Setting Inspiration: Train Station


8pm at Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof / Main Train Station in Germany. Platform 13 & 14 seen from Platform 12.  Photo: Cornelia Kaufmann
8pm at Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof / Düsseldorf Main Train Station in Germany. Platform 13 & 14 seen from Platform 12. Photo: Cornelia Kaufmann


Setting inspiration.

Is your character on board that train? Are they the one with the bike? Are they next to the photographer and realise they are on the wrong platform? Is the train arriving or just leaving? Is your character running to catch the train? Where are they going? Are they meeting someone?

Photo taken at Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof (Hbf)


ROW80 End of Week Update

First of all: I won NaNoWriMo 2014 (yay!)

It’s far from over, and I have too many ideas still flying around in my head. I’ve approached it differently this year and I’m not sure this was better than last year. Then again, I’ve also had more on my plate this year than last.

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Setting Inspiration: Hip Café

Toykio, japanese, frozen yoghurt, Düsseldorf, gallery, art, café, Photo by Conny Kaufmann
Inside Toykio in Düsseldorf. Photo by Cornelia Kaufmann

Maybe this picture inspires a scene in your stories. It did inspire me!

This is a café, art gallery, frozen yoghurt parlour and shop in Düsseldorf, Germany. The upstairs bit has a bar with a long table along one window wall and one long one in the middle of the floor, with several small ones in the nooks and against the other windows. It’s comfy and the coffee is really good. Wild mix of colours and chairs, art books on the tables, newspapers available – my new favourite hangout.

It’s called Toykio.

National Theatre’s Frankenstein: The Role Reversal

It is not very often that you get to watch a play in which the two lead actors switch roles every night. It’s rarer still to be able to watch both performances and then compare how the actors approached the characters. Yet that’s exactly what you are able to do with The National Theatre’s 2011 play Frankenstein.

Last week, I went to an encore screening of Frankenstein, that featured Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Third Star) as The Creature and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Endgame, Eli Stone) as Victor Frankenstein.

Yesterday, they showed the play with reverse cast,which means that Benedict Cumberbatch became the mad scientist while Jonny Lee Miller became his creation.

It’s amazing to see two takes on the same role. While both have the set script and actions to adhere to, the way they portray their characters differs greatly.

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Where the streets have no name – Interview with Kapka Kassabova

It’s Throwback Thursday, and I thought I’d share this article with you.

It’s an interview I did with Bulgarian writer Kapka Kassabova for the Words by the Water festival in Keswick, Cumbria 2009.

First published in Write On! magazine which was created by my journalism course at the University of Cumbria as the official Words by the Water magazine for 2009.


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Midweek Update for ROW80

This week’s update for ROW80 really is short and sweet.

It’s all going according to plan, more or less. I can almost see the finish line for NaNo, only about 11k to go until I hit the 50k. I approached it all differently this year, writing individual scenes instead of one continuous narrative, so it’ll need a lot of editing and re-jigging etc. but I can focus on one scene while I write and that helps.

My ROW80 stories are going well. I’ve got a whole list of prompts, and try to write down a Story Title based on the prompt. One for each day. Then I go, read the title, and base my short stories on that. It seems to be working.

The blogging is going very well, as you can see. This blog is going from strength to strength. Tomorrow is Throwback Thursday, so I’ll promote some of my old work. I’ve also had a few emails about my Frankenstein Review last week, from people telling me I should look into reviewing theatre shows as a career. So I take it that means they liked it. I’m going to see the Role Reversal tomorrow night and review that as well.

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