesting because it’s rather antagonistic and they’re such different characters–not to mention the fact that all three brothers never shared a scene together, not even some common memory/flashback! (tv show and book)

Anyway, this is a fantastic issue, featuring family dynamics from Gilmore Girls to Downton Abbey. Be sure to check it out 🙂

As always, Femnista is looking for contributors! Details on topics for the 2015 issues and how to contribute can be found on this page. Happy reading, hope to see some of your work over there! 🙂

Writing: NaNoWriMo 2014 Wrap-Up

Posted 30 November, 2014 by Lianne in Writing / 2 Comments


(Oops, that came out larger than I thought; too tired to resize)

Okay, to be fair, I didn’t really get a chance to post any updates along the way (both here and on Twitter) as my blogging schedule was pretty packed and, as my experience turned out this month I was just really busy :3 Suffice to say, it was an interesting experience to participate this year as

  1. I underestimated the power of group assignments all due this month O_O A lot of the time I was on the computer was towards completing them ;_;
  2. For the first time, I’ve actually experienced being behind in the word count considerably. This was a frightful experience, almost as bad as any looming deadline
  3. I had an idea of what the story was about and where it was headed and the themes invoved but it was so hard to put it all together. There are still a lot of holes in the narrative and a lot of work has to be put into characterisation in the edits.

I’m sure there’s a few points i’v missed in this list (my sleepiness from placement has finally caught up with me), but on a positive note I have a draft to this story now! The story that has been brewing in my head for a good decade finally has some kind of form xD And now I can relax (for now ;))

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? If so, how did you do? What are you planning on doing next with your draft?

Writing: About Those Drafts (And Other Projects)

Posted 21 October, 2014 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

Oh gosh, so apparently I started typing up this post back in May and never updated it since O_O Hmm, okay, well, with NaNoWriMo just around the corner, decided now was a good time to update this…So hello! *waves* This post is more or less a follow-up to my last writing post about my current writing projects 🙂

So let’s start with that writing project that I’ve been working on since April/May 2013:


(Not my gif (as always) but I love this scene from The Emperor’s New Groove)

So what is this that I’m cackling about? Yup, that’s right, I finished my latest draft of my fantasy WIP–and perhaps the first coherent draft I’ve typed *dance dance* It’s such a lovely feeling, having a manuscript completed and one step closer to looking like a polished draft. Since finishing bit back in May, I decided to put it aside for a bit, let my mind work on other things so that when I go back to it for a clean edit, I can look at it with (somewhat) fresh eyes. As I recall, the only things that really need work at this point are polishing the characterisations and solidifying the details of the world-building segment. I will likely be editing this first thing in the new year, but we’ll see how my Christmas break goes…

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Article: Femnista [Sept/Oct 2014]

Posted 1 October, 2014 by Lianne in Writing / 2 Comments

Happy October everyone! And published today is the latest issue of the online ezine Femnista 🙂 The theme of this issue is Underrated Tales.

The topic for my article for this issue was E.M. Forster’s The Longest Journey (review). Readers here on my blog know that this is my favourite Forster novel, beating out A Room With a View (review). It’s a novel that I can identify on some level with in terms of Rickie Elliot’s journey (hence I featured it in a post I made earlier this year about books that define me), particularly his exit from university and into the real world and the confusion/obstacles that follow.

In writing this article, I actually got around to reading some of the commentary included in my Penguin Classics edition and learned a lot about what scholars thought about the novel and some of the symbolism that they believed the book was about (which was also surprising as I didn’t expect those kinds of interpretations). My approach to this novel is simply a coming-of-age novel and the journey of one person through life and its challenges 😉

There are some great titles featured in this issue (North and South! Yevgeny Onegin! The Painted Veil!) so be sure to check it out 🙂

And just a bit of pluggage to all writers: Femnista is looking for contributors! If you’re into books/television/movies/period dramas/history/anything that matches up with the future topics, you should consider contributing to the e-zine 😉 Details on the upcoming issues for the rest of 2014 and how to contact the editor can be found on this page. Hope to see some of your work over there!

Article: Femnista [May/June 2014]

Posted 1 June, 2014 by Lianne in Writing / 2 Comments

Happy June 1st everyone! With a new month comes a new issue of Femnista 🙂 The theme of this issue is Faith & Villany.

It took me quite a bit of brainstorming, but ultimately I decided to write on the themes touched on in Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth. The Church was a major pillar in medieval society and everyday life during the period, and the Church was used either as a social ladder for power and prestige but also as a way of expressing and sharing the faith with the community. The contrast between the characters of Prior Philip and Bishop Waleran represented these varying uses of the Church, and to be honest their faith and their politics and association with the community is far more complex than what I could express in my article for that particular length. I think the bottom line though is that while Bishop Waleran put material possessions and position of power and influence ahead of his faith–to the point that it led him astray and to committing some really nasty things again other people–Prior Philip, for whatever failings he had, always put his faith and people first.

If you haven’t checked out The Pillars of the Earth, I strongly recommend reading the novel and watching the miniseries to see how this dynamic plays out. The story is also fantastic, from medieval life and the great events of its time to great characters to the process it takes to build a cathedral…I finally got around to finishing the miniseries some time ago (kept putting it off) and it is just as fantastic, very well done (and lots of great actors in the cast) 🙂

There are some great topics featured in this issue so be sure to check it out!

Also, just a bit of pluggage to all writers, aspiring writers, writing hobbyists: Femnista is looking for writers! If you’re into books/television/movies/period dramas/whathaveyou, you should consider contributing to the e-zine 😉 Details on the upcoming issues for the rest of 2014 and how to contact the editor can be found on this page. Hope to see some of your work over there!