Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A long overdue book recommendation

It's almost the end of the year, and I'm desperately looking forward to the next year! So I haven't been doing much lately; other than waiting around for time to fly by, of course! And reading Discworld - every second that I am at home.

It's a comic fantasy series by Terry Pratchett and I have been reading it for the past couple of months. There are 39 books in the series, 6 short stories and a couple of more books about the Discworld; so you really can't blame me for taking a lot of time. Actually, I'm still in the teen-ages of the series!

It's about a flat disc-shaped world, that rests on the heads of four huge elephants, that are standing on top of an enormous turtle named the Great A'Tuin, that is slowly swimming through space! Don't imagine a "Horton Hears a Who" kind of world, it's an enormous planet, the Disc! Possibly the Creator of the universe got bored with all the usual business of axial inclination and rotational velocities, and decided to have a bit of fun for once. It's quite different from the worlds made by creators having less imagination and more mechanical aptitude!
The Discworld series is a mind blowing read for an fantasy fiction fan! It's also one of the few books that can actually make you laugh out loud! I'm not writing a review of the books, because there are too many new ideas to understand and explain; and because I have read too little of the series as of now! But I want to recommend the books, to anyone looking for an interesting and fun read! So I decided, instead, to write(type) down one of my favourite introductory paragraphs from one of the books:
I would like it to be understood that this book is not wacky. Only dumb redheads in fifties' sitcoms are wacky.
No, it's not zany, either.
This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn't pretend to answer all or any of these questions.
It may, however, help to explain why Gandalf never got married and why Merlin was a man. Because this is also a story about sex, although probably not in the athletic, tumbling, count-the-legs-and-divide-by-two sense unless the characters get totally beyond the author's control. They might.
However, it's primarily the story about a world. Here it comes now. Watch closely, the special effects are quite expensive...
I hope someone does take my advice and reads these books; because it will be only the best thing that's ever happened to them! Also, I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year, in advance! I created my little blog in 2010 and honestly, I'm totally looking forward to having a "2011" section on it as well!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"Mort" - Just a random crazy post!


It's getting colder every minute, and the winter has dried up my brains along with the entire city. Not to mention the cold, the fever and the fact that even climbing the stairs upto my room seems tiring now.


My last post was kind of uninspired, so I ended up deleting it (though I'd like to tell my future self not to do delete any more or I'll end up deleting the whole blog, considering how paranoid I am!)
The past two-three weeks have probably been the least creative times of my life. Frequent holidays, with nothing particular to do, can be terribly boring. I just want to fast forward to next year, so I can be super-busy again!

A couple of minutes back I was reading an interview by Keri Smith; exactly the kind of person who can help you get over a creativity block. I came across a sort of a challenge: "Create an "instant sculpture" using whatever you have in front of you right now. (You only have two minutes, GO!) Take a photo of it."

The two minute time limit didn't give me, well, time, to wonder about whether I should do it or not and I just went right ahead. And there you go, in little less than the assigned two minutes, I came up with this crazy little 'sculpture'. It's a good thing my room is so messy, there was a lot of useful stuff in front of me (there was no cheating involved, mind you).


So it consists of- a bottle of water color and I've no idea why it was lying on my desk. That smiley-faced ball is 'physiotherapy' for my fractured hand, so I always carry it around with me. The two bottles of water and the big brown jar are from my stash of afternoon snacks (guilty!) and the newspaper that I hardly ever read also came in handy (yes, pun intended)! I've decided to name him Mort, since I was reading that book from the Discworld series right before I came across this and because I'm too tired to come up with something else.

Now, the fact that I actually did that challenge is kind of amusing and dorky. But hey, it got me to open my blog after ages; and now, there's another nice little post that I've been meaning to write sitting in my drafts waiting to be edited and published! All thanks to Mort, here. Seeing how this has worked, I might as well start a journal like Keri Smith suggests (she's awesome, if you're as artsy as I am, you might want to check her out!!)