Friday, December 19, 2003

Finished the bastard. All done, sent off, out of my mind for Christmas. It's going to be weird not having to write Craw Lodge, my writing life has revolved around it. I'm a bit at a loss, now. I'll probably take a break for the Christmas period, purely because I've been doing so much - but I'll keep getting ideas and writing them down, for other things, random things, bits and pieces. You're never completely away from it, there's always a little voice in your head going "hey, wouldn't it be cool if this happened or that happened?"...
Wheeeee, half past midnight on Thursday night, and I've finished draft 15. When I say "finished", I mean, apart from the 2 hours I'll probably spend tomorrow morning running through it, just in case there are any glaring errors. When I say "just in case there are any", I mean "so that I can fix all of the". When I say "glaring errors", I mean "huge, embarrassingly obvious errors that a 4 year old wouldn't even have made". But it's all good. And now I shall sleep the sleep of the damned.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

These posts are a bit samey lately - "done a bit more on Craw Lodge, blah blah blah" - and this one is no different. I'm doing what is hopefully a final polish, about halfway through it at the moment. Hopefully there'll be more to report soon...

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Finished the polish/draft the other day, had a big chat with Jago about it today - it's so nearly there, I can taste it, it's a bit vanilla-ey, with a slight lemon aftertaste. I need to tweak up a few things here and there, and rearrange the third act, put more tension in it. I'm still enjoying doing it. I never thought I would be. I was bored with it for a long, long time, and I think that came across. Now I'm having fun, it's reflected in the script. The moral of the story is: I don't know, something or other.

Friday, December 05, 2003

Started the new polish that very same day, I've been working on it solidly ever since. Well, in between such tiresome wastes of time such as sleeping, eating, working the dayjob, etc etc. I'm about two thirds of the way through it, it's not taking too long at all. Most of the changes come at the end, but I'll fall off that burning, exploding bridge when it lands on me. One other major change involved removing a totally redundant scene - I could tell it was redundant, because after I'd removed it, I didn't have to do *any* other edits to cover the gap, it was just totally pointless. But it had some good jokes in, so I'd been hanging on to it. You've got to murder your evil babies in this game, you've really got to just stick the fuckers in a bag and drown them. So I did. And it felt good...

It's now half 1 in the morning. Sleep time. Sleep good. Writing evil. But... writing feel good. Me evil. Ha ha. World domination.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Nice! Jago really likes the new draft, we spoke about it today. He had some comments and suggestions, mostly tweaks, fixes and polishes, so I'm going to be doing them over the next few days - I started today, in fact, I'm dying to get it ready and sent out, I want people to see it.

And now I'm very, very tired, went to bed too late last night, woke up too early for work, staying up late again tonight - it's not healthy, you know.

Monday, December 01, 2003

Quick chat on the phone with Jago today, I couldn't talk much, I was on a train and getting my ticket inspected by The Bottom Inspectors - but he said "general thumbs up" about the new draft of Craw Lodge, he just wants to talk tomorrow about a few tiny things that need fixing, nothing that will take very long, which is excellent news. Oh, and his other concern was the level of violence - I know what he means, it's much, much more violent than it was, but not necessarily gory, just very violent, if that makes sense. I don't think it's that bad, but then I've got heavily into Japanese horror movies this year, so I think I've become quite immune to violence lately... Anyway, more news tomorrow when I hear it. But all signs are good.