General Muttering – The Power of Three, the Trinity in Myth.

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A curious, well at least curious to myself, thought occurred while I was reading about the mythical idea of the “Fates”, the concept of edifices, individuals or an individual; spinners and weavers of human lives.  They take many forms, the Fates for example regardless of the period and geographical location follow the same concept:

  • Moirai in Greek mythology; Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos at the birth of each man would appeared spinning, measuring, and cutting the thread of life.
  • Parcae in Roman mythology; Nona, Decima and Morta spinned out the thread of a mans future life, followed his steps, and directed the consequences of his actions according to the counsel of the gods.
  • Nornir (Norms) in Norse mythology; Urðr, Verðandi and Skuld appeared at a person’s birth in order to determine his or her future.
  • Sudice in Slavic mythology; three old women (various regional names) spinners who approach cradles of every newborn child, and foretell their fate.

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The 3 Act Hero’s Journey, my thoughts.

Recently, I have been rereading elements of story structure so in an effort to take these elements from my mind to the page I penned this thought bubble on the matter of the 3 Act Hero’s Journey.  It’s a well discussed topic, so I have tried to only included the core elements I think are important.

The classic view of the 3 Act Hero’s journey consist of:

  • Act 1 – Beginning
  • Act 2 – Middle
  • Act 3 – Climax

The breakdown: Natural view 3 Act structure

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Not another ‘Things you were taught at school that are wrong’

 

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No, not another Things you were taught at school that are wrong.  Just my own general thoughts on the matter, because who gets to decide what is wrong.

Currently, there is a gluttony of articles, rehashing and re-blogging of articles about ‘Things you were taught at school that are wrong’, well surely (and for those old enough to remember, don’t call me Shirley..) we all already know that what we are taught at school isn’t the fount of all knowledge, but simply the best possible format that can be given to the mass of ankle biters and the raging hormones of teenage monsters.

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Rogue One Review – Spoiler Free

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This in reality is broken down into two trains of thought for myself.

First, as a stand alone, this is the most real of the Star Wars, the people, their choices and consequences of their actions.  There is an attention to detail to the original trilogy, costumes, technology (tactical buttons and levers) that keep it centred in the timeline.

CGI is used, however, there is plenty of live action creatures, it’s gritty, dark and gives you a peak at the universe around the Skywalkers, a look at the rebellion and how it was being fought before Luke, Han and Leia turned up.  So in that regard, it’s a winner.

There are many correlations to the trilogy which are a nice nod and quite a few Easter Eggs you will need to watch out for.  In case you did not know, there is no after credit scenes, no need to wait about.

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Show Vs Tell, a writing technique.

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Recently, I have been reading a lot regarding writing styles and mechanisms, and one that has resonated with me has been Show Vs Tell.  It’s an simple enough construct, readers respond better to writing when they can experience the scene, not just read it.

‘Tell’ will give them the action and a catalog of emotions, while with ‘Show’ the character is the lens with which the reader experiences the scene for themselves.

Tell example,

“Peter was scared as he opened the door”

Show rephrasing,

“Peter’s face was ashen, his breathing coming in ragged gasps. Uneasy, mouth and throat dry he pushed the aged paint chipped door to the dark and ancient bedroom open”

What is important in ‘Show’ is a strong use of verbs, allow the reader to become emotionally involved, not just tell them they should.  This is achieved using expressive dialogue and an attention to detail in the scene.

There are plenty of descriptions of Show Vs Tell out there and they give some examples, but I found them to be a little spare so I came wrote some ‘Show’ examples of my own (which are not perfect) which I thought may be useful to other people researching into this topic.

Tell: Lisa is a spoiled child.

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Review (Contains Spoilers Sweetie) – Doctor Who – Hell Bent, S09E12

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I can’t be the Doctor all the time

Clara, my Clara.

Hell Bend opens with Clara working in the Diner from The Impossible Astronaut. A Clara, who we know is dead, when the Doctor walks in.  A Doctor who seemingly does not know who she is, who is lost, dust covered and searching.

At this stage I was very confused, is Clara really dead?  Is this another Doctor internal mind projection, or has time been rewritten? The Anticipation.

Right, roll title sequence and the Doctor is back on Gallifrey, hunting down those who have trapped and tormented him for so long.  There is a lot of power in these opening scenes, not a power of words or action, but  inaction, contrasted by an authority of silence.

TV minutes pass and the Doctor doesn’t speak, he waits, biding his time until the Lord President finally turns arrives.  I really enjoyed how this was handled, there was no bouncing about, no rushing towards danger. It has been just the quiet of an angry man, a man who endured four and a half billion years of slow time to come to Gallifrey the long way, seeking vengeance for Clara.

This interaction was also interesting in a second way, while not really pertinent to the plot, but it shows a large disparity between the Time Lords in their City of glass and wonder and the ordinary Gallifreyan’s, ragged clothed and downcast surviving on a dead and barren world at the end of the universe.

Moving on, The Doctor is not the Doctor today, he is simply an older, darker and unleashed version of himself.  This is best expressed by a line towards the end of the episode,

“As of this moment I’m answerable to no one”

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Review – Doctor Who – Heaven Sent, S09E11

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This is one of the best Who’s I have watched in a long time.  Dark and engaging.  The story leads you slowly up and up like the twisting stairs inside a winding tower.  Dead ends, hidden truths and old fears from a childhood long ago.

