New How To Train Your Dragon 2 Video

Dragon’s director Dean DeBlois, left, has been talking about the next chapter in the series, including the use of 3D technology. In a feature released on Brazil’s Bol Noticias, it also shows brand new clips from the film.

I’m currently unable to put the video on here but you can watch it here:

JK Rowling writing three films

Warner Brothers have announced that the Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them film will be apart of a trilogy.

All featuring magizoologist Newt Scamander, who “wrote” the iconic Hogwarts textbook, Rowling told Hermione actress, Emma Watson, in an interview that she wrote the script in just 12 days. David Heyman is said to be producing the project, fresh from his success with Gravity.

Last year, when the film was announced, Rowling said, “I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

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Essential writing skills: lessons in dialogue

Definitely something to think about.

Matthew Wright

I realised recently that my standard conversation in any take-away always goes something like this:

“Hi, I’ll have a Super Glob Burger, hold the ketchup thanks.”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t understand the question.”
“Could you repeat that please?”
“You mean, do I want chips with that? Yes please.”

My Adler Gabrielle 25 - on which I typed maybe a million words in the 1980s. My Adler Gabrielle 25 – on which I typed maybe a million words in the 1980s.

What does that tell us about writing? First point is that it’s obvious who was speaking – all without a single “I said”, “he said”, or anything else.

More crucial is the mis-spelling. I did that deliberately. What impression does it give of setting and character? A bored burger slider? Background clatter? Me having trouble figuring it out? All of the above? I didn’t say – and that’s important, because it makes the reader think. However, mis-spelling is a trick authors…

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Details and Pictures for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel fans got a glimpse today at the filming of the second Avengers movie.

Joining Clint Barton, a.k.a Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) on the ground in a fictional city in Eastern Europe were refugees, Wanda/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and her twin Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). The pictures also show someone partly dressed as Ultron of the title.

The pictures do not offer much in the way of telling what the possible plot for the second Avengers is going to be but you can find more information and pictures at ComicBookMovie.Com.

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron is slated for release in 2015.

Armageddon Outta Here cover released

As promised, Derek Landy has posted the cover of his short story collection for Skulduggery Pleasant. Here it is:


Armageddon Outta Here is due for release on July 3rd 2014.

Camp NaNoWriMo Planning


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Just a quick post about researching and planning for Camp NaNoWriMo.

So I have done something this week that I rarely do, especially for something like NaNoWriMo: I part planned my novel for next month. I do plan a little for ventures like NaNo but otherwise I let it run its course. The thing is, I do know that planning does help with NaNo and other creative ventures.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand the necessary need for planning. When I do plan, I will plan the important moments, the turning points, when certain information is revealed but I also like keep things a little loose so if I have any flashes of inspiration or realise I could do something in a better way, the planning is not too restrictive for me not to explore the option. If it goes wrong, I can get rid of what I have written and go back to the original plan.

As well as planning, I have done a lot of research for the locations of my April novel which has sparked further ideas and helped me figure out other things about characters, etc. for the novel. Reading and research I find is great for helping a writer figure things out, providing the writer doesn’t get sidetracked and “researching” things that are of no help. Then it’s procrastination.

Research and planning are a good idea in conclusion. Especially if it helps to figure things out and keep the novel on track to get to the end and, in this case, finish the challenge that is Camp NaNoWriMo.

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World Book Night

Wakefield Libraries

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Join us for a fabulous evening on World Book Night when the History Wardrobe will be presenting ‘Agatha Christie and Art Deco’ and bringing the Agatha Christie era to life through dramatic readings and dazzling Deco fashions. If you love Downton and Poirot for the frocks as well as the stories, come and join us on Wednesday 23rd April, 8 – 9.15pm at Wakefield Library and Museum, Wakefield One, Burton Street WF1 1DD. The evening is free but booking is essential as places are limited. Please contact Wakefield Library on 01924 305376 or to book a place.

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