Saturday, 17 January 2009

2008, what happened ...?

As we all do, I started the year with good intentions, I had a writing regime in place ... I even managed to stick to it for about 9 months, more or less. After that the year was pretty much lost to the chaos of the day jobs taking over, although I did still manage a fair bit of writing despite that.
So writing regime, failed. Darn.

I was going to rewrite my fantasy screenplay - failed. Did a bit on it, but then life got in the way, so NOT GOOD. I shall add it to the list for 2009.

I was going to apply for a grant from The Film Council. Never got around to that either. I think I'm going to take that one off the list of stuff to do for the time being.

I blogged a bit about procrastination and writer's block, amongst other things. Still working on the whole good procrastination thing....

Nearly sold a tarot book: first they said they were going to publish me, YAY! ... And then they changed their minds in September ... B*ST*RDS!

In May, I got a second job, working part-time in a ceramics factory, and in addition I hired some heroes to move my shit to a cheaper dwelling. Went very well. Both of these things have helped solve my crippling financial problems. :)

In June I decided to give up on learning 3 act structure on the basis that I already know it, I just don't know that I know it, and constantly trying to learn about it was getting in the way of my writing.

In July I started getting depressed about my lack of progress with screenwriting ... but then at the end of August producer no#1 requested a supernatural horror. I frantically did the rewrite I'd been putting off for almost a year and sent it to him. He read it and loved it. Thanks are due to Lucy and everyone else who gave me notes on this one! :) [The plot thickens on this one which I will be blogging about in a couple of weeks ... but that's a post for the 2009 category.]

September, I spent a week in Scotland on holiday. Had a lot of fun! Go visit Aberdeen!!! :)

Got the bad news about the tarot book. Grr.

Days later in October, producer no#2 saw my screenplay on and said he wanted to option it, and also asked me to work with him and another writer on rewriting one of his projects. The option never materialised (although I didn't chase it as I was already working closely with producer no#1 on a rewrite of the script in question), however the rewrite of producer no#2's project is progressing. :) [More on the American collaboration screenplay in 2009]

Beginning of December I got credit crunched. The factory job said my services were no longer required. I heaved a sigh of relief as I was beginning to go slightly nuts from all work and no play ... had enough saved that it wouldn't be a disaster until end of January ...



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