Stage fright

So everything’s starting to come together. The script is reaching its final stages…and I’m finding this the most nerve-wracking time in the process. I’ve taken on board most of what my script editor had to say. I’ve taken on board what the actors had to say and I’ve taken on board what joke writer Judy Walker, a former Sun newspaper cartoonist, also had to say. Even the bit about never wanting to see the script again… (more…)

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April 29, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 4 comments.

Vote for your favourite Martini Bond cartoon

I’ve asked cartoonist Judy Walker to produce an image for the cover of the book Martini Bond, which I hope to self-publish. We thought it might be fun – and helpful – to run a vote on which cartoon you all like best. The one that stands out, catches your eye, makes you want to buy the book! Please take part in this short poll.

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April 24, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. Leave a comment.

Secret agent

While my second draft is festering in my drawer, I mean awaiting more feedback, I whiled away the time by looking into self-publishing versus finding an agent. My head is full of grand ideas to publish my play. I haven’t really gone beyond that and thought about whether anyone would actually want to buy it. Then of course I stumble across the sites that tell me you can self-publish, but frankly you probably won’t sell many copies. And it will all cost you money. (more…)

April 17, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Uncategorized. 9 comments.

War games

Having the family read through the second draft of Martini Bond was always going to be a drama. I just hadn’t realised how much of a warm-up we’d have before the reading. Mum and Dad had been left in charge of their nine-year-old grandson (my nephew) in the swimming pool. Mum and I had found him playing under the water in a jacuzzi. Of course, the fear of god was put into him with the tale of a girl who got her hair trapped in a grille and almost drowned. (more…)

April 13, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 1 comment.

Family dramatics

Feeling very chuffed with myself. Have spent four hours at the computer today – completely focused on re-writing, sanding down, and fine tuning my second draft. Ready, of course, for further  readings, feedback and honing of the future third draft. I broke the “creative funk”, as chronicled in  The Uninspired Chronicles, because my family have demanded sight of the script. And let’s face it, there is nothing more terrifying than that. (more…)

April 8, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 4 comments.

Blood, sweat and fears

I’ve really cracked on with the second draft now. A few days off work helps to focus the mind – as well as re-reading the deadline I committed too: April 14 – or was that the 26? Writing’s a bit illegible…Anyway, best to aim for 14. Gives me more time for the inevitable third draft … I’ve also gone into a mild panic, well perhaps a bit more than mild. My palms are sweaty and I’m feeling sick. (more…)

April 6, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. Leave a comment.

Sanding down to a fine prose

Ok, so I’m really about to crack on with the second draft of Martini Bond: Her hunt for the spy who loved her mum. First, though, I spent the morning having a lay-in, cleaning out cupboards (totally unnecessary), and chatting to the neighbour before he goes off to Iraq (apparently the bar in the compound in Baghdad is called Incoming – perhaps I could use that? But then, maybe I just have). (more…)

April 4, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. 6 comments.

Show’s on the road

Great news. We’ve secured a venue for the Camden Fringe Festival in August. In fact, once we received the first great offer, others poured in. Well, perhaps it was just one more. And another venue couldn’t let us know until next week. By which time, we would have missed the deadline of acceptance of our first excellent offer.

Anyway, the show’s on! August 17, 18 and 19 – that’s a Friday, Saturday and Sunday – at 8pm. A top slot at the Camden Head pub in Camden, north London. Couldn’t be better. Put the dates in your diary if you’re in town. After all, it’s something to do once the Olympics have finished.

April 3, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Publishing. Leave a comment.