Saturday, January 08, 2011



Sorry yes, midway through my exceedingly refreshing two week sabbatical. I know, everybody else goes back to work and I go on holiday. How inconsiderate of me is that?

So what have I been doing apart from getting my head put on the right way around?

I've done some writing - still working on the Running rewrite, pretty happy with the way that's shaping up, a new ending popped into my head which is much juicier than the original. And I've been doing development work on the sitcom Charity when not seated at the computer.

This sitcom writing thing still scares the life out of me - unlike any other type of writing. I'm almost afraid to put finger to keyboard even though I have characters and storyline worked out. Why? What if it's not funny? If you read industry people discussing sitcom submissions their biggest issue with what they receive? It's not funny!

Oh well.

Oooh, I've already entered a scriptwriting competition, so that's one of my required 12 for the year.

It was easy with Without a Box ( which is another way for Amazon to take control of the indie film market but at least you can actually get something out of it. Basically hundreds of film festivals from around the world add their details to WAB, and then you can enter them online (and pay online - they [almost] always cost to enter).

Filmmakers can upload their projects and submit them (this is the majority of the festivals) while scriptwriters can upload scripts and submit those to the writing categories of festivals. Quite handy, and it means it becomes easy to enter lots of competitions and spend a lot of money.

What else?

Oh, I also started my secret campaign to get my name about more. Too soon to know if it's working.

And I watched a lot of films on TV.

See you soon.

What's on the turntable? "Revelation Highway" by Gordon Giltrap from "Music for the Small Screen"

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