Quick update on my movements (not *those* type of movements) in the next month or so, and a couple of links:
I'll be at Gallifrey from the 13th to the 15th February, at the LAX Marriott hotel in Los Angeles. It's the 20th annual North American Doctor Who convention, and it should be a right larf. Also at the event will be fellow writers Phil Ford, Keith Temple, Paul Cornell, Gary Russell, Rob Shearman, Simon Guerrier and David Gerrold - David Gerrold! Wahey! - lovely actors Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen, marvellous producer Phil Collinson, and many more fabulous people. The convention schedule is here, and is packed with coolness. I'll be doing a LIVE commentary on The Fires Of Pompeii on Friday at 4pm, and will be on several interesting panels you should check out, some specifically to do with Torchwood and Doctor Who, some not. There are signing sessions every day, and thankfully this year there'll be stuff I can sign, tons of it, so bring it all along and get my illegible scribble (who the hell was "J___ M___"?) Obviously schedules are subject to change, mileage may vary, don't run with scissors, and I don't care if little Freddy did it first, if little Freddy jumped off a cliff would you do the same?? Jo's coming with me to Gallifrey, because she wants to join in the fun, and so that we can make a holiday of it all. Yay for holidays!
On the 26th February I'll be in Darlington at The Story Engine, aka the event formerly known as the Northern Screenwriters' Conference. I'll be there talking about writing for the tellybox, and Simon Beaufoy will be there too - Simon Beaufoy! Wahey! - which is marvellous news. There are loads of other panels, and it sounds like a great event. It's at the Darlington Arts Centre, on Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th February, and costs £60 for the whole thing, plus free unlimited use of rubber chicken*.
And on the 7th March I'll be a guest at the De Montfort University event "Fantastic Writing - science fiction, fantasy and magic: Writing the future, the past, and other worlds". I will, of course, not be talking about writing, but will only talk about magic, specifically the magic that happens in my trousers. Oh, okay, I'll probably talk about writing a bit, too. Phil Ford will be there too, as well as Stephen Volk and Graham Joyce. Lee "AWOL" Thomson has been spreading outrageous lies about the event, so check out his blog post if you enjoy lies, perpetrated by dirty rotten liars who burn down orphanages (I have proof that he does this).
Speaking of burning down orphanages, Internet Jesus (Warren Ellis) recently commanded us all to send him a photo with a message to the world, on what is statistically the grimmest day of the year - January 19th. I partook in the experiment, and was rewarded, along with many others, with photographic exposure on his site here. Toast and marmalade can protect you against many, many things.
Sir Jason of Arnoppshire recently posted about five lines henceforth banned from all scripts, and I must say, I heartily agree. See his list here, and the comment discussion which ensued.
And finally, a random headline which made me laugh despite my boredom: Britons 'bored but happy' - study. Reading the full article, which says we are "more bored, tired, and less likely to know our neighbours than other Europeans", I'm just glad to find out we're good at something.
*There is no rubber chicken. I lied.