Writing is a bit like living in a vacuum. Well screenwriting more so I guess. I can at least look at my daily sales figures on Amazon to see how my book is doing. Film though? Well you send your script out there and where it goes and who reads it, you never hear back about.
Even though I’m all but out of it (the film thing), I’ve still got one script floating around out there doing the rounds and living a life that I’m pretty much unaware of. About every four months or so, I’ll email the producer and see where we’re at. I’m certainly not hanging any hopes on getting a green light, so I don’t see a need to pester him and I think he appreciates this.
As it was the end of the year, I sent him my year end wrap up email and his reply was welcome news. Not the, “Your film is going to get made,” sort of welcome news but more of the this particular person read your script sort of news. The person in question was a pretty big, “A,” list talent. They passed (and I’m pretty sure I know why) but that’s not the point. They read the script. And even that’s not the point. Because there’s a lot of hoops that need to be jumped through before my script gets into that actors hands. Nobody want’s to be the one to hand a complete POS to anybody in a position above them because it could cost them their job.
Which means my script passed a lot of tests to get into that individual’s hands (and yeah, it’s killing me not being able to tell you who). It was read and it was liked and trusted enough to make it onto the selection pile. What did this information do for me? Well writing is a pretty angsty exercise with a fair amount of self recrimination and loathing built in. Knowledge that my script is floating around in these circles, puts a lot of angst to rest in my soul. Maybe I’m not playing on their pitch anymore but I know deep down to the bones, I can make this writing thing work for me.
Devil’s Gambit, my nuclear thriller continues to sell steadily on amazon and iBooks. I’m just working my way through the outline for the sequel, Devil’s Salary. I’ll keep everybody notified of its progress. In fact I doubt I’ll be able to shut up about it.
Two Wheeled Maniac will be available on Amazon after the 14th of January, and yes, it’s about me riding my V-Strom, not for everybody I know but if you want to get a deeper insight into what makes me tick. It’s a good place to start and there will be pictures too.