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.

Britons got talent

Made a breakthrough today with the rewriting, largely because some friends cancelled meeting for lunch. That meant I had to stop avoiding my avoidance mode. Suddenly I was forced to use my free time effectively and start looking at all the feedback on the first draft of Martini Bond. (more…)

March 30, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Putting the hard graft into a draft

A fellow fiction writer has told me that they are on their fourth draft of their thriller. And that they were reminded by a writing tutor that when they send it to an agent, that’s the agent’s first draft … The agent is likely to want more edits. And when they send it on to a publishing house, that’s the publisher’s first draft … and so the hard work goes on. (more…)

March 29, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour. 1 comment.

Veni, Vidi, Venu-ed

We are still hunting for a venue for the Camden Fringe Festival. Our latest preferred venue – a great theatre above a London pub – has told us that they will announce their programme in April. The only trouble is that will be too late for us to apply for more Camden venues…The application process ends next week. (more…)

March 25, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Rewriting history

Write? Right. I keep avoiding doing the rewrite –  the second draft of my play Martini Bond: Her hunt for the spy who loved her mum.

I went along to a London writing group recently, and the advice there was to put your play away in a drawer for months, only to take it back out, throw it in the bin and then sit down and write the play it should be. The only problem is I don’t have months. I just about have weeks. (more…)

March 22, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy writing, Humour. 2 comments.

Rejection is hard to take

OK. So we’ve just found out that our venue application for the Camden Fringe Festival has been rejected. And this is from the theatre that thought the Martini Bond synopsis was “interesting”. What’s that about building you up only to knock you down? Now I’m sounding bitter – or is that just plain grumpy?

Onwards and upwards though. So we plough on with a second application. But now time is running against us. All applications have to be in by the end of March. The festival organisers had told us that the sooner you applied, the better chance you stood of being accepted. They just seem to have left out that the venues can pick and choose, then let you down at the last minute.

Oh, and how they let you down. “It looks like a great show, so I hope you’re able to find another home for it,” the rejection said. Great? Great! How grating.

We’re determined to find a venue, though. We will not be beaten. After all, who was it that said all the world’s a stage … perhaps a pavement will have to do.

March 20, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour. Leave a comment.

A royal performance

Check out this new play which is part of a RSC project to celebrate amateur theatre and re-forge the bond with the world of professional theatre. Actress Julia Collier, who will star in Martini Bond for the Camden Fringe, is playing the Queen in War of the Waleses as part of the RSC Open Stages 2012. The show is on at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Kentish Town Tues 10th – Saturday 14th April at 7.30. For more information, go to:

March 12, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Comedy, Humour. Leave a comment.

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