Monday, November 30, 2015

Victory for the Rebellion: National Novel Writing Month 2015 Update

As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, I was a rebel for this year’s National Novel Writing Month. I wrote 50,000 words of short stories instead of 50,000 words on a novel.

It went well overall. Pressing onward when a short story isn’t going as planned is a lot easier than pressing onward when a novel isn’t going as planned.

On the other hand, once a short story is finished, the momentum ends. Starting a new tale can be difficult on busy or exhausting days.

In the end, I’m glad I did short stories instead of a novel. It was a fun experiment, and most of the stories seemed to turn out pretty well. I completed ten stories in all. Once they’ve been edited, I hope to submit them to magazines or other publications.

Did you do National Novel Writing Month? If so, how did it go for you?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Movie Review: Darby O’Gill and the Little People

The Story: After years of trying to trick the king of the mystical little folk into giving him a fortune, an elderly Irish man has nothing but entertaining tales to show for it. When he is forced to retire, however, he comes up with one more scheme to try to force the little folk to provide for his daughter’s future.

My Thoughts: While this Disney film is somewhat obscure, it’s well-made, and better than some of Disney’s more famous films of the era, such as The Love Bug. Since the story draws on legends of Ireland’s “little folk” and other magical beings, it’s likely to appeal to fans of folklore, fairy tales, and fantasy.

Sometimes the story is a little uneven, and the ending didn’t resolve things as neatly as I would have liked, but otherwise it’s a unique and charming film. The colorful Irish settings are nice to look at, and it’s also interesting to see Sean Connery, of James Bond and Indiana Jones fame, portraying an everyman sort of character instead of one who is larger than life.

Content Overview: Some mild violence. Scary scenes, such as a murderous banshee, may frighten young children. Mildly bad behavior is occasionally condoned.