In fact, I'm going to start calling it Rocktober. Only in private, mind: no need to boycott this blog in protest. But it's only just struck me how downright cool October is, on a professional level. I'm writing the full-length ASK script, a short film will hopefully be made from another script of mine, and at the end of the month, I have a short story in a hardback collection to be published by Big Finish.
Titled Bernice Summerfield: The Missing Adventures (Bernice is a kind of feisty, female Indiana Jones invented by Paul Cornell, if you haven't had the pleasure of her company), the book is a special 15th anniversary tome and it's a real honour to be in the company of writers like Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch - men who toiled over late 80s Doctor Who. What's more, it was edited by Rebecca Levene, the experienced writer/editor/genius who once oversaw Doctor Who's Virgin Books range. My story's called Prime Five and sees Bernice becoming the very unwilling subject of a new military experiment, unleashing much mayhem. Rebecca wanted a somewhat slasher movie-esque tale, and I was only too happy to try and deliver just that, although it also ended up reminiscent of The Terminator in some ways.
Oh, and thanks to the Script Factory I've won a ticket for Steve Buscemi's masterclass on October 19 as part of the London Film Festival. If you fancy it (and let's face it, the man's a legend), the ticket hotline is 020 7928 3232. See this link for full booking details.
Tell you another reason why it's so good that October rocks - helps keep my mind off the impending Red Planet Prize results. Keep busy, people: busy is good...