One Man’s Ceiling

"One man's ceiling is another man's floor." "A fool's paradise is a wise man's Hell." "Never run with scissors?" I've not had much time for Twitter or my blog recently. Alongside planning my wedding, house-hunting and starting a new day job, I've had a number of projects stealing my attention. What's interesting about the recent direction of my writing is that these projects are not my original ideas. So far, I've mostly worked on my spec scripts, occasionally tailored to competition requirements but mostly my own fancy. However, more recently I've been working in collaboration. With The Underwater Realm, we're working as a three-person writing team, passing the script back and forth to wrangle it into shape. We've all been in it since the beginning, so it's been moulded by the three of us. But with Small Chances, I've taken a script by Jack Delaney that was originally intended for film and developed it for the stage (with multimedia elements). Working with someone else's material is...
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Plays and players

Just got back from seeing The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish and Lunch Hour. Fast, funny and incredible for one-act, one-location plays. Then, my friends wanted to head out for drinks and chips. I am on a diet and wanted to walk home. Suddenly, everyone's afrit for my personal safety but I wander off anyway. Big mistake. Oh, I'm perfectly fine and unmolested. However, I saw monsters in every shadow and kept going over in my head the scene from my short where the heroine walks alone across campus, watched menacingly from the shadows... Turned up at home with my heart pounding a mile a minute and an impatient text from my friend ensuring I'm back safely. Safe and sorry, yeesh. Things more interesting than my inability to walk home without scaring myself silly: A great article on how to be your own script reader - in the face of your own worst critic and glamoriser. Samuel Clemens' idea of a book review Throw money at...
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