Having worked as a freelance writer and stylist for fifteen years, I pride myself on the ability to adapt the style of my text to any brief (in British English or American English).
Recent commissions span features, interviews, blogs, ghost blogs, opinion pieces, LinkedIn profiles, ghost writing, automated responses, sponsorship letters, website text, email sequencing, sales text, social media content, script packages, thought leadership pieces and case studies. In the past I've provided text across a variety of formats: articles, profiles, advertorial, an exhibition catalogue, press material, introductory text for art publications, company newsletters, flyers—the list goes on.
I’m very good with words.
The majority of my recent work has been corporate non-disclosure. Clients include PR firms, trade publications, digital consultancies, company commissions and content agencies. I excel at high-quality copy specific to a client's needs. Today’s market calls for creative thinkers who can adapt to a changing world.
Recent content contributions cover accessory branding, interior design, networking, dentistry, workplace training, digital ledger technology, fashion, education, veterinary, hospitality, e-commerce, real estate, law, construction, mining, engineering, FinTech, cyber security, and food branding. Over the years I've covered television, fashion, arts, music, beauty, entertainment, lifestyle, film, tourism, pop culture, theatre, fiction, beauty, fitness, eco living, health and wellbeing, business, bridal, and interiors.
I have a television blog at youmetv.blogspot.com.au and I’m an Instagram reviewer of Asian TV and film @watchawatching. I’ve provided promotional text for cinematic releases, and production scripts and schedules for music videos. Storytelling is my passion, and I’m working on a TV pilot pitch package and feature film. My novels Optimate, Sound and Otherplace are published under Gil Liane, as is the short story collection This Connect. New sci-fi novel The Conceptualist and short story collection Connect Shun set to drop in 2024.
Public speaking included in my CV.
Returning to a classic universe and beloved characters is a complex investment. Revisiting a popular fictional scenario sounds great. A ready-made fanbase means guaranteed high ratings and positive reviews, right? The answer is a complicated yes and no.
The first season of the new Star Trek series reminds us the heart and intelligence that personifies the best of the franchise, is still beating. In a United States that appears to arguably be experiencing an existential crisis, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is a beacon of hope in a too-often bleak and reductive American television landscape.
An intelligent scripted TV series that holds a mirror to modern culture was never going to be widely embraced. Hellbound is a South Korean 6 episode series that sees random members of the community receiving messages warning of their time of upcoming death. Bizarre creatures appear, brutally killing the condemned, before disappearing again, seemingly into thin air.
The 2020 K-drama It's Okay to Not Be Okay (marketed version of the title translation) initially met with a mixed response in South Korea. But the drama's unique blend of fairy tale elements and mental health issues has proven an international hit.
A virulent virus is a classic science fiction trope. Turns out the reality is not what television predicted. Humanity has a deep fear of illness. In modern times, that fear seems amplified. Science empowers us-until we get sick. Most people exist in a frenzy of healthy practices that are almost religious, attempting to stave off any and every ailment.
Rather than the coldness of computers, imaginative organic science has been popular in scifi TV recently, the prevalence of machinery giving way to a more biological interpretation of the mysteries of the universe. To put it bluntly, spores, trees and fungi infect our perception of the future.
Doctors are a staple of the Star Trek universe. But how great would a series focused entirely on medical characters be? Imagine the possibilities... The one hour scripted medical series has produced a lot of successful television: House, Grey's Anatomy, ER for starters, not forgetting heartwarming and humorous classics like MASH and Scrubs.
Bullying can have long-term, complex psychological impact. Watching a teen show recently, I wondered at the use of bullying in the plot. On television bullies are an easy source of conflict because most viewers can relate. But if the writer isn't careful, the subtext becomes twisted.
Scripted television is in the process of adapting to survive an ever changing entertainment arena. The gap between the viewer and the product is shrinking, and to remain financially viable television needs to keep audiences engaged. But how?
"Sir, you are now the President of the United States." That's from the opener of Designated Survivor, the latest in a long line of TV shows about fictional American leaders. The key to writing great presidential dramas is fusing a reflection of reality, with elements of fantasy.
If I had to describe a recurring theme across a number of current science fiction TV shows in three words, it would be: ALONE, TOO ALONE. Questions and issues facing humanity (and hence, the screenwriter) are at the core of a lot of science fiction television.
