Showing posts from March, 2012

Death Always Turns Looking Eyes Inwards

Article first published as Death Always Turns Looking Eyes Inwards on Blogcritics . Fabrice Muamba ’s collapse in a FA Cup match between Bolton Wanderers Football Club and Tottenham Football Club on March 17, 2012 made headlines around the world. The Bolton midfielder, 23 years old, had a cardiac arrest about 40 minutes into the match, crumbling in a heap. It is not the first time a player collapsed on the pitch, as soccer fans will remember Marc Vivien Foe , Bobsan Elejiko, and Goran Tunjic, who all died while kicking football. But for every death, we can also remember footballers who survived this phenomenon like Kanu Nwankwo , Fadiga, etc. Happily, Fabric Muamba can count himself among the latter as he is presently reported to be recuperating, though still in intensive care. My fascination with Fabrice Muamba’s issue was not the heart problem itself but the reaction it generated in England. For days, including today, I continually read and watched weird messages of support

Book Review - A Small Free Kiss in the Dark

Publisher: Templar ISBN: 9781848770270 Published Date: Sun 01st May 2011 Format: Paperback   Glenda Millard , the author of “A Small Free Kiss in the Dark”, said the background for her book was from an article she read about Freegans (meaning: people who survive on what other people waste). “From there my thoughts progressed to wondering what life would be like for a young homeless boy,” she said. The protagonist, Skip, is a boy in survival mode during a war . He leaves school with minimum personal effects from his home and goes out into the streets, seeking to avoid death and hoping for a better life. Shortly after Skip flees home and school, he meets Billy, a middle-age man. They form a friendship, eating and living together in an abandoned library. Unusual for a refugee of war, Skip still nurtures a dream of becoming an artist. This drive even makes him to steal books from the library...shortly before enemy soldiers bomb the building. Skip and Billy’s journey lead them to me

Halo 4–Master Chief is Back.

I am a fan of the Halo franchise , because of the intriguing gameplay and more importantly, because of its interesting backstory . Few console games combine good story line with engaging play… which Halo manages to do. Bungie announced in 2010 that Halo 3 was its final game, and that all Halo games in the future will be made by 343 Industries . As expected 343i recently made an announcement about the making of Halo 4 . This announcement had me interested, especially as the studio said Halo 4 will come with some specific features. Firstly, Master Chief ’s humanity and back story, which until no w had only been shown in comics and books will be delved into in a deeper way for Halo 4. Also, 343i has indicated that the level of threat that Master Chief faces will be upgraded. As a writer, I will be happy to see how Master Chief’s background will be weaved into the game campaign (note: there is also some rumours about Cortana taking center stage in the new game). Part of the additi

Free Audiobook: A Tale of Three Kings (G. Edwards)

Author Gene Edwards Narrator Paul Michael Runtime 2.25 Hrs. - Unabridged Publisher christianaudio Hovel According to ChristianAudio : “This modern classic will bring light, clarity, and comfort to the broken-hearted. Many Christians have experienced pain, loss, and heartache at the hands of other believers. To those believers, this compelling story offers comfort, healing and hope. Christian leaders and directors of religious movements throughout the world have recommended this simple, powerful, and beautiful story to their members and staff. You will want to join these other people who have been profoundly touched by this incomparable story. This tale by Gene Edwards is based on the biblical figures of David, Saul , and Absalom .” This audiobook can be downloaded on ChristianAudio regardless of where you live. This means there is no restriction to download. However, you need to register first.

Groping for a Light Switch

Human nature drives man to seek something deeper, some meaning. For without it we have no purpose and no hope. With only this as evidence, how can there not be a Creator?   :Benchmark-Jnr Some say that the greatest knowledge of all is “knowing one’s self”. “Who are you?” is alleged to be one of the key questions of life. But I doubt if the answer to that question can be entirely found in a single day or a year. The question of who we are is a long exhausting equation we must solve to find peace and fully function in this world. I am a slow-learner and like to think things through - I doubt if I can put that on my CV, though. This is because I love to think of myself as witty, knowledgeable, driven, and sharp. Books, TV , and movies have taught me that witty, active, and knowledgeable people make it to the “top”. Laid-back people don’t. Meek people don’t. Slow learners don’t. Everyone acts the part of the smart, even if they aren’t. We pretend and weasel our way through life

Writers Speak on their Craft

Writer Wordart (Photo credit: secretagent007 ) I compiled almost all of the quotations below about five years ago (that was before I started any serious writing). Most of these tips are from scraps of newspapers, old dusty books, and the likes. Unfortunately, when I was compiling most of these quotes, I didn’t write the names of the writers who wrote them (I knew no better then). In any case, the instructions below are written or spoken by experienced writers. I hope these words help guide someone… as they guided me. · A book, whether fact or fiction, must be honest above all, and after that, it must communicate, grip, entrance someone else. Otherwise, it has no reason to exist beyond feeding the author’s self-indulgence and vanity. It takes not one but two people to make a book: the writer and the reader. · A novel should be an expression of your private, honest, and unique self; honest but not undisciplined. Expression must be conveyed in narrative that will interest and