Sunday, July 31, 2005

Eye opener : Poems by Thoko M. Banda

Here's a very interesting interview with African writer Thoko M. Banda.
After reading it, check out his poems in the poetry section.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Hitchhiker's Guide movie

Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is brilliant comedy, but one really has to start with the book (or with one of the radio plays) in order to be able to appreciate it.
Actually, Adams wrote the whole series originally as a radio series and it started in March 1978 on BBC Radio 4. After the success of the radio series he was asked to write a book from the story. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was first published in England in September 1979 and immediately became a best-seller. This does not happen very often to new authors, but it is perfectly understandable if you know the radio plays.

I have just seen the movie based on The Hitchhiker's Guide. I did not expect it to be very faithful to the book. It must have been terribly hard to adapt this text to the screen.
What I expected was, at least, just the sort of average comedy, so it was
not a big disappointment for me. There are some scenes in it that I really do not like, and the story line has also changed a lot, but, on the whole, it wasn't
bad. It is worth watching.

Recommended Website: Raven Electrick

This is a nice site with genre poetry, but it also has short stories.
It has a poem I really like, Thank-You Note to Sandra from the Anti-Matter Universe by William John Watkins.
Visit Raven Electrick.

Recommended Website: Foreigner.de

Here's a special website aiming to raise an interest in foreign countries and cultures, spreading unbiased views of other peoples, presenting artists and promoting underrepresented art and culture. Visit Foreigner.de.

Recommended Short Story : Vancouver Dreams

I usually do not read stories about sportsmen. (Somehow, I am just not interested.) However, I had to read Vancouver Dreams, because it is a story by Frank Zafiro. And it is worth reading. Read it here.
Very good writing.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

It's Monday section started

It's monday again. And on mondays I post here some info on the
writing done on the previous week. Music has always been a great
source of inspiration for me, so I will add that too.
Writing:
Last week I wrote two poems.
Music:
- Van Halen (albums with Sammy Hagar)
- Bruce Dickinson

Sunday, July 24, 2005

What makes poetry what it is?

What follows here is not a long essay on the topic.
It's just a link to Greg Beatty's poem 'Making Robot Poets Great'.

Friday, July 22, 2005

What is a site feed?

There are probably many sites you find interesting. By subscribing to their feeds you don't have to revisit them again and again, just to see if there's something new.
On many websites you can see little orange images saying XML or RSS. If you copy the related URL and paste it into the proper place in your reader software, you will automatically receive all the updates.
(Another advantage is that you don't have to give any data, not even your name and email address.)
A nice software like that is Feedreader, but there are many other good ones.

On the right side, you can find a link to the feed belonging to this site. Don't forget to subscribe. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

European writers site

I have recently started a mailing list for European writers, the EU Writers Yahoo group, and it seems we will soon start our website.
Description: Writers from both from present and prospective member states are welcome.The aim of the group is to provide a place for discussion and getting to know each other.
Writers are welcome to post news about their successes.
Editors and publishers are welcome to join and/or send their guidelines (including the language of submissions).
The idea for the group came as I was looking for groups for European writers, but did not find any, and I still thought there is a need for one. Join.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Slayer Review Up

My review of Karen Koehler's Slayer is now online.
You can read it here.
It's a good book.

Friday, July 15, 2005

One Year Later

It has been a bit more than a year since I was first published.
Since then, twelve of my poems have appeared in English. Actually,
none of them are translations, I wrote all of them in English. I
have recently sold another four, (and there will be another two
which will be published for the second time).

I also started to review books for Novelspot and Scribe and Quill,
and many of my reviews are now available online.
I am working on my first book of poetry and I also have some other
interesting projects (but more on that later).

This seems to be a good occasion for starting a blog.
So enjoy and visit often. :)