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.
The Lin Kuei can only rely on each other right? No wonder that Sub Zero and Reptile had to eventually hook up. (These are ninjas from Mortal Kombat, for those not into the game).
Mhmm…yep. I can deal with this. So glad I got a photo of this.
I found the MCM Comic Con in London to be exceptionally crowded. There were SO many people it was near impossible to move on the Saturday. Fortunately for me, I had gone on the Friday as well – so I’d seen most of the stuff available and didn’t need to browse as much and so (thankfully) could spend most of my time away from the really thick crowds.
I did get to see some of the actresses in Lost Girl speak briefly – that was kinda cool. my boyfriend really wanted to ask Kenzie if he could get a cuddle…of course this was impossible. On the off-chance she’s reading this though, my boyfriend would totally appreciate a cuddle.
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.
If you live in Melbourne, have a bit of cash to spare, and love seeing fantastic women in sci-fi, You might want to get along to the Women of Sci-fi event, happening this weekend. The special guests are Erin Gray, known for her role as Col Wilma Deering in Buck Rogers, and Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura (aka perfect space queen) in the original, groundbreaking Star Trek series.
You can get your tickets from the Gifts for the Geek website here. They’re a bit pricey, but definitely worth it! This is the sort of event we at Gay Geek love to see, so grab your tickets while you can! (And if you can’t make it to the actual day, Gifts for the Geek are also selling Absentee Packs, with signed photos of the special guests. Don’t miss out!).
If you do manage to get along, and want to let us know how it went, send us an event report to [email protected]!
It was revealed just an hour and a half ago that the new star of Doctor Who, the long-running BBC science fiction series, is Scottish actor Peter Capaldi.
The announcement was made today during a live broadcast at 4am AEST. Capaldi was the bookie favourite for the role, despite appearances in previous episodes of the show. His announcement as the twelfth Doctor was made with far more pomp and ceremony that any previous Doctor has been subject to.
Capaldi’s casting is breaking with the Doctor Who tradition of casting relatively unknown actors in the role of the Doctor. He has an acting career spanning over two decades, with a number of previous television stints. In 1995 he won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. He has also appeared in a number of feature films, including recent zombie flick World War Z. Capaldi is best known for his lead role in tv show The Thick of It. He has also appeared in a previous Doctor Who episode (“The Fires of Pompeii”, along with Karen Gillian) and played a prominent role in Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood. Previous Doctors such as Colin Baker have also appeared as characters before being cast as the Doctor, so this in itself is not unusual.
He will take the place of Matt Smith, who began as the Doctor in 2010, along with Steven Moffat as new head writer on the show. Matt Smith’s last appearance as the Doctor will be in the 50th anniversary special on the 23rd of November. We shall see Smith regenerate into Capaldi’s Doctor in the Christmas special.
So what does this mean for the direction of the show? After a strong first season, Moffat’s run on Doctor Who has been plagued with criticism, with patchy quality being just one of the many gripes fans have leveled at the show. Additional charges of misogyny will not be helped by Moffatt’s ‘jokes’ during the live telecast about Helen Mirren’s calls for a female Doctor, stating that next time perhaps the Queen should be played by a man.
The ‘space boyfriend’ dynamic which has been part of both Matt Smith and David Tennant’s – and, to some extent, Christopher Eccleston’s – runs as the Doctor will obviously be gone, and it shall be interesting to see what direction Twelve’s relationship with his companion Clara Oswald will take. The return to an older Doctor, especially played by an established actor, could either see a return to a ‘classic Who‘ feel, or be a move into new, slightly darker territory.
We here at Gay Geek welcome Peter Capaldi to the role, and, much as we shall mourn the loss of Matt Smith, we look forward to the 50th anniversary and Christmas specials and the new Doctor’s glorious reign.
It’s official! Legend of Korra co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante confirmed early this morning (AEST) that the long-anticipated part two of Legend of Korra will air in September.
This weekend the United States’ largest annual geekfest, Comic Con, took place in San Diego, hosting some of the biggest names in sci-fi and fantasy pop-culture. Among the most popular panels was one dedicated exclusively to the second Avatar series, Legend of Korra. Set to return to screens after a year-long hiatus, its fans’ patience has been rewarded with a highly informative panel and a spectacular trailer for part two.
(Readers hoping to avoid plot spoilers for Book Two might want to take the opportunity to stop reading at this point!)
Here’s what went down at Comic Con 2013.
Attendees blogging live from the event reported waiting areas awash with eager fans, many queuing hours in advance. The exceptionally dedicated reportedly camped overnight to secure their spot. Their dedication was most definitely rewarded, according to our source on the inside. Once all guests were seated, the event opened in style; screening the official Book Two trailer, which wowed the crowd with its stunning visual displays of locations and bending.
Following this, Konietzko and DiMartino thanked the fans for their continuing support and quickly followed up with the treat for attendees only; a screening of the full Book Two: Spirits pilot! The screening was exclusive to the panel, during which any filming or photography was prohibited. As such, at the time of writing, the author has not personally seen the episode. (As is often the case, however, it is likely that handicam versions may yet surface on YouTube over the next few weeks; no promises on the quality of said recordings!)
Not quite finished blowing their attendees’ minds, the panel spoke at length about their experiences creating the show, and revealed some of what fans can expect from the second Book. Pictures and concept art shown onscreen included an array of strange animal creatures from the bending universe, complementing the scenery sneak-peek Nickelodeon released online prior to Comic Con.
A distinctive feature of Spirits is the sheer number of new characters it will introduce. Those following the trickle of information making its rounds online will likely have heard of Korra’s extended family; notably her two water bending cousins from the Northern Water Tribe. Not exactly one big, happy family, relational and Tribal conflicts are set to play significant roles in the upcoming episodes.
Delighting the history buffs among the fans, it was also revealed that Spirits will provide insight on the origin of the Avatar legacy. Mike Dante excitedly talked up the story of Wan, revealed as the very first bender to master all four elements and earn the title of Avatar. If the name sounds familiar, you’ve got a good memory: Wan Shi Tong, as viewers will recall from Avatar: The Last Airbender, was the name of the great owl Aang and the rest of ‘Team Avatar’ visited in the Spirit Library.
Given each Avatars’ mission to balance the elements and their affinity with the spirit world, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume a mighty big connection between the two!
No doubt Korra fans will have much to digest over the next two months during the wait for the premiere. With such wonderful reports from the panel, we can definitely expect great things this September – we at GayGeek can hardly wait! Be sure to stay tuned…