Dissing elements of your favourite scripted television shows is part and parcel of the viewing experience: lamenting the casting of a new character, or questioning a farfetched plot twist. But with television beginning to offer increased diversity and progressive content, a new form of self-censorship has emerged.
Casual use of the term empowerment has come under scrutiny in recent times; female empowerment especially is a bit of a minefield, and on television everyone has different ideas as to what constitutes empowered female characters. The clone club also includes gay clone Cosima and transgender clone Tony, and the idea the clones have different sexual orientations along with varying personalities is intriguing.
Everyone knows the big names like Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and Making A Murderer, but what else is hidden in the hub?
An episode-by-episode recap of MTV series The Shannara Chronicles.
In the last few years many small screen outings marketed under umbrella term "sci-fi" have seen the genre's reputation take a hit-or should I say laser. Quality has ranged from the meh to the atrocious, with stunning exceptions being 12 Monkeys and Continuum.
Just like the Colonel's secret recipe, it takes a special mix of herbs and spices aka storylines and plot devices, to create a memorable teen show.
The show's creators are Marti Noxon (she cut her teeth on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel) and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, who worked on The Bachelor in a variety of producing roles from 2002-2004. And here is the crux of the matter.
If Danielle Panabaker's face seems familiar that's not surprising; her CV's mighty fine.
What better show to blog about on Valentines Day than The Game, a miniseries that sees the lives of spies shaped, changed, even destroyed by love. Possibly taking the covert theme too far, this fantastic miniseries about an MI5 operative during the Cold War almost slipped under my radar.
If you haven't checked out the tv adaption of 12 Monkeys, be sure to make the time (pun intended). My love of time travel material on the big and small screen took a bit of a battering after the disappointment of Looper.
Interview with actress Eliza Dushku from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse.
Interview with actress Karen Gillan regarding the Dr Who: A Christmas Carol special.
For me, the presence of motherhood in the narrative worked wonderfully in this series. Since this is a beautifully written, thematically complex offering that's probably not surprising. Unlike many other scifi shows that have a grand concept they never explore properly, or characters that lack a certain psychological subtlety, Continuum delivers on all fronts.
A look back at iconic British soap The Bill.
After watching Daredevil, I couldn't shake the feeling there was something unusual about the series. I thought the casting was fabulous, stylistically it was beautiful, but it was.... different. Then I realized it was the unusual narrative structure that had caught my attention.
Writers of a television show adapted from a comic are writing for two very different audiences: avid fans of an already existing narrative, and those who've never read the comics and therefore need to be introduced to each element of the story.
Interview with filmmaker David Bradbury regarding his documentary My Asian Heart, focusing on photojournalist Philip Blenkinsop.
It took Dustin Clare long hours of hard work to play the gladiator no mother would love.
Asian Entertainment and Culture
The unique appeal and incredible popularity of ice skater Yuzuru Hanyu lies in a fascinating mix of talent, success, personality, and authentic marketing. Competing as a figure skater for Japan, Yuzuru Hanyu's fans span the globe at a level rarely seen in any sport. Despite announcing his competitive retirement, Yuzuru Hanyu continues to trend.
K-dramas have had a unique entertainment journey that continues to unfold expansively with increased globalisation. To understand the success of recent Netflix K-dramas with more violent content, it is necessary to first understand the long-term arc that shaped South Korea's high quality entertainment exports. What is Hallyu?
I've written before on the intricacies of cancel culture in China and how it can impact brands. The current situation in South Korea surrounding actor Kim Seon Ho differs because the international popularity of K-dramas introduces new elements into the marketing equation.
From ostracised outsiders to leading characters in rom coms, the increasing popularity of China's esports industry presents a potential goldmine for savvy marketers. Esports (electronic sports) is now a major global industry that revolves around competitive gaming. Esports can be watched at live tournaments or online.
Brand ambassadors and KOLs can bring lucrative returns, but international companies need to understand the relationship between brand and celebrity has evolved uniquely in the Chinese market. No such thing as bad publicity? Arguably untrue in the context of KOL brand associations in China, where negative press evokes a strong consumer response.
BL means Boy Love and refers to guy on guy romance. Thailand in particular has growing success with its BL entertainment industry. The dramas are scripted television shows, generally set in high school, college, or focused on men in their twenties exp l orin g same sex re l ations h ips.
Mini-reviews of Asian television and film by writer Gil Liane spanning releases from the last three decades, focusing primarily on material from South Korea, Japan, and China now available with English subtitles.
