Bits and pieces
I had a busy weekend sorting, and rearranging (still and ongoing operation, I might add) but managed to get in a bit of reading with a cuppa. In doing so I finished this book.
I must admit, while the story was quite compelling I wasn't really sure what genre I was reading. Was it a crime thriller, a romance, or a cosy? The best part was that the reading was easy, the storyline made sense, and there were no typos.
In giving this a 4 star rating I must add that I would have preferred this as a straight out crime thriller. The story could have easily carried this off.
I watched this on Saturday night and while I found it a little on the weird side it was, at least, historically correct to a degree.
The Favorite - starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman - tells the story of the later years of Queen Anne. It is set in the Regency period (17th century) with beautiful costumes and settings creating a fabulous background for this tale of sadness, madness and a touch of midnight slap and tickle between the ladies.
It also portrays a picture of how the interbreeding of the blue bloods, the manipulation of those in the wings, and the want for nothing creates a life that is not alway good, or for the greater good. In many ways the monarchs of these times - and those in their ears - forgot entirely why they are in a position of leaders to the people.
I must admit though, it was a fascinating movie, and I enjoyed it immensley. I can understand why it had Oscars thrown its way. I give it 4 stars.
Some time back I took up the challenge to enter a short story for a Canadian fiction/Sci-Fi magazine in a genre I am unfamiliar with. My submission was rejected but ... since then I have been asked for a submission for an anthology called UNBREAKABLE:Ink by American publishing firm, called Indomitable Ink. The invitation came out of the blue so, as you can imagine, I was quite chuffed. The writing has begun - and again, as it is in a genre I am unfamiliar with - my imagination is challenged. My writing is almost done; now it is just an edit and it is ready for launch.
Wish me luck, folks.
So today I finished my first novella in a new genre - paranormal romance to be exact. It was an interesting exercise and I'm pleased enough with the outcome to try it again. I have a few more ideas and while it will not be a series I will be writing them as a collection in themselves. I will also be only publishing them in ebook format as I don't think they warrant a paperback version. With costs and poastage these days it's hardly worth the effort.
Anyway, watch this space as I hope to publish sometime in the beginning of June 2021.
In the meantime, take care folks, and have a great afternoon.