How Did April Happen So Fast?

So…

Slight change of plan from the ‘post a day’ ambition I set out in February. The slight change being I decided to drop off the face of the earth for a while instead!

The good news is: that time was used for continuous writing and reflection. Also much busy work, especially in the last week or so with other work meetings, a big expo in town and other things.

It’s time to come back to regular blogging, but my plan is a ‘sneak back in to room and quietly take a seat’ approach, rather than a ‘storm in and announce myself’ one.

In latest news:

1- I finished a first draft of my latest pilot!

2- I read my previous pilot (currently in first draft mode, ready for a rewrite) and it’s much better than I expected! Still obviously needing feedback and rewrites before it’s ready, but far from the raw chaos I was apprehensive to find.

3- I’m looking for a new show to spec in time for TV Writing fellowship season. I think I’ve found one, which means it’s time to binge watch the entire first season. Tough job but someone’s gotta do it. :)

More to come!

Reading and Writing

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It’s a slippery slope, this post a day business!  I could have sworn I’d only missed one day, but here we are…

I’ve been busy with some good stuff the last few days. Had a major breakthrough on the pilot I’m writing, and managed to take it from beat sheet to outline with only a few remaining story questions.

I’ve made my heroine more active, given her a primary goal and added some action scenes as well as some heartfelt moments (at least I’d like to think so…) I should be getting notes back in the next fews days, so fingers crossed the workshopping team like the new direction!

I’ve also been hired to do some script coverage for a great scriptwriting competition again, after being a reader last spring. I’m reading scripts and giving them a grade and overall notes, which always turns out to be really beneficial to my own writing.

Finding notes to give others makes me look for similar issues in my own work, and reading great writing always makes me feel like I can go back in and do another polish, to try harder for a higher standard.

I’m putting together a new series of blog posts based on doing script coverage, and I’m thinking maybe each post can address one of the many most common notes that come up when reviewing a script (specifically for TV drama).

Hope to have more on that soon!

Share the Love

Valentine's Day Brunch

I have a funny story to share later from early this morning, involving drunk neighbors, a small act of vandalism and sharing awkward anecdotes with the police. And no, that wasn’t how we chose to celebrate :) We took a more low key approach, but it was lovely.

Also we were invited to a surprise Valentine’s Day brunch with our dear friends and neighbors, which turned out be really wonderful.

There was something about jumping right into the celebration with a group of fun people; just embracing the flowers, chocolates, hearts and sparkles with fun stories, good laughs and delicious food. I see a potential future tradition taking shape.

For now, wishing you all love in all its forms today and every day.

Milestone

Funnily enough I realized my last cheeky post was my 100th blog post!

So there it went without fanfare, celebration or even much thought. Probably the best thing for it.

So much is happening, and I also realize that I’m leaving my blog posts too late in the day when I’m feeling knackered. Will remedy that tomorrow and do a discussion on what I’ve been working on today: A study of characters.

I have the challenge of changing my main character in this current pilot so that she’s really layered, and so that I know exactly what she wants. Once that’s in place, my plot will fall into place around that.

More to discuss tomorrow! For now, it’s movie night.

Just Checking In…

So sleepy this evening, don’t have much of a post in mind. Still determined to stick to my post a day goal!

Technically I suppose this is a bit of a cheat, since I’m just checking in to say ‘no post today!’

Will try to make up for it with something interesting tomorrow (she said determinedly, while sinking into a bundle of soft pillows).

Good night! x

Eight Things to Start Doing

I know there are plenty of lists out there, but this one really made me feel inspired. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks to Reserved Love where I found this, and you can read the original post on Joshua Angell’s blog here. My favourites are numbers 3 and 4.

“Everyone can incorporate at least one of these things into their lives and it would make a huge difference in your overall happiness, so I highly recommend you all try. It could be fun! Happy Friday, I hope you have a great weekend!

1.) Eat better. You have a chalkboard; use it. Make menus. Plan meals.

2.) Read at least one chapter of a book for fun each day.

3.) Go on a drive once a week. Have no particular destination other than a stop for iced tea. Put on music and see where you end up.

4.) Listen to a record straight through without doing anything else. Sometimes music needs your full attention.

5.) Doodle. Who cares how shitty of an artist you are? Give it a shot. Create.

6.) Go to coffee shops. There’s a million in the city. Get out of the house for a while.

7.) Ask a friend to go to dinner. Simply as friends and for no particular reason. Pick up the bill.

8.) Allow yourself to fall in love. Let things happen. See where it goes. Take the risk.

Basket Case

There's something very Californian about this selection...

There’s something very Californian about this selection…

Now that they’ve instated a ‘no plastic bags’ rule in our area (is it all of LA? I suspect it might be) we have to be extra diligent about taking our bags with us. We’ve had this little basket in our kitchen since I moved here, usually used for recycling.

When I’m heading to the shops I usually take the basket, empty the recycling, and use it for groceries. I’ve noticed a funny little quirk though; every single time I’ve had this basket at checkout, the checkout person asks me about it. It usually goes something like this:

“Basket, eh? That’s old school/cute/you don’t see that every day”.

And then, every single time:

“Does it go on a bicycle?”

It doesn’t , it just goes in my car. But I’ve been asked that question enough times that I’ve started imagining myself on a bicycle with my little basket, traveling round LA pretending I live in a little village in the south of France.

I love that. And much prefer that to the idea that it makes me look vaguely hipster-ish. Especially considering the basket usually contains things like organic milk, spaghetti squash, cage-free eggs and gluten-free bread.