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The Guild of Assassins Majat Code #2
By: Anna Kashina Q&A with Anna Kashina
What was the spark or initial idea that
started your book? I believe that
stories are out there, and that they actively seek the right person who will
write them down, so they are just floating around until it clicks with a
particular author--much like finding a love match. I guess this mystical image
reflects the fact that stories tend to come naturally to me, I just wake up one
day knowing that this is what I am going to write. Some stories come to me in
dreams, others from the pool of semi-consciousness that dominates my mind in a
pre-waking state, or during daydreaming. The big idea
behind the Majat Code series was that of an near-absolute force confined by
very tight rules. I have explored this idea earlier in my first novel, “The
Ptincess of Dhagabad”, which features a djinn as the main protagonist. “Blades
of the Old Empire” deals with a similar theme, but in a more familiar setting, and
with much mor…
Caught The Mummy on TV last night and was reminded again how much I love that movie. I never actually saw it in the theater mostly because I thought it was going to be just another action adventure with the forced romance and funny sidekick. Yes, it has romance and yes there are several characters that could be considered sidekicks, but there's nothing forced about the romance or the humor in the movie.
What I find interesting is if you read the script (I'm not sure what version it is, but it isn't the shooting script) the romance between Rick and Evy is much more of your traditional action-adventure forced relationship. It doesn't have any sparkle to it. They antagonize each other yet seem to kinda like each other. The movie gets it right. Whether these changes were made in subsequent drafts or after Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz were cast I have no idea.
For those interested in writing an action-adventure with a touch of romance I highly recommend that you s…
Sorry, the Lessons from series have been absent for a little while. I haven't watched anything that I felt I could apply to this. Was doing a lot of reading recently and with more obscure writers (at least ones I'd never heard of).
big FAT liar is pure genius. I'm still in the watch and be amazed phase. I've seen this movie so many times that I can recite many of the lines and know the plot like one of my own stories.
I laugh every single time I watch it. According to some research this movie didn't do so well and got panned by many reviewers. I have to admit to being surprised at first, but then I remembered that often the movies and shows that I love generally don't do well either in the general populace or with reviewers (reason why I never base my viewing on any reviews).
So back to the movie itself. big FAT liar is a kid/teen comedy about pathological liars. My favorite parts of this movie are the characters and the running jokes for each one of them. You…