Have a great Holiday weekend! Don't let the keyboard take over your life too much... Take a walk, have a day out, watch a live band, see a movie (as in relax, enjoy and actually watch it - not study plot points, character arcs, etc), go down the pub...
Catch up on some reading...
Some essential new posts of wisdom from those who know:-
Well, what a week that was! Writing wise lost the weekend (again), but this time to Pompey's F.A. Cup win and celebrations, so didn't really mind. Too much. The Beeb officially announced that the brilliant Steven Moffat will take over from the equally brill Sir Russell T. Davies on Dr Who. And I actually knuckled down to some serious scriptwriting in the week!
Like James Moran on heat (but with fewer projects on the go and with less talent!) in a mad (and sadly all too rare) bout of keyboard frenzy I've resurrected the lost play for Bruntwood. It looks better, feels a tad fitter (trimmed some fat) but with only 20 days 'till the entry deadline the pressure is on. It still has a long way to go to live up to it's outline but I've got the "buzz", the excitement back for the project. I must admit I've struggled with this one, not only against the Evil computer, but also the restraints of the stage. That other Shakespeare fellow has certainly gone up a lot in my estimation! After some serious dithering, procrastination and general failing to come up with any sustainable ideas, I've also made some in roads into a script for the Beeb's Sharps initiative . That 'the nation's health' remit had me stumped for a while. And if all that's not all, for "relaxation"(!) and, mainly, to get me in the writing mood, I managed to translate some insane jottings from my scribble pad into a couple of funny (hopefully - but hey, comedy is a funny thing to write...) sketches for later use.
...Oh, and this time they're all saved on memory stick, sky drive and emails to my work's computer...
Go on guess Who, as Russel T. Davies says farewell...and takes his special brand of genius to other projects
So long Russ, Thanks for bringing the magic back.
"BBC Wales and BBC Drama has announced that Bafta and Hugo Award winning writer Steven Moffat will succeed Russell T Davies as Lead Writer and Executive Producer of the fifth series of Doctor Who, which will broadcast on BBC One in 2010."
"My entire career has been a secret plan to get this job," said Moffatt. "I applied before but I got knocked back because the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven. "Anyway, I'm glad the BBC has finally seen the light, and it's a huge honour to be following Russell into the best - and the toughest - job in television. I say 'toughest' because Russell's at my window right now, pointing and laughing."
The brilliant outgoing lead writer and executive producer Russell T Davies adds: "I can't wait to see where his extraordinary imagination takes the Doctor. Best of all, I get to be a viewer again, watching on a Saturday night."
Moffat's career began in 1989 with the landmark ITV children's drama "Press Gang", for which he won his first Bafta. "Coupling", the hugely popular and award winning sitcom that he created and wrote followed in 2000 and ran for four seasons. "Jekyll" a six part comic thriller transmitted on BBC One last year.
As well as "Dr Who", the super talented Mr Moffat is a director on the board of Hartswood Films, (which produced Coupling and Jekyll), is working on new comedy "Adam & Eve" (with wife Sue Vertue) and has just delivered the screenplay for "Tintin" to Steven Spielberg, the first multi-million £ instalment of a planned trilogy.
200,000 fans line Victory parade route! 100,000 people together on Southsea common, all singing, chanting and cheering the victorious King Harry Redknapp dream team. No writing done this weekend as Mrs S and I constantly celebrate as Pompey win the F.A. Cup and then have Victory Picnic with friends amongst a massive human sea of blue clad, proud, happy people!
As you might imagine, the whole town went into celebration overload as Good King Harry's merry men brought the F.A. Cup back to Portsmouth for the first time since 1939. Just gotta win it for the next 7 years in a row to equal our '39 record...
All Hail King Harry!
Cycling down to Southsea Common now to join the estimated 200,000 others who will be lining the Victory route.
The computer's behaving, but work, as in the real job what pays the the real bills, and entertaining Mrs S for the holiday weekend (she works hard, bless her,) took up all my time.
No real scribing done, just some outlines for future use, really.
I must try harder this week... I must try harder this week... I must try harder this week... I must try harder this week... I must try harder this week... I must try harder this week... I must try harder this week... I must try harder this week...
Thanks to Rach & Dave for the shareware suggestions.
Unfortunately when I tried the recovery programmes they just kept "finding" what I had already restored from the stick.
So the play's lost. I'll have to start it again. I'm gutted but I'll treat it as a another rewrite. Only without the original crap script to go over and improve. And I've got a memory like one of those things with loads of holes in it... A net? No, the other thing, oh, wotsitcalled? See, told you...
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Plot, Characters, all 3 acts in half a minute...Jennifer Shiman hilariously re-imagines two hour movies in just thirty seconds, and still retains the major plot points! Pitching masterclass for when that Exec says " You've got half of minute of my time."