I think a couple of pieces of mine that were rejected today weren’t that strong anyway. A rejection confirms my sneaking suspicion, as I was about to submit the pieces, that it wasn’t that good.Continue reading “The no good moment, but it doesn’t matter”
The screenplay over the novel. Well, that’s how I feel about it, after beginning to read a screenplay for the first time. Just wonderful reading. I don’t have to wade through description after description. This doesn’t say much for my relationship with the novel, unless the novel or book really grabbed me, read: The City of Joy, The Imitation of Christ, are two books I can think of that got me very engaged. But as for ever writing a novel, probably not. Writing a screenplay is more likely. How does one come to this point? For me, it was simply comparing my general reading experience, of the novel and the script. The script won out.
I thought I had nailed the devotions I was going to submit to a couple of publishers, but on revisiting them last week, quite a few were unusable.Continue reading “Time adds a little more perspective”
The cast of the 1960’s television series came back a decade later to feature in the first Star Trek motion picture. Although it was an event picture, the movie lacks a real thrust to proceedings, but quite enjoyable nevertheless.Continue reading “Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979)”
Happened to stumble on a good review of a movie that made me think about where one’s writing should lead. I mean in terms of tying all the parts together to end the writing with conviction.Continue reading “Following through with conviction”
Does a word or string of words catch on more colourfully when sung than reading them in the quiet of one’s soul?Continue reading “The colours in song and verse”
It’s always interesting to take a few moments to reflect, but a reflection can dissipate like water slipping through your hands, so what’s the point? As long as one can clarify something in the moments away in one’s mind.Continue reading “Clarifying what’s on the mind”
Ten years ago I was debating with myself if the generally open view to movies was the right one and loosely took on board a consciously moral view.
I wanted to be sure I was thinking the right thing, though, so did some sly-handed research, and discovered something, that I’ve taken on board now.
In learning this, it’s liberating. In applying it, a pleasure. In the sense that I was discovering, well worth the effort. I am free!
I am free in terms of taking on board a new philosophy or mental approach, but my experience of movies can be another thing.
The philosophy is good itself, and worthwhile–but I’ll leave it with those who actually will use it. However, understanding it in the affirmative is empowering.
I look back at an article I wrote in 2007.
I can’t recall how I knew the film Amazing Grace was becoming an evangelical movie event of some kind of proportion, but I interviewed two people who told me they were getting involved in it. This article was published in Challenge Weekly, 2007.Continue reading “Amazing Grace is coming”
What’s so special about the latest Star Wars for it to be included with other Star Wars films?Continue reading “Solo (2018)”
A genuinely more involving episode in the new Star Wars trilogy.Continue reading “The Last Jedi (2017)”
It was with great expectations that I came to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017). But you know what they say about having high hopes.Continue reading “Valerian (2017)”
The problem is that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) is convoluted, mainly on first viewing. Otherwise, I enjoyed the ride.Continue reading “Rogue One (2016)”
Stephen Hawking, the famed physicist, gets a story, rather than documentary, devoted to his life, spanning the time before he was diagnosed with a medical condition and what happened after.Continue reading “The Theory of Everything (2014)”
The Mission (1986) is sumptuous. An artistic achievement in production and literary values and a moving human-interest story, let down slightly by some lulls in pace.Continue reading “The Mission (1986)”
The everlasting struggle to get words on paper has an antidote. I’ll tell you what it’s like to struggle writing down an idea .
