I only made plans.
As we've crashed into October - kicking and screaming - let me reflect on the past few months of writing work and how well my plans were executed.*
* here's a spoiler; my plans were executed as well as a hangman letting his victim go before accidentally hanging himself and his entire family instead. That's how well.
In January I wrote a Blog post entitled “A Man With A Plan”, which set out a plan for my writing in the months to come. It was ambitious but doable, and should've ended with a solid collection of spec scripts in my portfolio (to sell for a trillion billion dollars each, naturally).
So, how'd it go?
The January-to-February plan worked a treat. I rewrote Broken Home, The Kidnap and Liars End. What about The Motivator? Okay, so I achieved 75% of the plan! But still…
And from March onwards?
Well, using the cunning of mathematics, I've worked out I've achieved approximately 0% of my plans.
Wait. No. That's not true.
It's EXACTLY 0%.
That's how much I've achieved.
Thankfully this was a plan, not a promise, so you can't sue me or anything, even for that thing I did with your left ear. Oh, you don't know about that? Yeah. Don't look in your left ear. Seriously. It'll only try to escape.
So my plans were decimated. Obliterated. Destroyed. Adjective.
Well, you have three options to choose from:
1.) Laziness. Crippling, shameful, fat-bastard laziness.
3.) Other writing work.
Did you mostly guess number 3? Then you guessed right!
I've been busy with a lot of other projects, rewrites and other 'commissioned' work, most of which I can't talk about. Not because I'm not allowed to, but due to my inability to coherently discuss anything with any semblance of clarity.
These projects involve Don't Move and Dearly Beheaded and Hipster Massacre, as well as some other unmentionable things.
There are reasons behind all the planned projects being postponed or cancelled, but I won't talk about this here. You don't deserve to know. And also don't care.
Instead, I'll tell you what I AM doing.
Currently I'm working on feature script CAPTURE, a supernatural horror focusing on a family who discover an old photo album filled with sealed photographs... and accidentally unleash all manner of unpleasantries into their home.
Why this? Why now?
Well, because it's a story I really wanted to tell. Smart, weird, spooky, scary and modern.
I also really need another horror spec script in my portfolio, especially one catering to the American marketplace.
CAPTURE is it.
I've completed a full treatment (for my eyes only!) and now I'm smashing into the pages, bringing Nick, Mae, Leena (and many others...) to life. And some to death
I'm planning to complete Draft 1 by this weekend.
That's the plan.
It's certainly not a promise...