The best science fiction marries emotion with speculation. South Korean TV series Circle: Two Worlds Connected taps into one of humanity's basic fears; that science will tamper with the parameters of personality. An uncomfortable relationship between tech, emotions, and memory is a popular trope in science fiction.
Tribute to the breathtaking visual art of KPop covering styling, set design, and cinematography.
Global sci-fi fans should tune in and check out new TV series W-Two Worlds. Storytelling genres like science fiction, speculative fiction, and slipstream fiction can cross language and cultural barriers: exploring meta concepts, wild ideas, and out-there possibilities in engaging, intelligent, and emotive ways.
Fiction and Publishing
Sample from upcoming science fiction short story collection, Connect Shun.
Contributor to SciFanSat - Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday - e-Zine of micro and flash fiction, Edition 1.
In a modern city divided into Sith and Jedi territories, being a Force reject sucks. Jak is a teen with two Jedi parents, but no powers. Targeted by one side and pitied by the other, his only goal is to finish high school in one piece, buy a motorbike, and hit the road running. Jedi and Sith politics are too much. ...That is, till the legendary Red Enforcer shows up. Only a few years older than Jak, Red is a powerful Jedi who spends his days trying not to be consumed by The Force. Can a guy...
I had a dream in color, with sound. When I woke up the dream became more like a memory. Here it is presented in a short story format. ...I can take the photo. A triad of possibilities: one image, one million, and one way to save him.
Map Boy wants to spend his twenties chilling and avoiding the world. Fate has other ideas. Mapping fate is dangerous and addictive. But Mappers must manipulative the patterns of the universe to live. Map Boy takes small jobs and stays off The Council's radar, hanging with his manager Olivia and the stray known as Dog.
Set in various versions of the future, these short stories examine emotions and connections in changing worlds. A clone with body hacking, befriended by a woman on the genetic blacklist. Bio-engineered plant tattoos, veterans and griefbots. A city living on sound. Artists who graffiti online usin...
My piece on the difference between writing a YA novel and a speculative fiction novel.
The One says all Placeless must Fade. Citizens of Otherplace who don't know where they belong have three choices: hide, run, or Fade from existence. With Place Police sweeping the Dome, Hellen and her brother Hop are forced to take refuge at Desperachen Manor.
Tagline: Music is life in the city of Sound. (Speculative fiction novel, US English.)
Note: This blog was first published online September 20th, 2014. Sound (by Gil Liane)is available on Amazon Kindle. I love being enveloped in music, especially when working on my stories. Often I listen before I begin writing, to get my mind in the right place.
Poetry in literary zine.
Everyone has a moment when the world breaks. At its core, life is about perception. Veils lift, and an accepted truth transforms into nothing more than illusion. Those times are chaotic, even brutal, but in a way, freeing. Fiction-wise, a truly great unreliable narrator evokes a similar sensation in the reader.
Tagline: Rebellion has a time limit, a price tag, and a purpose. (New Adult novel, US English.)
Online episodic teen-focused fiction series for maxmm.com
Scriptwriting and Production Text
One-hour TV drama science fiction script chosen to move to the quarter final round.
List of TV pilot scriptwriting submissions for festival and competition participation.
On her 17 The concept: th birthday Princess Ava discovers she's a Dreamer. The ability to manipulate the dreamscape threatens the power of the High Queen, and all Dreamers are sentenced to death. People begin to hear one voice, and see an "imaginary friend". Most think they're going crazy.
MV script credit, in conjunction with Dean Street Studios in Brooklyn.
Logline: Marked by grief, a woman tries to figure out how she feels about the polar opposite men in her life-two in the real world, two in her dreams, and the two who haunt her for very different reasons.
Business and Tech
Ready to build or renovate? Before you begin the journey, consider feedback from veterinarians at the other end of the spectrum—and the teams who helped them get there.
The final of The Big Pitch 2015 sees five true tech entrepreneurs pitch live to a panel of judges, and with up to $5 million in funding on the line, the pressure is on.
A look at the partnership behind Ethos Orthodontics and their expansion into China.
Music, Cinema, and The Arts
Provided foreword to the fine art photography showcase publication by David Charles Collins.
Does life make you want to hit something? Love Thy Monster, the new work from British writer Joe Sellman-Leava, is a solo play addressing the topics of anger, violence, and the complicated construct of modern masculinity.
