I have to admit it took me too long to discover Diana Wynne Jones. But, the important thing is that I did (thanks, Neil Gaiman!). And I ended up reading a non-fiction book by her first – The Tough Guide to Fantasyland – which was all kinds of funny and inventive. Here was someone who … More Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones (Review)
2016 has been another good year for me and my writing, and I’m grateful to all the platforms that were willing to publish my work. From flash fiction to short stories to prose and found poems to football pieces and book reviews, there’s a bit of everything in there. Features Capote’s Christmas. Published on Thresholds … More Writing in 2016
Flashback Friday (see what I did there? :D) Originally published on Write Club. It is no secret that the Friday Night Lights TV series is one of my absolute favourites, if not the most favourite. And now the book that inspired it, goes down, without a doubt, as one of the best sports books I’ve … More Friday Night Lights – H.G. Bissinger
This article of mine was originally posted a few years ago on a website that is no longer online. It is a sort of companion for this which I wrote for Sabotage Times (its title is misleading but that is on the then-editor not me!). So what better post to commemorate Throwback Thursday during an ongoing … More Growing up and the perks of being a wallflower
Through a sort of trial and error process over the years, I have realised that one of the more reliable ways of getting myself out of a reading slump is a good book from the YA (young adult) genre. But that wasn’t what I was thinking of when I started Paper Towns which had been … More Paper towns for paper people?
SPOILER ALERT: PLEASE DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE FILM. THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS DETAILED DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF THE PLOT. “The three acts are separated by two ‘plot points’: events that thrust the plot in a new direction, leading into a new act of the screenplay. While the ‘Midpoint’ is a … More Donnie Darko: Cult Film Or Trying Too Hard?
The Place Beyond The Pines is (for all its flaws) poetically haunting. It is depressing and heart-breaking. Are people capable of change? Can cycles be broken? One moment can change your life and the lives of those around you. Derek Cianfrance returns with another engrossing narrative following 2010’s brilliant Blue Valentine. Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley … More The Place Beyond The Pines (A film review)