The Open Road

I've recently taken steps to free up more time to write scripts and do script-related things. This week is the first of what you might call the new regime. The big push. I haven't divorced myself from journalism. Lord, no. Still, I've quite drastically changed the balance of how I spend my time. And by God, I like it.

So far this week, I've written the first draft of a new 30-minute TV spec drama script. Tweaked my Doctor Who short story for Big Finish's Short Trips: Christmas Around The World book, then sent it hurtling through space and time (well, the internet) back to editor Xanna Eve Chown. Applied for a couple of freelance jobs. Talked with director Dan Turner about exciting stuff over Nandos. Entered a competition (see yesterday's post - and you can now see my entry in the online gallery, by searching for my surname, as well as those of fellow blogsters James Moran, William Gallagher, John Soanes and Laura Anderson.) I've also managed to gloriously delve into my DVD-recorder's hard drive, which is loaded with all the continuing drama I've missed in recent weeks. So I'm loading up on EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City and Doctors, copying episodes off onto handy archive discs, and finally getting time to make properly detailed notes on characters, etc.

Just caught up with last night's EastEnders double bill. Sweet Jesus, how much would I have loved to write that Mad May stuff? Wonderful.

8 comments:

michellelipton said...

The other day I had a dream that I went to the Academy workshop and John Yorke wrote "THIS IS CRAP" all over my work in green felt tip.

The most disturbing part was his hairdo though - a giant Grease style quiff with blonde highlights.

This is NOT my dream. This is just A dream.

wyndham said...

Just finished the first draft of my first spec script this morning - I'm livin' the dream, man, livin' the dream.

Jason Arnopp said...

Michelle: Of course, your dream bears no relation to reality. I hear that John uses a red felt-tip.

Wyndham: damn straight. Fun, isn't it?

David Bishop said...

I've also had some fun with the Waterstones story thing. Happily, I seem to be the only entry with Bishop as a surname, which makes mine nice and easy to find!

Paul Campbell said...

Michelle - That wasn't a dream. But he doesn't use felt tips. He has a special rubber stamp.

Michael said...

Mine's on there now too. Dennis isn't a popular surname either, by the look of it. Write about what you know, they say...

Jason Arnopp said...

Just read yours Michael - very clever idea - and your nice tale, Mr Bishop. And while I was there, I chanced upon an incredibly cheery tale by one D. Stack. And is the Paul Campbell up there, the same Paul Campbell we know and aspire towards?

Michael said...

Blimey, I see what you mean about cheery! I enjoyed yours too, Jason, and it looks lovely! James Moran's made me chuckle. I think all writing should be this short!