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My novel is being adapted to a theatre-restaurant in June!
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BUDDING actor Brent Dillon loves to lose himself in a role.
He has been performing since high school drama class and from there he took part in community productions before studying a Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Mackay.
So when the opportunity arose to audition for a play written by his friend Samantha Munt, he jumped at it.
The play is a dinner theatre adaptation from one of the novels Mrs Munt, who is a published author, wrote.
Her novel is titled Unchained Melody, while the play is called The Day the Muse-Ic Died.
It was about the nine muses of Mount Helicon, who, rather than inspiring people, are “out of control” in their bid to compete with one another, Mrs Munt said.
The result of a tragic death, one of the muses is sent to earth (the Mackay region) as a mortal where she must help make someone a superstar, she said.
Auditions were held at Ko Huna Beachside Resort on Saturday and Mrs Munt said she was excited by the talent who responded.
“I want lots of new talent,” she said.
The play’s director Cheryl Peppin said she was looking for a strong cast to bring the production to life.
Meanwhile Mackay author and budding playwright Samantha Munt is looking for fresh acting talent to be part of her latest project – dinner theatre.
Mrs Munt, a published author, has transformed one of her books into a play script, which will be performed at Ko Huna Beachside Resort on June 16, 17 and 18 this year.
Auditions for the nine lead female roles and five male roles were held on Saturday, also at the resort.
The production is called The Day the Muse-Ic Died and is based around the nine muses of Mount Helicon from Greek mythology.
Rather than inspiring people, the nine sisters are out of control trying to out do one another.
Tragedy strikes when Calliope, the muse of music, causes the death of her sister Imogen, the muse of literature’s partner, Mrs Munt said.
Imogen wants vengeance, so she puts a curse on Calliope, who is sent to earth as a mortal human where she has to try and help someone become a superstar.
She has no idea who or what she is, Mrs Munt said.
The script is an adaptation from her book Unchained Melody, which has been published for about two years now, she said.
While the book was quite tragic, the production was a “funny theatre restaurant spin off”, she said.
There would be plenty of silly humour and crowd participation was a must.
“Because it’s the first play I’ve ever written, I wanted to adapt something I knew well,” she said.
Mrs Munt was in the process of writing another script based on the life of one of Mackay’s favourite characters – Mick Pope.
“I learned my love of Mackay and everything I know about promotion from (Mr Pope) when I worked for him for 10 years,” she said.
“I always knew he was a character. And I’ve always tried to find a way to put him in my books.”
Mrs Munt began writing the play about Mr Pope last year.
“He was so excited to see it,” she said.
Mrs Munt had always wanted to be a novelist and eventually work her way to writing musicals while collaborating with music composers for the songs, she said.
“Theatre restaurant is a great way to do in the middle because I can take a book I’ve already written and a story I know well and adapt it,” she said.
Her script The Day the Muse-Ic died allowed for a lot smaller lead roles.
While Mrs Munt will be co producing her project, the directing reins have been handed to Cheryl Peppin, who wants plenty of energy from the cast.
“It’s an energetic show. They’ve got to be funny people,” she said.
Ms Peppin, who is a part of Mackay Musical Comedy Players and Red Giraffe Rent Group, is passionate about supporting Mackay’s acting community.
She said plays like Mrs Munt’s opened more options for budding actors in the region.
The cast has been chosen and rehearsals will start in March.

The team includes:
Production Team:
Director: Cheryl Peppin
Choreographer: Madison Reck
Producers: Sammy KM Munt & Amalie Draper
Costumes: Krissy Mulder
Calliope (Muse Of Music) : Danielle McCully
Imogen (Muse of Literature) : Chanelle Redgwell
Ryan Weaver (Rock God) : Brent Dillon
Hunter Marks (Rock God) : James Munt
Animal (Narrator/Rock Star): Nite Johnston
Marnie Winters (Narrator): Michaela Boyd
Hera (Evil goddess) : Pia Larsen
Zeus: Stuart Read
Memoria (Zeus’s wife): Debbie Read
Nicky/Pelvis Presley: (Radio host/ Narrator) Kris Brennan
Nico (Radio host/Narrator) : Andrew Obst
Polyhymnia (Muse of Holy Music): Kristyn Everett
Urania (Muse of technology): Kita Vakatini
Thespia (Muse of comedy/Tragedy) Ashlee Flanagan
Clio (Muse of History) Bryarna Bowman
Hendra (Muse of War): Amanda Van Stralen
Lania (Muse of the Greek Gods) Pia Larsen
Renee: (Muse of Art): TBAMDM_01-02-2016_ROP_05_MKY300116auditionsBrent4_fct1024x768x45.0_ct620x465


