Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Busy... and Happy!


I am sorry I haven't posted anything lately. I must apologize for that. I have a ton to tell you about writing and a ton to write. This week, graças a Deus, a thousand opportunities came my way and I am very glad to be packed with work to do.

However, I shall not neglect this blog. Make sure you'll visit this writing room soon, for I have a few things to say about writing contests, self-publishing and the world of volunteering.

For now... have a great week!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Writing Poetry

I've never really liked poetry.
Surprisingly, I started writing poetry tonight.
I'm posting them online on Palavra Versada.
My verses, I suppose, will mostly be in Portuguese.
Thank you.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My Patronus is a Stag

According to the Harry Potter website my patronus is a stag. Great honor, indeed.

Do you remember when you started reading the Harry Potter series? I do. I was thirteen years old and my mom brought the book home to me at night. Ten years ago my mom used to sell perfumes, so along with the first book of the series she also gave me this peculiarly citric fragrance that I immediately tried on my wrists. As I read about the boy who lived, my nostrils were inebriated by that perfume, which my memory learned to associate with the book.

I loved the books. I identified with the characters, particularly with Hermione. For some strange reason everything that Rowling said felt real to me. She could describe everything in such level of details that only if she had met Harry and the others she would have been able to write about them the way she did. In my childish naiveté I then waited for them to show up in real life, I waited for owls holding letters to flutter by my window, I searched the sky at night for signs of magic. I still do.

It's strange that the series is over. I wanted more. I wanted to see more. I wanted to join Harry's adventures for the rest of my life.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

The Pamphleteer -- King of Salaria Dissolves Monarchy

King of Salaria Dissolves Monarchy and Hands the Country Over to the People
July 9, 2011

Newspaper clipping from The Pamphleteer. Did this King go insane? 

Yesterday, July 8, King Ricardo of Salaria dissolved monarchy in his kingdom. The population of Salaria, a kingdom internationally known for its high exportation of tea leaves, is in shock.

“I recently read books that changed my perception of everything I was doing,” Ricardo said. He didn't want to inform what books were those, but explained that they were an anonymous gift sent to the Royal Palace.

The population, which always supported Ricardo's laws, is surprised. “They are used to having a guide leading them, but I trust them to take care of their lives on their own,” Ricardo said, who now hopes to work as a farmer in the southern plains.

When asked whether Salaria would now enter an anarchic system, Ricardo looked impatient. “I don't like to label anything. Salaria simply belongs to the people, nothing else. It isn't a democracy. It isn't anarchy. It's just land that belongs to the people,” he explained.

The international community still cannot define what diplomatic relations they are going to keep with Salaria, but Ricardo is certain that any change will be for the better. “The people of Salaria is very friendly and they are known for being a hardworking population. They trusted me to keep and represent this status, so I don't know why things would change for worse without me,” he said. Ricardo also added that he is just handing back to his people responsibilities that were already theirs.

The Royal Family was not found to give interviews, but Ricardo says that they are very angry and cut relations with him. “They barely talked with me even when I was King, so I don't mind,” Ricardo said in a good-humored tone, before embarking on the three o'clock train this afternoon. He was carrying only a small luggage and, without the Royal top hat, mark of the Kings of Salaria that started in the 18th century, he was not recognized by the passersby.

Today in Salaria the transportation system worked normally. The stores and other establishments opened at the usual time. On Monday, July 11, people will officially meet to discuss the needs of their neighborhoods. Although it is common to see inhabitants gatherings on the streets to discuss the current situation of Salaria, there are no signs of civil distress.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Writing for Pre-schoolers

The Puzzle Place, officially premiered on the PBS in 1995
This afternoon I am working on the pilot for a new TV show I am submitting to the BBC. It's for their Get a Squiggle On competition, and although I understand how competitive this contest is, I am still trying my best.

The work I am turning into a TV show was, actually, my second novel. I wrote it when I was 12 years old, highly inspired by J.K. Rowling's books. I had been flirting with YA novels since I was 10ish and writing my own stories, but my second novel turned out to be my strongest writing following this supernatural genre that's turning little kids into avid readers.

What's challenging, however, is to turn that novel into something pre-schoolers would be interested in watching. They are known for their enthusiasm, but also for their quick loss of interest. Shows that are tailored for them often are concerned with trying to keep their attention until the end. Characters who talk too much, then, might be extremely boring for them. Lack of action is uninteresting, but too much action is overwhelming. Writers must strive for objectivity above all, but a flat and strictly paced chronology isn't that attractive. The dosage of complexity must be within reason, but characters that are too human might push the audience away, not to mention that there are certain subjects that might be too delicate for a little kid's mind.

After considering all that, I wonder how I should approach this task. I can't help thinking that my writing should try to echo the expectations I had when I was a 6-year old, but to be honest I was a very odd kid. I somewhat resembled Wednesday Adams in my interests (and, later on, also physically), and I often spent too much time playing by myself. I had social interactions with my cousins and a few close friends, but other than that one might say I was a very reserved girl who found in drawing and playing with my cats the best activities ever.

My favorite TV shows, then, were the ones that explored and challenged my imagination, like Castelo RA TIM BUM or The Puzzle Place, and shows that approached animals and natural elements from a creative perspective, like O Gato Zap. Other kids, I am sure, had different interests. I must approach this, then, in a way that a larger audience would enjoy. But I also shouldn't forget that a story is truly pleasant when the reader (or viewer) notices that the writer genuinely believes and approves his / her own writing.

I'll keep you posted on this. But, for now, what TV shows did you like to watch when you were 6 years old?