Monday, November 23, 2009

Waikato writers Christmas

This last weekend went to  my first Christmas party of the season. And with it the realisation that Christmas and the new year is just around the corner.

And wonder of wonders it was warm and sunny. When a group of writers get together you can guarantee a good time had by all. Lots of laughter, warm compassionate 500 word Christmas stories, that ranged from the hillarious to the tender and brought many a tear to the eye.

As a fun activity, we formed groups and re-enacted some of the great love stories in history giving them a modern day twist.

I'm sure Shakespeare would have appreciated out efforts to translate Romeo and Juliet and Mark Antony and Cleopatra into modern day usage. It was a laugh a minute.

Although, being a little old school, where **** language was considered woolshed language, and not fit for polite society, I confess to being a tad uncomfortable with modern day lingo. The teachers in the group explained this was normal playground vernacular, and I find that quite sad.

It's adding to what many refer to as the 'bastardisation' of English. It is a great pity that so many of our young ones have lost the art of writing a clear message or being able to comprehend written English.

The English language has always had a fascination for me, one I get great joy from in my writing.

     

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Shirley Wine -The Wine Press-: The Wonderful World of cyberspace

www.shirleywine.com

The Wonderful World of cyberspace

It's a brave new world we live in. With the click of a few buttons we can connect to anyone anywhere on the planet. Something that only a few short decades ago would have been considered in the realms of science fiction.

In one way this is quite scary.

What our parents deemed as fiction and never likely to happen is now an acceptable part of daily life. My sister-in-law and I were having a chuckle about this a few days ago. When we were teens we thought it a scream imagining being able to answer the telephone and see the  person on the other end.  We dreamed up all sorts of scenarios to just hopping out of the bath to -horror-of-horrors- being caught with out hair in rollers! Well guess what? Our flights of hilarity are so close to the truth it's not even funny anymore!

So why does this scare me? Well when I look at all the books being written about vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters etc etc I wonder if these fantasies will also come to pass. In this day of genetic engineering one would have to be very brave to say, "It ain't never going to happen!"

What's the old adage? Be careful what you wish for it may just happen!

What sparked this trip into fantasy land. The last few weeks I've been beavering away building a webpage. Jem and Gracie and their Three Bears Method is a brilliant tutorial.  Everything is explained in non techno language that even I can understand.

And this is saying something from someone who has never mastered the art of a video player!!!

Do come and visit  http://www.shirleywine.com/  and see my efforts at cyberfun.