Interview with American urban artist Alex Brewer aka Hense.
After more than a decade of exhibiting, David Spencer is starting to accept the tag of “artist”.
Guide to local stand-up comedy events.
Interview with 20-year-old ECU student, Aliesha Mafrici, about her involvement in this year's Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.
Guide to local film events.
Higgins is a multi-instrumentalist better known by her stage name, Fait. Her music is an occasionally ethereal, melodic, post-rock journey
The Fremantle-based artist is launching a new painting style in her latest exhibition.
Interview with debut playwright James Taylor regarding his play Hobo, as part of the Perth Fringe Festival 2016.
Safe to say immigration and privilege are two dominant themes in From Afar On A Hill. Director and choreographer Bianca Martin expands on how she channeled emotional and intellectual reactions to the refugee crisis, cultural concepts of entitlement, modern interpretations and understandings of the immigration process, and the challenging concept of collective responsibility into a multifaceted interactive performance.
Schedule of upcoming film-focused events in Western Australia.
Contemporary visual artist Stormie Mills' latest exhibition questions the stereotype of the monster.
The latest artist to be celebrated in the Art Gallery of Western Australia's WA Focus Showcase is photographer Graham Miller.
Guide to jazz and cabaret events happening around Western Australia.
These five fresh WA acts prove the faraway state continues to offer up incredible music makers.
Interview with Andrew Hale, adapter of Patrick White's short story The Cockatoos for the stage.
Recollections and Obsessions catalogue text for artist Matt Doust.
The Art Of Natasha Lea
Let's face it, you'd have to have been living on Mars (haha!) to have not heard about the now-defunct tv show that raised 5.7 million dollars on Kickstarter for a follow-up movie.
Interview with Australian band Snowman.
Q&A with visual artist Aaron Marchant.
Commissioned profile of band Moscow Schoolboy, before publication ceased printing.
Profile on Perth-born illustrator Deanne Cheuk.
Film review of Beijing Bicycle.
For those wondering, it costs over $35,000 to train a guide dog over a two-year period.
Interview with first time feature director Paul McGuigan.
Assorted music reviews.
The minimal linework drawings of Edwin are both overtly sexual and obscurely amusing, simplicity and sophistication.
Pop Culture, Trends, And Opinions
Whether it's #imwithher or #feelthebern, the US of A's election process has enthralled Australia.
Becoming a fan of a musician while disliking the music they release is a weirdly unsettling phenomenon.
Pretty Little Liars is so much more than a teen show. The best three word description would be meta, meta, META. I watch a lot of television because I'm working on a pilot script, and PLL is one show that teaches you a hell of a lot about entertaining storytelling.
Opinion piece on the prevalence of the colour red in advertising.
People love to denounce TV as mind-numbing garbage, but we watched everything, and were better people for it. Fellini films, Western classics, kung fu movies, Hollywood musicals, endless sitcoms, and constant cartoons. If there was a storyline, we were in, and it was rare for anyone to watch TV alone.
Twilight-inspired beauty and fashion have taken over the world.
The relationship between science fiction cinema and runway trends is a complex one.
Fashion designer interviews and store profiles in Western Australia.
Summer swimwear and fashion trends for 2015/16.
If Gossip Girl were still in production, it would be no surprise to see West Australian designer Jomay Cao's designs on Serena, Blair, Lily or any of Manhattan's elite.
Like a barnacle, oceanic fashion manages to stay afloat.
With the announcement Twin Peaks will be returning to the small screen (Laura Palmer called it), there's been a nostalgic resurgence of love for the cult show.
The news of more X-Files episodes reminds us the perfect ill-fitting winter coat is out there—you just have to believe.
There's a sense of wistful fantasy to fashion this spring.
Coverage of Mercedes Australian Fashion Week 2004.
Feature on the I Am Nobody Collaborative Art Magazine.
From Perth to the catwalk capitals of the world and the gritty streets of Milan—one woman's photographic odyssey.
Wayne Cooper will return to Perth to showcase his retro-inspired spring-summer collection.
Profile of fashion label One Fell Swoop.
Profile of Australian fashion designer Alison Cotton.
Coverage of Michelle Jank's collection at Mercedes Australian Fashion Week 2004.
Food and Drink
The Night Noodle Markets are back and the city's foodies are enjoying the taste explosion.
