Character Development: Ruth Dunne

I am taking part in a FutureLearn screenwriting course, and it was suggested that we use our personal blogs as a posting platform for the exercise below. This is the main character from a modern fantasy story I am working on, for the purposes of the course I’ve been using this story for my examples….

ROA Week 3: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Spoilers ahead, so beware if you haven’t read this yet. And the skin, oh yes,the skin was green as sin. Not an ugly colour, Nanny thought. Just not a human colour. Gregory Maguire, Wicked. I started this week with every intention of enjoying a non-fiction about Antartica – full of mystery, largely inhospitable to humans,…

ROA Week 2: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

May contain spoilers, so be aware if you’ve yet to read this gem. I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane. George Orwell, 1984. George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel takes place in a dark, dreary version of London. It’s protagonist, Winston,…

ROA Week 1: Whisky Wars, Riots and Murder by Malcolm Archibald

So week 1 is complete, finally. I say that like this book was a struggle but it wasn’t really, overall I really liked it. Archibald has a way of writing that makes history seem light-hearted, and easily digestible without taking anything away from the severity of the things he’s writing about. The book itself it…

ROA Reading Challenge 2018

Last year I attempted a rather ill-fated reading challenge via Goodreads. I very naively thought I could read a whopping 100 books in a year. Now that might not seem like a lot of some of you, but when you working a full-time job that has you coming home in at the wee hours of…