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On Skinny-Shaming: Not all real women have curves!

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Recently, the world witnessed a surge of criticism on fat-shaming, with many plus-sized women coming out to flaunt their bodies and starting “Love Your Body” campaigns. Size zero went from an ideal body size to something women started looking at as unnecessarily and disgustingly unattainable. Marilyn Monroe became the new ‘ideal’ of a woman. Today, more women want to be like her. More runway designers are showcasing plus-size models in their shows and designing clothes for bigger-sized women. There is a new-found conception that ‘real women have curves.’

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Though I do believe that women with curves are beautiful and that they should prize their body shapes, I do not believe that all real women should have curves. In the midst of the movement to build self-esteem for plus-size women, we often forget that we might be demeaning women who are naturally thin or have size-zero…

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Review of Fearscape, Nenia Campbell

*This review contains spoilers*

Please keep in mind that this is a review written by someone in their thirties targeting book that is probably intended for people in their teens and is therefore a little bit biased.

I’m a bit torn as to how to write this review. I didn’t hate the book but I didn’t especially like it either. To me it was just… confused. Not confusing but actually confused.

For so long I was convinced that this was a paranormal romance, and was going to go along the vein of Spiderman (only she got scratched by a cat) and I don’t particularly think this is my fault because the way it was written indicated to that, even though the summary/ cover/genre info didn’t. I see where the author was going with it (sort of a more poetic twist on The Phantom of The Opera or even Reese Witherspoon’s movie ‘Fear’) but it took so long for that theme to become obvious that by the time it did, I’d already imagined ten other for instances, and found it hard to get in the right mindset to be lead where the author was expecting us to follow. I kept looking back going: ‘But… but… wait… you said…’ Wait so he ISNT a shifter trying to breed with her?

I just think that it could have done with a bit more mapping out and clarity. Though I’ve established the theme of this novel in my own head now, I still have no idea what genre this is. Sometimes that can be a cool new sort of breakout thing, but in this case it only just creates more confusion. It says ‘suspense’ but the suspenseful moments don’t have enough dramatic build up to actually keep me in any form of suspense. I would think maybe YA suspense, because of the kids age and word-craft, and yet the theme of sexual fixation didn’t really fit that. It probably would have done better as an adult suspense, and to come from HIS perspective rather than hers: sort of like a memoir of a possible serial killer (or even like with Lolita), because I think the author is a lot darker than even she is aware of yet, and the strength in her writing comes from those shadows.
But as it stands, the heroine is too weak, naive and foolish to be considered a heroine by any YA standards, which makes this book a REALLY bad example for a teenage girl and so I wouldn’t want a teenage daughter of mine to read it. Oh yeah we do stupid things at 14 but I don’t think there’s a person in this world who would ignore her mother’s advice AND her best friend’s, for a guy who gives her the heebie jeebies to start with anyway. Either or yeah- but not both. I’m counting on her developing as the series progresses, but I personally needed to see a hell of a lot more growth in the first book, and yet the more he alarmed her, the riskier her behaviour got. Aside from a few kisses, there was no indication whatsoever that he was consuming her so WHY would she go to his house again? That’s not fourteen- that’s just dumb.She was content to watch raindrops in the beginning as they rolled down the window, and I loved her for that. But then after she’s almost kept hostage in a psycho’s house, she gets bored after a couple of days out of school and decides to wander back onto HIS turf alone? It didn’t make sense! And I’d already been so proud of her for getting out of his house and getting to a neighbour’s (acting like the opposite of the idiot girl in horror movies who runs up the stairs) so when she even CONSIDERED going back to campus after school I was like: ‘Oh come ON! You JUST got some cred!’ So was I shocked when the big bad was waiting for her there? Uh… no.

