Hello all and welcome to the update for the week beginning 27/8/18!
This one is a long one since I have a lot to say! Basically, there are a lot of things in the works, so you will start to see a lot more variation in content in the near future. However, I don’t want to provide a false sense of constant content since that may not be possible due to university, work and the internet.
In saying that, I am progressively getting more and more excited about the end of this year. If all goes to plan, I will be finished with university and I’ll be able to put more attention onto TaleInferno. I’ve already got some really exciting plans for next year, so I hope you’re keen for the fun adventures we’re about to go on together.
Anyway, let’s get into this update!
Did you watch the vlog on Friday? There was quite the announcement in there, so I suggest you give it a watch!
Or, I can tell you right now, which is that we’ll soon be dabbling in the realms of video games and the stories within them. That’s right! You won’t just get book reviews but video game story reviews as well. I think they are one of the best ways to get engaged into storytelling these days, and when you start unpacking some storylines with a critical literary eye, there are some amazing techniques used out there!
So, just like with books, if you have any suggestions of what I can explore on the video game front, let me know and I’ll add it to my new fancy list! Please be aware that I will only be going into games with a storyline, so I won’t be going into multiplayer FPS (first-person shooter) games. Anyway, let me know what you want to see!
If I find the time this week, I will be posting the review for the final instalment in John Marsden’s Tomorrow series! That’s right, we’re at the end of the road for this one, so you may see The Other Side of Dawn up at the end of this week.
Due to my brain desperately needing sleep on Thursday last week, I’ll be posting ‘What is a… semicolon?’ early this week.
When: Tuesday or Wednesday
Since we’re heading towards the end of the month, it’s time for the first monthly wrap-up. If you watched the vlog last Friday, I’m going to start trying to put a vlog up every Friday… so it makes sense to have the monthly wrap-up as one!
The Rider by Tim Krabbé
Beginning Theory: An introduction to literary and cultural theory by Peter Barry
Crush it by Guy Vanderchuck
No changes here on that front. I’ll admit, the only kind of reading I did last week was for university. So, although I didn’t read any of the above, I did get through a couple of journal articles and some chapters in a linguistics textbook. So, I am reading!
The whole Tomorrow series by John Marsden review
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
As mentioned last week, we’ll still plug away at the ‘What is a…’ series with these punctuation marks. So, ‘What is an… em and en rule?’ is still scheduled to come out after we get through the semicolon!
On the vlog front, you’ll soon be very educated on some linguistic theories! For the next couple of weeks while I prepare for the change in my study, you’ll hear me talk about what ‘language acquisition’ is and the debate between ‘acquiring’ and ‘learning’ language, as well as a cool little spiel about ‘crucial sites’ and ‘critical moments’.
Then, by the time we get through those vlogs, we might start seeing some video game story review content getting put up… so get excited about that! Here’s hoping the preparation goes smoothly so you can start seeing that sooner rather than later!
Books to read
I Can’t Stop Jacking Off by Mr Socially Awkward
The Legends of Eve by Anonymous
These two eBooks have been requested for me to read and review, so if you have any books you want me to read through let me know in the comments or on social media! I’m happy to jump into any story (with some exceptions), so don’t be afraid to send them through.
After that, we’ll be getting back into hardcopy texts! Those will be:
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
And that’s it for the week. Remember to ignite the story and I’ll see you again soon!
Charlotte is a reading and writing lover who has completed a creative writing intensive course at the University of Oxford and is a current university student studying a double degree in journalism and creative writing. If you are curious to learn more, check out the 'About' page.