Saturday, February 21, 2004

Late late show

It's 1am in the morning. We need to get up at 4am to get the train to Heathrow to be in time for our flight. It's dark. And we bought special new sunglasses for the snow glare. Hit it.

The plan was to get horribly drunk so that we'd fall asleep earlier, so as to be able to get up at 4am. Clearly, this plan has gone terribly, terribly wrong. You won't be surprised to hear that the plan was my idea. We've set the alarm clock, Jo's phone, my phone, and hired a small child to scream at us. That's all true apart from the child, but damn, that sounds like an effective method. Signing off now, back next week. If we wake up in time for the flight.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Switzerland Ahoy

Off to Switzerland tomorrow, to hang around with our mate Cindy, walk through snow, eat chocolate, walk through snow, look at scenery. and eat chocolate. And whatever we do, wherever we are, we will know that the clocks are telling the *exact* time. Because it's Switzerland, and anything else would ruin their reputation.

The BBC thing has been postponed, but the bloke said to send him my stuff anyway, because he liked the sound of it, and you never know. Got a meeting with somebody from some production place, forget the name - they liked P45, and want to chat about other possible projects (they don't do movies, so they wouldn't want it anyway). So all is looking healthy as we swan off to Snowland. I'm not using the royal "we", I mean me and Jo.

Thursday, February 19, 2004


Oh, you may have noticed that the blog template is totally different. I got fed up of trying to customise the other one so that it looked presentable, so I just chose a better template from the Blogger template bucket. This one is much nicer. And it's easier to tell where the dates, headings and posts begin and end, which I'd kind of messed up before. The blog is dead, long live the blog.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004


Oops, forgot to update. Working on Harvest, I have about 3 weeks to do a new draft, which should be fine. I've got everything pretty much worked out, I just need to go in and do it.

Spoke to a man from a Large Television Company - oh bollocks, from the BBC, there, I said it, enough of this coy "Somebody From A Certain Place" shite, this is supposed to be a blog about the nuts and bolts of writing and trying to sell the writing, sorry about that, I'll try and talk properly from now on. Right. Where was I? Man from the Beeb, wants a 90 minute one off thing for BBC3, something interesting, edgy, not the usual boring drama shite. Did I have anything? It turned into a bit of a pitch session over the phone, which was scary, but we picked out 4 ideas of mine (existing ones in various stages of readiness) that he liked the sound of. 2 of them have full outlines, which is cool. One has half an outline, and one is just a two line idea, so I'm currently working those last 2 up into one page outlines. I'll send them over to him, and see what he thinks. Could be a nice little thing, if it works out, unlike the last tv one off drama potential over at ITV - ooh, he's naming names now, the man has no fear - which kind of fizzled out. But then I don't really write ITV-style stuff, so that's not really surprising.

Friday, February 13, 2004

More Goodness

Nothing to do with writing, but... we finally sorted out our plane tickets, and will be visiting our mate in Switzerland soon. I've never been, and am very excited. Lots of snow, mountains, trees, and pretty scenery. And chocolate. Mucho choccie.

Also bought a selection of cables and connectors that, when slotted together, enabled me to take the SVideo output from my home PC and connect it to the Scart socket of my telly. This means that we can watch a couple of movies and tv things that only exist on the hard drive - and also means that we don't have to put up with Sky One's piss poor presentation of the new series of 24. Fuck them and their 500 ad breaks per minute, I'm just going to download it - already got episodes 1-6, will be watching them this weekend...

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Oddness and Goodness

Somebody found a copy of P45 on a bus. All copies have my agent's contact details on the front, so they phoned up and said "Here, I've found this script". Which is very bizarre. The only possible explanation is: one of the producers it got sent to was reading it on the bus, and (a) got distracted and left it there by accident, or (b) hated it so much they littered public transport. The test will be if they phone up to ask for another copy to replace the one they lost. Either way, it's an interesting story... Update: They never phoned up to ask for a replacement. We never found out who left it on the bus.

Got the first responses from a few people: one rejected it outright because they don't like any horror, which is fair enough. One wouldn't even read it, because they only read stuff by big name writers - you'd have thought they'd judge something by the writing, not by whose name is on it, but hey, fuck 'em. If I ever do get to be a "big name", then I shall specifically request that nothing of mine is ever sent to them again. I am the Duke of Grudge.

First proper response: somebody from A Big Company read it, loved it, thought it was well funny, well scary, and a top read. They're going to get the big boss to read it soon - they usually like the same things, which is promising. So it's all good news so far. Watch this space, more news as it arrives...


Well, one meeting. A second meeting with Some TV People about The School. One of them is of the opinion that it might be possible to film it after all, and not have to spend millions on it. The other one thinks it might even be possible to be allowed to put it on the telly should it be filmed. We might need to make a few changes and compromises here and there, but I never ever thought I would ever even get anyone remotely interested in it, so everything is a bonus. Things are moving slowly, but they are moving. Whether or not anything else happens is in the hands of A Newish TV channel. Should hear in about a month or so. Interesting.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Waiting is for losers

I've decided to follow the excellent advice of Terry Rossio, of the excellent Wordplayer site (and, with his writing partner Ted Elliot, the writer of Pirates of the Caribbean, Aladdin, and many more superb movies) - never wait. I just realised that I've been sitting around waiting for the offers to come in, when I could be spending the time in a much more productive way - writing my arse off.

So I'm working on Harvest (working title, will change at least 7 times) again, the big sci-fi action thing. I've got another 5 or 6 weeks before I need to show a spanking new draft to Pat, so I'm going to refine the characters, round them out, and work on the changes that I need to make. But I won't start the new draft yet - it's all in the planning. Planning is good. Planning is right. Planning works. One of the characters has had a major change, which has opened up all sorts of cool things. As a result, he's now the most interesting character. Hopefully, I can do the same to all the others. The more texture I can add, the better. I'm also working on the new outline, just to get all the story changes straight in my head. When that is done, I'll show it to the trusted experts, and maybe brainstorm some more cool ideas. I hate that word, brainstorm. Makes me sound like some sort of wanker who does seminars and group sessions and marketing strategies. Still, I used the word, nobody had a gun to my head. I blame global warming.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Still not king

Again, the bidding war seems to be inexplicably delayed.

I'm sure it will start soon.

Monday, February 02, 2004