While not up to the standard of the original trilogy, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), the first in the latest Star Wars trilogy, is nevertheless a good one, while not resonating as strongly as one would like.Continue reading “The Force Awakens (2015)”
I have never been a follower of New Zealand singer Stan Walker, but after a bit of research, I found out that this, is his most personal album to date. It is worth a listen.Continue reading “Stan (2018)”
I dislike zany family animated films. The underwhelming “real life” family film Monster Trucks (2016) is not as off-putting. It has some redeeming points.Continue reading “Monster Trucks (2016)”
Bono still hasn’t found what he’s looking for, on the track Miracle Drug, but with the opening song titled Vertigo it’s not a surprise.Continue reading “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004) by U2”
Phil Collins solo debut, the album Face Value (1981), is not the sum of its parts but is about the parts.Continue reading “Face Value (1981) by Phil Collins”
Well produced, well arranged poetry-in-motion, but is it a masterpiece?Continue reading “The Joshua Tree (1987) by U2”
Eternity is the next life. It is so real that I think God ingrained it in the cosmos and universe as a reflection of the eternal dimension.
Why am I writing about eternity? Because eternity is mentioned in the film At Eternity’s Gate (2018) which is my film of the week.Continue reading “Eternity is life”
In At Eternity’s Gate (2018), Van Gogh seemed to find enlightenment in a literal look at the gospels, without seeming to endorse gospel truth. The needs of the soul are somehow better reached if one takes what one sees in the gospel as it is. It speaks more fluidly.
In a brilliant film, Van Gogh, in At Eternity’s Gate (2018), says Jesus became known thirty years after his death. Before then Jesus was obscure, he says. I have a problem with this.
The gospels says about Jesus is that he was well-known to the people during his lifetime, and known soon after his lifetime, as Jesus’ message and Spirit spread immediately after his death and resurrection.
One of things that get overlooked at times, is that the gospel narratives and the story of the early church in Acts are reliable.
It may sound like one of those disagreements Van Gogh and Gaugin had in this movie–but this is me, a viewer, disagreeing with what Van Gogh says. Sounds strange, but it’s the point of view here I’m pointing to that’s a problem, not the movie itself.
At Eternity’s Gate (2018) may be familiar stuff but even so is engrossing and fresh.Continue reading “At Eternity’s Gate (2018)”
I guess there can be many words that describe what one is thinking or that describe the image in one’s mind. But the word I used today was just right to describe the image in my mind.
The word I used was “astounding” which means ‘surprisingly impressive or notable’. The meaning fitted the image in my mind, so I used the word.
However, I didn’t have to use astounding in my writing. Could have extended the sentence out so readers can get what I mean with more words. Like saying, “This is surprising. I never expected it to be as impressive as it turned out. Just astounding.”
Hey, I may use that instead.
I have a love hate relationship with the line “It’s not over yet” in the original Star Wars film. It’s not the most noted of Star Wars dialogue, and I find it kind of sickly warm and reassuring. But I remember it because it’s true. Whenever I realize I’ve done something in writing better, I think of that line, “It’s not over yet”. Because how I do writing is never quite over, which occurred to me again this week. I thought I had done something right for a few years, but then something else occurred to me to make it even better.
I expected more from a Star Wars story.Continue reading “Splinter of the Mind’s Eye (1978)”
The best parts come in the profound prologue and a stunning dual performance from Christopher Reeve. Can’t forget John Williams’ music, either.Continue reading “Superman (1978)”
An old favourite, but I’m now unenlightened by a pound of present day disenchantment.Continue reading “Graceland (1986)”
An obscure arthouse film, with good sense all the same.Continue reading “Frantz (2016)”
Engrossing interviews with actors who are animated and candid about being in the first Star Wars film.Continue reading “Elstree 1976 (2016)”
Disappointing, I expected better.Continue reading “Darkest Hour (2017)”
In sum, Bitter Harvest (2017) is a dullish movie, but its theme is worthy.Continue reading “Bitter Harvest (2017)”
(First published at Anglican Taonga online.)
I didn’t expect the amount of depravity, but it’s never condoned in this powerful film.Continue reading “12 Years a Slave (2013)”
A pleasantly diverting pleasure, despite the serious subject matter.Continue reading “The Never Ending Story (1984)”
Occasionally visceral, but visually raw.Continue reading “28 Weeks Later (2007)”
If one can stumble on writing with the music of language as one’s friend, one has an ally in writing. For the music of language plays like a piece of music in a piece of writing. How one gets to play music through writing may be a mystery. For some it comes natural. If one can play music when one writes, one has a wonderful thing. When one knows one writes with the music of language, one can hone and work on it to one’s satisfaction, and play beautiful music when one writes.
