Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Interview with Yours Truly

I did an interview for insidetoronto.com which is up here.

The interview is of a type they post monthly, and is meant to be read by young people looking to see what requirements are necessary in pursuing various professions. I really like that idea, and while it is incredibly difficult to explain what kind of training you need as an author/actress, what kind of salary you might eventually make, and what is "success" in these fields, I endeavored to answer these questions as best as possible. In general it's a nice basic overview if you are interested in becoming either or both an actor and author, which some of you might find interesting.

Anyway, thought I would share it with y'all!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

A Week of No Posts . . .

A week has gone by and I neglected to post. I am very sorry. It's not that I don't have many wonderful post ideas, it's just that I'm just so overwhelmed with other stuff that blogging seems secondary. Aside from writing that mystery YA project of mine, the theatre company I have been with for two years, Tempest Theatre, has started rehearsals on Romeo and Juliet. This time not only am I playing Lady Capulet, but I am also co-directing the production. And here's the thing about directing that I sometimes forget . . . you have to go to a lot of rehearsals. Nearly all of them, I would say. Still, it will definitely be worth the effort, the show is really coming together nicely!

Anyway, I do plan on being a better blogger this week, and here are some ideas I am mulling about writing topics on:

The Writer:

- On Editing
- So You Want to Get Published - from acquisition to book! (yes I am still keen to continue with this series, it just takes a lot of time and effort to write one of these posts . . .)

The Actress:

- On Getting Headshots
- On Putting Together a Show (this may be divided into smaller sub-sections - "Casting A Show", "Rehearsing", "The Technical Side", etc)
- The difference between Acting and Directing

So these are some posts I am keen on writing. Are there any other topics youse guys would be keen on reading? I always really do love hearing from you all and what you're interested in!

As ever, apologies for the bad week - I'll try to make this one a bit better!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Timothy and the Dragon's Gate UK Cover!

What an international week of show and tell we are having! Today I am very pleased to share with you all the UK cover of Timothy and the Dragon's Gate! I absolutely love it, it's so full of energy and whimsy, and what is interesting is that it is the same artist who did the GERMAN cover for Alex (and once more I adore the rendition of Giggles). So check it out:

And here is the German cover of Alex:

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Discovery Channel Commercial

I've been seeing this commercial for the Discovery Channel on television for weeks now, and it is seriously one of the few ads that I will sit and watch in its entirety every time. It's just so darn inspirational, and considering a lot of what's going on in the world today, I dunno . . . it's nice to raise spirits every now and then.

Simple. Sweet. Funny. Awe inspiring.

What more do you need?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Alex et le Tresor de Wigpowder!

Oui, c'est vrai! Maintenant nous sommes . . . en francais!

Yes ladies and gents, the French version of Alex is out very soon and I just had to share the cover because it is fantastic!

I love how heroic Alex looks, and how suspicious Giggles is. I love that it is shot from below, and especially the choice of font for the text and the way it is placed on the picture. Altogether just fab! So a thank you very much to all who were involved, and serious props to the artist him/herself. It's brilliant!

Friday, October 03, 2008

On how literary agent Jessica Faust reads

Excellent excellent excellent blog post over at BookEnds today. Not only just well written, clear, concise, easy to follow, but a must read for anyone in the process of submitting to agents. Literary agent Jessica Faust talks of how she reads different things submitted to her, from the lowly query letter all the way to a requested full manuscript. There is a different quality to reading each of these different forms, and truly, well it is very enlightening.

So what are you waiting for? Go go, check it out now!