Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Rome tonight

The BBC in its wisdom has decided to show Rome on two nights per week. In some ways, this is very good as then I get to see more episodes and in others, I have to remember the day!
James Purefoy is definitely worth watching as Mark Antony. And as the whole Antony/Octavian relationship did shape the future of Rome, it is good to have two such strong actors in the pivotal parts.
When I was speaking to the journalist from the Evening Chronicle, we spoke about tv series helping to make a time period more accessible. In other words, more people are interested in the time period because of the series and because they can see that Romans were in most respects people like us.
My prepartions for the e-harlequin workshop do continue at pace and I will put up worksheets on my website. I will also be offering a critque to one lucky (or unlucky) winner from my newsletter.
I have also started my Regency duo -- or at least made a folder for the first one and started to think about the characters. One of the problems when you have written several books is that you have to think up new situations and reasons. It can be so easy to fall into the trap of repeating themes and situations. Sometimes, a theme can take more than one book to explore, but it soon becomes like Twyla Tharp about scratching for ideas in the same place and your work starts to be stale.
I want my work to be improving and that means constantly looking for ways to polish and add more.


Anonymous said...

Oooh, good, Rome tonight :-) Thanks for reminding me.

Donna Alward said...

OMG, tell me - did you blog AFTER you sent me my chapter??????




Anonymous said...

LOL Donna, I think it may have been after she read mine?!

Michelle Styles said...

Ummm I wrote the blog after your chapters Donna, but before Sue's.HOWEVER it is something that I was thinking about before I did any critqueing. It is something that I go through with each new book as I am very aware that writers can quickly fall into traps.

Donna Alward said...

That's very diplomatic of you. :-) LOL

I hate it when you're right, you know. :-)