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    Posted: 11/January/2013 at 05:42
okay, am going through another bout of "augmented" sleep patterns, and have honestly been putting this off for months - if not years - so it's time to start actually writing again.
 
right now, i'm stuck between sticking to scripts, or going back to short stories while i work on a longer manuscript. part of the reason why i haven't done anything for a long time - or at least the excuses i have used - is that the laptop i had before was shit (it was), and that i really need the Artists' & Writers' Handbook (i don't) so i know what publications to submit my stories to, what agents to submit samples of my scripts and manuscripts to, and just have a better idea of what is out there to help me get what i want to do done.
 
i have several ideas spinning around my head right now; the best and most fully formed is something that would take a few years to, due to the nature of the story and that annoys me, as it has always been the way with me - the more ambitous projects are always the ones that are more rounded in my imagination, and thus harder to push aside and focus on what i would need to do in order to get to a position to even potentially do that project.
 
a for instance is a few years ago, i became obsessed with doing a live-action feature film of Bananaman. done purely for shits and giggles for people of my generation, it would have been like a spoof of modern Superhero movies, but with it's own mythology and canon.
 
however, once that idea entered my head, the other stories i had been working on slowly got drowned out. i lack focus, and even with what i had written down on those projects, it became difficult to focus on them at all, as everytime i did, that little voice in my head kept bringing up ways to make Bananaman a reality.
 
so, this is going to be my blog, my diary, my notebook, for everything that i want to work on, and my plans for becoming one of the things i wanted to be growing up, and one of the few things i seemingly had a natural aptitude for; to write.
 
my plans are to use the BBC's writersroom website to hopefully find a competiton or talent search for when i have a one off teleplay to submit, and see if anything will come of that. i am also hoping to either dust off and update some of my earlier short stories and submit them somewhere - anywhere! - and see what i can get out of that.
 
right now, i am in the middle of trying to write a story/screenplay based in and around Birmingham that will involve murder and zombies, specifically based upon reports in the Fortean Times - and thus, from newspapers and AP outlets around the world - about the effects of "bath salts" on people.
 
knowing the parts of Birmingham that something like this could happen in, and - being visually minded, as i'm left handed - the parts of the City Centre that suit a dark thematic setting, i'd probably feel better about this idea if not for the fact that it screams blatant Walking Dead rip-off, even to me, so i would like to find something else.
 
i have thought about starting the teleplay for a pub based sit-com - not 2 Pints of Lager, but not Early Doors either - more based on my own time working in the pubs around here, however what puts me off that is the notion that the people i will based the characters on are people i still see, and if control over the projects goes away from me over the direction of said characters, they may think that is how i actually view them.
 
it might be worth the risk, the more i think about it, as it's the most accessible project i could work on right now, and it is something i could have far more fun with that anything i currently have swirling around my old head.
 
in any case, i am going to try and update this thread once a week, if not once a month. i have a mate who wrote and got a short story - and a couple of good articles - published while he was working a full time job and still with his now ex-wife, so was also doing partner and father duties. if he could find the time, i should be able to too.
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Originally posted by ihatethatmonkee ihatethatmonkee wrote:



my plans are to use the BBC's writersroom website to hopefully find a competiton or talent search for when i have a one off teleplay to submit, and see if anything will come of that. i am also hoping to either dust off and update some of my earlier short stories and submit them somewhere - anywhere! - and see what i can get out of that.



Or go to the BBC studios at the Mailbox and ask to see a representative for advice, I used to work for them and I've seen guys hired same week by being confident/pushy enough to bring his script and make out its the greatest thing ever.

Just remember BBC is always looking for original content and has 7/8 channels to fill with programming, chances aren't that slim that you should be relying on some lottery style competitions to get your shit noticed.
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i never even thought of that.
 
it's the awful time sat looking at a blank screen with a flashing line that is the hardest.  i can take rejection - had enough of it in my sex life, i have become extremely desensitised to it in any other aspect of my life - so it is just a matter of having the actual material.
 
i could write up a treatment within a couple of days, but without a decent draft of a script to back it up, it's just ideas that i'm spewing out, so i am hoping that by doing this on here, seeing that i have put my word out there, and it's not just something i can see, that it will encourage me to press on.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Baz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/January/2013 at 11:27
Good luck with this Monkee. Do you write short stories too? If so you could always try to get them onto e-book as many people are getting e-books published quite easily. Could be something else to look into. I'm sure everyone here will help where they can too.

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i know - or knew - someone who has self-published an e-book, so was going to ask her, but she fell out with me and removed me from her facebook because i said Richard Dawkins was evil, but yeah, it was an e-zine my mate got his work published in, sadly the publication went under, and the editor is now no longer an editor at all.
 
i know of a few "writers' corners" that occur locally and in Tamworth and Lichfield, both of which are easy to get to from where i am, and as far as i know, they would deal with all aspects of self-publishing, and again, the Writers' & Artists' Handbook is always up to date with such help and advice in areas like that. it's only £15 so when i have that spare, i will pick it up, find a more detailed list of what is going on around me, and delve into every possible avenue i can.
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Just read this article if it's of any interest Monkee?



