Today’s the 22nd of March. Which means that tomorrow, the 23rd of March I will have been writing professionally for thirty years – as that date, back in 1987 was the day that I first walked into Rathbone Place and entered the offices of YOUR SINCLAIR magazine.
In two weeks I’m a guest at Gallifrey One: 28 Years Later, the biggest and best Doctor Who convention in the US. And today my panels and meetings etc were announced. (note: signings haven’t been confirmed yet, I believe.) So, if you want to find me over the weekend…
As many of you know, a couple of years ago FIRST STAGE did an adaptation of books 1 and 4 of the Baker Street Irregulars series that Dan Boultwood and I did for Hachette Books. Adapted by Eric Coble, it was a great success, and last year the stage play was collected into a book and made available for productions. And in February, we get the first UK Premiere of the show by the Garden Suburb Theatre, in North West London.
So The Hollywood Reporter has just announced the news I’ve been holding onto for months – that WWE and Gold Medal winning Superstar Kurt Angle is starring in IN THE RING as ‘Sledgehammer Sullivan’. And not only that, but we’re finally able to announce the other wrestlers currently involved!
Not the Doctor you probably expect on this Doctor Who anniversary, but instead the long running BBC One Daytime Medical Drama Doctors, which has been running since 2000, and has a daily viewing figure of about 2 – 3 million people.
Why am I mentioning this? because I can finally announce that I’ve been commissioned to write an episode of Doctors, out 26th May 2017.
So I’ve been doing a lot of school talks and lectures lately on the subject of writing, and yesterday was the start of National Novel Writing Month, which technically as it’s now a global phenomena should be called International Novel Writing Month or InNoWriMo. And one of the questions I get asked most (even above ‘how much do you make’ and ‘are you Stan lee’s son’) is ‘where do you get your ideas from’. Now, I do have a stock answer to this, I usually explain that I have a child chained up in my cellar and, whenever I need a new idea I open the door, yell ‘Tell me a story!‘ and get instant inspiration.
This of course is a lie.