So last week, The Thrill List did one of their posts on ‘people who didn’t accomplish anything until their were in their 30s’, showing again that some of the people that have accomplished the most in their lives didn’t start until late into them – and it reminded me of some things I’ve been saying in schools of late. One thing I see the most of when I speak at schools is what I call the ‘desperately ambitious writer‘, the boy or girl (usually in year 11) that has an idea for a story and must write it now because it must be published immediately. And as you can imagine, to these students I often say ‘relax, take your time, it’ll happen.‘ Because it will. Even if it takes a while.
How do I know this? Because it happened to me.
I hadn’t noticed (apologies for the pun), but my new reluctant reader book, Noticed is out today from Badger Learning. This is a different style to my previous ones, as this is part of a range very much aimed at the reluctant reader girl market.
For more information on the book (and a sneak peek inside), go to the Book’s page HERE.
It was about two years ago this month that, while at San Diego I bumped into Chris Ryall, head honcho of IDW Publishing, and he gave me the bad news; that Doctor Who was no longer going to be published by IDW. Fast forward six months to the end of 2013, and my final Doctor Who four parter, Dead Man’s Hand was released in trade format, with the knowledge that it was pretty much the first and only printing it would get – as from 12am on the 1st January 2014, IDW would no longer be able to publish Doctor Who comics.
So I said a while back that I’d be doing another TEEN READS book for Badger Learning, aimed at reluctant readers, and it’s just been announced that my book Noticed is out in September as part of their TEEN READS IV series.
This time however it’s more aimed at reluctant female readers, and the level of talent in the range is phenomenal.
I’ve had a lot of good response for my previous TEEN READ titles, namely Stalker, Jigsaw Lady and Mister Scratch, so I hope you enjoy Noticed as much as those!
So with ATOP THE FOURTH WALL revisiting the Star Trek: TNG / Doctor Who crossover, I’ve had a sudden surge of activity on my Twitter and my Facebook page, asking things like ‘why did you only do four episodes’, ‘why didn’t you use DS9’ and ‘What about Clara?’ Well, the fact of the matter is that by the time I came on board, Scott and David Tipton had already plotted out the story, and after four issues I felt I was a fifth wheel – but in answer to the other two questions, there was a DS9 / Doctor Who plan in my mind, and it did involve Clara.
Last week I returned to my old College. Uxbridge College, in fact, a place of learning I attended back in the eighties, and returned to six years later for a night school course. It was where I learned who I was, where I made some of my oldest friends, and where, even if I didn’t follow up on it for over a decade, I decided what I wanted to do with my life.
And last week I returned to give a keynote speech. (more…)
Over a decade ago, back in early 2004 in fact, I had an idea for a six issue mini series. Entitled 52 Pickup, it was a ‘Battle Royale’ of Super villains, all fighting each other in a ‘last man standing’ fight for an item of unimaginable power. I spoke with Mark Paniccia at Marvel about it, but nothing ever happened. I worked with artist Gary Lister on a pitch but again, nothing happened. Over the following ten years I tinkered with it here and then, looking at ways to make it work with a variety of other artists including Jake Minor and Denis Calero, but it never came to anything. And then a year back I moved into film and television, and while working through some old stories, I realised exactly how to make it work.
Remove the Super villains.
And, after I completely re-worked the story from a page one rewrite, I’m excited to announce that I’ve sold 52 Pickup to Jonathan Sothcott of Richwater Films, they of movies like Vendetta and We Still Kill The Old Way, and I’m finishing the screenplay at the moment. More news as it’s announced. Suffice to say, I’m stupidly excited, and Jonathan (who I met through his producing of Cartel) is a joy to work with.