With a February start date line up, Tim Burton is going with a familiar face to lead the away in his next pic. Eva Green is in negotiations to star in the Fox pic “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculia…
Say hello to Miss Peregrine! I never imagined she’d be played by a former Bond girl, but Eva Green’s an amazing talent and man does she look the part. Here she is in Penny Dreadful, looking creepy and Victorian from head to toe:
I’ve never been one of those authors who fully creates a character in some form distinct from the writing of the story. I don’t do character sketches or “learn” (which actually means invent) things like what they wore to Halloween at the age of eight, or how recently they’ve been to the dentist – unless that comes up naturally. I can understand why people do that, but I tend to start with a few big-picture facts, or not even those, but with a situation or, as in the case of this book, an opening sentence, and then make it all up as I go along.
Camp NaNoWriMo: The Recap
What I Tell People I’m Writing
Ah, another Camp NaNoWriMo is drawing to a close. And thus my months languishing without that word count widget begin.
I just really love that widget. Super nerdy graph love. And I will worship whoever can show me how to get that graph year round, that’s how much I love it.
So, what did I take away from this NaNo?
Kids, what did we learn today?
As Kermit says at the…
Well, female friendships are fucking extraordinary. They don’t have to be sexual to be intense love affairs. A breakup with a female friend can be more traumatic than a breakup with a lover. I’ve always been attracted to stories that look at the love-hate complexity of close female friendships. It’s ripe for drama. Did you see Frances Ha? That portrayed a female friendship I really understood.
Holy crap! Our planned 10,000-follower-giveaway has become a 12,000-follower-giveaway over the past two weeks. It’s set up and ready to go, and will begin on 12am, August 1st, 2014. Click the “Giveaways” link to see requirements (and to enter, when the contest opens).
We’ll make another announcement as a reminder on August 1st!
Q:Chuck, what attracted you to minimalism?
Long-ish answer, here. As a beginner my conception of creative writing was that it involved complete freedom and experimenting with wild forms of expression. Facing that, I was swamped. Too much freedom dissipated any energy from my work. What I needed were some hard-and-fast rules to hold me in check. I could still depict wild things so long as I stayed within the distinctions of Minimalism. The multitude of rules made me hyperaware of every choice I made in a story. They kept me focused, and In workshop our teacher, Tom Spanbauer, would stop students mid-story to make them defend their use of a single word. So you always had to have a sound logical reason for every aspect of your work.
Since writing ‘Pygmy’ I’ve been experimenting with fancier language, but I still stay within the basic, rigid framework of Minimalism.
Mathematically Correct Breakfast - How to Slice a Bagel into Two Linked Halves. If a torus is cut by a Möbius strip it will split up into to interlocking rings.
It is not hard to cut a bagel into two equal halves which are linked like two links of a chain. Figure 1:
- To start, you must visualize four key points. Center the bagel at the origin, circling the Z axis. A is the highest point above the +X axis. B is where the +Y axis enters the bagel. C is the lowest point below the -X axis. D is where the -Y axis exits the bagel.
- These sharpie markings on the bagel are just to help visualize the geometry and the points. You don’t need to actually write on the bagel to cut it properly.
- The line ABCDA, which goes smoothly through all four key points, is the cut line. As it goes 360 degrees around the Z axis, it also goes 360 degrees around the bagel.
- The red line is like the black line but is rotated 180 degrees (around Z or through the hole). An ideal knife could enter on the black line and come out exactly opposite, on the red line. But in practice, it is easier to cut in halfway on both the black line and the red line. The cutting surface is a two-twist Mobius strip; it has two sides, one for each half.
- After being cut, the two halves can be moved but are still linked together, each passing through the hole of the other.
It is much more fun to put cream cheese on these bagels than on an ordinary bagel. In additional to the intellectual stimulation, you get more cream cheese, because there is slightly more surface area.
Topology problem: Modify the cut so the cutting surface is a one-twist Mobius strip. (You can still get cream cheese into the cut, but it doesn’t separate into two parts). See more at: Mathematically Correct Breakfast: How to Slice a Bagel into Two Linked Halves by George W. Hart.
Maybe, that’s one of the reasons why I love bagel :)