May 1st, 2011


Well that went rather well

Writing workshop yesterday went quite well, although most of the people there were more serious about their writing than I am about mine. I mainly listened while the other writers talked and read... I'm glad I did, because a few of the other writers are youngsters who are already showing quite a bit of talent, and who deserved to get heard. There was one boy there - I'd guess he's about 11 or 12 - who, just on a prompt, came up with a story start that was quite interesting, and a concept to back it up that could make a really good action/thriller/psychological horror type epic if he keeps on working at it.

I did take part in the exercises... one of them turned out to be a fairly ordinary "teenaged girl discovers she has low-level magical powers" type plot that is also very derivative, but that I might type out as far as it went just to have a record of it in case anything of interest can be salvaged from it and used elsewhere. The other one turned up (after about a page of nothing in particular) some sort of ecological horror type plot that... I don't think I've ever seen that exact plot be done before... but that I don't think I've got the ability to pull off without it turning out the wrong sort of creepy (there are a number of pitfalls I'll have to avoid). I'll try to keep on working at it and see how far I get.
NZ Music Month

New Zealand Music Month - Day 1

Um, er.... well, it looks like the first of May snuck up on me without me actually noticing, leaving me without any actual viable ideas for anything to do for New Zealand Music Month.

So it looks like I'm going to have to bring out my Emergency Plan: a month's worth of random Split Enz videos. "All from the same band?" I hear you asking. Well, all from bands of the same name, but the band had so many line-up changes and changes in musical style and sartorial image that it would be almost unbelievable that the long-haired folk-rock group of 1972 had anything whatsoever to do with the polished power-pop group of 1984. In between these two extremes were a decent bunch of albums and a lot of good music.

Some of this music is rare or almost completely unheard. Tonight's effort - Brick Wall, from 1978 - is one such. I have no idea where someone found it (I'm suspecting that it's been isolated from the "Enzology" series), and parts of the lyric and themes seem to have been recycled into the 1979 song Master Plan, but this is at least of historic interest if nothing else.