Thursday, 25 August 2011

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy remake

I wasn't aware that this film had been re-made but after watching the trailer from it on the Yahoo! site I think it'll be well worth a watch. The trailer can be viewed here. The original 1979 TV mini-series starring Alec Guinness was just superb, and not in the least because it was a time when the Cold War was still strong. Anything else will have a lot to live up to but this one might just be able to do it.

It is directed by Tomas Alfredson (of Let the Right One In fame) and has a frighteningly stellar cast which includes (amongst others) Gary Oldman (as George Smiley), Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, the Great Tom Hardy, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt and Mark Strong.

'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' is released in the UK on 16th September.

Tiberius breaks 65,000 mark

Momentum is a strange thing. Once pace has been achieved it seems so much easier to keep going. I know that's not any great revelation for the world of physics but it really is surprising how much easier it seems when you have it.

I hadn't been paying as much attention to finishing my Tiberius Found story a month or so back, as I should have, but over the last few weeks - as I'm sure you're aware of - I've been knuckling down and had a concerted effort to complete the first draft.

Today - and I haven't finished yet, just taking a break you know - I broke through the 65,000 word mark, which means that in the last month or so I've written in excess of 10,000 words. Again, not hugely earth-shattering, but now that I can really see the finish line I feel more like having a final push to get it done.

And - and this is perhaps more important - I'm actually happy with the work done. It'll need more than a polish afterwards - as all work does - but for now I'm pretty happy with what I've done so far. Words  + contentment = happy writer.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

And the words roll in

Despite indulging in beer and curry last night - Mongo Jnr's birthday - I've had a really good afternoon at the laptop and managed a very satisfying 1,500 words for my Tiberius Found story. Get in.

Thank you, Dr Zoidberg - that's just how I feel.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

A good/bad day

Yesterday was a good day (for writing).

It was a bad day on Monday in respect to Banking customer service (Santander) who still, it seems, want to hang on to my money from a closed account as long as they can. B*stards! First they send me an un-signed cheque then go through the process of wondering why this is a problem for me. I was told another chq would be raised (last Wednesday) but when didn't arrive I had to call again. Apparently emails have been deleted and no one knows why - the upshot being no new chq has been issued.

I loved the Supervisor's choice of language when she said that she was grateful that I had 'allowed' her the time to resolve the problem. As if I had any real say in the matter - they do what they want in their own sweet time. A new chq might be raised in 5-7 (working) days.

My advice for anyone considering opening a business account with Santander - DON'T.

Anyway - stress levels reduced I got on with writing and knocked out a 1,000+ word day on my Tiberius Found story. First in a while. And a 1,000 words that I'm pretty happy with, so it's all good news. It's nearing the end and it's all starting to go wrong for our hero. Oh, dear.

*the pic is from the Santander are Shit Facebook page. Makes interesting reading ...

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Tiberius Found latest

My futuristic YA adventure novel has just broken through the 60,000 word mark.

It's not finished in first-draft form yet but I'm getting close. Three-and-a-half chapters left to go.

Happy Birthday UK Scriptwriters

Danny Stack and Tim Clague - the 'brains' behind the UK Scriptwriters - are 1 year old! That is, the Podcast they do not the fine gentlemen themselves: they're WAY older. Tim and Danny are well known writers in the industry and each month they produce a podcast which covers a selection of screenwriting areas.

If you haven't caught any of their past podcasts then I can highly recommend them - they're fun as well as being educational. I know; how does that work?

And each month they have a 'guess the film quote' competition. Danny does his famous Leprechaun* impersonation and says a well-known film quote. All you have to do (once you stop laughing at how bad his accent is) is identify the film the quote comes from. They're being co-sponsored by Industrial Scripts at the moment and the prize consists of a place on one of their script reading courses, as well as some other goodies.

*It's OK - it's not racism as Danny comes from the Emerald Isle.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Just sit down and do the bloody work

I beleive the usual saying is "get off your arse and do some work" but with writing it's the arse you have to stick to a chair to get the work done. Of course, with mobile devices now being what they are, that's not strictly true but you know what I mean.

I've made a concerted effort recently to crack on with my teenage adventure/thriller Tiberius Found and get the first draft finished as soon as possible. The story centres on Jacob Henstock who discovers, on his sixteenth birthday, that he's been genetically engineered and those responsible want him back. His parents are killed and, to survive, he's forced to go on the run. His one ally is the Professor who saved him from being experimented upon as a child, but when the Professor is captured Jacob feels duty-bound to return home and save him.

If only it was as simple as knowing who to trust.

By my reckoning I've got four chapters left to write - I block out the key beats in an Excel spreadsheet, so I can keep track of what's happened and what's left to do. In the last few days I've managed to knock out about three-thousand words, and have an estimated three- to five-thousand words left to go. Did I say "knock out"? I meant "intelligently craft".