Posted in Creative Writing, creativity, Journal, Vlog, YouTube Channel

Dream Interpretation, Art & Writing

I’m starting this blog post off with some shameless self-promotion. Today I got inspired and made a youtube video on how you can use dream interpretation to help you with your art and writing.  Or … at the very least, I had a go at it.

Here’s the video.

I had loads of fun making it. I’m not sure I uploaded the first version with high enough definition but this is all about learning and growing into new skills.

I took a short course, How to Make a Great Talking Head Video (even when camera shy) by Lucy Lambrlex on and this is my first attempt after the class.

I hope you enjoy it and pick up a tip or two that will help you with your creative expression.

Posted in Author/Book Review, Book Reviews, Creative Writing, Vlog

Desolation – Book Review Vlog

Today I uploaded a Vlog to my YouTube Channel.  It’s a book review of Desolation.

Desolation is the second book in a YA Series by Derek Landy, called The Demon Road Series.

This is my first real go at doing a video book review and I’m still working out how to do the recording, so you can see the titles of the books are mirror image.  I’m still working on getting a better video recorder.

But, if you watch the video, I do chat about the two books I’ve read in the series and I’m sure you’ll get what I’m on about.

I enjoyed reading Desolation.  Probably more than the first book, Demon Road.  The main character, Amber grows into her independence and this book has a love interest that I did not see coming.  It was a great read and fast-paced with horror and thriller beats that kept me hanging on for more.

I’m going to study this novel and see how Derek Landy hooked me so well and then see if I can use what I learn in my own creative writing.

Dean Wesley Smith encourages his students to use this method.  Read for pleasure and then review to find out how the author created such a great story that appealed to your personal reading tastes.

Thanks for reading.  Thanks for watching and I hope your writing is going great too.

Posted in Book Reviews, Courses, Creative Writing, Fiction Writing Courses, Vlog

A Vlog on Books and Fiction Blitz

Here’s my first video blog.  Here I chat about going to Fiction Blitz with Brisbane Writers Workshop and the books I’m reading and learning from.

If you watch the video, I seem to be really up close and personal.  Believe me, it didn’t appear to record that way but when I uploaded it to YouTube it’s come out really close.  Sorry about that.

Anyway, the Fiction Blitz writing course was great fun.  Lauren Daniels, Josh Brockbank and Geneve Flynn did a great job on the day and taught us about the anatomy of a scene, rhetorical devices, how to use allusion in story to create original metaphors, how to write a strong female protagonist and then went into what editors do when manuscripts are submitted.

I found the course to be entertaining, engaging and informative.  I learned how to recognise rhetorical devices through an exercise which has been extremely helpful.

Also, at lunchtime, Josh Donnellan dropped in for some Q&A with us.

He was funny, reflective and honest about his writing experiences.  He signed his books on the day and let me take a few photos too.

During the course we did an exercise to help us understand how to write a scene with different emotional tones.  And it was amazing to see the difference when I read back what I’d written and how different the first one was to the second version.  Basically, we started out in a happy place and ended in a place of murder but had to describe the area without using key telling words such has blood and murder.  It was an excellent exercise.

Here’s a couple of video movie trailers I created to show you two different tones of Fiction Blitz.

The first one is an action theme.

The second one is a pirate / swashbuckling theme.

Lauren Daniels and Josh Brockbank are teaching in the video components. And you can see images of Lauren with Josh Donellan at the end of each trailer.

I hope you enjoyed watching them.

Happy writing and reading.