January 14, 2017

Inspiration

My wife asked me who my greatest inspiration was for writing? I sat back about to launch into a full explanation of always wanting to write but then my wife changed the question to what inspired you to write ‘The Rosethorn Chronicles.’? I wanted to read about a family that completes a series of quests that lead the final member of the family into a titanic battle. This was inspired by the Dungeons and Dragons named items quests. The concept was that as a character you needed to go on a quest to find set pieces or unique items. This sort of details is beloved by dungeon masters as it adds to the story that they can tell by weaving subtle hints to the whereabouts of said items. This can then either fracture a group as quest objectives can suddenly become competing. When I played, […]
January 6, 2017

Zootopia

As a teacher, I feel compelled to teach and as a story teller I feel compelled to tell you a great story. As a writer, stories come in many different forms these days: they come in the form of books, movies and even computer games. All of these types of stories have the same components: a setting, characters and a problem. I finally got to watch the much anticipated Zootopia. The movie was told from a perspective of a little rabbit that wanted to become a police officer. Setting. The story takes place in Zootopia a place where the animals of the world have put aside their instinctive behaviours and become sentient, then they founded Zootopia the capital of the now unified animals. The city is divided into several different types of biomes or habitats where the creatures of Zootopia live together in […]
January 1, 2017

Why I chose to write.

Many writers have been asked what motived them to write? and where their ideas come from? To the latter question, I can provide a tangible – if not- satisfactory answer. My ideas just come to me. I might be sleeping and have a really good dream, and I it sparks off a series of questions in my mind that I then try and solve. I might ask: what would happen if….? Or what would this look like? Then my mind goes into overdrive and I start picturing several different answers to those questions. Then, I would select an answer and from there a story begins to form. However, to the first question as to what began the journey, that is a longer story. My mother tells me that I didn’t even like to read when I was younger. It was a book that […]
December 11, 2016

Bipolar teachers – Stories From China 1

Hi all. I recently posted a video on Facebook here asking people what they would like to see on this site. So today in response to the commenters that took the time to respond to the video I will be sharing a story from China. Firstly, I took a job as an English teacher in China, so this story goes out to all the other teachers and English teachers in China. A little background: the classroom size is huge with nearly 50 students in each class. The school we teach at wanted to experiment with class sizes and used Petua’s and my classes to experiment with. So, I have my 25 students and I am trying to teach them basic English, the students are year one and some of them can be very cute. At one point during a lesson I was telling the […]