This trailer is totally awesome and I am sooooo watching the film when it’s released. Also, don’t miss out on the Prelude to Axanar short, also on YouTube.
Star Trek: Axanar is coming out some time next year (2016).
Star Trek: Horizon (opening scene)
Star Trek: Horizon is a full length fan film set it the Enterprise era (think Scott Bakula as Captain Archer). To be perfectly honest, I can’t say I really like the Star Trek: Horizon trailer but the opening scene makes up for it. Alas, Horizon is another one we have to wait for, but only until February next year (2016).
Star Trek: Aurora
Ok, so it’s not a movie, but it’s still really good, so check it out.
And now, for something a little different…
…the Star Wars: Dark Resurrection Vol. 0 trailer. It’s an Italian-made fan film (in Italian, but there are English subtitles), and it looks really good. There’s also a Vol. 1 and funding is currently being raised for Vol. 2, so we won’t be left on a cliffhanger.
Riviera Film, the filmmakers behind it, have a number of other great sci-fi films on their YouTube channel. If you like Dark Resurrection don’t forget to check it out!
Another book to add to my exploding book pile! At this rate, I’m never going to get any writing done. I think I need a TARDIS, anyone got one spare?
Renna sat at the small round table in her room, reading through the data Dallas had sent to her tablet. She took another sip of scorching coffee and held the liquid in her mouth for a fraction of a second—until her tongue started to burn—before swallowing. Sometime in the past few days, she’d started doing stuff like that, letting herself experience feelings she’d normally ignore. Like each time might be her last. Continue reading →
Patricia C. Wrede’s Fantasy World-building questions are great, and the World-building Leviathan is equally awesome, but there are times when they just don’t hit the spot. Like, when you’re halfway (or more) into your novel and you need to sort out what a battle mage can do that an illusionist can’t.
Sure, you can jot down a few notes and whack them into a notebook, but if, like me, you can’t stand the thought of not being organised, something a little more structured is in order.
Normally, I’d turn to Scrivener, but, until the iPad version comes out, it doesn’t work so well on-the-go. Yes, you can sync your files to an external folder and edit them on the iPad (which works great for writing), but whatever file structure you’ve created in Scrivener is lost, and when I’m world-building I need folders, and not just any folders, but nested folders and lots of them.
And so, I set out to make myself a template in which I could make random notes, while still being organised, and that I could use just as easily from my laptop as my iPad. Continue reading →
I feel like the rabbit from Wonderland, running around yelling “I’m late, I’m late I’m late!” However, I feel just like myself when I say, I was distracted by a book, revisions to be exact, which is why my first contribution to the Thursday Trail (hosted by Hollywood the Write Way), A Look at the Future, is just a tinsy bit late (if for tinsy, you substitute something the size of the Death Star).
My look at the future involves not just looking forward, but taking a few glances back, because while technology advances faster and faster, we don’t. Continue reading →
This year I’m participating in a few memes and the very first one is Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish (which is a great blog title!).
Aptly, the first Top Ten for the year is the Top 10 books I’m going to read this year. In this I’ve sprinkled some of the books I also have listed for the Australian Women Writers Challenge (AWWC) 2013. The AWWC is about raising the profile of female authors in Australia, because always seems as if the men win all the literary prizes.
Meet Hero, the star of Hero-Fink, a novel set in the far distant future, on a far distant world.
Hero Regan is special, and not in a way she likes. She hears voices, the kind of voices that other people can’t hear. Ever since she can remember, she’s been forced to take meds and prodded by shrinks and doctors, all of whom say the same thing. She’s sick, crazy even; but they’re lying.
Her parents have her completely isolated from the outside world, wrapped in a cocoon of butlers, bodyguards and tutors. Her only solace is Fink, a six-hundred-kilogram, genetically engineered rat-pard. Together they create havoc, sharing lives, thoughts, triple-chocolate marshmallow ice-cream and the same burning desire for freedom.
This is my first attempt at a book review. Let me know how you think I went.
Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, is a retelling of the classic Cinderella story complete with cyborgs, plague and a tantalising hint of the Japanese anime Sailor Moon.
Cinder is a cyborg, an orphan with no memory of her past and a collection of gears and wires were an arm and a leg should be. Her adoptive mother resents her, tolerating her only because of her ability to draw a wage, one of her two sisters hates her and the other, who’s actually nice, becomes fatally ill. All of this leads to Cinder being forcibly volunteered as a test subject for plague research where she uncovers her past and discovers hidden talents.
There’s also a prince with a broken android, a lunatic queen, a ball, a fairy god-scientist and a small prosthetic foot. Continue reading →