Saturday, 21 March 2009

Finishing first drafts

Finished my third first draft of the year tonight. so that's episode 1 of a 60 minute TV drama, a 15 minute short film and a 30 minute sit com/ dark comic book type drama thingy ma bob. Feels good to finish things so just thought i'd share. Of course they are not properly finished as i will now spend months upon months drafting the living shit out of them. Lucky me.
Also got to draft my kids novel, really going to have to get a move on with that. Some more procrastination first, plus only 15 pages off finishing episode 2 of TV drama nd need to plan out a couple of film ideas, both utterly depressing. Lovely.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009


Hardly an original title for a blog that is it? Send in suggestions for a better one.
So there's some stuff I need to mention on here because i've been meaning to for a few weeks.
In no particular order:
I saw Watchmen. My views on the film can be found on my regular blog that I write for In/Out magazine. Here's the link
Need to learn how to make those links shorter.
Next, well just had a bitch of a month money wise, I'm sure this is a struggle for many a writer, judging how many hours they can give up at work whilst keeping the money coming in. Hopefully on top of this now.
Lastly I promised Danny Stack that I'd link to his short film scheme, Ican't donate (see above paragraph) but here's the link to check out see what you can do.

That's all from the blof entitled Stuff

Sunday, 1 March 2009

A week in the life

Well, it's been a busy week. which I will now quickly recap in, hopefully, a quick readable blog.
Last Sunday saw my first appearance on radio, on the Richard Holland Inexperience at discussing the oscars and films. this was after a day of frantic comedy sketch writing for the oppurtunity that came up on writers room over at the BBC.
I think the radio show went well, although haven't heard it back yet. Should I? Or will hearing my own voice send me to my own death?
The week continued and I redrafted a few pages of my TV drama, which was rudely interupted by mountains of marking for my teaching job. URGH!
What started off as fun, writing these sketches, ended up becoming very stressful indeed. Three sketches were needed by Friday morning, working with a writing partner and struggling to get i partner on Movie Magic Screenwriter working, it became hard work.
They were done, if we had more time they could have been better, but they were sent and I'm kind of happy with them. So drafting took a back seat. Writing took a back seat and now I feel beaten down by last weeks workload.
Next week sees the Wedding Present come to Wrexham and Doodle Planet, but hopefully I'll be able to get working through that draft again, or just start something. It's all about getting that motivation again and again. So here goes.