For those who don’t know the name, Syd Field is recognised internationally as one of Hollywood’s greatest ’script gurus’. He’s the ‘expert’ that the Final Draft DVD aims you at when you need help. He’s written several books on the subject of screenwriting, and held workshops and seminars around the world that helped aspiring and professional screenwriters produce the kind of screenplay that will sell in Hollywood. His ‘Screenplay – The Foundations Of Screenwriting’ book sits proudly on my shelf ever since I managed to attend part of one of his seminars on screenwriting, way back in 2004.
Yes, it’s that time of the year again, as in just over a week, next Friday in fact it’s the 14th of November. Now, anyone with a calendar is going ‘so?‘ but people in the UK will know from the television adverts that it’s something far more special than just a usual Friday, because its Children In Need night. And anyone who knows me well will know my absolute, total and utter unconditional love for BBC’s Children In Need. Three years ago I donated my personal copies of my Tenth Doctor run of the Doctor Who IDW comic, all signed by me for several hundred pounds as part of the Children In Need Ebay auction, last year at Starfury’s The Eleventh Hour convention I (with Jim Swallow) auctioned off a first edition Star Trek: TNG / Doctor Who – Assimilation2 #1 signed by myself and Matt Smith, with Jim agreeing to name a character after the winner in an upcoming Big Finish audio, the winning bid £2,013. Now, I know that I can’t beat that, but I can still add to that – and this year as part of the Children In Need Ebay auction I’m auctioning off a first edition Winter’s Dawn, Season’s End Hardcover, the first I’ve ever signed - and it can be found here.
Ever since I was a kid, it was the only show that I was allowed to watch until early in the morning. But that’s not the main reason why both Children In Need and Pudsey the smiling bear have a special place in my heart for me. Actually, it’s because Pudsey Bear helped me through one of the toughest periods of my life. He literally saved it, twenty one years ago.
I hadn’t realised, but as well as my Doctor Who four parter starting at the end of last month, another Doctor Who book of mine has come out – in this case the deluxe hardcover edition of my entire collected first ‘season’ for IDW, collecting issues #1 to #16 of my Tenth Doctor series, as well as the 2010 annual – with the Tenth Doctor travelling through space and time with his new companions Emily Winter and Matthew Finnegan. Interestingly it’s Amazon page says it’s due out in a couple of weeks still, but many comic stores are stating that they already have it in stock, so check your local one.
It’s 408 pages long and the US Amazon site for it can be found HERE.
I just realised that I never posted (as when it was announced I was in San Diego) that later this year, I have a four part Battlestar Galactica series coming out from Dynamite Entertainment, following the original Starbuck (as in Dirk Benedict) from five yahrens (years) old all the way up to two yahrens before the battle of Cimtar that starts the series.
As you can imagine, as a long term Battlestar Galactica fan, I’m over the moon with this. (more…)
So a year ago, I mentioned that I was both enhancing and adapting a series of comics based on Amanda Hocking’s million selling zombie novel Hollowland for Dynamite Comics. Today I learned that the first two issues of this are now available to download on Amazon, Comixology and Dark Horse Digital, with the first issue downloadable for free.
I’m massively proud of The Hollows (the name of the series), as usually when I adapt a book (for example Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), I have to keep tight to the story within, trying not to deviate too far from the plot and the dialogue. But with The Hollows, the gloves were taken off from the first moment.
Sad news today – Tracy and I have had to pull out of attending the ComicPalooza Comic Con in Texas next weekend. It’s a ‘real world’ problem over work conflicts – the chap we rent our flat from is selling it and our ‘get out’ date has been moved forward from August to the start of June, which means that we’ll be spending the next two weeks sorting out a new place to live… and a week in Texas during this time won’t help that.
Am absolutely gutted as I’ve been working close with the crew for months now, and I really hope that they don’t hate us for this – but it really did come down to a case of finding a place to live vs the convention.
In the meantime, I wish them all the best of luck with the con!
So today I’ve been at the Tower of London. Not as a tourist – although that too is something that everyone should do at least once, but as a special guest of one of the Yeomen Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, and Members of the Sovereign’s Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary, otherwise known as the ‘Beefeaters’ – and as such I’ve been told secrets never told to man, and have been taken along pathways never traveled, through doors never opened for paying visitors. All in the name of research.