Monday, August 22, 2016

MacBeth, MacBeth and Old English

What I’m Working On: Reached the halfway mark on my Brain Bite on Queen Mary I of England. The characters of the Tudor period are truly fascinating. There is so much political intrigue that I now know why so many books, films and TV shows have focused on this time period. I have also been reading, re-reading and watching various adaptations of MacBeth. The 2015 film with Michael Fassbinder is brutal, beautiful and hypnotic. Shakespeare isn’t something you get on the first read. You have to keep working at it and eventually you develop an understanding of the characters and plots. I am also working on paintings inspired by MacBeth. I did one and have ideas for at least two more.

What I’m Watching: MacBeth (2015 film version) and Game of Thrones (completely addictive).

What I’m Reading: MacBeth and Beowulf with a translation by Seamus Heaney. I recently bought two books on Old English. I also ordered from Amazon an Old English version of Alice in Wonderland. I am so excited to start improving my knowledge of Old English. It resembles German more than modern day English. Luckily, I am not new to German.

What I’m Searching For: Books on the Inuit language and Old Norse. I recently acquired the Sagas of the Icelanders. I plan to make a lifelong study of the Northern Atlantic languages. Are there websites out there where you can communicate with others in Old Norse, Inuit and Old English? If not, maybe I should start the website.

Art: Working on abstract pieces inspired by MacBeth. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Recap of the Week

Blogging has been going well on my other blogs but I keep neglecting my author blog. Here’s to getting back on track.

What I’m Working On: I have been feverishly getting Brain Bites off the ground. I have the logo and the first e-book cover. I also found a typesetter. The website is still under construction but the blog is alive and I have been posting to the Facebook page. I am also getting closer to my 20,000 word mark for my biography of Queen Mary I of England. I binged watched Tudors and Wolf Hall to get me into the spirit. I also bought the book Wolf Hall. No idea why I didn’t read it before as it won the Booker Prize. Thomas Cromwell is definitely an interesting character and I will be doing a Brain Bite for him as well. However, for the next Brain Bite for October launch I will be doing The War of the Roses.

What I’m Watching: I have been happily sucked into the world of Game of Thrones. I am on Season 4. I avoided it for the longest time because I thought it was based on a video game. It is exceptionally well written. Martin said he based the plot on The War of the Roses. That’s probably why I like it. Pure fantasy is not my favorite genre. I did a hefty dose of reality mixed in.

What I’m Reading: MacBeth by Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I by Anne Somerset.

What I’m Searching For: Blogs on the Tudors and Shakespeare. Interesting podcasts on history and literature.

Art: I completed my first wood burning project this weekend. I loved doing it and will plan on a Halloween project. Probably a haunted house. I also started an abstract piece called "Tangled Waves" using high flow acrylics. I don’t like it yet. I need to pour more than brush.

Fiction: My novel is tabled until October so that I can finish a few e-books for Brain Bites. However, If I start again in October it will be finished by the end of the year.