What Kind of Writer Am I?

Thursday December 27, 2007

One of the cutest quizzes

What kind of writer are you?

You’re a Mystery writer!
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This is quite true! My favourite genre and something that I’ve been trying to write has been mystery. Pacing has always been my greatest concern in writing and I tend to harass my beta-readers about my pace. I rarely write with description, since I tend to skim over prose with too much description. Sometimes it is significant to the plot or theme, but most of the time, I find the author is being indulgent.

With that in mind, I try to be as efficient as possible in my writing.

Other comments on the type of writing I do: bleak, ominous, macabre and twisted. Bordering odd. I think the twisted stemmed from the fact that I wrote a lot about death during the short stint at Astro-Nida. I rarely write about Death, so not so sure where that came from. But I tend to prefer stories with my characters go through massive amount of problems. The old-fashioned put your character up a tree, throw sticks and stones and rabid chipmunks at him. Now that’s fun.

Oookie. I’m off for the day. I’m going to rewatch the Voyage of the Damned Trailer (The Doctor Who special of course) and oggle at Mr. Davies (he is officially Mister now after this Christmas special) which is one of my favourite episodes of Season 3. Or 4, if you count this as Episode 0. Now this is who I call a master storyteller and why, I am an amateur compared to him.

Posted 12/27/2007 at 9:41 PM

"Those bastards." – Eddie Izzard

Tuesday December 18, 2007

 

I rarely think of ways of committing revenge because surprisingly, despite my temper, I am mostly calm when it comes to shit happening. Think it’s my experience from living in India, where it practically epitomises Murphy’s law. If things can go wrong, it so will.

And for the most part, I believe in karma. Karma’s a bitch and what goes around comes around.

But today, all I can about the two of you is this. I hope that you will get up in the morning and find your drivers unable to turn up for work and that you have to drive through massive jams and have a terrible headache in the morning.

I hope that every dream that you have in heart and soul will never come true.

I hope your children will fall ill with diseases unheard off, that you will stay by their side lamenting and praying for their recovery as they scream in pain. If that doesn’t happen, I hope your kids do drugs and get addicted and pay for it for the rest of their short, miserable and pathetic lives.

I hope that your husbands cheat on you and break your hearts. And I hope they give you venereal diseases at the same time.

I hope that one day when the sun is in the sky shining, you’re smiling away and life is perfect, with your cat licking itself and you’re adorning yourself with expensive jewellery, your entire life comes crashing down on you because I pray and I hope, that whatever is most precious to you, to your heart and to your soul will be lost.

And when that happens, God, I will be there, laughing so hard, because you forget, underneath these anglophile tendencies of mine, my claims of being of Arab descent, my liberal learnings, I am first and foremost Malay and Malays have a thirst for revenge that can never be quenched.

Posted 12/18/2007 at 9:58 AM

Jealousy

Saturday December 15, 2007

 

I as a person, tend not to get jealous. When someone tells me they’re off to do fantastic things like travel the world, I rarely get jealous because most of the time, I’m really happy for that person. New camera? Whoa! That’s really cool. Boyfriend got you that? Awesome. Travelling the world? Take plenty of pictures!

Occasionally, I do but then, hey, we’re human. It’s usually a twinge of jealousy but I move on pretty quickly. Like when I hear that someone had gotten the break in writing/tv which I clearly want, I go “Damn, I really wish that was me, but you know you can’t compare yourself to everyone or you’ll go crazy. As they say, you can only be the best that YOU can be. You’ll never live it up if you compare yourself to other people.” And I move on. And it motivates me to work harder and get there too.

But when David tells me that HUGH LAURIE was filming in front of his flat in London, you cannot describe the jealous rage that it threw me into. HOW BLOODY UNFAIR IS THAT?! Travel the world, I can handle. Eating wonderful foods, sure I could do that one day. Money? Money isn’t everything. A break in telly or in the movies? I’ll find a way, I’ll find a way. HUGH LAURIE on my doorstep?! HOW ON EARTH CAN I EVER ACHIEVE/TOP THAT?!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Ahem…and now, we move onto our usual programming of not blogging. Heh.

Posted 12/15/2007 at 10:6 PM

Saturday December 15, 2007

 

More Doctor Who

Not that anyone reads this blog for Doctor Who commentary but I thought I’d better put in my own two cents here somewhere. David would think I’m a geek, but well, we’ve fully established we’re gerds soo….that comment is like irrelevant.