I shouldn’t be proud of my writing, for I can always do better. Some tell me to always improve my writing, and to that I’d agree. For the writing I’ve done could have done with a polish, but am I seeing right?
When in the constant critiquing of one’s work, one does not see the qualities already present.
But in a moment’s glee, I acknowledged the qualities of my work. I personally acknowledged a body of work done over time, and it set off a pleasant feeling through my brain.
A sense of pride in a body of writing enabled a moment’s relaxation, to think that I can stop striving to constantly do better, that whatever I have already done, is good enough.
To think good, accepting thoughts about one’s work and with that sense of pride one says to one’s self, hey, I did good.
It’s a liberating thought–a thought that plays out in one’s brain for longer than expected. When I accepted my work, I can say, I am free! And I don’t need an editor to accept it for it to be valid.
A while ago I wrote about how one submits their articles, etc. One way is to submit everything you’ve got. One non-writer said to me “go crazy”. The other way is to submit your best.
I had been methodically submitting to a particular publisher, but a rejection I got from them over the weekend made me focus on my approach with them. Reconsidering my approach is what I should do in this case.
The answer was obvious. I came down on the side of only submitting my best after this rejection. The pieces I’ve put aside may be good for a different publisher.
So, my bottom line for this publisher is to submit my best, while the others may find the light of day somewhere else as they may fit better there.
Nothing is wasted, therefore.
I was going to chuck the others out, but thought better of it.
Image Journal, as well as proving helpful descriptions about the submission process (see previous post), also provided helpful descriptions of one’s relationship to faith in their submission guidelines.
I found this helpful on Image Journal: “the risk of sharing work with us”.
What I say there may be an oxymoron, for why is the risk of sharing work with them helpful?
Let me bring in the context. They’re saying submitting work is a risk: when someone shares their work with an editor, it is a risk.
Sharing one’s work with an editor is exhilarating and nerve wracking. One doesn’t know the outcome, but is excited nevertheless. A risk in other words.
Yes, risk is the right word; the word risk illuminates what I do when I submit articles, stories, and devotions.
And Image Journal appreciate that in a writer as do many other journals.
There are so many words to learn that randomly pass through, I’m left catching up with the words I should get to know.
I put on a song called “Endless” that was released in 1994 and is sung by Eric Champion. It’s about God’s endless love.
As I listened, I may not know a lot about God’s love, but I got to thinking about the godhead, that I believe God is three persons in one, and are bound together by love. But I have a question.Continue reading “A question about the godhead”
It’s always a little thrill to send off a piece, be that an article, devotion, story, review, poem. You never know what’s around the corner, one may feel the negative, but be confident that the piece is good enough. And the submission system worked. I’ve worked on this piece for about a month or two, from time to time. The editing work was more strenuous than usual as I just couldn’t get something right. But then it seemed to work better in the end.
If one struggles with identity and individuality, one may take on a persona, a performance, an image of somebody. Then having shown the world an identity, one faces their mortality and starts to asks if what they believed is true. Would facing mortality make a difference to how one saw one’s self? How one believed in one’s self? Would an element of self-doubt or belief creep in, as one realizes that facing mortality can change everything one believed?
Do Christians go in and try and make converts first or listen and learn the languages and customs of cultures better so they can relate the Christian message better to the culture? Or do Christians become assimilated by the culture they are trying to connect with?Continue reading “Christians and culture”
Relief that I got the pieces in before the deadline, but worried how they will be received. Nevertheless, I was thanked with an exclamation mark. That says it all.
A week to go before my deadline. It’s been a conscientious journey. I’ve written about eleven devotions in various states of development but only need two. Talk about perfection. Will it ever end?