Phew, well, things are getting very busy. I’m hopping back and forth between two lots of TV plotting, comic plotting, radio writing and novel writing, but it’s all stuff I’m really enthused about and enjoying, and all with serious goals in sight. It’s just a joy getting up in the morning at the moment.
First of all, I should thank dear old (author of repute) Neil Gaiman, who was kind enough to put in a plug for ‘Human Nature’ this morning, over at his blog:
The reason he mentions it is that we’re now in Hugo Award nomination season, and he’d like to see it represented in the category of Best Dramatic Wossname. Thank you very much, Neil. That’s was a tenner well spent.
I’d also like to mention something huge that’s going to happen in my home town this summer. The Hush Festival takes place just about outside my window over the weekend of 25th-27th July. It’s a full on new rock festival, with camping available, and I’ve heard tell of many interesting bands that are going to be announced in the next few weeks. Registration is on an incline scheme, getting more expensive as the dates approach, but right now it’s just £30 for a huge load of music. At the moment the announced bands are serious NME and upcoming names like Vince Vincent and the Villains, the Alfonz, Dollshouse and the Perils. Plus all the local talent I rave about on a regular basis. But those names will also get bigger as the dates approach. Do go and have a look, and help disturb my sleep patterns this summer:
I’ve been researching British Marvel comics hugely in the last few months… no reason… and this new blog has become something I look at very often. It’s also updated with wonderful frequency (though confusingly always has the same first entry), and deserves your support. It is It Came From Darkmoor, and is entirely about Marvel
And finally, might I say how pleased I am with the documentary on the DVD release of Doctor Who and the Silurians, which I filmed a contribution to last summer? It’s called What Lies Beneath, and for perhaps the first time it’s a DVD extra that could just about be shown on BBC4. It ventures into proper critique of the episodes: that is, it explores the political and societal backdrop against which the story was made. I think that between us we crack open a lot of interesting boxes and find things inside the text which nobody’s ever talked about before. Which is hard to do in terms of classic Who, the ground being very well trod. That would be the ground with boxes on it, which contain… the text. It’s teatime, I’m not a writer at the moment. And it’s quite a surprise to share a documentary with former Labour Cabinet minister and accomplished author Roy Hattersley. That was certainly a coup for the doco production team. I hope this is just the start of much more analysis on the Doctor Who DVDs. There are lots of stories still to be released which cry out for this approach.
Anyhow, I must get back to my tea, ready to gird my loins for the next working day. Until we encounter each other again, Cheerio!