Alone in a castle of his nightmares he is more human, more real and honest than he has ever been.  Sleep, food, fear, pain and fatalistic determination, what more can you ask?

Let’s get the big one out of the way.  The Doctor is the Hybrid.

Do you remember Rule 1. Not the rules for his companions, but his rule, the rule, he carries life a sword and shield protecting and keeping the pain and hurt away.

Rule 1, The Doctor Lies.

So as everyone one goes internet-mental about the Doctor saying he is the Hybrid, remember Rule One.  Some secrets must never be told, never spoken and what’s the best way to hide a secret, give them a truth they are willing to accept.

Some home truths.  He’s just mad man who stole a box, not because he was bored because he was afraid.  Each story has an end, a middle and a start.  Do I believe he left because of fear alone, no.  Fear for himself, or fear for others.  There are many types of fear and in the walls of his own mind, his own private Hell is the point that you are meant to face your own truths?  Have they met the Doctor, he’ll give Usain Bolt a run for his money when it comes to accepting the truth and the inevitable.

His prison, his last will and testament. Time Lord, so yes, bigger on the inside. I have my own personal theory about the Doctor’s last will.  It’s his execution chamber and each Time Lord has one.  They are tired to it in some way just before or after they die as a last fail safe  When the Doctor died (Matt Smith) he transformed into a column of energy containing of the full force of his life.

So the question is, considering the amount of Time Lords who have been alive, where are the rest of them?  The knowledge, power and wonder of a Time Lord locked in one place.  If once cell of a Time Lords body is a wonder, enough to start a war over, how much would the untapped energy of his life be worth?

Much like Karen Gillan before her, a little surprise visit was much welcomed, Jenna Coleman’s presence just at the right moment was perfect of the episode.  The hint of her was enough to keep you wondering if she would turn around, and when it finally did, damn perfect.

Can’t wait to see what happens next.

Bring on River!

 

Doctor Who Series 9 Episode 1 Review/Recap – The Magician’s Apprentice

DWGuitarIt’s always with great girlish glee I await the new Doctor Who episode to begin and this series was no different.

The Magician’s Apprentice had a good opening.  War on an alien planet, scary handmines (landmines, but made from hands) with eyes, the Doctor and a young Davros, most evil person in the universe.  This gave us moral dilemmas, contradictions and intrigue as the Doctor leaves a young Davros in the handmine field after promising to save him, before he realises who he is. It’s a shame that feeling of greatness kind of ended their until much later in the show (and only appearing at certain bits), even the snake man Colony Sarff looking for the Doctor couldn’t add much.  So…

The show continues with Clara and Missy, which is interesting and it isn’t until the second half before the Doctor actually turns up properly.  This in and of itself wasn’t a terrible start, it did add a certain tension as you wondered where the Doctor was now and what he was doing.  However, I did find the reintroduction of Missy a let down, as I was hoping for something with a little more of a manic flare (yes, the freezing of planes around the Earth was a nice twist, but it wasn’t very gripping), but what we got when we knew she had returned was some off hand comment about yes, I survived, and no I wont tell you how.  Very flat and disappointing.

The best bit of the Missy, Clara interaction was the psychotic superiority complex that Missy has over how she is the Doctor’s best friend (she gets his last will and testament, not Clara), and Clara is just his latest plaything or as she puts it his puppy.  These two actors played this relationship dynamic very well and I am looking forward to seeing how Clara gets one over on Missy in the end. Knocking her from his highchair.

So cue the entrance of the Doctor…

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Doctor Who Series 9 Episode list – Hopes, dreams and expections, as well as some made up stuff.

As a rule I don’t read episode blurbs before watching Doctor Who, I loved to be surprised.  However, I do like to speculate and quite enjoy being wrong about it once I do watch. It adds to the flavour and surprise, so here goes:

Episodes

  1. Clara and Missy. Clara has gone full time as a companion, but has to contend with Missy now.
  2. Witch, thinking medieval and history is being altered. Doctor to the rescue.
  3. I get thoughts of the Lady in the Lake, Arthurian, remember the Doctor is Merlin.
  4. Not sure, but Missy has to pop her head back in by now.  Thinking Alien world.
  5. Something to do with Clara and the Doctor investigates.  Also, rings of a pair up with the next episode about maybe RIVER!
  6. MAYBE MORE RIVER! Hello sweety… Don’t care what the Episode is, she could be sitting doing her nails for all I care.
  7. Think this one is pretty on the nose and WOOHOO return of Osgood.
  8. See 7
  9. A SPOOKY Who, thinking monsters under the bed. Maybe the return of those things that child Danny Pink, Doctor and Clara came across.
  10. Ravens, Ravens of London Tower, something in Victorian London to do with London Tower.
  11. Doctor, Clara, maybe Missy.  something which stops the Doctor finding Gallifrey or being able to find Gallifrey.  If Gallifrey, I’m thinking Dalek’s.
  12. Conclusion of 11. and no he doesn’t find Gallifrey.

General Muttering – Not even close to Fanasty, but it’s Mediveal Swords and thats so Fantasy!

Anyone else seen this recently from the The British Library, Help Us Decipher This Inscription?

Here’s what the inscription seems to read:

+NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI+

I know as much as the next person about Medieval History (just enough to answer a Trivial Pursuit question at a push) but I like puzzles, especially those I have no chance of finishing.  The randomness of the attempt, puts a smile on my face, stretches the little grey cells and after reading Fantasy for many years I do have a love for Swords.

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