Each day, what I do is this. First, I take Charlie to school. Next, I walk into Kirribilli and spend an hour in a cafe, making notes. Then I walk over the Harbour Bridge, for exercise. After that, I come home and write in my study. Finally, I collect Charlie from school.
Walking to Kirribilli to work in a Cafe
Street Art in Kirribilli
Walking over the Harbour Bridge for Exercise
Unexpected Stand-Off between Pirate and Blue Duck
Dear Readers of this Blog,
Hello. Pleased to meet you. I have seven minutes to write this.
First, my name. It is Jaclyn Moriarty. It’s a good name. You can remember it by thinking of Sherlock Holmes. I can't tell you how happy I am to have an arch-villain’s name. I wake up each morning and remember my name and a slow smile forms on my face. Then I get up and have breakfast.
Next, I want to send my best to Courtney Summers. She’s been here this last month and has been writing some great posts. I liked her zombie gnome. I liked her illustrated recipe for poutine. She had some controversial things to say about Ron Weasley. I read Courtney’s post on Ron and I thought: Stay out of this, Moriarty. You might have a super-villain’s name (I thought) but this Courtney, she plays in a whole other league. Fearless, is what she is. I respected Courtney Summers, and it’s an honour to be following her residency.
Well. The time has come to say goodbye!
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And you know you've had a good time when you're sad it's over.
Before I leave there is the business of naming a certain gnome. As I mentioned in my first post, when I got my gnome set in the mail, bestowing a moniker on the zombie was easy. I wanted to tip my hat to Left 4 Dead, so I stole a gnome name from them. Gnome Chompksi. Isn't it beautiful? I will always wish I had been clever enough to think it up myself. But I wasn't. And that's why it seemed reasonable to leave Survivor Gnome's name up to someone else as well. I invited you, dear readers, to submit names to me in exchange to be entered in a giveaway for this prize:
It feels appropriate that my penultimate blog entry for my residency at Inside a Dog be about zombies.
Yes, that's right.
Welcome to my zombie post.
Let's be real--there's no way I was going to manage an entire month of blogging without talking about one of my most FAVOURITE things in the world. And after some deep contemplation, I decided I'd write about The Perfect Zombie (As far as Courtney Summers is Concerned).
I mentioned this in my introductory blog post, but I'm a big fan of video games (particularly the zombie killing variety, which is a NICE way to de-stress). They're art. They're fun. And one of the most exciting things about playing them, for me, is the way they make me think about my writing. Video games have become an important part of my writing life. On one notable occasion, a video game even saved one of my books. When I'm lacking inspiration or need to consider new ways of approaching a story, games have helped. They've made me take a closer look at how to execute my ideas and they've reminded me of things I might have forgotten when I'm in the thick of drafting or revision.
Here are three video games and what they taught me about writing:
The BioShock franchise is one of my favourites. The premise is hard to sum up, so I'm going to do it little justice here, unfortunately--and it's best if you experience them for yourself, they're so layered and interesting--BUT, the first two games takes place in Rapture, a ruined underwater city that got its start as a utopia. As you play, you realize it might never have been the utopia it pretended to be in the first place. BioShock Infinite, the third installment has the same thing going on, only it takes place in Columbia, a city in the sky. The environments of these games are INCREDIBLE and they gave me a better understanding of lworld-building. I write more realism than I don't, but I'd love to explore other genres eventually and sometimes I've been intimidated by the work that would entail. How do you make a world? Create its politics? Its mechanics? Exploring Rapture and Columbia really helped me SEE how each puzzle piece creates a greater whole and once you have those pieces in place, you can sell a reader (or player, in this case) on anything. A big moment for me, as a writer, was walking by a group of children singing a nursery rhyme about one of the antagonists in BioShock Infinite. In a few seconds, with a few words of a song, it expanded my understanding of where I was and what kind of place that was.
Soooo... JK Rowling's bombshell earlier this month about Hermione and Ron having a "fundamental incompatability" as a couple and that "in some ways Hermione and Harry are a better fit" got the Internet talking, to put it mildly! Some Ron and Hermione shippers were very upset. Some Harry and Hermione shippers might have been super gleeful. As a big fan of Harry Poter who never really connected with or liked Ron (I KNOW), I had some fun poking fun at the situation on Twitter... and lost followers over it. So... thanks... JK Rowling? Just kidding, I take full responsibility for my tweets and stand bravely by my dislike of Ron. In ANY CASE, it's actually kind of neat when you think about it--people getting that impassioned about a story and its characters? That makes me happier than I can say.
The whole thing got me thinking about the many characters I've shipped that DIDN'T end up together. Have you ever done that? Shipped certain pairings from a movie, television show or book because it seems like it might happen and... IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN? I have really bad luck that way.
So here are five of my favourite ships... that never became official canonically. (BUT SHOULD HAVE.)
Here is the book trailer I made for This is Not a Test:
Because I did a post about love songs in anticipation of February 14th, I thought I'd explore the flipside of that coin. Not everyone is in a relationship! Not everyone wants or needs to be in a relationship, either. Life is about making choices that make you happy, and if you're happy--with or without a significant other--you don't need to justify that. Just be happy! So here are some of my favourite tunes that focus on celebrating and believing in yourself and what you're capable of. What are yours?