I didn’t really like the main character at all. She was too sweet and incredibly touchy and only grew a spine at the worst possible moments. Mum suggests you might be going to pet store for reasons other than to look at pets? Lose your mind! Best friend suggests that the guy you like may be a serial killer in the making? Refuse to speak to her for days. Guy pins you to the floor? Take it quietly. Nope, didn’t work for me.

She was surprised by a lot of things too, and very easily- like googling a name and finding out that someone with the same surname was his relation- she was in shock. Um… okay? He’s a grand master in chess and she a complete novice and after two games she was surprised to see that he was about to checkmate her? No… no that’s not surprising.

I’m an Indie writer and am as guilty of typos as any of them (I’m probably one of the worst examples) and can look the other way on a lot of mis-spellings and bad grammar. But I thought this was actually constructed really roughly; the way it sort of floated from her perspective to his without distinction and then suddenly at the end, you were in his head, hers, the teacher’s and her mothers… I can’t stand that unless it’s done consistently right through a text, so that made what was otherwise pretty good writing a bit of a chore for me.
Aside from that, and about 8 too many spiderweb comparisons (that began to make my spider sense tingle venomously) the writing was pretty great, so I think Nenia Campbell would be able to churn our some really fantastic stuff if she was agented and had someone tightening things up for her- lol as we all would! Of course doing without such things is what makes us Indies and I think she’d done a pretty good job.

That being said, though i’ll look out for her other titles in the future, I don’t think I’ll go on to read the series, because unfortunately, the most compelling character for me in Fearscape was the big bad wolf, and as soon as I learned that yeah, he was just a psycho degenerate (and not a shifting Toyger) , I kind of lost my enthusiasm to read on. As a character he was strong and bold and damn near lifted himself off the page, but I’d much rather see a guy like that painted in a good light, rather than a negative one.
And the ironic thing is, is that even though I said this wasn’t YA, I probably would have gobbled this up as a young adult, because it walks that fine line between sexy and spooky. But now that I’m 32, I’m a point where I like my dark characters to be either psycho killers or heart-stoppers, so there’s good sex or horror and haven’t got much patience for the in-between.

I will try one of Nenia’s other books down the line though, and encourage people to read this if they enjoyed Lucy Christopher’s Stolen. (less) Screen Shot 2015-07-18 at 10.24.55 PM

Brush with famous :)

So I had an awesome Friday night! Hanging around (not ‘out’ I’m not THAT cool, lol) with the legendary writing/ model/spokes-legend Tara Moss at the Whitsunday Voices festival! CollageTMThis is who I’d want to be when I grow up… if it were possible for me to grow another foot and her bone structure. Alas, I am a midget who relies heavily on photoshop to look presentable so I’ll just try to follow in her literal footsteps instead

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‘This book was AMAZING. I normally don’t write reviews, but this series deserves a rave review from me. Love triangles, mermaids, a powerful, captivating (sometimes exasperating) protagonist….what more do you need?? The main men are so hot you want to melt and the supporting characters are just as lovely and capture your heart. S.K. Munt outdid herself with this series and The Marked Ones is just the tip of the iceberg…dive in and enjoy ‘
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‘I was aware before reading this adult mermaid book that many readers were fans of this series because of the sexy scenes and hunky heroes throughout. But truth be told, although those scenes will make your Kindle smoke, my favorite part of this book was the dialogue.’-Emm Cole

‘This reviewer is left the feeling that this novel is merely a knock-up and there are greater things to come from S.K. Munt. She is an up and coming author that fans of this genre would do well to keep an eye on.’
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‘The author has a knack for painting a picture with words that allows your imagination to take you into the story. This is a must read!’
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‘The author does a wonderful job of pulling the reader in and keeping them there to the very end.’
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