I admit I’ve found the whole reaction to ‘Go Set a Watchman’ fascinating. People, and the things that move, inspire and upset them, are fascinating. This literary phenomenon has provided profound insights into the writing process and tells us about readers’ relationships to fictional characters. Indeed, what about those characters: Who do they belong to in the end? Once an author has successfully created a credible secondary universe, how robust is it to external, and more critically, internal shocks? What should count as ‘canon’? What and who defines the boundaries – what represents the internal truths of the secondary, fictional world, carefully and lovingly created by the author and adopted by the reader? Continue reading
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Tagged American Fiction, Atticus Finch, Books, Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee, Literature, Scout Finch, Sequel, Storytelling, To Kill A Mockingbird, Writing
The morning of the hike dawned – we looked apprehensively out at the sky, would the weather be kind to us? A thick white cloud clung to upper end of Ben Nevis, but it looked clearer than it did the day before.
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We stocked up on a nourishing but not too heavy breakfast, and plotted our route on the OS map. We left our contact details with Pat at the reception desk – a precaution just in case any of us went missing…Did we have a map? Emergency food supplies? Compass? We gave a confident affirmative to his questions.
So, did he have any tips? Instead of venturing all the way out to the official starting point over a mile away, Pat suggested we go straight up the path from the Hostel; people get put off by it because it looks steep, but it’s much quicker that way, he assured us. Sounded reasonable enough. What else? Be careful when you get to the ‘Red Burn’; that’s where a lot of people get lost… Continue reading
Posted in Hiking, Nature
Tagged Ben Nevis, Earth and Oak, Hiking, Landscape, Lochan Meall, Maps, Mountain, Munroes, My Photography, Nature, Outdoors, Scenery, Scotland, Scottish Highlands, Summit, Trekking, Waterfall
If you’ve hiked up Snowdon and Scafell Pike and are yet to complete the trio of peaks, I’d say (in my completely insignificant opinion) you’ve saved the best till last. Continue reading
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Tagged Ben Nevis, Forest, Fort william, Glen Nevis, Highlands, Hiking, Landscape, Mountain, Nature, Photography, Scotland, Train Journeys, Trekking, UK Hike, Walking, West Highland Way
This post continues with an analysis of episode 2. I previously discussed the way in which this episode makes a strong foundational contribution to the Secondary World via history and enchantment. But we also see foundations being laid for key relationships in this series – of both friendship and rivalry. Zia, the young inca girl, gets special attention in this post. Continue reading
Posted in Mysterious Cities of Gold
Tagged 80s Cartoons, Anime, Character analysis, Crossing the Atlantic, Earth and Oak, Episode 2, Episode Guide, Esteban, Gaspard, Gomez, MCOG, Mendoza, Mysterious Cities of Gold, Part 2, plot, Season 1, Summary, Visual Storytelling, Zia
As evening descends – swirling, tempestuous skies, and the dark ruins of a mediaeval castle. I took these pictures in Fife, Scotland, where all the elements seem to warn and lament a deep and ancient history. What do you hear from the sky?
Posted in Nature
Tagged Blue Sky, Castle, Earth and Oak, Fife, History, Landscape, Mediaeval, Natural Beauty, Nature, Photography, Scotland