Things/projects I aim to do (not a complete list):
Write a play.
My daughter acts, I used to, I love the thrill and intimacy and it’s something I plan on creating and engaging with because it’s so utterly traditional and modern at the same time. You’re engaged in a conspiracy with the actors and the playwright and the audience.
An epistolary novel.
I didn’t recognise the term at first, but it’s basically a story composed of letters/correspondence. I like that because you can play unreliable narrator, which is a fun challenge.
Yes, me and a million other people but fuck it, I would like to try because even failing at it would teach me something valuable.
A television pitch.
Television used to be the abysmal cousin you hid in the attic, but the last few years there’s been some amazing stuff. I am interested in the form and what you can do with it.
I have written comic book scripts, in fact it was what led me to the acquaintance of Magnus who in turn introduced me to my agent, and it is something that I have plans to return to. It’s words and pictures, you can’t really go wrong with that, can you?
I write quite assertive, masculine erotic poetry. People seem to like it although I never can tell if anyone reads it or likes it, but I enjoy writing it and I intend to do more of it.
Write a lot more books.
In an age of flash fiction, blogs and tweet based literary endeavours, it seems almost quaint to me, but I love the process and the challenge of it. A book is a commitment, both to write and to read, much like a stage play, it’s ancient and modern and above all else, I love writing.
Or more importantly having written.
John Guillen posted a stirring and brusque assessment of the chances of success in mainstream publishing, I’ve seen missives about the worth of self publishing and the whole Amazon/Hachette conflict continues without anyone realising that both parties have issues they’re not addressing and it’s the artists, as ever, who are getting the rough end. I want to play in the big leagues, whether I get there is as much luck as hard work, all I do is work hard enough so that when I get to that point, I’ve got some steel in my spine to face the next set of challenges.
I wrote a book, that was the first hurdle. Then I got an agent, and they’re helping me climb to the top of that mountain. Once I am there, then it will be negotiating that series of peaks, and it’s the same forever. It took courage to take that first step, and I keep finding the courage to keep going, in the face of a million distractions, I still write everyday. Wanting is not enough, you have to do things to get there. I think about marketing but I genuinely don’t have a clue where to start, or when or if it’s just dancing around trying to look important.
Anyway, lots to look forward to, all of it two pages a day, because it takes embracing the grind to make things happen.
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