Mini-Major

You know, I normally don’t say anything if someone posts something on social media that I do not agree with because I believe everyone is entitled to their opinions. But, I couldn’t pass up this tweet without commenting. Sorry for the rant that is about to occur.

Someone tweeted about not understanding how someone could attend college for four years to study theatre/plays. Now, of course theatre has to do with reading plays; but, it is so much more than that.

Theatre is about understanding how people’s brains work, how they think and feel. It’s the study of psychology. Theatre is about learning to relate to many different people in many different ways. It’s the study of communication. Theatre people have to be fascinated by words, because we have to know many different words and how to use them. These words even include medical and scientific terminology. It’s the study of English and language. Theatre practitioners must love history, because we must be aware of how the world worked in different time periods. Theatre is about thinking creatively, and outside of the box. It’s about learning to understand ideas and concepts that have never even crossed your mind. It’s the study of philosophy. Knowing how businesses work and are effected by the economy is essential if one wants to work in a theatre. It’s the study of economics. Theatre is the study of truth, it’s the study of life.

Theatre can make people feel, and think. It can make people believe, remember, forget, explore, and understand different things. Theatre creates open-minded individuals, with a love for learning.

Some people are very quick to judge and comment on things they know very little about. There are so many factors that go into studying theatre, which many people are unaware of.

Theatre has led me to meet some of the most creative, intelligent, and compassionate people that exist in this world.

I am fortunate enough to say that I am passionate about what I study, and will love my future career. I am proud to be a theatre major.

Linguistic history is basically the darkest of the dark arts, the only means to conjure up the ghosts of vanished centuries. With linguistic history we reach furthest back into the mystery: humankind.
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Cola Minis, quoted in Lyle Campbell’s Historical Linguistics (Third Edition)

All the linguistics majors in my year should really make shirts or something with this on them…

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The first time the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders featured the tiny handmade creations of Denver, CO-based artist Evan Lorenzen we shared photos of his book entitled “The Mini Book of Major Events.” This time we’re paging through an equally tiny volume that explores a smaller, but no less delightful theme, “Life’s Lil Pleasures.” From the sounds of rain and chirping birds to eating cereal from your enemy’s skull, and balloons, this itty-bitty book is full miniature illustrations of things that make us glad to be alive, you know, the little things.

To check out more of Evan Lorenzen’s work, including tiny art, illustrations and animations, follow him right here on Tumblr at artandsuchevan or check out his website, Instagram feed and Facebook page.

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Writability: A Basic Genre Index (Part One)

I frequently talk about genre and category here, and I tend to speak about them in pretty offhanded terms, with the assumption that everyone knows what I’m talking about. I imagine many of you do, but I’m also aware that it’s very likely at least some people don’t. And many could probably use clarification with some labels anyway.

So! I thought I’d create what was supposed to be a mini index of the major genres. Except the post was getting way too long, so I split it into two. Enjoy part one!


Fantasy

Magic, dragons, elves, wizards, witches, portals, fairies, mages—anything goes in a fantasy novel. These books are built off fantastical worlds where the impossible is impossible and where the mythical is reality.

Examples: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Half Bad by Sally Green, The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker, The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

For more info on writing fantasy, check out this post. (Others)

Paranormal

Technically this is a subgenera of fantasy, but it’s so big I thought it merited it’s own category. Paranormal books are a step closer to reality than epic fantasies, but they include supernatural creatures like angels, vampires, fairies, ghosts, werewolves, shapeshifters, etc. Think the TV show Supernatural.

Examples: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, Ink by Amanda Sun, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Shiver and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, The Coldest Girl in Coldtownby Holly Black, The Diviners by Libba Bray, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. (Others)


For more info on writing paranormal, check out this post.

Science Fiction (Sci-Fi)


Science Fiction is similar to fantasy in that the worlds and situations aren’t real (at the time they are written, at least), but the so-called “fantastical” elements are based in science, rather than magic. The idea here is the made-up stuff could be real, scientifically-speaking. It’s just not real right now.

Examples: Across the Universe by Beth Revis, Salvage by Alexandra Duncan, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, The Martian by Andy Weir, The Cage by Megan Shepherd,The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Alienated by Melissa Landers. (Others)


For more info on writing sci-fi, check out this post.

Dystopia

Dystopian novels are a subgenre of Sci-Fi, but as they’ve gotten pretty huge on their own, it felt important to list them separately. Dystopian novels frequently feature futuristic oppressive governments that are often overthrown at the end of the book. Expect speculative societies with extremely strict rules and characters who unwittingly find themselves at the center of a revolution (though that isn’t always the case).

Examples: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker, Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, The 100 by Kass Morgan, The Selection by Kiera Cass, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Legend by Marie Lu, Matchedby Ally Condie. (Others)

For more info on writing dystopias, check out this post.

Horror

These books are written to scare. Or at least creep you out a little. Monsters, murderers, paranormal situations out to get you—these characters usually go through horrifying situations that end in a lot of people dying in terrible ways.

