I haven’t really posted very much about books—which, you’re probably thinking, might have been the obvious topic of choice. The truth is, I barely find time to write my own books, let alone write about books by others. For a number of reasons, I have no plans ever to write a review (of any sort—book or otherwise), but I don’t mind sharing things that I like. Alan Cumming’s Not My Father’s Son, is a powerful book, beautifully written. However, I read it on my Kindle, when I really should have listened to the audiobook—read by him. So now I will make up for my error by listening to him read a novelized version of Macbeth. (I just love listening to him.)
Romeo And Juliet TRAILER 1 (2013) – Hailee Steinfeld, Paul Giamatti Movie HD (by MOVIES Coming Soon)
Shh! Don’t tell me how it ends! I mean, it’s happy right? 😉
The thing is, there are process people and there are product people. I can watch Romeo and Juliet again and again and never tire of it (because I am fortune’s fool). I will always immerse myself in the story and enjoy the process, all the while hoping it will all work out. I know that must sound like a nightmare for some, if not most, of you. I fully respect that. But I will always be that person in the back of the theater with a soggy Kleenex and tears in her popcorn bucket.
At the same time, the other half of my brain is analyzing the dramatic elements, the language, structure, theme, pacing, conflict, character development, acting, etc.; all of which teach me about writing and, especially with Shakespeare, life.
This week, I’m hammering out the last 10,000 or so words of Highland Soldiers: The Betrayal. It’s set in late 17th Century Scotland, and–because I’m classy like Shakespeare–I want to use the word “ass”.
But did they use that word back in the 17th century? Why, yes they did. Shakespeare used the word “ass” eighty-eight times, turns out. And that was a hundred years before my book takes place, so I’m safe.
It pays to read footnotes on jstor. And titles. (I love this one.)The Ass Motif in The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Deborah Baker Wyrick