Wolf Lane bar manager Murray Walsh gives us the lowdown on the cocktail scene ahead of their Winter Warmers: Cocktail Masterclass event. Before we start, maybe Walsh could explain what qualifies as a cocktail? "Originally a cocktail was defined as a combination of alcohol, sugar, bitters, and water.
If you're a fan of MasterChef Australia series two winner Adam Liaw (host of Destination Flavour on SBS), you might want to catch the popular cook at the Perth Good Food & Wine Show this weekend.
If you've always wanted to learn how to knit, now could be the perfect time to up your skillset.
Want to look smokin' hot this summer? We talk to the two-piece experts.
Going on holidays is more important than you think.
Not quite happy with your shape? A look at the latest in contouring.
Obsession, passion or investment? A look at why people collect everything from stamps to vintage cars.
Feature offering handy hints to hopefully see your New Year's Eve celebrations sealed with a kiss.
Lovers of retro finds will be familiar with the gem that is Bluebird Vintage.
In Banghali the word bhalo means good. It's also the name of a growing womenswear brand, started by Jessica Priemus and Shimul Minhas in 2009, who met while working at a charity in Bangladesh.
The complete home office experience.
A social occasion that's evolved through the centuries, the garden party is a celebration of good weather, lazy days and high spirits.
Feature looking at cafes and restaurants providing artists with exposure.
Eco and Ethical Living
It's World Ocean Day tomorrow so why not take the time to see if you can make your skincare and beauty routine ocean-friendly?
When shopping this month, look for a hint of pink and support the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Want to live more of a "green" lifestyle, but not sure how to go about it?
Whether you're shopping for yourself, booking a social event, or just want to help others in need, show your support through a charitable cause.
An Australian cosmetics brand reflects our fascination with all things au naturelle.
Weekly column with changing themes.
Spring heralds a new wedding season.
Why Vera Wang is one of the biggest names in the bridal biz.
All brides want to look their absolute best on their wedding day but the make-up artist behind one of this year's biggest celebrity weddings says the trick is to keep it real. Gone are the days of caked-on make-up - today's bride is fresh and natural, according to leading make-up artist Liz Kelsh.
Get the lowdown on skin preparation for your big day.
Every bride-to-be should keep these 10 tips in mind when planning the perfect winter wedding.
Is your mind dwelling on the disasters that could ruin your wedding day? Don't despair.
In the words of Kesha, "Red lipstick works like magic". Instagram, beauty vloggers, and Vimeo have made fabulously painted lips an enviable accessory. In the era of the never-ending pout, lips have their own fashion scene; they're always on the look out for the perfect coat.
Breast augmentation is one of the most sought-after surgeries.
The link between cinema and false lashes is long and illustrious. Black and white cinema was the reputed breeding ground for false lashes which helped to accentuate an actress' eyes to doll like-proportions. Over the years, fake lashes have been worn to spectacular effect, especially by celebrities on and off the screen.
Report on the hottest hair looks for 2013.
Guide to the Top 50 beauty products you can't live without.
Profile on the international skincare brand's expansion into Perth.
How do you wear your nails - short and bright? Long and understated?
A number of spa treatments are reaching beyond the physical and striving for wellness by celebrating a fusion of mind, body, and spirit.
A weekly combined pranayama and meditation class could be one way to combat everyday stress.
Muay Thai Life
Getting fit need not be a chic-free enterprise. Do it in style with these ideas.
Online feature focusing on benefits of Tai Chi.
If you wear sportswear most days are you more active?
Charming country pub, Capertee Royal Hotel, knows how to draw a crowd and has already attracted more than 70 enquiries from keen buyers. The character-filled, Castlereagh Highway hotel and pub combination borders the NSW Mudgee wine region and has hosted the crew of SAS Australia's 2021 season, which was filmed entirely in the nearby Capertree Valley.
Looking for an agricultural lifestyle less than an hour's drive from Perth? You're in luck. The founders of Mundella Foods are set to say goodbye to Mundella Farm. More than four decades ago, surplus milk from the farm in Mardella inspired the Hector family's iconic foray into the dairy industry.
Sustainable, environmentally friendly living has become a significant part of the renting, buying and building market.
Travel and Tourism
Guide to gliding opportunities in Western Australia.
Sometimes you forget a vacation can be had in your own state.
Guide to Horseriding opportunities in Western Australia.