Martha > Rose. Rose < Martha or In Defense of RTD

I admit, when Martha first came on the screen, I found her majorly annoying. It was only around the time of 42 and Human Nature did I finally warm up to Martha on the screen. I dearly missed Rose and I loved the Doctor/Rose dynamic and it was difficult to like Martha when she was mooning over the Doctor and saying things which I perceived as unkind to Rose.

That was what? Sometime in June, July? It’s December 2007 and my opinion of Martha Jones have changed from the first time I watched Doctor Who Season 3 considerably. I really like her character and while I don’t necessarily ship Martha and Doctor, it doesn’t mean I dislike her. But here are my reasons why I think the accusations of Martha!hate is a bit unfair to RTD.

Why can’t the Doctor fall in love with Martha?
Without going into the entire, the Doctor is asexual argument which I think, frankly is ridiculous because clearly, New Who has shown that he can and has fallen in love a few times, the Doctor loves Rose. Despite the weaknesses and flaws in her character and believe you me, Rose has plenty of flaws, the Doctor loves her and was in love with her. He lost her in the most tragic way possible, knowing that she is alive and despite the most wonderful ship in the universe, he can’t reach her. He has the right to mourn. Him falling in love with Martha in my opinion, would be in bad taste. The Doctor as a slutboi?  No way. He can’t even tell Rose that he loves her so to suddenly fall in love with Martha would be incredibly off-putting for me.

The Doctor didn’t appreciate Martha
The Doctor was mean to Martha argument is getting old for me. From what I see, series 1 to series 3, the Doctor was mean to everyone. In the excellent words of Timothy Latimer in Family of Blood, the Doctor is “Fire and ice, and rage”. He is fire and ice, he is either very cold or warm, but more importantly, he is rage. He has an anger that cannot be assuaged. He can be very cold and has shown to be very cold to either his enemies (Family of Blood) or to his former companions (Jack). And it wasn’t just Ten who ran away from Jack, it was Nine who knew that he was alive but refused to stay and wait for him. The Doctor cares so much for the universe and yet is cowardly enough to run away. He’s one of the most fascinating characters on TV. One who is heroic and yet so flawed. Him unappreciating one of his most capable companions was a recurring motif rather than a personal vendetta against Martha.

RTD hates Martha
Firstly, the Daily Mail interview was just a bit off (it is the Daily Mail after all) and failed to grasp what RTD was trying to say. Martha being second best to Rose in my opinion has been and always will be, a plot device rather than RTD’s opinion to what he feels about Martha. I think what he meant was that if the Doctor had said to Martha “You’re like a new Rose to me”, he meant that if they wrote that in, the Doctor was one hell of a slutboi and the relationship he had with Rose was rendered meaningless.

Most good writers and I do consider RTD as one of the best TV writers out there, will never hate on any one of their characters. They love all their characters even the most flawed ones. When I write, I tend to love my flawed characters the most. But there is not a single one character that I dislike in my own writing. In my NIDA class, our tutor explained to us, love all your characters. If you judge your character, it becomes impossible to create a real person that captures the audience’s imagination. They become one-dimensional and didactic. Martha was pretty real to me and could only have been created through a lot of love and care.

The only time that I felt that Martha was ‘off’ having rewatched the series again was during the episode Smith and Jones. She was just too fantastic. When she fell in love and felt second best, that’s when Martha became real to me. How many of us have fallen in love and felt second best? I know I have. She’s real and because of that, she’s fantastic. It takes a lot of guts for a writer to make a lovable character be treated badly by the main character. It’s the turmoil that makes the show. If everything is hunky-dory, there’s just no point in writing a story. It’s boring for the writer, it’s boring for the audience. The more of the Doctor’s heroism is juxtaposed with his weaknesses, the more interesting it is for me. The more I love Doctor Who.
 
Alright, that’s it from me. Too bad I can’t actually cut this and hide it for those of you who are not into Doctor Who. But we’ll return to proper blogging shortly.

Ta!

Posted 12/15/2007 at 9:45 PM

Tuesday December 11, 2007

 

Funny Finance

Gosh, it’s been ages since I’ve last blogged. To be fair, I’ve been spending more time writing creatively rather than thinking up of things to blog about. Life on the other hand, isn’t that exciting. Going to malls, driving around and meeting people up for dinner/tea. It’s hard to be exciting.

But since I’ve been asked to update, thought I’d share with you a video about Subprime that was pretty funny. How is it that the British can make finance funny? If you can make finance funny, you should be able to write a financial thriller, yes/no?

Enjoy!

Posted 12/11/2007 at 11:30 AM