Things my friends have done:
- Textile print designer Fiona Hogarth put on her final graduation show this month, and I nipped down to Winchester to see it. As well as being able to check out all the finished work I’d seen progress shots of (and loaned my boyfriend to be a model for), I also had the opportunity to see what the graduands of the college were presenting to the world. One artist I particularly liked the work of and whose business/post cards were readily available was one T. Radclyffe.
Things strangers have done:
- Written an intriguing argument on the subject of why Strong Female Characters in fiction are actually harmful to perceptions of women.
- Produced a very elegant infographic on different types of rhetorical fallacy.
- Codified the 22 rules of storytelling, according to a storyboarder at Pixar.
- Explained the concept of the Male Gaze for techie audiences.
- Created a free program for writers that analyses how often you use particular turns of phrase. I can see this being quite useful for anyone who is trying to avoid over-reliance on clichés, but there are some forms of writing in which repetition is considered a part of the experience (writing for young children, for example).
- Chronicled how the naming of colours has potentially alerted our ability to see/perceive them.
- Ursula le Guin has put forward a hypothesis concerning what is and isn’t “literature”, which may also help to explain for any budding “genre fiction” writers why they may have been rejected from some MA Creative Writing courses: it really is a case of it’s not you, it’s them, so feel a little better about yourselves!
- Written a witty and heartfelt guide to dealing with bad reviews.