Examples: Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, Follow You Home by Mark Edwards, Ten by Gretchen McNeil, Sweetby Emmy Laybourne, House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti, The Enemy by Charlie Higson, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Feed by Mira Grant, World War Z by Max Brooks, anything written by Stephen King, The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. (Others)

Thriller

Thrillers are similar to horror, but here, it tends to be about a killer going after people (rather than something supernatural). Sometimes the two blend a little, but these are exciting, fast-paced novels where the threat of death is a constant.

Examples: Hushed by Kelley York, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Black Iris by Leah Raeder, Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll, Thr3e and Adam by Ted Dekker, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, The Devil You Know by Trish Doller, Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Keuhn, The Rules by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié. (Others)


Humor

These books are funny. The point is to tell a story that makes you laugh quite a bit. These are often written by celebrities, and when they’re not they tend to also cross into other genres. So yes.

Examples: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, Yes Please by Amy Poehler,Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, Denton’s Little Deathdate by Lance Rubin,Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh. (Others)

So that’s just the first part! I’ll finish part two for you guys shortly. :)

Oh no, I’m so busy but I’m writing this:

Matt wakes up to Foggy’s alarm (late 90’s Britney because Foggy says it always makes him want to dance). This is the first time he hasn’t woken up before that alarm, and he’s surprised to find he actually feels rested. It takes another moment for him to process all his senses and realize that 1) he’s not in his own bed and 2) he’s curled around, basically on top of, of Foggy. His head is pressed to his chest (the drum of his heart is loud and steady and comforting); and his arm is wrapped tight around Foggy’s waist (his stomach is warm and where’s his shirt has ridden up, fuzzy and soft). Their legs are tangled together, and Foggy’s arms are around Matt, holding him close and Matt feels safe.

After a moment, Foggy’s heart accelerates and his breathing changes as he wakes up. “Hit me baby one more time,” he whisper-sings before being cut off by a yawn. He looks down (Matt can feel his chin brush the top of his head) and lets out a breath and a “huh” that sounds surprised but happy.

His arms tighten around Matt and shakes him a little. He whispers, “Hey buddy. Time to get up.”

Matt mumbles a protest and nuzzles into Foggy and warm and comfortable. Foggy laughs and moves one hand to pet at Matt’s head (Matt’s insides go all kinds of soft at that, and he decides then and there that all he needs in life is Foggy petting his hair). “I know I’m a nice pillow Matty, but we’ve got a lot of work to do still.”

“Five more minutes?” Matt asks quietly.

Foggy’s heart does something funny but Matt’s still too tired and too distracted by the rest of Foggy to try and decipher it. “Yeah ok. Five more minutes.”

To be continued…?

My Dearest Queen

1. “Seeing you first thing in the morning truly lifts my spirits.”

“Dear,” Robin looked up meekly to meet his gaze. His eyes were still shut, though the petite woman knew very well that he was awake enough to hear her. “I need to get up. We have a strategy meeting in 2 hours.” Lying on her right side and facing him, Robin gently tapped his bare chest. The action only caused him to tighten his hug, bringing out a small squeak from her parted lips.

She heard him chuckle next, woozy yet amused, further thickening the shade in her cheeks. “Dear!”

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Second 'Mockingjay - Part 2' Trailer, New Footage and Red Suit Revealed At CineEurope

We expected Lionsgate to debut something from Mockingjay - Part 2 during today’s presentation at CineEurope in Barcelona, but we never expected it to be this.

THR reports that Jennifer Lawrence, via satellite link, introduced new footage from the film to attendees, an image of Katniss in a ‘new red outfit’, and, in a surprising move, the second trailer, which according to THR is ’due out in a month’.

Live booming kettle drums heralded the start of Lionsgate’s presentation on the last day of the CineEurope trade show on Thursday, providing the opening fanfare for the finale of the mini major’s biggest asset.

There has been no information whether this second trailer is the film’s full theatrical trailer, or a second teaser trailer - either way, it’s expected to be shown during Lionsgate’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 9, with an online debut, if THR is to go by, before the end of that month (in theatres likely with Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation). We won’t be surprised if the other CineEurope footage is also shown exclusively to SDCC attendees - and we hope the image of Katniss in a red suit (which we may have seen before in a since-taken-down video from Funny or Die in April) makes its way to us soon…

Unsolicited Advice

After moving to LA, I reconnected with a friend from film school.

He had directed one genre feature for a mini-major. I mentioned a project I was doing, about a woman, and suddenly, he burst forth (for about 40 minutes) with a tirade that amounted to, “The best advice I can give you about Hollywood, is just, forget that you’re a woman. DON’T read women’s magazines, DON’T talk about women’s issues, don’t bring it up — just forget that you’re a woman!”

TBH, I don’t remember asking for his advice.

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Denver-based illustrator Evan Lorenzen has created perhaps both the smallest and most adorable book, “The Mini Book of Major Events.”

The hand-sewn issue is barely bigger than a pencil eraser, and it’s only seven pages, but it still captures mankind’s most important moments, from making fire to being killed off by the Black Plague.