The Long Screenwriting Road...
Got a lovely email response from MBA Literary Agents. Sadly, they are inundated and cannot take me on, but I appreciate the time to tell me.
Plus I learned "TV is developing something about the first women’s police officers". Of course they are! Sods law, but I'm not surprised - in fact, it's puzzling that it's not been done before really.
I've been a bit naughty as it goes - I submitted an early draft of Red Star to the Beeb writersroom last year, which wasn't picked up. Two major re-writes, two critiques from the lovely James Burbridge at Raindance and the story has very little in common with that script. Live and learn, right? I'll never submit anything without a thorough review process - and, when that review is complete, review again. Proper thorough!
Anyway, there's a warning on their submissions site - no re-submissions! Oops. I justify my cheekiness with the differences between the stories. Aside from the characters, there is very little in common. I've even renamed it! Gower Chronicles - Operation Red Star. There, let's hope that fools them.
There are a couple of other agencies I'm waiting to hear on, which suggests they too aren't interested! Haha. Just as well I'm rhino-skinned. In my IT job, I do 'pre-sales' meetings with a 80% conversion rate. OK, my conversion rate is way lower with writing (non-existent at the mo, but let's not dwell). Anyway, it feels like the same process. Here's what I'm selling - do you want it, and do you want me to deliver it? No worries i
Today, I'm off to meet Bill Hucthens anyway, with a view to collaborating with him on a couple of scripts. Payment? Writing credits, if we go ahead. LinkedIn approach, so that's cool. My profile is 'sparse', to put it mildly, but happy with the contact. Happy to take a punt if we get on well.
Started my kid's poem:
Near where you sit, but long, long ago,
Before people had houses, to keep out the snow
Before planes and trains, cars and phones,
When everything useful was made out of stone
Haha, it's a start! Who knew kids rhymes could be so much fun? Twenty more verses and then the pictures.. though something tells me that unless I do some killer pics, I won't be winning any awards! Still, it's a laugh.
Bing & Moo's first steps
Got the first book back, and it's immediately obvious that it falls between two ages - not enough pictures (perhaps too many big words) for the little 'uns, but not enough words or story for the bigger kids.
Decided to go in two directions - keep my pictures for the bigger kid books (inspired by the fabulous 'How to Train Your Dragon' series), and try to write some poems and do MORE pictures for the younger kids.
Been a very long time since I did any drawing, but it is great fun. See how I get on! It's great timing as this week is half term, so Arts & Crafts time. While they're painting zombie-pirate captains, I shall drawn stick figures and we'll see if we can differentiate the kid's and my efforts at the end of the week.
Draft 1 of the stage play is finished, and I've scrounged 2 favours for this. A friend's friend's dad, who is an established play write, is very kindly giving it a once over to help me work out the formatting.
Once that bit's done, I have a second cousin twice removed at a London theatre who is going to get another play write to look and maybe help me get off the ground.
Maybe! It's a bit tortuous and certainly convoluted, but it might just work.
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