Thursday, 16 June 2016

Writing - More resources from history

I'm a little like a child with a new toy and it is all the result of the past. Who said that there's no point in studying history - that is where a deal of inspiration can be found.

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Giambattista Bastile (1566 - 1632)

They call him the Italian Shakespeare. His main story The Tale of Tales is purported to have inspired the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, as well as inspiring the story Cinderella. But the often fantastical narratives of Giambattista Basile, a 17th Century courtier to the Doge of Venice, were not to have the fame and longevity of Shakespeare's, and his Tales would fade into obscurity. An Italian film director is about to attempt to change all that with a film version of Tale of Tales starring Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson and Vincent Cassel. 

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Based on Basile's narratives of more than 50 different stories featuring kings, princesses, dragons, giants and magical beasts, the director, Matteo Garrone has picked three and interwoven them: A pair of ageing sisters who long for their youthful beauty; a queen obsessed with the idea of having her own child and a king who marries off his only daughter to an ogre.

Amazing stuff hundreds of years old will entertain the youth of today who are used to electronic stimulation and they'll likely love it. This is the generation that are totally besotted with Game of Thrones.

Look this way kids.



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 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.






This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.



Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.



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