Edited by Baz - 15/January/2013 at 16:40

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definitely can't hurt.
 
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UPDATE
 
so, have written a first draft treatment of a script i have had in mind the past few weeks. it's not what i wanted to work on, but i really had no choice, as i say in my opening post, i have a massive problem when an idea gets in my head.
 
it still requires a lot of work, but i know full well it's something that i won't be trying to sell for a good few years anyway, so hopefully, i can work it into a final treatment/outline, and then leave it until it's time to actually write.
 
outside of that, have been doing some research for the pub sit-com, mainly to narrow down a timeframe for it to be set in, and finding good news items that i can put in, plus use actual jokes that i remember from my time at the pub. mainly groaners more than chuckles, but jokes nonetheless.
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had my jobcentre interview Friday. that was fun.
 
right, so, for interviews, i always try to get there early, even more so considering the weather as it was on Friday. so i got there nearly an hour before i was due to, and even then, i had wasted about 15 minutes before that drawing out my money for my shopping, getting a copy of FSM to read while i was waiting, and having a quick nose in Game.
 
it's funny, but surely turning up early for an interview, whether for work or a jobcentre based interview should be seen as a good thing, right? that you're keen, eager, and would rather be there early than just turn up on time or risk being late? but no, the look on the faces of the people there was like i was a major inconvenience to them, despite the fact all i had to do was shit there for just under an hour until my name was called...
 
anyway, i then find out that i cannot be passed on to the work-based system, because i have "appealed" the decision to drop me from ESA Support Group to ESA Work Based Group. as i tried to explain, i had not actually appealed the decision; i had appealed the reasoning. why i had been put up into the Support Group for saying exactly what had gotten me dropped to the WBG.
 
anyway, whatever, figured they could still help me sort out the job i wanted. but, erm, no. see because the job is in Longbridge, and not Erdington, it's a different jobcentre, so they couldn't even call Sainsbury's and say that i was eager for the job, i was willing to sort out my travel to get there, and so on. so i will have to call Longbridge jobcentre, hope i don't have to actually go in there, and see if they can do anything. i expect to be told that because i don't live in Longbridge, they can't do anything, because, hey, that's what it's like.
 
the only good news i got is that, if i am able to get the job at Sainsbury's, the DWP will pay for my buspass, meaning i just have to tack on the £40 to upgrade it so i can get the train and cut 40+ minutes off the journey in.
 
so, back to the real point of this thread; i asked about the NCTJ course that is run out of College of Wolverhampton. obviously, the course will not start again until September anyway, so i should be working by then, but still. due to the cost of it, i wouldn't have gotten full funding. pity, but even with funding for the course and exams at the end of it, i would still have had to have found over £80 in one go to pay for the textbooks i need, so that's out right now.
 
so, on with the other writing, which is going slow - veeeeeeerrrrrryyyy slow - but it's going, so that's better than nothing.
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Oops.
 
it's been over a week since i put anything, still that means i have plenty to put...
 
...erm...
 
okay, not much really to put in regards to any writing i've done. the story that i could get out of my head, i have been working on. more because it refuses to leave my head, and so i have been whittling down the treatment for it, making it less extreme and "taboo"primarily because i have always found it easier when writing horror to go for the shock factor and then edit it back.
 
right now, i would say this is draft three of the treatment, which is more of a short story in and of itself. it involves dialogue, while i know the script would have the main character providing a voiceover where the story focuses on him, both for exposition and neccessity. hardest part is trying to make the main character unlikeable, but not too unlikeable. i want people to hate what he does, and who he is, but not to the point where they won't watch. i want them to want him to get his comeuppance, to stay tuned to see him face justice.
 
anyway, the past couple of weeks have also involved job searches, the results of my appeal for my Employment and Support Allowance verdict - it was not overturned, which i'm fine with, however, they didn't address the actual issue i had with the decision, which was why i was put on a higher rate of "pay" for my first assessment, when i should still surely have been on the lower rate, since the reasons given for why i was put on the lower rate were due to the exact same thing i said during the first assessment.
 
it does seem stupid that, having got a a medical assessment to determine my ability to work, where i said numerous times that i was not only able to work, but wanted to and was looking for work, with my only concerns being my anxiety and my depression, but also saying that i felt getting back into work would actually help my depression, and that in the long run would also help my anxiety, that i was put in the Support Group.
 
i am still trying to figure that out. the Support Group - which, ironically, offers you absolutely no support - is the higher rate of pay you can get on Employment and Support Allowance. it's basically what used to be Incapacity Benefit.
 
i still don't know whether to be insulted that i was counted as being in that group.
 
