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The Last Unicorn: A Screening with Peter S. Beagle

Books & Writing

November 20, 2013

Last Unicorn 01Today marked the first Canadian screening of the Last Unicorn, touring to select theaters with writer Peter S. Beagle in attendance at every night.

The show was sold out at Colossus in Langley, with theater manager Kim requesting audience members shift down if they notice an isolated seat between them and their neighbors. Packed to capacity, many fans came dressed to impress. One five year old girl was dressed to look like she was riding a pink unicorn, several women were either Amalthea in her unicorn state or in her lady guise, and there were a few Molly, Shmedrick, and incredible Red Bull costumes as well.

The night began with Peter’s very charismatic assistant, Connor Cochran, giving an introduction to the tour and to the author. Peter was a humble man with a great sense of humor. During the Q&A, he was asked what was the most memorable thing a fan has brought for him to autograph. He said, “It’s funny you should ask that….at the last show, I was given the most unusual request to date. Other men sometimes get underwear to sign. I was given a baby. The young couple were both dressed as the Red Bull, and they had their baby dressed up as the butterfly, and I signed their baby.” (more…)

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Blank Verse: Shakespeare Re-invented

Books & Writing, Interviews, Showcase, Webseries

November 18, 2013

971361_548649381860855_571585594_nWhat would it be like if Shakespeare had not existed until now? How do we define greatness in our modern culture? Who is William Shakespeare?

Those are a few of the questions that gets explored in the new webseries Blank Verse. Set in the modern-day Will Shakespeare (portrayed by Xander Williams) begins his first year in the creative writing program of Bankside University and encounters many of his contemporaries.

I met with series creator and executive producer Amanda Konkin to talk about where the idea came from and how she and her creative team went about exploring the now contemporary bard. (more…)

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The Lie of Genre

Books & Writing, Opinion, The Truth

February 11, 2013

“It isn’t bad for a genre book.”

I loathe hearing that. I loathe the casual dismissal of quality based on the idea of genre, this bullshit superiority some people get over the trappings of a story rather than the story itself. And it’s always bullshit, because good stories stand the test of time and the critics that whip out this haughty and meaningless old gem are always forgotten.

You get this crap a lot in literary circles, this idea that your work somehow loses significance because of the trappings of story, like somehow story is made less because of the inclusion of some genre specific trope. Industrial Age critics dismiss fantasy and science-fiction and horror as genre, and smirk a little, and then go on to speak of the literary greats, like Tolkien and Wells and Stoker… who were into fantasy and science fiction and horror. (more…)

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Interview with an Author

Books & Writing, Interviews

January 7, 2013

Aaron Golden – co-founder of Living Myth Media, writer, dreamer, and lover of Mango.  I sat down to talk with him about his ideas on writing and discovered that writing is really just the tool he uses the most for his real passion.  Building narrative and crafting stories, these are the driving purposes that define him.  Aaron asserts that narrative is the framework we use to make sense of our existence; our lives are stories, he says, and we use archetypes of them as a template for our social roles, theological systems, even our values. He claims that these concepts are based on a kind of story we have create over the course of our lives.  When looking at stories from this perspective, they become far more than just entertainment; they become the seeds of creation. The transformative power in hearing a story is well-known and that is what drives Aaron to write, and while writing might be the word, in the beginning there was the storyteller.

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