For those of you who haven’t heard, National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo as we affectionately know it) is happening right now. The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month. It is a difficult challenge and one that has been occupying my time a lot as of late.
“The world needs your novel” is what the official website tells you. I’m sure that it’s true. The goal of this challenge is to promote reading and writing and above all to help participants discover the novelist inside. If you have an idea that you’ve been planning to get out, use this challenge as a way of pressuring yourself to do so. It’s been working for me so far.
I know that we’re already halfway through the month of November but don’t let that discourage you! I’ve been contending with my exam for this novel and many other people are too. Even more encouraging is the news I heard recently of a woman who was too impatient to wait for November. Catherynne M. Valente challenged herself to write her first novel in 10 days! This could be something you decide to take on yourself and race to finish in time for November 30th.
NaNoWriMo may show you a determined, thoughtful and creative side of yourself that you might never have thought was there. Despite the very short time still left in the competition, I would sincerely urge everyone to have a crack at it anyway. It doesn’t matter if you think you suck. If you write something that ends up being Eye of Argon levels of terrible, just remember this advice from Jake:
Failure is just a step forward on the road to success. You are writer. Hear you ROAR!!!
Find out more and register at nanowrimo.org. Registering allows you to reap rewards for your efforts as winners of the challenge will receive prizes! Don’t forget to support the great folks who run this event by donating too.
Give someone a fright this Hallowe’en!
Started by Neil Gaiman in 2010, All Hallow’s Read is an initiative in which people are encouraged to give each other scary books to celebrate Hallowe’en. The books don’t have to be new, and you don’t have to get one in return – just as long as you share a little horror!
Neil Gaiman proposed the event due to the lack of days on the calender which involve giving books to people. We at Gay Geek most certainly support the spreading around of the written word. So, who will you be giving a scary book to this Hallowe’en, and which book do you hope comes your way?
If you want to get involved but aren’t sure what book to give someone, check out the recommendation list on the All Hallow’s Read website.
Doctor Who is a program about a time-travelling alien who saves the universe over and over again, often with the help of travelling companions. Not exactly the sort of thing which sounds like it could topple governments, is it?
And yet, the Chinese government banned the program, believing it would have a ‘negative’ influence upon the Chinese population. Apparently the fanciful nature of science fiction causes workers to spend their days dreaming of alternate realities, and so becoming unproductive and a burden upon society. Alternate realities which, presumably, did not involve living under an oppressive government.
Doctor Who isn’t the first work of science fiction to get itself banned. Literary classic like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s Slaughterhouse Five, and even Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy have all been prohibited at some point or another. Books are usually banned not because they are offensive but because they threaten someone’s status quo.
Remember kids, ideas are dangerous. (Never stop having them.)
[Doctor cosplay: noir photographer on flickr]
This is a video to commemorate all the loved ones, the not so loved ones, and the ones you thought would never, ever die. Because George R.R. Martin is kinda evil and they need a proper farewell.
So here’s to you, the fallen of Game of Thrones – we gay geeks salute you.
Let’s see who else dies in 2014 (if you haven’t already read the books).
I have never been so proud to call myself a Sherlock Holmes fan. Well an Arthur Conan Doyle fan.
Go no further if you don’t want spoiler for Conan Doyle’s short Sherlock story, The Yellow Face.
The story was written in 1893 (but set in 1888). It told of the story when Sherlock Holmes was actually WRONG in his deductions.
The client is Grant Munro who is investigating his wife’s suspicious behaviour. It is acknowledged that the wife (Effie) is keeping a secret but she begs her husband not to think of it, and to trust her.
But the husband couldn’t take it so he goes to The Sherlock Holmes.
It turns out the wife was hiding her child from a previous marriage who she claimed had died of yellow fever!
At first the child was wearing a weird white/yellow mask. And Grant rips off the mask and reveals Lucy – a mixed-race child! Lucy has a white English mother (Effie) and a black American Father (who actually had died of “yellow fever”).
This is how Effie describes her husband:
And how Grant reacts:
Isn’t this amazing for the time?! Not only did a woman have the courage to marry a black man, but her new husband accepts not only another man’s child but a child of a different race! Some people today are having trouble with this!
It goes to show that Arthur Conan Doyle was an amazing man with incredibly liberal views. Even though England did not have anti-miscegenation laws, they certainly had prejudice.
This is why I am a proud Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle fan!