anyway, i'm not in the Work Based Group, which is fine by me, as long as it actually helps me get a job. with Jaguar expanding the Castle Bromwich plant, i might be able to get in there. it's worth a shot i guess, and i think working with a company like them is more likely to give me the full time hours that i want and need, so that i can then put in for access to my kids, and not only have the time to have them - which, really, is the only thing i've got right now - but also the money to do things with them.
 
while Grace isn't even 1 yet, Eve will be 4 at the end of this month, and she's never really had some of the things other kids have had by that age. she's not been to the cinema, and it's only a pity that she'll miss Wreck-It Ralph, so i'd like to take her to something. there's also the Sealife Centre here in Birmingham that i know she'd love, and obviously getting her into "dad's" things, like football - Villa often do discounted tickets for kids, Coventry's ground isn't too far away, so there's plenty of choice - and music, though that requires getting her to stop dancing to Gangnam Style anytime it comes on.
 
the other things that have kept me busy and away from updating this log, i finally opened a new bank account. i have been desperate - okay, not desperate - to get away from HSBC for over a decade, from back when they let me down by telling me i was getting my student overdraft account for uni, and then telling a couple of days before i was due to go to Salford that "yeah, you're not getting it". i had gone to Lloyds TSB, but i did kind of think i would have a problem. i have never been abroad, so have never had a passport. while i had driving lessons when i was 17, i never even got to go in for my test, let alone pass it, and even if i had, with me being diabetic, i would have had to renew my license every 3 years, which, i am sure requires a quick retest, which i would have to pay for.
 
so, Lloyds TSB told me that i would not be able to open an account without photo ID. "That's me fucked then," i thought, but then i tried NatWest. all i needed was a letter off the benefits office, and a letter with my full name on it, and my online application could be processed. so the card arrived Friday, the PIN yesterday, so i'll be switching my Direct Debit for Sky after this month's bill is paid, and then transfering my benefit being paid in to the new account.
 
i am debating whether to open a seperate saving account, since that's a viable option with NatWest - if i wanted one with HSBC, it would be a whole process of opening a new account, meaning, yes, photo ID - or keep the HSBC account for putting money in for stuff i want to save up for. not just for me, but Christmas or stuff likethat.
 
i also need to find out if i can open a savings account with a building society for my youngest. i don't think i'll be able to, since she doesn't have my last name, and i have no documentation for her, but since Eve's CTF has grown 250% in the 4 years since we opened it, to just under £700, i don't want one having savings to access at 18, and the other not.
 
lastly, i am trying to get a move.
 
i love where i live. if not for the state of the carpet in the living room, and the lack of carpet elsewhere in the flat, i'd be completely comfortable here. but, it's a 2 bed flat, and i'm a single male.  that means, in April, i run the risk of being accused of benefit fraud.
 
the reason?
 
when me and my ex split up in November 2011, i left the flat. i went to stop with my mother, and applied for housing elsewhere. 3 days later, my ex told me she was leaving the flat to move back up with her mother, and asked if i wanted to stay in the flat. of course i did. so i moved back in after she moved out. she was supposed to have taken her name off the tenancy, but despite me asking her to write to the housing association to tell them she wants to be removed off it, she still hasn't.
 
so, as far as the housing are concerned, me, her, and our daughter are still here. i have notified them, but i know what beurocratic offices are like, where the paperwork won't reached that particular part of the office, and they will investigate me, and i run the risk of being found guilty for someone elses oversight.
 
so, hopefully, before the bedroom tax comes in in April, or at least very shortly after, i can get a move out of here, but still close by. hell, if it's close enough by, i might just be able to carry the furniture to the new place!
 
there's a story in all this shit somewhere, and maybe when i'm actually settled finally, i might be able to write that.
 
then, of course, i have my inability to sleep. i didn't get to sleep until half 7 friday morning, and slept for about 4 hours. so i have now been awake for 15+ hours, which is what happened Thursday, and Tuesday, and Monday.
 
Wednesday i slept most of the day.
 
i am off my meds. didn't like how i felt with them, and honestly, i feel no different without them. i will have to go to the doctors at some point and explain why i took myself off them, but i keep putting that off.
 
ah, well, i guess i'll end the rant now. hopefully, i can get working on something else. not too sure what to do about part 2 of my brand extention exercise; editing through part one due to doing it on word and pasting it onto the board had the issue of the lines getting clumped together, making it hard to read. i ended up rewriting the lot over 3 days using the PM facility, and i noticed what little personality the article had when i started it - which was in November - was lost by the end of it. it ends up just feeling like a list of events, purely because it had taken me a lot longer than i intended and i got pissed off. i really can't remember what it was that made me stop writing it back in November, but i didn't go back to it until a few days before i posted it up.
 
i'm proud of the research i made, i just don't think i utilised it fully.
 
mind, i should save my critique of it for another time, or else i might not have anything to put here next week.
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