Category: Writing

Article: Discourse Magazine [Issue 11, 12 December 2012]

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

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The latest issue of Discourse Magazine is out! For this issue I wrote the article “The Economic Woes of France” where I looked at France’s current economic state and the challenges they face as the calendar year draws to a close. It was a challenging topic to research on if only because France operates differently from the Anglo-Saxon model that we are familiar with in Canada, the UK, the US (and I reckon Germany but I didn’t look that up so don’t quote me). I firmly believe that they need to make some reforms in the way that they operate if they hope to generate more growth for their economy; they need to become more viable and attractive to foreign markets. Perhaps more importantly, they need to clearly define what they plan on doing. As of the day I submitted my draft, their policies still sounded unclear on what they planned to do about the economy. We’ll see what the new year will bring.

Anyways, be sure to check out the latest issue on the website! And keep an eye out for the last issue of the calendar year later this month where we recap the year in news =)

Article: Femnista [Nov/Dec 2012]

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

Happy December! Well, here we are, the last month of the year (already? Seemed but a moment ago that it was January 2012!), which means the last issue of Femnista for 2012! As you can see, the theme of this issue is everything Middle Earth (in anticipation of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey coming out in theatres later this month *is flailing in front of her laptop in sheer delight*).

For this issue I wrote on Eomer son of Eomund, a character from The Lord of the Rings (portrayed in the movies by the awesome Karl Urban). He’s a secondary character but he remains my absolute favourite. He doesn’t have destiny to fulfill like Aragorn so that’s one less weight for him to carry but he is a man who had to grow up very quickly as war slowly encroaches on Rohan’s borders. He had to mature pretty quickly as a leader especially as Theoden fell under Saruman’s manipulation. I’ve always been especially impressed at how he was able to rebuild Rohan without any help from the outside (granted, Aragorn as King of Gondor and Arnor represents a restoration of the Numenoreans and a peace of peoples, but long story short Aragorn had help from the dwarves and elves in rebuilding Minas Tirith and other areas of Gondor whereas Eomer did not =P *is splitting hairs by mentioning that but ehh, there it is*).

Anyways, this is definitely an issue to check out, especially if you’re a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works and Middle Earth because there’s a ton of good stuff featured in this issue *thumbs up* Enjoy! =)

Writing: NaNoWriMo [Day 28]

Posted 28 November, 2012 by Lianne in Writing / 6 Comments

My first reaction?

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No, I did not use a TARDIS and conducted some wibbly, wobbly, timey, wimey to get to this point (Doctor Who‘s “Waters of Mars” was such a good episode though) but I made it ;_; Especially after my last entry when I thought I was pretty much done for, it feels good to have crossed the finish line =)

Seeing as I just finished, I guess I won’t say too much about the matter for now except that it’s lovely to finally have all of the scenes that were running in my head about this character down somewhere. It’s a mess and a lot of the details are not down in a smooth and logical manner but almost everything about my protagonist is there: her family relations, her passions, her dispositions. I don’t think I’d recommend my approach to this novel to anyone else any time soon as clearly some of the details overlapped but ehh, it got the job done, and that’s the important thing.

Now I can relax (though perhaps not for too long: now I have a total of 4 first drafts sitting and waiting to be edited O_O)

Article: Discourse Magazine [Issue 10, 22 November 2012]

Posted 27 November, 2012 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

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The latest issue of Discourse Magazine is out!

For this issue I looked at a subject that has been plastered across the news recently: the United Kingdom and the EU budget (and by extension its relationship with the EU). In the case of this article, it’s less on its relationship with the EU and more on how the parties are utilising its relationship to its advantage, riding on the growing public discontentment with the EU. I remember when I was taking a course on European politics and society at grad school that I referred to the following video when it came to euroscepticism (I posted the full transcript of the scene over here):

(Brilliant show, by the way, you should watch it if you haven’t and are into politics)

Anyways, it’s interesting to see how prominent the discussion is right now on top of everything else that’s going on (Greece & southern Europe, austerity measures, regions oggling for secession, etc.). It’s a tricky subject with no easy solution. Entitled “The British Euro Debate Continues”, you can read it on pp. 22 – 23 of this issue.

Anyways, be sure to check out the latest issue!!! Also be sure to check out the website a little, it went through a revamp recently and it’s looking pretty swank ^_~

Writing: NaNoWriMo [Day 26]

Posted 26 November, 2012 by Lianne in Writing / 2 Comments

I’ve been behind for the past few days because of visitors and meeting up with people. So how did I manage to catch up (for the most part) yesterday? O_o

Anyways, I seriously don’t know if I’m going to make it to the 30th ;_; I know I’m in the final stretch but oh man, I don’t know, I feel a bit burned out. Almost all of the core scenes are in already save for like, three, but yeah, there’s are reasons why I don’t blitz writing a novel! =P

It doesn’t help that some reason I don’t do so good with late nighters anymore; it seems that I’ve put those days behind me when I finished grad school (which may be a bad thing come January). Also doesn’t help that I’ve been a wee bit distracted this evening (notice that I changed the layout here on my website a bit, lol).

Anyways, got to keep marching forward…