In the Pipeline

It’s been a while…

Hope everybody who has subscribed to my ramblings is having a great 2016 so far. Fingers crossed it’s a busy and productive one. I’m certainly aiming for that.

I’ve been working hard on my screenplay for The Night Force, which I’m really hoping will get some attention on The Black List and get me some work when I start firing it out to agents, companies, etc. I think I’ve completed about 900 drafts now, and the final passes are all about increasing conflict and drama, and injecting scenes that are low-key with a bit more fizz. No filler. Every scene should fight for its place.

A career (whatever that is) in screenwriting is my ultimate goal, and I’m hoping to produce three short films this year as I look to gain more experience in filmmaking. After writing and producing a few shorts between 2010-13 they’ve fallen by the wayside, but I want to get back into it. The scripts are a supernatural horror/thriller, a drama and a pitch black comedy that I wrote in 2006 and have been obsessed with doing ever since.

On the book side of things, it’s all gone quiet since Somerflip. The self-publishing experiment that saw me write, produce and release three books in nine months between July 2014 and March 2015 was fun but it burned me out, but ideas are brewing for a new batch of stories.

The first is The Mature Student, which is about a university freshman who has to take his 75-year-old Granddad into Halls with him after his Dad goes on the run from the police in America. The sweet, naive kid soon finds out that the old-timer is a drug-snorting, boozing and womanising maniac. I should probably say at this point that it’s a comedy.

The second novel will be Shrove Tuesday with the Harrison’s, which I wrote as a play back in 2009 and keeps coming back to me. It’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Martin McDonagh, as handsome serial killer Mick Gold escapes from prison and finds the home of a 99-year-old woman and her son. He soon finds out that they’re just as psychotic as he is, and they keep him imprisoned while the reward money keeps rising, keeping him docile with drugged pancakes on the weirdest Shrove Tuesday in the history of mankind. Again, it’s a comedy.

The third novel is called Who the F*** is Tinder? which follows a couple who have split up after being together for 18 years (from 1997-2015) and charts their adventures in post-break up dating in the online and smart phone generation. Still friends, they share their experiences with each other, and in the process, fall in love with each other all over again. It’s a bittersweet romantic comedy.

I’ve just realised that I have a lot of work to do. I should probably start writing…

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