Anyway, yeah, so I've had a hiatus. To be honest, I very nearly gave up. Again, not your typical hero's journey, but I've a feeling there are gonna be a few more twists and turns before I end up working for MGM. Hang on, they're not the ones that have gone bust are they?
No matter. I had a deadline a little while ago.I was writing a sitcom with my best buddy Jimmy Stroker, for this BBC sitcom competition. We ended up missing the deadline - I got institutionalised and Jimmy ended up in a boat, sleep rowing himself out into the English Channel. It was a hell of a night. But it knocked the stuffing out of me and I thought -Garth(olomew), are you really cut out for this constant rejection? Two things kept me going.
1)My unshakable belief in my screenwriting abilities.
2) the lack of any transferable skills that I can use to get another job. Well, any job.
So here we are, the onset of spring, what a great time to have a new lease of life! To celebrate I've written a little quatrain. If you don't know what a quatrain is it's a four line poem that was popular in the Middle Ages, Nostradamus used them to make his doom-laden predictions. If you want more info press control and click on the full stop at the end of this sentence.
A shard of gold hits the grey, besmirched wall,
It’s reflection ingested by a smiling face,
The passing cold days now mean nothing at all,
Unlike the rock hurtling towards us from outer space.
Hmm, retrospectively, I suspect the form of the quatrain may well lend itself to apocalyptic visions. Having said that, the writing of that verse compelled me to look up a few facts and let me tell you, there's gonna be some tight squeezes coming up. There's one this September that looks bloody close, then another in 2017, and a major astological fuck up in 2036! If you're still a virgin in 2035 for fuck's sake, splash the cash!
I've noticed that my posts get a wee bit tangententential. I need to stay more focussed. From now on I'm setting myself a weekly challenge, building up to getting that first, all important script sale, which I will report on in the following blog. Challenge One -go outside.
Wish me luck folk!